Flippin’ Good Pancakes
When it comes to pancakes, the Dutch have you covered. References of pancakes in Holland date back nearly 400 years, so it’s safe to say they’ve mastered the art of the dish. There’s countless pancake houses across the nation’s capital of Amsterdam. We’ve narrowed down our favourite 6 so you’re closer to digging in to some delicious Dutch delights.
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The Pancake Bakery
This former 17th century warehouse dates back as far as the Dutch pancake, itself. However, it only opened as a pancake house in 1973.
It’s a perfect example of Amsterdam’s industrial past paired with its favourite dish, culminating in one of the most authentic dining options you’ll find in the capital.
Syrup replaces ketchup on the dark wood tables and the extensive menu demonstrates their dedication to celebrating the diversity of the pancake.
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Café ‘t Singeltje
Epitomising the typical old Dutch pancake house, Café ‘t Singeltje’s massive awning in fact reads ‘OLD DUTCH PANCAKE HOUSE’. Lacking a website, this café exists only to those who visit and offers way more than just pancakes. Its authenticity makes it a favourite for locals. The menu isn’t trying to impress anyone, with standard fruit, cream and chocolate options, but its longevity has proven it’s got nothing to prove. Head here for a real taste of the Netherlands.
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Japanese Pancake World
Perhaps even older than the Dutch pancake is the Japanese pancake, okonomiyaki.
Made with a mix that also includes puréed potatoes and shredded cabbage, okonomiyaki has existed in records since the 16th century.
The oriental base and toppings, including pork strips, yakisoba and seafood, make for an exciting twist in a city filled with classic Dutch options.
The European architecture yet Eastern décor is the perfect metaphor for this Dutch favourite in an Asian style.
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Cutting straight to the chase with a no-nonsense name, this pancake house has 3 locations across the city. One of these eateries is based in Nine Streets, meaning you can refuel after a day of boutique shopping. The restaurant promotes ‘gezelligheid’ which loosely translates to a warm feeling generated by a cosy atmosphere, similar to the Dutch concept of ‘hygge’, with family tables and an open atmosphere. The breakfast menu offers 3 options, basic but covering all bases. However, the menu expands rapidly as breakfast turns to brunch, lunch and beyond. From traditional to eccentric sweet and savoury options, even with an American section for those eager for a serious caloric intake.
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Crepes & Waffles
Absolute indulgence takes over here as traditional pancakes and waffles assume a whole new, sexier identity.
Of course, you could choose the sweet classic or savoury classic, but why would you when Spicy Mexicano, New York Cheesecake and Tiramisu crepes are on the meu?
The waffles, offering Cheesecake and Tiramisu options, among others, make it almost impossible to resist every item on the menu.
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Vegans, fear not, for Amsterdam is also ready and waiting to feed you their famous dish, sans eggs and dairy! As well as having an obvious vegan option, the vegalicious, they also have plenty of toppings you can put together to create your own. There’s plenty to feed the meat-eaters, too, with the Mancake and Pink Lady just two of the mouth-watering options available.
A white-out, minimalist interior gives a spacious, room-to-breathe feel which is absolutely paramount after gorging on delicious, indulgent pancakes.
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