A Taste of Life in Haarlem Food Tour

Escape the busy city centre and meet the locals serving up the best foods and brews in Amsterdam’s burgeoning sister city, Haarlem.
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Experience the wonderful Haarlem way of life…

Welcome to wonderful Haarlem – a lively, medieval city just a 20 minute drive from Amsterdam. Once a trading port and quiet residential city, Haarlem has come alive in the last decade thanks to an explosion of cafe, bar and restaurant openings. Today, Haarlem is where you can enjoy Amsterdam’s famous coffee culture, boutique shopping, local craft brews and of course lots of delicious food.

Our 3.5 hour walking tour takes you to the old working-class neighbourhoods where you’ll find markets and speciality food shops serving up the tastiest snacks.

From a fishmonger at the famous Grote Markt town square, to a cheese enthusiast running his own store, you’ll meet the locals who are playing a part in Haarlem’s culinary boom.

You’ll enjoy seven authentic tasting stops and hear fascinating facts and stories to enhance your experience while you eat, drink and explore this beautiful city.

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Tour Highlights Include

Devour a delicious serving of rendang fries at an innovative eatery that specialises in pulled dishes.

Pick between two freshly made chocolates at a small, family-run chocolaterie.

Visit a pharmacy with a secret past to taste the Dutch's favourite vice.

Find out what makes Dutch apple pie so distinctive and delicious.

Taste a traditional Haarlem beer in an iconic brewery built in an old cathedral.

Give Dutch Herring a go and try sushi like you’ve never had before!

Meet speciality cheese shop founder Latif, and sample some of his locally-produced cheeses.

Tick Grote Markt off your to-see list and enjoy an authentic food tasting in this 17th century square.



Let's make one of your favourite Amsterdam memories together



In addition to receiving our food lover's guide to Amsterdam, your local guide will give you their tips and picks to the best spots in town



Our aim is to make all possible accommodations for gluten-free, dairy-free or vegetarian diets

Your Food Tour Schedule



The food tour starts at Cafè Zwaan.



You can cancel up to 24 hours before your tour date. For further details please review our cancellation policy.



Our tours run on Thursday and Friday. There are no tours on Dutch National Holidays Check our calendar for available dates.

Aileen was really great with us, she waited for us though we arrived almost an hour late due to traffic! She showed us beautiful things, we tasted awesome and tasty cuisines, and I also learned a few words (lekker!!). Thank you for your kindness and happiness despite the rain! The city really is beautiful and full of wonders when you know where to look at 🙂

- Ludivine Coulon

Our guide, DJ, was great! He was very knowledgeable and personable. We had just the right amount of time at each place and didn’t feel rushed. Good choices of foods to sample.

- Stephanie Bergsma

Fantastic and knowledgeable tour guide and of course we loved the food.

- Scott Borklund

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