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11 Best Amsterdam Desserts in 2024

I’ll admit it, I’m a total dessert whore. Yup, anything with a ridiculously high sugar and calorie content is my Kryptonite.

That’s why, when I created my Amsterdam Itinerary, I knew that I had to create my own Amsterdam food tour and discover all of the most amazing Amsterdam desserts.

See, some people go to Disney World. Me? I get all giddy about the best desserts in Amsterdam.

Now, back when it was first time in Amsterdam, I had no idea what to expect since, well, I knew nothing about the best dessert places in Amsterdam.

But, since then I have visited Amsterdam many times and know exactly where to go to get the best dessert in Amsterdam.

I mean, the Amsterdam sweets I eat every time I visit are so good that even when I was full, I still kept eating.

Which is fine since calories don’t count on vacation. 

So if you love Amsterdam desserts ALMOST as much as I do, then read on! You’ll learn about traditional Amsterdam desserts and find out where you can grab dessert in Amsterdam at night.

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Best Desserts in Amsterdam

1. Winkle 43

An aerial view of Dutch apple pie with whipped cream on top. It is sitting on a red menu from Winkle 43 and is one of the best Amsterdam desserts.

You know that phrase, “as American as apple pie”? 

Yeah, it should really be, “as Dutch as apple pie” since Winkle 43 has the BEST apple pie that I have ever tasted.

Mind you, my grandma used to make some amazing apple pie with homemade crust and everything!

So coming from me, this is high praise indeed for one of the best desserts in Amsterdam.

Now, Winkle 43 may look like a dive bar from the outside. But, look beyond the plain exterior and head inside to enjoy all that one of the best dessert places in Amsterdam has to offer.

Once you find a table, sit down, order an appeltaart, and prepare to be amazed.

The apples in this dessert are cooked, but not overcooked, and sweet but not too sweet. The thin and crispy crust is also delicious but not greasy, making it the perfect compliment to the apples.

Plus, they serve one of the most famous desserts in Amsterdam with gobs of fresh whipped cream to cut the sweetness.

I legit felt like I had died and gone to desset heaven. Plus, the slices aren’t wimpy since they dole out giant slabs of apple pie on steroids.

However, if you can’t finish your Appeltaart then they can wrap it up for you to take home.

You can also enjoy it as a late night dessert in Amsterdam since the bar doesn’t close until late.

Address: Noordermarkt 43, 1015 NA Amsterdam, Netherlands

Hours: Open Monday from 7:00 am to 1:00 am, Tuesday to Thursday from 8:00 am to 1:00 am, Friday from 8:00 am to 3:00 am, Saturday from 7:00 am to 3:00 am, and Sunday from 9:00 am to 1:00 am.

Price: €3.70 without whipped cream and €4.40 with whipped cream.

How to Get There: Take the 18/21/22/N81/N88 to Amsterdam, Buiten Brouwersstraat station and walk from there.

2. Van Stapele Chocolate Cookies

A view of the famous chocolate cookies all wrapped in stacks with a turquoise bow from Van Stepele. This is one of the best dessert places in Amsterdam.

Are you ready for the best cookies of your life? Bold statement I know but these Valrhona chocolate cookies are the stuff that foodie dreams are made of.

Which makes sense since this vintage style bakery only serves these tiny pieces of divinity and has been around since 2014.

It’s like once they achieved perfection they knew that their life’s mission was complete.

Plus, all their cookies are made to order. So, you’ll receive a warm, moist, and delicious cookie right out of the oven.

Break it open and you’ll discover some gooey white chocolate that gently oozes out of the center one of the of the best Amsterdam desserts of them all.

Now, because all the cookies here are freshly baked, once they’re gone, they’re gone.

Therefore, arrive at one of the best dessert shops in Amsterdam early to guarantee that you get your cookie

FYI, Van Stapele chocolate cookies really are as good as everyone says and leave up to ALL the hype.

Address: Heisteeg 4, 1012 WC Amsterdam, Netherlands

Hours: Open daily from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm.

Price: €3.00 per cookie.

How to Get There: Take the 2/12 to Koningsplein and walk from there.

3. Rudi’s Original Stroopwafels at Albert Cuyp Street Market

Me holding a brown, circular Stroopwafel with a white napkin behind it and the Original Stroopwafel cart at Albert Cuyp Street Market.

Let me guess, you have no idea what a Stroopwafel is.

Great because I had no clue what this traditional dessert in Amsterdam was until I visited the Albert Cuyp Street Market for the first time.

See, while walking through this famous Amsterdam street market, I came across the holy grail of all Stroopwafels.

Known locally as Rudi’s Original Stroopwafel’s they literally create a Stroopwafel as big as your face, right in front of your eyes!

