DBMA (Death by Martini Abroad): At Douwe Egberts Koffie Cafe

August 05, 2009 // Tagged in: amsterdam, cafe, coffee, dbma, douwe egbert, Food, netherlands

Now, before I start venturing into the culinary delights of the Netherlands, and after having written about how good they are at importing stuff, I’m going to post a little disclaimer here. First off, the Netherlands are not a place with a rich unique cuisine. To be precise, there seem to be two things they like to attribute to their cuisine, and that’s pancakes and fries. Everything else seems to be imported. So don’t expect me writing about this or that Dutch specialty, because, well, there really aren’t any.

With that out of the way, here’s another thing I might add. They don’t do coffee too well. The only read good coffee we had was at the Douwe Egbert’s Cafe in Amsterdam.

And yes, the Google Street View image shows a construction site, but trust me, it is there.

They made a pretty good Café Latte and the first day we were there, I had a chocolate muffin for breakfast:

My girlfriend opted for an apple pie, which I was told wasn’t half bad either.

Since we only spent two nights in Amsterdam and the café was so close to our Hotel, we went there not just once, but twice. The next day my stomach needed something a bit more hearty, so I had a grilled ham and cheese sandwich:

With the cheese molten to perfection, I was what you may call a happy camper, only that I didn’t really camp, but, well, stayed at a hotel.

I do feel a bit bad for not venturing much further into town on the lookout for a less chainesque café, but on the other hand, it was my vacation, so give it a rest already.

Come back tomorrow for a sad but entertaining look at the one-size-fits-all cuisine of tourist locations.