Going Dutch at the home of Center Parcs
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