Walking and Eating in Amsterdam

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walk & eat AMSTERDAM

by Cecily Layzell

This little guide book… is a bit of a treasure…   the ideal travelling companion for foodies looking for a new and edible dimension to a day out in the capital. (Mrs SA, Amazon)

This little guide book is great. Pocket-sized, reasonably priced, and as I’m a big foodie exactly what I’d been looking for! I love the fact it contains recipes for lots of local delights they encourage you to find when you’re there, meaning you can make them yourself when you get home. (J, Amazon)

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Description

W&E Amsterdam

This pocket-sized full-colour guide to walking in Amsterdam is designed for short-break walking holidays using public transport. Although all the walks described are easy, even ‘non-walkers’ will want to stroll in and around the city, so will find the large-scale city plans, descriptions of the sights, and recommendations for eating out in Amsterdam useful. For each suggested restaurant there is a photograph of the décor and one of their dishes, plus sample menu, price guide, opening times, and a recipe for one of their specialities. Other sections include: planning your trip, logistics on arrival, local markets and specialities, glossary of local food terms, and a restaurant mini-vocabulary. A special feature is the emphasis on natural local foods suitable for those with food intolerances. All recipes have been made by the authors and are known to ‘work’.

Useful link: http://www.travelsavvy-europe.com/city-breaks/amsterdam.html

Area covered: There are 10 walks in the city centre and outskirts, plus another on the edge of the North Holland Dune Reserve, 40km northwest of Amsterdam. Two excursions offer more possibilities for walking — one a 10km hike along an old sea dike and others in the Hoge Veluwe National Park.

The best months for walking in Amsterdam are during spring and summer, when temperatures are mild and the queues manageable. It goes without saying that eating out in Amsterdam is enjoyable all year round!

Where to stay

Your choice of where to look for accommodation will be governed by several factors. For instance, if you intend to hire a car you will benefit from a much wider choice. On the other hand if you plan to rely on public transport, you will need to choose a centre offering good access to the walk routes or excursions you plan to do. There is also the factor of what type of accommodation you plan to use, for example whether you plan to stay in a hotel or in a self-catering apartment or villa. The author provides useful advice on the various options in the Where to Stay chapter which will be found in the introductory pages of the book.

Edition/contents etc

11 walks and 2 excursions
144 pages, large-scale city plans; area map
1st ed, 2011; ISBN 978-1-85691-394-2; UK retail price £8.99 / USA retail price $14.99

Table of contents:

PLAN OF CENTRAL AMSTERDAM inside front cover
INTRODUCTION 4
the walks 5
the excursions 6
the restaurants and cafés 6
the recipes 7
PLANNING YOUR VISIT 8
when to go 8
getting there 10
where to stay 10
what to take 12
planning your walks 13
verifying timetables in advance 14
ON ARRIVAL 16
local transport tickets and passes 16
tourist information 17
shopping for self-catering 17
markets 19
introduction to dutch cuisine 21
seasonal foods 23

Walk 1 · central canals 26
restaurants: proeflokaal de admiraal, gartine 31
recipe: sugar bread french toast with apple-cinammon butter 33
Walk 2 · jordaan 34
restaurants: small word catering, pancakes! 39
recipe: pancakes with spinach and goat’s cheese 41
Walk 3 · old centre & jewish quarter 42
restaurant: café latei 52
recipe: huzaren salad 53
Walk 4 · night walk 54
restaurant: in de waag 58
recipe: mustard soup 59
Walk 5 · zeeburg & the eastern islands 60
restaurants: greetje, lloyd hotel 67
recipe: lloyd hotel’s dutch apple pie 69
Walk 6 · westerpark & spaarndammerbuurt 70
restaurants: de bakkerswinkel, open 77
recipe: classic crème brûlée 79
Walk 7 · de pijp & vondelpark 80
restaurant: blauw 88
recipe: Indonesian nasi goreng (fried rice) 89
Walk 8 · oost & watergraafsmeer 90
restaurant: merkelbach 96
recipe: asparagus salad with broad beans and poached egg 97
Walk 9 · amsterdam north 98
restaurant: hotel de goudfazant 103
recipe: hartog’s sugar bread 104
Walk 10 · along the river amstel 106
restaurant: de oude smidse 114
recipe: endive mash 115
Walk 11 · castricum to egmond aan zee 116
AREA MAP 118
restaurant: van speijk 123
EXCURSION 1 · muiden & muiderberg 124
AREA MAP 127
walk: muiderberg route 130
restaurant: graaf floris v van muiden 133
EXCURSION 2 · kröller-müller museum 134
AREA MAP 136
EAT GF, DF 138
eating in restaurants 138
gf, df shopping 139
GLOSSARY (menu items, shopping terms) 140
conversion tables 142
INDEX 143
IN the restaurant (pocket vocabulary) inside back cover