They just take two, cinnamon-flavored cookie-like waffles, place a hot, sticky, almost caramel-like toffee in the center, stick them together, and, tada! You have one of the best Amsterdam desserts.

Now, because these desserts are made to order, the center is still warm and sticky. So, if hold your Stroopwafel up for too long, the hot, gooey center will drip all over you.

Therefore, when you get your Stroopwafel, keep it horizontal until it cools.

After a few minutes, you can then freely photograph one of the best desserts in Amsterdam and give all your friends an epic case of food envy.

Address: Albert Cuypstraat, 1073BD Amsterdam

Hours: Open Monday, Tuesday, and Friday from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm, and Saturday from 11:00 am to 5:30 pm.

Price: €2.50 each.

How to Get There: Take the metro to De Pijp and walk from there.

4. Melly’s Cookie Bar

Me holding a chocolate chip cookie in front of the Melly's Cookie Bar sign in the Amsterdam. My hand is holding the cookie in front of a brown sign and the wall is green.

While not AS good as the aforementioned chocolate cookies, the cookies baked at Melly’s Cookie Bar are still bangin’ enough to make it on my list of the best desserts in Amsterdam.

Plus, they also sell delicious croissants, coffees, and cakes. So, there’s something for everyone, even if you’re not into Amsterdam desserts.

Additionally, Melly’s Cookie Bar creates a warm and welcoming environment that makes you want to snuggle up in a nice cozy chair, with a latte and a cookie, on a cold and blustery day.

Plus, the staff are lovely and the cafe has a vintage, old-school, general store vibe that is inviting to anyone who walks by.

And while most things here are delightful, I tried the Nutella muffin and it was not so fab. Therefore, avoid that Amsterdam dessert fail.

Instead, you’ll probably fall in love with Melly’s just like I did if you get the cinnamon rolls, the chocolate chip cookies, and the Alfajores.

Address: Nieuwezijds Voorburgwal 137, 1012 RJ Amsterdam, Netherlands

Hours: Open Monday through Saturday from 9:00 am to 7:00 pm and Sunday from

Price: You can get stroopwafels for around a €2.00 each.

How to Get There: Take the 4/14 to Dam Station and walk from there.

5. Banketbakkerij Van Der Linde

Banketbakkerij Van Der Linde has some of the best ice cream I've ever had.  I am holding this tiny ice cream in front of a beautiful shopping arcade.

I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream!

And honestly, I still scream for ice cream, even though I’m older. But that’s why I feel like this list of the best Amsterdam desserts would be pretty incomplete if there wasn’t any sort of ice cream on here.

So, if ice cream is your jam, then run, don’t walk, over to Banketbakkerij Van Der Linde. You’ll know you’re in the right place when you see a huge line out the door.

Now, if you’re expecting an assortment of 26 fancy ice cream flavors, then you’ve come to the wrong place. At this ice cream parlor they sell vanilla, and that’s it.

But I promise, this vanilla ice cream is unlike anything you’ve ever eaten. Instead of being heavy and dense, this ice cream is light and fluffy and tastes almost like eating a heavy whipped cream.

So if you’re planning to spend one day in Amsterdam, be sure to stop by and see what all the fuss is about.

Because not gonna lie, I may have eaten this ice cream once or twice for breakfast since the dessert here is that good.

Address: Nieuwendijk 183, 1012 MG Amsterdam, Netherlands

Hours: Open Monday through Friday from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm and Saturday from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm.

How to Get There: Take the 4/14/N85/N87/N88 to Dam and walk from there.

6. Sweet Bob Amsterdam

A delicious creme brulee flavored Brigadeiro from Sweet Bob's in Amsterdam.

I’m not a huge chocolate person. Blasphemy I know but if I’m gonna have dessert in Amsterdam, I’ll generally choose a slice of cake or cookie over a piece of chocolate.

That was until I visited Sweet Bob Amsterdam.

O-M-G! Where has this chocolate been my whole life? Not only do they create fantastical flavors like creme brulee, but the chocolate is light, buttery, smooth and “lick the wrapper” delicious.

So what kind of sorcery is used to create this deliciousness?

Well, since this shop is Brazillian, the chocolate sold here is actually Brigadeiro, a famous Brazilian delicacy that is made from butter, condensed milk, and a variety of other ingredients that give each chocolate a unique flavor.

But it gets better! They serve fresh Brazilian coffee too! And as we all know, coffee + chocolate = heaven.

The only downside? The chocolates here are a bit expensive. But whatever. It’s it one of the best desserts in Amsterdam, so treat yourself.

Address: Binnen Brouwersstraat 27, 27, 1013 EE Amsterdam, Netherlands

Hours: Open Tuesday through Friday from 12:00 pm to 6:00 pm, Saturday from 10:00 am to 4:30 pm (Lindengracht Market), and Sunday from 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm.

