Dutch snacks

Dutch snacks

Snacks can be found everywhere in the Netherlands as they are often sold at stands as street food and as appetisers in bars and restaurants. Both savoury and sweet snacks are considered part of the Dutch national identity.

Savoury Dutch snacks

The most well known savoury snacks you can find in the Netherlands include:

Hollandse Nieuwe

Raw herring, generally from a specific catch. Often served with onion or pickles.

Bitterballen & Kroketten

Deep-fried balls and tubes filled with a ragout of meat or, sometimes, vegetables. Served with mustard.


Deep-fried, skinless sausage.

French fries with mayonnaise

Mayonnaise is the most common sauce to eat with French fries in the Netherlands.

Sweet Dutch snacks

Here are some of the most famous sweet snacks you can find in the Netherlands:


Thin, round waffles with syrup. You can buy them fresh at the market, or packaged in supermarkets.


Tiny, puffed up pancakes served with butter and powdered sugar.


Soft, round egg cake.


Liquorice candy, usually black or brown. There are both sweet and salty variants.


A milky dairy product made with egg and sugar, traditionally with a vanilla flavour.

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