10 useful apps for expats living in the Netherlands

28 April 2014, by

When you’re settling into a foreign environment, it can be frustrating not knowing where to go, what to do or how things work.

Here is a list of apps that will help you make the most of your social life abroad, whether that means going out to a club, finding the best restaurants in the city or simply communicating in Dutch.

Please note that many of these apps have a Dutch-language interface. However, we’re confident that you’ll be able to use them, even with just a basic understanding of the language!


If you feel like eating a meal out, then Couverts is there to help you decide on a restaurant. Search by cuisine type or area, and make a reservation through their online system. You can even view up-to-date menus and prices.
Get it for your Android or iPhone

Dutch English Dictionary

It’s not easy to find a good, free Dutch-English dictionary app. This is one of the better ones we’ve encountered. It includes a large built-in lexicon, sample sentences and audio pronunciation.
Get it for your Android or iPhone


Foodspotting deals with specific dishes as opposed to restaurants. Are you looking for the best pancakes in town? Read user reviews and check out their photos to get an idea what you should order and where to go for dinner.
Get it for your Android or iPhone

Google Translate

Do you speak Dutch? Fantastic! For those who are still learning the language, Google Translate is an indispensable tool. It's not perfect - in fact, it's quite buggy from time to time - but it could be a real life saver.
Get it for your Android or iPhone


Are you interested in buying some used furniture, or perhaps selling your old bike? Marktplaats has a handy app version that lets you keep track of your transactions while you’re on-the-go.
Get it for your Android or iPhone


Feeling hungry, but in no mood to cook? Use your GPS location or postcode to find a list of restaurants that deliver in your neighbourhood. Order online and pay via iDEAL. Eating in couldn’t be simpler.
Get it for your Android or iPhone

The Holland Guide Lite

This is the condensed (free) version of the Holland Guide. It’s a treasure trove of information for expats and contains Dutch history, guidelines on housing and legal issues, healthcare information and much more. It’s currently only available for the iPad.
Get it for your iPad

Learn Dutch with Babbel

This app makes language learning fun and portable. Try the vocabulary games, practise your spelling and use the speech recognition tool. (Note that there have been reports of issues with the latter). Containing around 2.000 vocabulary words, this is a great choice for beginner and intermediate Dutch speakers.
Get it for your Android or iPhone


It’s Friday night and you’re looking for something different to do. Maybe you want to check out a play or find a bar with some great live music. Uit acts as a social agenda with events and festivals listed for the major Dutch cities.
Get it for your Android or iPhone


We’ve all done our grocery shopping at the "AH" at least once. The official Albert Heijn app allows you to create shopping lists, view all of the on-sale products and use the store locater tool.
Get it for your Android or iPhone

If you think of a fantastic app that makes your life in the Netherlands easier that we have missed, feel free to let us know!

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Comments arranged by date (Total 6 comments)  
April 28 2014, 12:16PM


May 04 2014, 09:43AM

Dutch App "Fix it" allows you to call for immediate assistance in case you have a flat tire. You just send your location and someone comes and fixes it straight away :D

May 22 2014, 09:28AM

reisplanner (for the ones who are travelling by train every day :))

May 22 2014, 09:40AM

is there any apps to follow the dutch news (like the newspaper de telegraaf but in english) ?

July 08 2014, 01:39PM

I use RingCredible (http://dl.ringcredible.com/SH9h) since I am living abroad. It is a useful app with which you can call mobile phones and land lines for low rates. And it is easy to use!

July 20 2016, 02:25PM

good summary

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A Canadian with Dutch roots, Ellen has had half her heart in the Netherlands since the day she was b...



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