23. Dutch dining habits are relatively similar to American’s. Unlike many places in Europe, they eat three meals a day, with dinner usually being the largest, at around the same times as we do in the US.
24. There are a lot of potatoes in Dutch food. A typical Dutch dinner consists of a meat, a vegetable, and potatoes. If there aren’t plain potatoes in a meal, then there’s usually some sort of potato product. Basically, to travel here, you must love potatoes.
25. The Netherlands also puts a new twist on some favorite potato products. It’s customary to put mayonnaise on your French Fries there, rather than ketchup. Fast food places will serve this as a side, rather than our traditional tomato topping.
26. Most people cannot think of the Netherlands without thinking of beer. Big names like Heineken, Amstel, and Grolsch all hail from here. Visit local bars to get a taste of these local brews while you’re in the city.
27. If beer isn’t your thing, you can try Jenever, which is Dutch gin. It’s flavored with juniper berry and exclusive to only certain areas of Europe, including the Netherlands. Try it while you can! Visit Proeflokaal Wynand Fockink, which specializes in Jenever and other liquors.
28. The Dutch are also big fans of chocolate sprinkles. According to Holland.com, at least 750,00 pieces of bread with sprinkles are consumed in the country everyday. This treat is known as hagelslag and is unique to the Netherlands.
29. Another Dutch dessert is stroopwaffel. This addicting treat is made of two thin waffles with caramel in between.
30. The Netherlands are also well known for their cheeses. Check out a cheese shop while in the city like De Kaaskamer, or visit the Cheese Museum!
31. With its famous brews and diverse residents, Amsterdam’s night life is thriving. It’s easy to spend a night on the town there, whether you’re hitting up a small bar or café or enjoying some of the many ethnic eateries within the city.