Almost six years ago, I wrote a short article about the best specialist food shops in Amsterdam. During that time, it’s consistently been the post that gets the highest readership, so I wondered if it was perhaps time to revisit it? Amazingly, all of the places on the original list are still going strong (this in a city where I’ve known restaurants to close and re-open under another name before I’ve even had a chance to review the first version!). So it’s all credit to these shops that they’ve stood the test of time. However, things have moved on in the past half-decade, and I wanted to add my more recent finds into the mix…
The Original List: Top 10 Amsterdam Specialist Food Shops
- Volkskruidentuin (Kinkerstraat 142) – for spices, preserved lemons and all sorts of North African goodies.
- Kaaskamer (Runstraat 7) – for wonderful cheeses.
- Dun Yong (Stormsteeg 9) – for sushi equipment, soba noodles, Thai basil and all things Asian.
- Caulils (Haarlemmerstraat 115) – for polenta, prosciutto and Parmigiano.
- Hollandaluz (Haarlemmerstraat 71) – for spicy chorizo, piquillos di pimiento and other Spanish specialities.
- Tel (Kloveniersburgwal 13) – for the freshest fish and seafood.
- Slagerij de Leeuw (Utrechtsestraat 92) – for meat, pâté charcuterie, and so on.
- Duikelman (Ferdinand Bolstraat 68) – for kitchen equipment (such as my gorgeous Mauviel pan that I use constantly!).
- Kookboek Handel (Haarlemmerdijk 133) – for cookbooks, including my own!
- Wijnkelder (Brouwersgracht 202) – for wine and the best pairing advice.
The Additions (let’s double it and make it a top 20!)
- Puccini Bomboni (Singel 184 and Staalstraat 17) – one for the chocolate lovers…
- Kef (Marnixstraat 192 and Czar Peterstraat 137) – because you can never have too much cheese on a list about Amsterdam food shops.
- Americakes (Lutmastraat 189) – for cupcakes in all shapes, flavours and sizes made by a lovely American lady named Marisa (tell her I said hi!).
- De Turk (Van Woustraat 45) – a Turkish corner shop with a difference.
- Frank’s Smokehouse (Wittenburgergracht 303) – which is busy selling Frank’s amazing smoked fish to all the best restaurants in Amsterdam…
- Ibericus (Haarlemmerstraat 93) – jamón, chorizo, lomo… need I say more, fellow pork lovers?
- Bilder & De Clercq (De Clercqstraat 44) – revolutionising the way we decide what to eat for dinner (and selling things like duck confit into the bargain).
- De Kruiden Koning – my very own “Spice King” used to have a shop on the Spaarndammerstraat; unfortunately the store is no more, but he now sells spices on his website.
- Marqt (multiple locations, see website) – because we’re still grateful this chain of upscale fancy supermarkets exist (even if they do have a habit of stacking shelves at 5 pm, just like Albert Heijn…)
- Foodhallen (Bellamyplein 51) – is this really a food shop? Not exactly. It’s more like a giant buffet in the form of a covered market. But anyway, it’s still awesome.