Jordaan Food & Canals Tour


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Departs Tuesday – Saturday, 11 am – 3 pm


All prices are converted into US dollars

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The Jordaan is one of the most historic neighborhoods in Amsterdam and it’s one of our favorites. Once you see its network of stunning canals and historic buildings, its specialty shops and amazing restaurants, you’ll understand why we love it so much. We want to share the Jordaan with you. We’ll take you away from the guidebooks to our favorite local haunts. We’ll take you behind the scenes and introduce you to the families keeping Dutch food traditions alive and we’ll explore architecture and little-known historical sites along the way, satisfying the most curious of visitors. Our guides love to tell you their own Amsterdam stories, enhancing your experience while you eat, drink and walk (and boat!) along our canals with friends. Let’s dig into Amsterdam together and explore this historic city in all its glory.

Our 4-hour Jordaan Food & Canals Tour is our original tour in Amsterdam, and will always hold a special place for us. It’s a guided walk through the unique cultural and historical sights of the Jordaan neighborhood; it’s an hour-long, private boat trip through Amsterdam’s world heritage canals; and it’s a substantial meal in the form of a dozen delicious Dutch tastings from plenty of authentic foodie stops along the way – all in one!

Tour Highlights


Take in the city from Amsterdam’s UNESCO world heritage canals – on-board an antique wooden boat!
Try some typically Dutch delicacies en route — gouda cheese and bitterballen — washed down with bubbles and beer.
Find out why Café Papeneiland has been in business for almost 400 years (clue: it might have something to do with the apple pie!).
Discover the other side of “Dutch” cuisine: Indonesia and Suriname and find out why the Dutch love their spicy food so much.
Taste Amsterdam’s best smoked sausage from a family-run butchery that’s been in business for over a century.
Eat herring “the Amsterdam way” (not to be confused with the Rotterdam way!).
Experience the sheer variety of Dutch licorice in an old-fashioned candy store run by our feisty-tongued Mariska!
Experience a real Jordaan café in a converted canal house, and witness Dutch hospitality at its finest.

Plus: See where Anne Frank famously lived during the Second World War, find hidden churches, and discover what used to be in the Jordaan area hundreds of years ago.

Please note that this tour shares many of the same stops as the Jordaan Food Tour; therefore, we do not recommend participating in both.


  • Café de Prins

    Johan Verschueren and Daan Huisman

    Café de Prins

    “With our view over two canals and a great mix of locals and internationals, we have one of the best spots in Amsterdam... We're proud of our musical heritage too - join us for classical music, DJs, you name it!"

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  • Salon Boat: “The Tourist”

    Imco Bruné

    Salon Boat: "The Tourist"

    “Our boat is so old, we call it a ‘floating monument.’ We’ve even welcomed Sir Winston Churchill and Queen Wilhelmina on board back in 1946 to celebrate the end of WW2!"

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  • De Kaaskamer

    Tim van Laar

    De Kaaskamer

    “Taste is everything! Food is a passion of mine, and one of the most important things in the world. In a specialist cheese shop like this, you have the opportunity to make direct contact with customers and let them taste the products. "

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  • Het Oud-Hollandsch Snoepwinkeltje

    Mariska Schaefer

    Het Oud-Hollandsch Snoepwinkeltje

    “I opened the candy shop because I really like Dutch old-fashioned shops; they have so much more atmosphere than the big chain stores. I wish all my customers ‘veel snoep plezier,’ as we say in Dutch – have lots of candy fun!"

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  • Vis Plaza

    Dirk Bos

    Vis Plaza

    “Never compromise on freshness and quality! We have customers of all ages – from children to grandparents – who come back again and again for the quality of our herring…”

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  • Butcher Louman

    Meneer Louman

    Butcher Louman

    “You can taste the craftsmanship, and if it’s up to us you’ll carry on tasting it – in any case, at least for the next 100 years!”

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  • Swieti Sranang

    Henk van de Weerd and Juliet Chang

    Swieti Sranang

    “Some of our customers have moved to another area of Amsterdam or even another city altogether, and they still come back to order from us. We take that as a huge compliment!”

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  • Café Papeneiland

    Tiel Netel

    Café Papeneiland

    “Papeneiland is one of the oldest cafes in Amsterdam – a really historic spot. Bill Clinton famously once came here for a cappuccino and a slice of apple pie – he ended up taking a whole pie away with him!”

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Good to know


The price includes all 12 food tastings, the boat trip, and an always entertaining and personable English speaking guide. You’ll also receive our Food Lovers’ Guide to Amsterdam: a printed guide full of insider’s tips about where to eat in the Dutch capital, as well as details about each of our tour stops.


Transportation to and from the tour is not included, and we are unable to arrange this for you. Detailed information for how to arrive to the meeting point will be provided at time of booking. At the end of the tour, our guides are always more than happy to call a taxi for you or point you in the right direction.


While the terrain is flat, we recommend you wear comfortable walking shoes and if rain is forecast, bring waterproofs and/or an umbrella as we will be outside for a lot of the tour. You may also like to bring a bottle of water with you if the weather is warm.

The Schedule


Tuesday through Saturday at 11 am from Cafe Papeneiland in the Jordaan neighborhood, a 10-minute walk from Amsterdam Centraal Station. The tour departs from the cafe at Prinsengracht 2, and detailed directions are provided with your booking confirmation. The tour ends not far from the meeting point and we can point you towards public transport or call you a taxi afterwards.


Tours are not held on Sundays, Mondays, Dutch National Holidays and during Jordaan neighborhood festivals. Please check booking page for available dates. If the Jordaan Food & Canals Tour is showing as sold out or unavailable, try our walking-only tour, the Jordaan Food Tour, which stops at many of the same places!


Cancellations made 3 weeks prior to the scheduled tour date are fully refundable. Our tours run regardless of weather conditions – rain, hail or shine!

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