Price: Around €2.00 per chocolate.

How to Get There: Take the 18/21/22/N81/N88 to Amsterdam, Buiten Brouwersstraat and walk from there.

7. Pancakes from Upstairs Pannenkoekenhuis

Delicious pineapple and cheese pancake from the Upstairs Pancake House in Amsterdam.

Not one does Upstairs Pannenkoekenhuis serve one of the best pancakes in Amsterdam, but the owners are BEYOND nice and squeezed me in even though I didn’t have a reservation.

So, don’t be like me and make a reservation before visiting this dessert restaurant in Amsterdam.

Also, come prepared with cash since the last time I was here they were old school and didn’t accept credit cards.

Now not shockingly, Upstairs Pannekoeken is duh, UPSTAIRS! However, the stairs are ridiculously steep so if you have mobility issues then this may not be the place for you.

But if you can make it to the top then you’ll discover an eclectic but cozy restaurant that is decorated with an assortment of heartwarming, Dutch paraphernalia that is literally strung up to the ceiling.

Just be prepared for an “intimate” dining experience since this restaurant only has about 6 tables and is quite small.

Now, while I was here I ordered the pineapple and cheese pancake, which was really good.

However, I’ve heard through the pancake pipeline that the dessert to order here is the pear, eggnog, and chocolate sauce pancake since its supposed to be heaven on a plate.

Address: Grimburgwal 2, 1012 GA Amsterdam, Netherlands

Hours: Open daily from 12:00 pm to 6:00 pm, except on Sunday when they close at 5:00 pm.

Price: They start at €8.50 each.

How to Get There: Take the metro to Rokin and walk from there.

8. SUGARBAR by Tudy’s Kitchen

If you’re looking for one of the best desserts in Amsterdam then head to Oud West and check out SUGARBAR by Tudy’s Kitchen.

This pastel-hued dessert mecca was created by Nekeia, who built this exciting new business as a tribute to her grandmother.

That’s why, you’ll see chicken and waffles on the menu since Nekeia used her grandmother Tuday’s famous fried chicken recipe.

Today, this epic dessert restaurant in Amsterdam is filled with homemade ice cream, fresh baked goods, and more unique items like Cake Cups and Sammy Bars.

And then there’s the dessert drinks menu, which is brimming over with decadent options like classic milkshakes, ice cream floats, and affogatos filled with coffee.

So, stop by today and enjoy one of the best dessert restaurants in Amsterdam.

Address: De Clercqstraat 48, 1052 NH Amsterdam, Netherlands

Hours: Open Wednesday through Friday from 11:00 am to 8:00 pm, Saturday from 10:00 am to 8:00 pm, and Sunday from 12:00 pm to 7:00 pm.

Price: Varies

How to Get There: Take tram 3 to Kinkerstraat and walk from there.

9. Belicio Cheats

Are you ready to enjoy some of the best cookies in Amsterdam? If so then head over to Belicio Cheats and dig into a wide array of homemade cookies.

Not only are these delicious cookies made fresh daily, but the menu is always changing. So, you’ll never run out of things to try.

But, what really sets these cookies apart is the fact that they are stuffed with an array of different fillings. So, pull them apart of watch the delicious filling ooze out.

Personally, I LOVED the Speculoos Cookie and the Pink Lotus with white chocolate drops, cinnamon and speculoos raspberry filling.

However, vegan cookie dough and vegan dougnhuts are both available. This way, even your plant-based friends will have something to nibble on.

Address: Heiligeweg 20h, 1012 XR Amsterdam, Netherlands

Hours: Open Monday to Wednesday 12:00 pm to 6:30 pm, Thursday 12:00 pm to 9:00 pm, Friday 12:00 pm to 8:00 pm, Saturday 11:00 am to 8:00 pm, and Sunday 12:00 pm to 8:00 pm.

Price: €5.50 per cookie

How to Get There: Take the 2/12 to Koningsplein and walk from there.

10. Sweetella (the sign outside says, Sweetness)

A waffles covered in white chocolate sauces and strawberries and whipped cream. It sits ona white plate and is one of the best desserts in Amsterdam.
Yes my friends, dreams really do come true at Sweetella.

This is easily one of my favorite dessert restaurants in Amsterdam! since get to make your own dessert!!

Yeah, it’s kind of like a make your own sundae bar except better since not only do you get to choose your ice cream and toppings, but you get to choose your baked goods too!

Just embrace your inner super freak and create a truly unique dessert that includes waffles, crepes, poffertjes, or churros as your base.

Next, choose from an assortment of syrups, toppings, and ice cream flavors and tada, you have the perfect Amsterdam dessert!

