Living Dutch Dinners

Dutch Dinners

The traditional Dutch cuisine is famous for being quite sober. However today the traditional way of cooking is practiced less and less. This means that eating in the Netherlands is not at all a bland affair.

Bakery Tom van Otterloo Arnhem

Bakery Tom van Otterloo Arnhem


the Dutch eat three meals a day. Breakfast, lunch and dinner. Most Dutch people start the day with breakfast consisting of a glass of milk with a sandwich. For lunch it is common to bring a lunchbox to your work. The Dutch almost never have their lunch outside the office. It's also not usual to drink wine during lunchtime.

Dinner is almost always a hot meal that consist mostly of potatoes, vegetables and meat or fish. Nowadays dishes from all over the world, from italian amd Mexican to Greek and Thai delicacies, have found their way into Dutch kitchens. If you like snacks, try patat (French fries), a kroket (deep fried roll made of ragout) or a frikandel (deep fried meat rod).

When you are eating out with a group it is custom to pay for your own food. Although this is practice in other countries too, it is called Going Dutch. The Dutch often have dinner rather early, usually around 18.30.

The Dutch have a few table etiquettes that may differ from your own eating habits. Food is eaten with a knife, fork and spoon. Meat is sliced while eating and both knife and fork are used during dinner.

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Dutch cuisine

Traditionally the Dutch cuisine is simple. Some well known Dutch dishes are:

  • Hutspot (made with potatoes, carrots and onions)
  • Hete bliksem (literally Hot Lightning)
  • Boerenkoolstamppot
  • Snert also known as erwtensoep
  • Balkenbrij
  • Pannekoeken (Dutch pancakes)
  • Wentelteefjes
  • Griesmeelpudding (sweet pudding)



Stroopwafels (syrup waffles) are a treat consisting of wafles with caramel-like syrup filling in the middle. In Arnhem center you can buy fresh baked stroopwafels at the Jansstraat 26.