Jordaan Food & Canals Tour


Our 4-hour Jordaan Food & Canals Tour is so much more than meets the eye: 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 12 delicious Dutch tastings from 7 authentic foodie stops along the way – all in one!

Once a working-class neighborhood, the Jordaan is now a sought-after area full of specialty shops and amazing restaurants. Its network of stunning canals and historic buildings make it one of the city’s most beautiful districts. You’ll visit our favorite local haunts, meet the families keeping Dutch food traditions alive, and explore historical sites that few tourists have an opportunity to experience. Along the way, you’ll be entertained with stories and insights into Amsterdam’s culture and history from our experienced local guides.

Take a break from being a tourist and discover the real Amsterdam with us!

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Departs Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, 11 am – 3 pm


All prices are converted into US dollars

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Tour Highlights


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
Taste Amsterdam’s best smoked sausage
Eat herring “the Amsterdam way
Experience the sheer variety of Dutch liquorice
Take in the city from Amsterdam’s world heritage canals – by boat!
Try some typically Dutch delicacies en route: gouda cheese and bitterballen
Experience a real Jordaan café in a converted canal house

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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  • Meer dan Vis

    Michel Witte and Donald Hitchings

    Meer dan Vis

    “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, our Food Lovers’ Guide to Amsterdam and an always entertaining and personable English speaking guide.


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


Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays 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.


Although the Jordaan Food & Canals Tour only runs on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, our walking-only tour, the Jordaan Food Tour, runs on Wednesdays and Fridays. Our food tours will not be running in January and February 2015. Tours will also not be held on Sundays, Mondays, Dutch National Holidays and during Jordaan neighborhood festivals. Please check booking page for available dates.


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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