Guidebook index

PLACES
Albert Cuyp Market 19, 80-1, 82-3
Amstel, River 54-7, 90, 91, 95, 106, 107, 108-9, 110, 111-14
Amstelpark 106, 107, 109, 108-9
Amsterdam North 98, 99, 100, 101
Anne Frank House 27, 28, ifc
Bloemgracht 34
Castricum 5, 116, 117, 118, 119, 121
Central Amsterdam 15-17, 26-57, ifc
De Pijp 80, 81, 82-3, 85, 87
Dutch Coastal Path 119
Egelantiersgracht 4, 37, 38, ifc
Egmond aan Zee 5, 116, 117, 118, 119, 120-3
Flower Market 26, 27, 28, ifc
Frankendael Park 91, 92-3, 95, 96
Herengracht 26, 30, 31, 57, ifc
Het IJ 60, 61, 62-3, 64, 75, 98, 99, 103
Hoge Veluwe National Park 6, 134, 136, 137
Hortus Botanicus 49, 50, ifc
IJmeer 125, 126-7, 131
Java Island 60, 61, 62-3
Jewish Quarter 42-3, 46-8, 49, 50-1, 51
Jordaan 34-7, ifc
KNSM Island 60, 62-3, 64
Kröller-Müller Museum 6, 134, 135, 136, 137
Magere Brug (Skinny Bridge) 55, 56, 91, ifc
Muiden 6, 124, 125, 126, 126-7, 128-9, 130-1, 132
Muiderberg 124, 125, 126-7, 129-31; Muiderberg Route 125, 126-7, 127, 130-1
Museumplein 81, 82-3, 84
NEMO 60, 61, 62-3, 65
Nieuwmarkt 20, 45-6, 54-8, ifc
Noordermarkt 20, 27, 29, ifc
North Holland Canal 99, 101
North Holland Dune Reserve 5, 116, 117, 118, 119-21
Old Centre 42, 43, 44-5, ifc
Oosterpark 91, 92-3, 94
Ouderkerk aan de Amstel 105, 106, 107, 110, 111, 112, 113-4
Oudeschans 62-3, 65, 66
Red Light District 42, 43, 45, 56, ifc
Royal Palace 43, 44, ifc
Sarphatipark 82-3
Spaarndammerbuurt 70, 71, 72-3, 75
Vecht, River 6, 125, 126-7, 132
Vondelpark 80, 81, 82-3, 85, 87
Waterlooplein Market 43, 50, ifc
Wertheim Park 42, 49, ifc
Westerdok 70, 71, 72-3, 75
Westerkerk 29, ifc
Westerpark 70, 71, 72-3, 77
Zuiderkerk 47, ifc

RECIPES
bread, sugar 33, 104
as French toast with apple-cinnamon butter 33
crème brûlée 79
nasi goreng see rice
pancakes with spinach and goat’s cheese 41
pie, Dutch apple 68, 69
potatoes, mashed with endive and smoked sausage 115
rice, fried Indonesian-style (nasi goreng) 89
salad
huzaren 53
asparagus, with broad beans and poached egg 96, 97
sausage, smoked see potatoes
soup, mustard 59

Current update

Updates for walks and car tours (drives) given below supplement those provided in the guidebook. It is vital that this Update is read in conjunction with the text of the book, but note that the Update applies only to the edition stated and not to any earlier editions. (If you have an older edition of this book you can “upgrade” to the latest edition at half price.)

Information has been forwarded to us by users of the book, and Sunflower Books offers the data in good faith but cannot be held responsible for any misleading or inaccurate content in the Update. Unless indicated otherwise, what appears here has not been verified by the author or publisher, so please allow due caution when new or amended routes are suggested. Each piece of information is dated; bear in mind that some of the older observations may have since been overtaken by events or further changes. If, during your holiday, you are using the current edition of the guide and are able to provide any additional updating to add to this page, we will be pleased to hear from you. Please send information, preferably by e-mail, to info@sunflowerbooks.co.uk.

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