Go­ing Dutch at the home of Cen­ter Parcs

Macclesfield Express - - TRAVEL -

AM­S­TER­DAM has a huge num­ber of din­ing des­ti­na­tions, from food trucks to pop-up restau­rants, food mar­ket stalls and global chains. ●● Near the Anne Frank House you come across another queue – for the Pan­cake Bak­ery (www. pan­cake.nl), in­side a cel­lar-like 17th cen­tury canal house.

Savoury, sweet, tra­di­tional, in­ter­na­tional – take your pick from a huge menu.

I had the Nor­we­gian, filled with sour cream, salmon and cream cheese (14.95 eu­ros) while my kids went for the sweet-tooth va­ri­ety, one folded over ap­ple, cin­na­mon ice cream, cin­na­mon liqueur and whipped cream (12.95 eu­ros). ●● Cafe In de Waag (www.in­de­waag.nl) is a res­tau­rant and bar in one of the city’s most dis­tinc­tive build­ings. For­merly a city gate, it is a can­dle-lit, ar­chi­tec­tural gem built in 1488, great to have a drink out­side or eat in. I had a three-course as­para­gus menu (42.50 eu­ros) with smoked salmon and herb salad and with roasted fil­let of lamb and lamb sausages. ●● If you like beer seek out café-res­tau­rant Troost, which brews its de­li­cious own blonde, IPA and white beers, or Brouw­erij ‘T IJ, a mi­cro­brew­ery that also does in­ter­est­ing tours.

●● Wa­ter­ski­ing at De Kem­per­ven­nen, Cen­ter Parcs, Hol­land

●● The Pan­cake Bak­ery, Am­s­ter­dam

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