It’s impossible to talk about Amsterdam without mentioning its fantastic pancakes. Amsterdam pancakes, or Pannenkoeken, can be sweet or savory and enjoyed as a dessert or a main course.
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In addition to tips on where to eat the best pancakes, we will also include some of the walking tours that will introduce you to the history and flavors of Amsterdam.
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What is a Dutch Pancake in Amsterdam Like?
A typical Dutch pancake is a large, thin, and round griddle cake that’s made its way to become a staple in Dutch cuisine. Dutch pancakes are much thinner and more akin to a crepe than American pancakes. They are made from a simple batter of flour, eggs, milk, and sometimes sugar or spices.
What makes Dutch pancakes special is their versatility and the wide range of sweet and savory toppings. Traditional sweet toppings include powdered sugar, stroop (Dutch syrup), apple slices, or other various fruits. For savory options, toppings can include cheese, ham, bacon, mushrooms, or even Indonesian-inspired options like satay sauce.
Dutch pancakes are popular comfort foods and can be enjoyed as a main meal, snack, or dessert. They are often served in pancake houses and cafes throughout the Netherlands, making them a delicious and iconic part of Dutch culinary culture.
My Favorite Pancake in Amsterdam
I’ll tell you right away that the best (and best-known) pancakes in Amsterdam are at the renowned restaurant Pancakes Amsterdam. Although the name is not creative, the city has five locations, proving its popularity. In addition to maintaining the tradition of thin and large pancakes, the restaurant offers more than 30 toppings. Vegans and vegetarians can enjoy pancakes here, too, with adapted and delicious options.
- PANCAKES Amsterdam Nine Streets
- PANCAKES Amsterdam Central Station
- PANCAKES Amsterdam Westermarkt
- PANCAKES Amsterdam IJ Waterfront
- PANCAKES Amsterdam Zuidas
Among all the options, my favorite is a pancake with warm cherry compote and vanilla ice cream. It’s a must-try for an afternoon sugar rush.
Where to Eat the Best Pancakes in Amsterdam?
From the most touristy places to secret restaurants, we have selected the best spots to try pancakes in Amsterdam.
Pancakes Amsterdam - The Best of the Best in AmsterdamRestaurant in JordaanAdd to myTravel added
A day of Dutch sightseeing should start with a delicious breakfast. At Pancakes Amsterdam, you can feast on an Amsterdam classic. You can try traditional Dutch pancakes, French clafoutis, American pancakes, and more with your choice of fillings and toppings. Best of all, they come in a variety of flavors. As a plus, Pancakes has vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, and lactose-free options!
02 The Pancake Bakery - Traditional Taste at the Water's EdgeRestaurant in Amsterdam Canal BeltAdd to myTravel added
A historical heritage of Amsterdam, this is how we can define The Pancake Bakery that has existed since 1973. Much more than just the traditional pancakes in Amsterdam, here you will find the best stuffed pancakes in town. My highlight here is undoubtedly the savory pancakes that are complete meals and even come with salads.
The Happy Pig Pancake Shop - Our Secret Tip for YouRestaurant in De WallenAdd to myTravel added
The Happy Pig Pancake Shop in Amsterdam is a charming and beloved eatery renowned for its delectable Dutch pancakes. Nestled in the heart of the city, the shop exudes a cozy and welcoming ambiance. With a wide variety of sweet and savory toppings, The Happy Pig offers a delightful culinary experience for locals and tourists alike. Whether indulging in traditional Dutch flavors or exploring unique creations, guests can’t resist the allure of these scrumptious pancakes, making it a must-visit spot in Amsterdam.
MOAK Pancakes City Center - Dutch Pancakes, American Pancakes & MoreRestaurant in De WallenAdd to myTravel added
MOAK Pancakes in Amsterdam is a trendy and contemporary pancake hotspot that has taken the city by storm. With a commitment to high-quality ingredients and creative recipes, MOAK Pancakes offers an array of indulgent and Instagram-worthy pancake creations. From fluffy stacks adorned with fresh berries to savory options like smoked salmon and avocado, there’s something for every palate. The chic interior and friendly staff create a laid-back and inviting ambiance, making MOAK Pancakes a must-visit destination for pancake enthusiasts looking to experience a modern twist on a classic Dutch favorite.
Corner Bakery - The perfect breakfast with Pancakes for your eyes and palatesRestaurant in Amsterdam Oud-ZuidAdd to myTravel added
Corner Bakery in Amsterdam is one of those restaurants made for social media. Beautiful decoration, numerous photo backdrops, amazing dishes and a very surprising atmosphere. However, I can also say that the cuisine at Corner Bakery goes far beyond what the pictures can show. With breakfast and brunch options that satisfy your hunger very well, you will be enchanted by the sight and taste. Among the many breakfast options, I would highlight the Red Velvet pancakes, the avocado, egg and feta toast and the amazing Dirty Chai Latte. Make sure you have a great breakfast in Amsterdam (and beautiful photos) at Corner Bakery.
