Best oliebollen in and around Amsterdam
Stroopwafels may get all the international fame and glory, but true Dutch food lovers will tell you that the best way to fill a hole in your heart and appetite is with an oliebol - or a dozen. This delicious Dutch treat is traditionally served on New Year’s Eve, but the oliebollenkramen (oliebollen stalls) start popping up in the lead-up to Christmas. Here are our top-rated spots to get your fill.
Baking is in the blood of the Bakkerszonen (Baker's sons), as the name suggests, where the know-how for making pastries, cakes, and oliebollen has been passed down from generation to generation. Pick up a portion at three locations in the city (Noord, Oost and Centrum), or, if you're feeling really lazy, have them delivered to your home! That's one less thing to worry about during the holidays.
Bakkerij Ad Straathof
Bakery Ad Straathof has been an integral part of the Ten Katemarkt since 1972, and judging by the queues in front of their stall, they'll still be in business for a long while! The crowds show up to grab a loaf of delicious bread, with some oliebollen thrown in to make that few minutes of patience more than worth it. And while you're there, you might as well grab a delicious apple turnover for later!
One of the highest rated bakeries in Amsterdam unsurprisingly serves up some of the city’s best oliebollen. That and some seriously great (and huge) stroopwafels give this central bakery a firm place on our list.
Hartog's Volkoren Oliebollen
Everything about this bakery is great, but in your quest for the ultimate oliebol, Hartog’s Volkoren is a strong contender. Head over to Oost and stop by, and be sure to try their whole grain oliebollen, rumoured to be the best in town.
Hollandse Gebakkraam Heinekenplein
This beautiful little vendor on Marie Heinekenplein cooks up some of the best oliebollen in town, and its owners are famously friendly. If you’re heading to the square for one of the many cafes or events, then a stop at Hollandse Gebakkraam is a necessity.
Oliebollenkraam Tuincentrum Osdorp
You need a street vendor for the authentic oliebollen experience, and this one – right outside the Tuincentrum Osdorp – is one of the few that open (nearly) year-round. It also helps that their oliebollen and assorted bakes are to die for.
The official winner of the 2015 AD Newspaper oliebollen test, Gebakkraam Verwijk is as good as it has always been. If you find yourself peckish and on Christiaan Huygensplein, then do yourself a solid and taste the oliebol that once beat them all.