When you think of Amsterdam, the first things that come to mind are probably cannabis, canals, and the Red Light District. Well, I’ll have you know that there’s MUCH more to the city than these three things. Amsterdam has stroopwafels and very good ones at that, and you’ll find them at Rudi’s Original Stroopwafels!
Stroopwafels (meaning “syrup waffle” but pronounced more like “strope-vafel”) are a Dutch treat consisting of caramel syrup sandwiched between two thin waffle biscuits. They were first made in Gouda, but you can find them in shops all across the Netherlands. However, while visiting the Netherlands, you don’t want to settle for just any stroopwafels. You want the best and this is why I’ll point you in the direction of a food truck called Rudi’s Original Stroopwafels, which is parked happily at the Albert Cuyp Market.
The Albert Cuyp market is located in the south of Amsterdam, in the de Pijp neighbourhood of the city. The market is open daily except for Sundays and it is home to about 260 stalls on its busiest days. Here you’ll find vendors selling clothes, trinkets, souvenirs, art, and of course food like fruit, vegetables, cheese, olives, fried fish, Dutch pancakes (called “poffertjes”), and most importantly, stroopwafels!
There are several stroopwafel vendors at the market, but I encourage you to look for Rudi’s Original Stroopwafels because their product is fresh, delicious, and inexpensive! Odds are that there will be a crowd of hungry stroop-fans waiting in front of the food truck and that’s a tell-tale sign that you’re in the right place!
Rudi’s Original Stroopwafels prides itself on using a traditional and authentic recipe which the owner personally sourced from Gouda. At the food truck, you’re given two simple options: a plain stroopwafel and a half chocolate-dipped stroopwafel. The wafel dough is freshly pressed into a waffle iron, flattened, baked, and then slathered with a luscious homemade caramel sauce. The guys in the truck are pros are making them quickly. I wish I were tall enough to capture a few photos of the assembly process because it is swift and quite frankly, poetic!
When the stroopwafel is served to you, it’s still warm and very soft. Since the two biscuits are freshly baked, the caramel oozes deliciously from the edges of the wafel. Dutch perfection! With each bite of the stroopwafel, you’ll understand why Rudi’s Original Stroopwafels comes highly recommended. The flavour is on point and there really is something special to a fresh, made-before-your-eyes treat!
My friend and I each ordered an original stroopwafel (for a mere € 1.50 each!) and they were great! No chocolate needed! However, if you’re really needing a hit of the cocoa bean, then get the chocolate dipped stroop (for € 2). But take my word for it when I say that the original one is more than enough to keep you happy!
If you want the stroop experience to last, the food truck also sells packaged stroopwafels to take away. I couldn’t resist buying some to take away with me as a gift to myself and my family. I had a feeling that they would be great, and when I have a food hunch, it’s often right. The packaged stroopwafels thankfully survived the return journey in my backpack and I of course snacked on them upon my return to Edinburgh. They are wonderful! Crunchy, chewy, and perfect with a cup of coffee or tea. If you want to do as the Dutch do, place the stroopwafel above a steaming cup of coffee or tea to soften it up before eating. Lekker!
So do yourself a favour and visit Rudi’s Original Stroopwafels for a fresh, local delicacy in Amsterdam. And take a page from my foodie book by buying some packaged stroopwafels to take away. It’s a simple fact: food souvenirs are the best souvenirs. Keep the Dutch holiday alive with a little bit of stroopwafel love.
- Location: Albert Cuyp Market, Albertcuypstraat, stall number 134.
- Website: http://originalstroopwafels.com/?lang=en/
Albert Cuyp Market
- Open Monday-Saturday, 9:30-17:30
- Website: http://albertcuyp-markt.amsterdam/?lang=en
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DeAlbertCuyp
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