Best cake shops in Amsterdam
In Amsterdam, cake shops and bakeries serving up traditional Dutch delicacies (apple pie, of course!) as well as international treats such as decadent New York-style cheesecake and baklava abound. So, go on – let yourself eat some of the best cake in Amsterdam.
De Drie Graefjes
With this lunchroom and bakery’s four locations in Amsterdam, you’re never far from a slice of some of red velvet. De Drie Graefjes boasts an American-style bakery, with treats such as carrot cake, hummingbird cake, cheesecakes and much more. Some lunchroom locations offer something on the savoury side, including soups, salads and burgers – but you can always eat your cake first!
You won’t be able to have “just a tiny slice” at Baksels, which whips up an assortment of homemade cakes and brownies daily at its location in Amsterdam West. Grab a slice of your favourite cake and take a seat inside (or take it home!) to savour the flavour of these delectable cakes, all made with love by the dedicated team.
Stop by Winkel43 in the Jordaan neighbourhood for a taste of their most famous treat: apple pie, just like grandma made. Known throughout the city as having the best apple pie in Amsterdam, Winkel43 is the place to go when you need to feel at home – but be prepared to get a little cosy with some strangers at the table, as it’s usually busy.
For a cake that is as pretty as it is delicious, head to Tout Patisserie. The cakes are works of art, and the chocolate shop produces bonbons, truffles and bars that pair perfectly with a cup of coffee. Tout Patisserie is known for their macarons – they have dozens of flavours, including limited-edition flavours such as gin and tonic – so make sure to grab a box to enjoy after you’ve finished your cake.
Take a trip to Westerpark for a lovely high tea with the ladies – complete with a slice of cake – at De Bakkerswinkel’s most beautiful location. With three other bakeries in Amsterdam, this cake shop and lunchroom is known throughout the city for its scrumptious cakes (walnut and caramel, for one) and sweet and savoury scones.
Head down to Şerifoğlu for the best baklava in town, known to attract sweet-toothed fans from far and wide. This delicious sweet treat is made from layers of syrup-drenched filo pastry filled with a mouth-watering mixture of walnuts and pistachios. In the café you can enjoy traditional Turkish sweets, pastries and savoury snacks with a hot drink – the perfect lunchtime pick-me-up.
Two unexpected cultures, New Zealand and Brazil, have joined together at Bakers & Roasters, which serves up not only cakes but an assortment of breakfast and brunch dishes filled with flavours from all over the world. Cakes, baked daily by a team that loves to experiment (chocolate and Guinness cake, anyone?), can be enjoyed at the café or at home.
De Laatste Kruimel
There won’t be any crumbs left on your plate after a visit to De Laatste Kruimel – hence the name of this bakery in the city centre. Using organic and local, seasonal produce, De Laatste Kruimel serves a heap of sweet treats such as scones and cakes alongside quiches, sandwiches and fresh coffee and juice.
After a day of shopping on the Nine Streets, stop by Pompadour to be immediately transported to a quaint French tearoom. You may have some trouble choosing from the dozens of bonbons and cakes, all made from pure, unadulterated ingredients, so feel free to ask for advice – and have a cup of coffee while you decide.
Koffie ende Koeck
Vegans and vegetarians no longer have to feel left out when it comes to rich, moist cake – Koffie ende Koeck has come to the rescue! This vegan bakery in Amsterdam offers all the same flavours (as well as few unique ones), including carrot cake and Christmastime specialties. Though it’s a small space, the shop invites all guests to stay for an organic lunch or high tea.
Holtkamp has been on the Vijzelgracht since 1969, continuing a long tradition of a patisserie occupying number 15 since 1886. At only 16 square metres, there’s usually a short queue outside, but it’s worth the wait to see this tiny but elegant, art deco space. You’ll find sweets and pastries to your heart’s desire, as well as the chance to order larger cakes like hazelnut meringue cake, champagne raspberry cake and Sacher-torte.
Petit by Sam
A few doors down from Holtkamp you’ll find Petit by Sam. Owner Sam works with alternative ingredients like nut butters, coconut flour and dates to bring more nutritious – and allergy-friendly – cakes to sweet-lovers. In store you’ll find slices such as orange cake, carrot cake and fudgy almond blondies, either vegan, gluten-free or dairy-free. Or pre-order a celebration cake online, with mouth-watering combinations like matcha coconut or choco-cherry.
Colourful macarons, delicious petit fours and beautiful cakes line the display cases at Bos en Lommer cake shop Rijkhoff. The artisan patisserie prides itself on using top quality ingredients including fresh fruit and fresh butter.