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Dutch pancakes aren’t just for breakfast in the Netherlands. These delicious fried cakes can be served as a hearty meal, snack, or sweet dessert. Typically, these Dutch treats are thinner and larger than American flapjacks, but thicker than French crepes. (Dutch pancakes shouldn’t be confused with Dutch babies, however, puffy cakes that resemble large popovers and are actually of German origin.) Traditionally, Dutch pancakes are topped with powdered sugar and a sweet apple syrup called stroop. But there are many varieties. They’re often filled with goodies like fruit, cheese, meat, eggs, and more. Discover where to find the best pancakes in the Netherlands and learn how to make your own Dutch pancakes.

Dutch pancake from PANCAKES Amsterdam

Dutch pancake from PANCAKES Amsterdam (Image credit: PANCAKES Amsterdam)

Amsterdam pancakes in Amsterdam

With six locations in Amsterdam, you’re never far from your next Dutch pancake Pancakes Amsterdam on a tour of the city. They offer over 30 pancake options, including Poffertjesor mini pancakes that taste like donuts. The menu says, “For an authentic Dutch pancake experience, try the pancakes with ham and grated Dutch cheese. Don’t forget the stroop for the finishing touch! “Alternatively, this popular chain serves up fluffy American-style pancakes for the homesick traveler.

Do you have any food allergies or dietary restrictions? Good news! You can order your cakes gluten-free, dairy-free or vegan here.

Poffertjes or Dutch mini pancakes at PANCAKES Amsterdam

Poffertjes or small Dutch pancakes at PANCAKES Amsterdam (Photo credit: PANCAKES Amsterdam)

D.e Pannenkoekenboot in Rotterdam

All aboard D.e Pannenkoekenboot (The Pancake Boat) for the best pancakes in Rotterdam! Eat any Dutch pancakes you want on a 75-minute or 2.5-hour cruise while admiring the Rotterdam skyline from the water. Guests top their own cakes with an assortment of tempting toppings like apples, chocolate, sprinkles, and of course, stroop. Pay a reduced children’s rate for children aged 3 to 11. Infants and babies sail for free.

Dutch pancakes on De Pannenkoekenboot in Rotterdam

Dutch pancakes on De Pannenkoekenboot in Rotterdam (Photo credit: De Pannenkoekenboot)

Pannenkoeken Paviljoen in Haarlem

Of course, you can choose standard toppings. But why do that when Pannenkoeken Paviljoen (Pancake pavilion) in Haarlem has so many other fascinating options to choose from Get your Italian-style Dutch pancake with fried spinach, mozzarella, sun-dried tomatoes, a pinch of pine nuts, and balsamic syrup. Or try yours with smoked salmon, chives cream cheese, arugula, capers and red onions. Chocolate lovers should save space for dessert and treat themselves to a Dame Noir pancake – it contains chocolate ice cream, chocolate chips, white chocolate sauce, and whipped cream. Yum!

A range of options at Pannenkoeken Paviljoen in Haarlem, the Netherlands

A range of delicious options at Pannenkoeken Paviljoen in Haarlem (Photo credit: Pannenkoeken Paviljoen)

Pannenkoe in Gouda

The oldest pancake house in the Netherlands is in Gouda. Treat your taste buds PannenkoeDutch pancakes in traditional style. The house specialty cake consists of ham, cheese, bacon, onions and mushrooms. Look for the pancakes of the month to reinterpret old classics.

A pancake of the month, chicken ragout and rocket, at Pannenkoe in Gouda, the Netherlands

A pancake of the month, chicken ragout and rocket at Pannenkoe in Gouda (Photo credit: Pannenkoe)

Stads-Koffyhuis in Delft

A local favorite, Stads-Koffyhuis (City Coffeehouse) won’t disappoint the longing Dutch pancakes in Delft. Take in canal views as you eat treasures like a Dutch pancake with Delft Kuyte chicken, carrots, leeks, and onions. Or why not sweet and savory with bacon, apple and raisin pancakes?

Dutch pancakes and other goodies at Stads-Koffyhuis in Delft, Netherlands

Dutch pancakes and other goodies in the Stads-Koffyhuis in Delft (Photo credit: Stads-Koffyhuis)

Upstairs Pannenkoekenhuis in Amsterdam

Visit the smallest pan in the Netherlands below Pannenkoekenhuis on the upper floor (Pancake house upstairs). In fact, it claims to be the smallest restaurant in all of Europe! With only four tables and some incredibly delicious cakes, you need to reserve in advance. (In the Netherlands, call 020-626-5603.) Climb a steep flight of stairs and try a Dutch pancake topped with homemade jam or filled with a variety of other fillings. Take a break between bites and look up to see a row of cute teapots hanging from the ceiling.

Check out Upstairs Pannenkoekenhuis in Amsterdam

Look up at Pannenkoekenhuis in Amsterdam (Photo credit: Pannenkoekenhuis in Amsterdam)

Why visit pancake houses in the Netherlands?

These classic European restaurants appeal to parents and children alike. They are usually equipped with a full bar that contains every imaginable libation. Regardless of the flavors you crave, the Netherlands has a pancake house that will satisfy you – sweet, savory, or both. Bring the kids and your appetite. You won’t leave disappointed or hungry!

Homemade Dutch apple pancakes with sugar powder

Homemade apple Dutch pancakes with powdered sugar (Image credit: bhofack2,

How to make your own Dutch pancakes

You can make your own Dutch pancakes with a simple batter of flour, eggs, milk, a pinch of salt and oil or butter for frying. Add some sugar or vanilla if you want a little more flavor. look at that easy recipe from Curious Cuisinière or this Photo instructions from Cakies from Rachel. For an even easier solution, buy some authentic Dutch pancake mix to whip up a batch.

Of course, you’ll want to top your homemade Dutch pancakes with something Apple stroop!

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Sink your teeth in grilled cheese (Photo credit: robynmac,

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