Sunday, June 26, 2011

Street Food in Amsterdam

With only three hours to explore Amsterdam, I spent my time walking and walking and walking. The city is beautiful; the architecture, the crowds, the ambience of a vibrant city full of people from all over the world. I loved it. So I didn't want to waste a moment of my time sitting in a restaurant when there was still so much to see. Instead, I opted for street food. The most popular item seemed to be frites (French fries). There were competing frites stands everywhere, even side-by-side.

Though there were many frites toppings available (ketchup, curry, cheese, mustard), by far the most popular seemed to be mayo. In fact, several frites stands boasted their own special sauce (doctored-up mayo). So, I did what everyone else did: I ordered mine with mayo and received a cone full of frites and a tiny wooden spork to fish out the last few frites from the bottom of the cone. It was delicious! I walked around with my treat and explored more of Amsterdam. I forgot to see how many of these frites stands were next to the multitude of coffee shops where I'm sure most of the people emerging had the munchies. Let's just say the number of coffee shops and frites stands were about even.


  1. Only 3 hours in Amsterdam?! Talk about a whirlwind stop!

  2. man, those look SO good. I haven't even had three hours in Amsterdam, but been to similar places with similar treats. I am homesick for Europe. xx

  3. Yum! I want to go to Amsterdam so badly. You get to go to all these cool places! That must be exciting.

  4. I'm enjoying every minute of my travels while I have the chance. I didn't really expect to see Amsterdam, but had some free time during my trip to Brussels and couldn't resist going, even if it was chilly and rainy and I only had a few hours.

    I'm definitely coming back when I can spend more time.

  5. I find it hilarious that the best voted friterie in the Netherlands is called Manneken Pis. I wonder if it's owned by a Belgian taking the piss?

    1. Is it? I didn't know that. Very interesting. Sounds like a Belgian behind this for sure. ;)