De Carrousel Pancake House - The Place Where Everyone Becomes a Child AgainRestaurant in Amsterdam Canal BeltAdd to myTravel added
De Carrousel Pancake House in Amsterdam is a charming, historic establishment that has delighted locals and visitors for generations. The pancake house exudes a nostalgic and whimsical ambiance, as it’s housed in a picturesque building with a classic carousel on its facade. Serving traditional Dutch pancakes made with secret family recipes, De Carrousel offers authentic flavors from yesteryears. The warm and welcoming atmosphere and friendly service ensure a memorable dining experience. For those seeking a taste of tradition and a touch of nostalgia, De Carrousel Pancake House is a must-visit in Amsterdam.
Pancake Corner - Where Locals Eat Traditional Dutch PancakesRestaurant in LeidsepleinAdd to myTravel added
Far from the tourist center, Pancake Corner is where locals enjoy a good breakfast. With a limited selection of traditional pancakes, Pancake Corner is an excellent choice for those wanting an authentic and affordable experience.
The Breakfast Club Amsterdam - A Paradise for Breakfast FansRestaurant in PlantageAdd to myTravel added
The success of London’s The Breakfast Club has also made its mark in Amsterdam. With over 7 locations in the city, this restaurant is famous for the most amazing breakfasts that are served all day long. Yes, my all day all day?! One of the mains on the menu is undoubtedly the pancakes (American style) very well filled with chocolate, whipped cream, fresh fruit and sweet syrups. If you want pancakes in Amsterdam? Then you can put The Breakfast Club on your list of where to eat the best pancakes in Amsterdam.
Coffee & Coconuts - From Breakfast to Happy HourRestaurant in De PijpAdd to myTravel added
Coffee & Coconuts in Amsterdam is a trendy and vibrant restaurant housed in a former cinema. This urban hotspot exudes a bohemian-chic ambiance in the lively De Pijp and Zuidas neighborhood. The Coconut Pancakes is a must-try dish that’s a mouthwatering stack of fluffy pancakes topped with coconut shavings and drizzled in maple syrup. The restaurant’s highlights include its extensive brunch menu, delicious coffee concoctions, and a unique three-story layout with cozy nooks and ample seating. The relaxed vibe and stylish decor make Coffee & Coconuts the perfect spot to unwind and savor delectable flavors in the heart of Amsterdam.
PLUK Amsterdam - Pancakes in a charming caféCafé in De 9 StraatjesAdd to myTravel added
Whether it’s breakfast or a sweet break in your day of sightseeing, PLUK Amsterdam is a beautiful café located near Amsterdam’s famous 9 Streets. Here you will find among the savory options avocado toast, egg dish and bagels. However, the highlight of PLUK Amsterdam are the sweet options: cinnamon rolls, American and dutch pancakes, crepes, filled croissants, specialty cakes, cupcakes and açai bowls. Famous on social media, PLUK Amsterdam is that breakfast option for those who like to eat with their eyes and mouth. A beautiful decoration, beautiful dishes in an incredible place.
Meneer Pannenkoek - Affordable & Well-LocatedCafé in Dam SquareAdd to myTravel added
Meneer Pannenkoek in Amsterdam is a charming pancake haven that captures the essence of traditional Dutch cuisine. The restaurant is situated close to Dam Square and offers a cozy and inviting atmosphere. A signature dish is the “Dutch Apple Pancake,” a luscious creation with caramelized apples and a sprinkle of cinnamon. The highlights of Meneer Pannenkoek include their wide selection of sweet and savory pancakes, accommodating gluten-free and vegan options, and warm hospitality. With its rustic charm and delectable pancake offerings, Meneer Pannenkoek promises a delightful dining experience. It’s an inexpensive, well-located, and old-fashioned place to try the traditional Dutch pancakes in Amsterdam.
Bakers & Roasters - Exotic mixRestaurant in IJ WaterfrontAdd to myTravel added
Who knew that New Zealand and Brazil would make such a delicious mix? Bakers & Roasters is a restaurant that offers breakfast and brunch with an international and modern twist. With two locations in Amsterdam, one near the central station and the other in De Pijp, Bakers & Roasters surprises with a menu that ranges from American pancakes with bacon to açai bowl with fresh fruit. If you’re into a healthy lifestyle, you’ll find plenty of delicious options here that won’t weigh on your conscience like salads, smotthies, overnight oats and eggs. If you are looking for a pancake spot to cure your hangover, then this is also your place: like chorizo burrito, English coffee with beans and sausages and of course, pancakes with lots of chocolate!
