While there’s no shortage of first-class bakkerijen in Amsterdam, these renowned bakeries made the top of our must-visit list.
1. Confectionery Lanskroon
A taste of this bakery’s giant stroopwafels is enough to see why it’s one of the oldest continuously operating bakeries in Amsterdam. For the last 110 years, Lanskroon has been serving up homey Dutch treats like butter cookies, rustic apple cake, and lattice pies, but you’ll never go wrong with their plate-sized stroopwafels. When you go, take a cue from the locals by ordering a steaming cup of coffee and placing your stroopwafel over the lip of the mug to warm the caramel filling.
Nestled in the heart of Amsterdam’s cosmopolitan De Pijp neighborhood, Ugga is a laid-back neighborhood bakery specializing in Israeli fare. The pastry case is stocked with pillowy challah, tender rugelach, and chewy Israeli bagels, but the babkas are what draw locals in from across the city. It’s no understatement that owner Adva Rachamim is a true babka boss. You’ll find the classic poppy seed-filled babka as well as creative spins on this twisted loaf, like halva and chocolate chip, walnut, and white chocolate raspberry.
3. Van Stapele Koekmakerÿ
Known for having the best cookie in Amsterdam, Van Stapele specializes in one thing and one thing only: dark chocolate cookies filled with melted white chocolate. With crisp outer edges, a chewy interior, and an indulgent white chocolate center, it’s no wonder these cookies sell out before the day is done. Come rain or shine, locals line up outside the shop, extending around the corner of the street for a taste of these decadent cookies. If you’re after that warm-from-the-oven cookie experience, have no fear. A new batch is pulled from the oven every 10 minutes to ensure that each customer gets that soul-warming feeling that can only come from a fresh-baked cookie.
4. Winkle 43
It’s impossible to talk about Amsterdam’s baking culture without mentioning this restaurant’s world-famous appeltaart. Made of a chewy sugar cookie dough layered over cinnamon-coated apple chunks and served with a generous helping of homemade whipped cream, Winkel’s appeltaart encapsulates all that Dutch baking is: comforting, homey, and unbelievably satisfying. After you’ve taken a stroll through the bustling market adjacent to Winkel, stop by for a relaxed lunch finished by a slice of appeltaart. You may have to wait in line, but this treat is well worth it!
5. Van Wonderen Stroopwafels
Boasting a counter full of colorful stroopwafels as far as the eye can see, Van Wonderen is an ode to the Dutch icon. Whereas traditional stroopwafel makers craft theirs without any toppings, Van Wonderen dips its stroopwafels in chocolate to allow for a huge selection of toppings to stick to the cookie, from M&M’s to speculaas crumbles and chocolate shavings. The best part about Van Wonderen is that the toppings can be mixed and matched on a made-to-order stroopwafel, which means you double down on deliciousness from having the toppings you’re craving on still-warm treats packed with gooey caramel.