Talking shop: top ten Amsterdam specialist food shops

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Daar ben ik weer. This week, the third in my series of posts answering the FAQs posed by my readers about Amsterdam’s food highlights.

Question: Where can I buy allspice/preserved lemons/unpasteurised cheese/Thai basil/sushi rice/[insert random ingredient here]?

Answer: You’ve tried the supermarket to no avail… these are the alternatives.

1. Volkskruidentuin (Kinkerstraat 142), for North African spices (and probably preserved lemons. If they don’t have them here, they do at Slagerij Westerpark at Spaarndammerstraat 65).
2. Kaaskamer (Runstraat 7), for the smelliest cheeses
3. Dun Yong (Stormsteeg 9), for Vietnamese noodles, Thai basil and all things Asian
4. Caulils (Haarlemmerstraat 115), for polenta, prosciutto and, randomly, Worcester Sauce
5. Hollandaluz (Haarlemmerstraat 71), for chorizo, piquillos di pimiento and Spanish stuff
6. Tel (Kloveniersburgwal 11-13), for fish and seafood
7. Yolanda en Fred de Leeuw (Utrechtsestraat 92), for meat and general yumminess
8. Duikelman (Ferdinand Bolstraat 68), for kitchen equipment
9. Kookboekhandel (Haarlemmerdijk 133), for cook books
10. Wijnkelder (Brouwersgracht 202), for wine

PS. I apologise for the westerly (Haarlemmerstraat specifically) bent of these shops… it’s my ‘hood, what can I say?


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