Having not visited Amsterdam in over a year (I know, what was I thinking?), I was extremely excited to go back to one of my favourite cities in Europe for a quick weekend escape, especially in prime time spring. Although our main purpose was to finally see the vivid tulip fields at Keukeunhof, we couldn’t resist revisiting some of our favourite corners in the Dutch capital.
We’d heard loads of wonderful things about Winkel 43 and its delicious Dutch apple pie (appeltaart) on our first visit and it quickly began a favourite brunch spot of ours. Naturally when good food is involved, I didn’t even need to drag Sam into starting our day with some traditional Dutch pastries. Trust me, it’s hard not to go back once you try their homemade apple pie!
Now, where do I begin when talking about Winkel 43? Located right on the corner of Noordermarkt and Wersterstraat, just a stone’s throw away from the Anne Frank house, Winkel 43 is easily one of cosiest places to grab a cuppa in the heart of the Jewish quarter of Jordaan.
This cute cafe is undeniably incredibly popular with both locals and tourists, and you can see why it’s so loved from the moment you step inside. Sitting inside a traditional Amsterdam house, it’s every bit as gorgeous as you’d hope. With long wooden floors, beams (!) and tables both inside and outside (perfect for sunny days), Winkel 43 oozes endless hipster cool and evokes a cosy and homely community buzz.
Winkel 43 is more than just a Dutch apple pie shop. Completely in line with their homely décor, it offers a selection of unsurprisingly delicious homemade breakfast, lunch and dinner options (alongside gorgeous cocktails until late night too!). With the likes of traditional Dutch dishes, fresh healthy mains and sharing plates (including plenty of Dutch bitterballen), you’ll be surprised with a completely different dinner menu every night while their lunches change monthly.
Although the menu options are beyond unreal, it’s Winkel 43’s apple pie that’s highly raved about. Fresh out of the oven and topped with their signature whipped cream, it’s every bit as heavenly as you’d imagine. You can also opt to have it without cream, but we were there to enjoy every bit of it and let me tell you, it’s quite the treat. The pastry was crumbly and the apple filling was fresh, moist and had a perfect balance of sweetness, along with a hint of cinnamon. This really is THE BEST dutch apple pie in Amsterdam (if you know of more places, I’m super open for recommendations!). Before we knew it, we’d devoured our slice of apple pie and were thinking of taking a second slice home!
If, like me, you’re a bit of a sucker for a good cake and a cuppa, Winkel 43 is the perfect spot to get cosy and enjoy some people watching after exploring Amsterdam. The walk there is beautiful too – surrounded by the gorgeous canals and traditional houses in pure Amsterdam fashion. It’s a total gem worth stopping by and I can guarantee you’ll leave happy. And although there will be queues most of the time (especially on Saturdays – find out why below), it never takes too long until you get tucked in – plus, if you’re in a hurry, you can always order a takeaway!
Quick tip: If you visit on Saturday morning, make sure you check out the Boerenmarkt, a farmers market that transforms the Noordermarkt completely with dozens of stalls selling delicious organic products and flowers – which in return, means Winkel 43 will get extra busy!
Winkel 43 apple pie prices: 3.70€ without cream, 4.40€ with.
Have you been to Amsterdam or tried Dutch apple pie before? I love trying traditional dishes everywhere I visit, so hit me up with more food you think I should try! As always, if you loved our post about Winkel 43 and its delicious apple pie, please leave us a comment, pin some photos and show us some love on social media using the buttons below
Winkel 43 | Noordermarkt 43, 1015 NA Amsterdam, Netherlands
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