One girl’s mission to find the best apple pie in Amsterdam…
Before I moved to Amsterdam, I had no idea how famous they were for it. I was clueless as to how popular it was and I would never have imagined how good it could be.
The “it” I’m talking about is apple pie.
Apple pie, or “appeltaart” is something of an institution in the Netherlands and although it sounds like it’s a desert you already know. Dutch apple pie is nothing like anything I’ve had before. Rather than being a dish of baked apples encased in thin crusty pastry, Dutch-style apple pie is a taller, thicker and spicier dish. Slices of apple are baked with cinammon and layered with sultanas on top of a pastry that is more cake like than shortcrust. The top is either left open or covered in lattice pastry. Are you salivating yet? I am, and I only had my last slice a few days ago.
While I may have spent a long time blissfully unaware of Dutch apple pie, it didn’t take me long to set myself the goal of finding the best slice of it in Amsterdam.
It has taken me fourteen months and more slices of spiced soft apples and warm, crumbling pastry than I am able to count, or proud to admit. But I think I have found it: Cafe Winkel.
Found on the corner of Noordermarkt and Westerstraat, diagonally opposite Noorderkerk, Cafe Winkel looks like many other Jordaan eateries, but locals and visitors in the know flock to the tables that are lined up outside and the under the brown-beamed roof inside, all because, well, mostly because of the homemade apple pie that is served there. It’s location is a short picturesque walk from the Toren across the Prinsengracht canal.
The phenomenon of Cafe Winkel’s apple pie
Traditionally served with whipped cream, Winkel claims to go through over sixty full pies on an average day. A busy day will see around 100 pies get eaten. Considering each pie provides eight individual portions, that’s a lot of people enjoying Winkel’s appeltaart.
Personally, I think what makes Winkel’s apple pie so good is the pastry. It is both crisp and thick, soft but solid enough. That’s not to say there’s anything wrong with the apples which are just sweet enough without overdoing it. A slice of this apple pie goes perfectly with morning coffee or afternoon tea, but if you find yourself at Winkel at lunchtime their food menu is also worth considering… just make sure you save enough room for what I think is the best apple pie in Amsterdam.
Open daily from 08:00 – 01:00 (03:00 Fri & Sat, from 10:00 on Sundays) for breakfasts, lunch, dinners and the famous Dutch “borrel” (aperitif/afterwork drinks)
Noordermarkt43, Amsterdam 1015A (NB Reservations not possible.)
To make the most of this neighbourhood, stay at the boutique hotel, The Toren, Amsterdam