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From cheese to herring, pancakes to deliciously chewy stroopwafel, Amsterdam is a foodie's delight. Join us on a tour of the city's cuisine and kitchens. 

APPLE OF MY EYE

Situated canalside in the Jordaan district, Café Papeneiland is a great example of a traditional bruin café (brown café ), dating back to 1642. This is one of the top places in Amsterdam to sample appelgebak, or apple pie, lovingly made from a closely-guarded recipe handed down through generations. The Dutch have been making apple pie since the 1500s – and what separates Dutch apple pie from the others is the extra-thick crust and spicy filling of cinnamon, brown sugar, and raisins that help soak up the juices from the apples as the pie cooks. A slice of this iconic dessert, served with a generous dollop of whipped cream and accompanied by coffee is pure heaven.  Prinsengracht 2 / papeneiland.nl

IN THE SPIRIT

Located down a narrow alleyway just off Dam Square is the amusingly named Wynand Fockink, Amsterdam's best proeflokaal (tasting house). Specialising in the country's trademark spirit, jenever - a fiery, juniper-flavoured drink similar to gin, Wynand Fockink barely looks a day older than its 1679 origins, where antique bottles perch on crooked shelves and old wooden barrels line the walls. There are two types of jenever: oude (old) and jonge (young), and different grains such as wheat, barley and spelt are used in the production process. Jenever is traditionally served neat in a tulip-shaped shot glass filled to the brim, which obliges you to bend down to the counter to take your first sip hands-free or risk spilling your tipple. Pijlsteeg 31 / wynand-fockink.nl

ALLSORTS OF LICORICE

Jacob Hooy & Co is a marvellous store that began life as a pharmacy in 1743, and its beautiful antique interior of worn wooden floors and cabinets looks much as it did back then. Although it specialises in supplements, homeopathic remedies, and herbs, the best reason to visit is the excellent selection of Dutch licorice, with salty and sweet licorice available, both soft and firm and in a variety of shapes. The Dutch refer to salty licorice as zoute drop or dubbel zoute drop (double salted licorice). On the wooden counter are some scales where the confection is weighed out 'pick and mix' style, then scooped into brown paper bags in an age-old manner. Kloveniersburgwal 12 / jacob-hooy.nl

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