The Best Pancake Tasting Tours in Amsterdam
You must include the best pancakes in Amsterdam on your sightseeing day to fully visit the city. Amsterdam offers tourist experiences that involve history of the breakfast item and a lot of flavors. Below are some tour options that take you to taste the best pancakes in Amsterdam.
Amsterdam: River Cruise With All-You-Can-Eat Dutch PancakesBoat tour in AmsterdamAdd to myTravel added
Please be aware: This is not a canal cruise option; it’s a river cruise!
The route of this boat tour does not go through the canals of Amsterdam’s historic city center but instead sails along the River IJ. The route allows you to see Amsterdam’s sights, including the city’s northern side, such as the Eye Film Museum, the magnificent A’DAM Lookout building, and the historic Central Station.
In addition to a special navigation route, this boat tour takes place on a much larger, double-decker ship. For 75 minutes on board, you will have incredible traditional Dutch pancakes. You can fill your pancakes with various sweet and savory options.
Drinks are not included in this tour but are available for purchase.
Another big attraction is the children’s area, with a large ball pool and recreational activities for young passengers to keep them entertained.
As this is a larger ship than a traditional canal cruise, it is important to know that the boarding point is on the north side of Amsterdam. You take the F4 ferry “NDSM” from Central Station to NDSM. The ferry is free of charge and leaves every 30 minutes.
Amsterdam: Walking Tour with Dutch Pancake LunchWalking Tour in De WallenAdd to myTravel added
For the next adventure, set out on a 2.5-hour tour to unravel Amsterdam’s best pancake spots. With a limited group of just 10 participants, you’ll have an intimate experience while strolling around iconic landmarks, including the Royal Palace, Dam Square, and the Anne Frank House. As you explore these historic sites, soak up the city’s rich history and cultural significance. Before you leave, finish your tour with a traditional Dutch pancake lunch, ideal for foodies and history buffs looking to experience the city’s sweeter side.
Learn to Make Dutch Pancakes in a Beautiful Amsterdam Canal HouseCourses & Workshops in Marken ENAdd to myTravel added
Immerse yourself in Amsterdam’s culinary culture with a small-group cooking tour. You’ll be warmly welcomed into a local chef’s home to learn how to make traditional Dutch pancakes from scratch. Throughout the workshop, you’ll taste Dutch delicacies like soused herring and cheese, followed by a delightful 3-course lunch with white wine. The intimate group setting, limited to eight travelers, ensures a personalized experience.
Starter: Grass Cheese with Applesyrup
Starter: Herring with Pickles and Onions
Main: Dutch Pancakes (Apple & Bacon)
Cooking class with a local chef
Tastings of local delicacies
3-course lunch with white wine
Tea, coffee, water, and juices
The Typical Dutch Pancake: The Recipe
For those who can’t travel to Amsterdam yet but want to experience a taste of Dutch cuisine, here’s a simple recipe to recreate traditional Dutch pancakes at home:
- 250g all-purpose flour
- 2 large eggs
- 500ml milk
- Pinch of salt
- Butter for frying
- Whisk together the flour, eggs, milk, and salt in a large mixing bowl until you have a smooth batter.
- Heat a small amount of butter in a non-stick frying pan over medium heat.
- Pour a ladle of batter into the pan and swirl it around to coat the bottom evenly.
- Cook the pancake for a minute or two until the edges start to turn golden brown.
- Flip the pancake and cook for another minute on the other side.
- Repeat with the remaining batter, adding more butter to the pan as needed.
- Serve the pancakes warm with your favorite toppings, such as maple syrup, powdered sugar, or fresh fruit.
Frequently asked questions about Pancakes in Amsterdam
Are Dutch pancakes sweet or savory?
Dutch pancakes can be both sweet and savory. Traditional Dutch pancakes, known as “pannenkoeken,” are larger and thinner than American pancakes, resembling crepes. Sweet toppings include powdered sugar, syrup, fruits, or chocolate, while savory options feature cheese, bacon, mushrooms, and other fillings. This versatility makes Dutch pancakes a delightful treat for all taste preferences.
Are Pancakes in Amsterdam Typically Eaten for Breakfast?
Pancakes in Amsterdam are not typically eaten for breakfast. In Dutch culture, pancakes are enjoyed as a main meal, commonly served for lunch or dinner. They are a popular choice at pancake houses and restaurants throughout the day. Dutch pancakes, or “pannenkoeken,” are a cherished culinary tradition and a delicious treat any time of day.
What is the Difference Between Dutch Baby Pancake and Dutch Pancake?
Dutch Baby Pancakes are large, puffy, and oven-baked with a crispy texture served with sweet toppings. In contrast, Dutch Pancakes, or “pannenkoek,” are thinner, resembling crepes, and are pan-fried. They can be sweet or savory and enjoyed for lunch or dinner in the Netherlands.
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