"When you're in the Netherlands,eat like the dutch." Netherlands Local Custom Tip by sammie

Netherlands Local Customs: 288 reviews and 290 photos

by sammie

Start your day with a Dutch breakfast: fresh bread with butter, jam, cheese, ham or chocolate sprinkles (hagelslag). Yes: Scatter chocolate sprinkles on your buttered bread. You might also want to eat a slice of Breakfast cake (ontbijtkoek), a cake containing cinnamon. Get yourself ready for the chilly rain, strong wind, wet snow storm or radiant sunny day. The Dutch climate is full of whimsical surprises.

At 10:30 am it’s time for a cup of coffee. A cup of coffee is not just drinking a cup of coffee. The small, strong cup is to be savored while reading the newspaper or conversing at length with friends.

Lunch is another bread and butter meal, the same as breakfast, perhaps served with thinly sliced cold meats. More coffee, tea or milk. An ‘uitsmijter’ will satisfy your hunger. It consists of bread with slices of cheese and/or meat, topped with fried eggs. In winter a simple order of Dutch pea soup will satisfy your hunger and re-charge your batteries.

Tea time
At 4 pm it's time for tea. Be sure to try a delicious Dutch pastry (appelgebak) or a piece of ‘vlaai’ from the province of Limburg. If you walk past a cafe/restaurant that advertises poffertjes, be sure to walk in and try these mini pancakes with lashings of butter and sugar. If you’re in the mood for a snack while on the move, buy French fries (patat) covered in mayonaise or sate sauce.

The borrel
At 5 p.m. it's time for a drink, a borrel as the Dutch call it. A nip of Dutch gin served with cheese or nuts or bitterballen.

The choice of food in Holland is as varied as the weather. Restaurants representing Holland’s multicultural backgrounds. But in Dutch homes traditions die hard and the simple meals of potatoes, fresh vegetables, meat, chicken, fish or salad, followed by a milk-based dessert are still favorite. If you ask a Dutch person what is being served for dinner, he or she will first mention the vegetable being served, then the rest.

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  • Updated Feb 22, 2005
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