I’m a bit of a purist and got a traditional waffle topped with strawberries, whipped cream, and white chocolate. FYI, their chocolate sauce is super sweet so don’t slather your dessert in it.

Address: Warmoesstraat 53HS, 1012 HW Amsterdam, Netherlands

Hours: Open daily from 9:00 am to 1:00 am, except Friday/Saturday when they are open until 3:00 am.

Price: Varies

How to Get There: You can easily walk here from Central Station

11. Sea Salt & Chocolate

Friends holding tall glasses of champagne together and toasting after one of the best private boat tours in Amsterdam.

Sea Salt and Chocolate’s claim to fame is that they were and are the very first cocktail dessert bar in Amsterdam.

So, stop by this dessert restaurant in Amsteram if you want to try delicious orange almond cake that is expertly paired with an amazing alcoholic beverage.

Personally, I get the red velvet cheesecake everytime I stop by. The slight bitterness of the red velvet perfectly balances out the sweet cheesecake.

However, the strawberry cheesecake is also quite good and comes with some nice strawberry jam.

Address: Sint Willibrordusstraat 58H, 1073 VD Amsterdam, Netherlands

Hours: Open Monday through Friday from 10:00 am to 10:00 pm and Saturday/Sunday from 11:00 am to 10:00 pm.

Price: €5.25 for a slice of cake.

How to Get There: Take tram 4 to Ceintuurbaan and walk from there.

Map of the Best Amsterdam Desserts

A map of the best Amsterdam desserts with blue dots on the map to represent the best desserts in Amsterdam.

Best Amsterdam Desserts FAQs

What Desserts are Amsterdam Known For?

Amsterdam is known for stroopwafel (get yours at Rudi’s Original Stroopwafels), appeltaart (get yours from Winkel 43), Pannenkoeken, and Van Stapele Chocolate Cookies.

What are Traditional Dutch Pastries?

Traditional Dutch pastries include:

  • Poffertjes (mini Pancakes)
  • Stroopwafel (Waffle Cookie)
  • Ontbijtkoek (spiced breakfast cake)
  • Speculoos (a spiced biscuit you can get from one of the best cafes in Brussels too)
  • Appelflap (puff pastry)
  • Paasbrood (Easter loaf)
  • Kerststol (Christmas loaf)
  • Banketstaaf (Christmas Log) …

What is the Most Delicious Dessert in the World?

It’s hard to pick the most delicious dessert in the world. But, some of the best desserts in the world include:

  • Mochi (Japan)
  • Flan (Latin America)
  • Bingsu (Korea)
  • New York Cheesecake (New York)
  • Dulce De Leche Ice Cream, (Argentina)
  • Lamingtons (Australia)
  • Liege Waffles (Brussels/Belgium)
  • Cendol (Malaysia/Indonesia)
  • Key Lime Pie (Key West, Florida)

What to Eat While in Amsterdam?

Some foods you should eat in Amsterdam include:

  • Pannenkoeken
  • Jenever
  • Bitterballen
  • Haring
  • Stroopwafels
  • Frietjes
  • Appletaart
  • Kibbeling.

There you have it! That wraps up this guide to the best desserts in Amsterdam.

Did your picks for the best Amsterdam desserts make the list? If not then let me know now!

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Saturday 13th of October 2018

All of this looks so good I'm tempted to abandon my winter travel plans and just head to Amsterdam! One this is for sure, I'll be checking out Van Stepele next time I'm there!


Sunday 14th of October 2018

OMG you won't regret it! Their cookies are legendary!! And I hear ya. I almost wanna ditch my winter plans after writing this too.

Erin | The Epicurean Traveler

Saturday 13th of October 2018

Kelly, I think your post will get me into some trouble when I visit Amsterdam again! My mom has been researching our family's Dutch ancestry, so she and I are thinking of traveling there together in the coming years. I've been before and remember always finding great ice cream in Amsterdam, but now you've opened my eyes to a whole array of goodies to try. My mom and both have a bit of a sweet tooth, so we could do some serious damage armed with this list!


Sunday 14th of October 2018

Haha. My mom and I were the same way. We always loved sweets and just bring some elastic waist pants and you'll be good to go. And neat about the ancestry. Sounds like something fun to explore.


Saturday 13th of October 2018

YUM! You sold me from the beginning with the apple pie! I loved the diverse range of desserts you checked out! Van Stapele Chocolate Cookie looked amazing! You also can't go wrong with the dutch pancakes too. YUM YUM YUM!


Saturday 13th of October 2018

Thank you so much! And yes, apple pie is one of my faves too.


Saturday 13th of October 2018

I wish I would have read this 3 weeks ago before I went to Amsterdam. I will def refer to this yummy post next time I am there. Great suggestions.


Saturday 13th of October 2018

Ugh, I hate when that happens! A good reason to go back though!

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