Netherlands, Amsterdam Guide (B): Surinamese Food for Beginners: Where to Eat it in Amsterdam

Surinamese Food for Beginners: Where to Eat it in Amsterdam
Amsterdam is known for its Surinamese cuisine… apparently. I don’t know about you, but in my experience Surinamese and Indonesian food often get lumped in together, and even when you think you’ve ordered the former it turns out to be the latter. It’s not helped by the fact that Surinamese cuisine has been influenced and infiltrated by the cuisines of China, Indonesia, Africa, South America (and probably more besides!) so it’s hard to know what we even mean when we talk about Surinamese food. Plus, while there are plenty of higher-end sit-down Indonesian restaurants, most Surinamese “restaurants” are in fact takeaways.

After a decade living in Amsterdam, I figured it was time to knuckle down and find out where I could find “genuine” Surinamese food – and what best to order when I found it.

After a decade living in Amsterdam, I figured it was time to knuckle down and find out where I could find “genuine” Surinamese food – and what best to order when I found it. By the end of my research, I still can’t say I’ve found anywhere I’d take my friends for an entire evening, and I’m still very far from being an expert on what Surinamese food even constitutes. But then again, that’s perhaps not the point. If you know if anywhere that I’ve missed out on, let me know in the comments! And if not, surely there’s an ambitious Surinamese chef out there ready to take up the challenge?

Swieti Sranang

Swieti Sranang has a couple of branches ...... (follow the instructions below for accessing the rest of this article).
This article is featured in the app "GPSmyCity: Walks in 1K+ Cities" on iTunes App Store and Google Play. You can download the app to your mobile device to read the article offline and create a self-guided walking tour to visit the attractions featured in this article. The app turns your mobile device into a personal tour guide and it works offline so no data plan is needed when traveling abroad.

Download The GPSmyCity App

Download 'GPSmyCity: Walks in 1K+ Cities' app for IOS   Download 'GPSmyCity: Walks in 1K+ Cities' app for Android

Sights Map

Guide Name: Surinamese Food for Beginners: Where to Eat it in Amsterdam
Guide Location: Netherlands » Amsterdam
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Article (B))
Sight(s) featured in this guide: Swieti Sranang   Warung Spang Makandra   Waterkant   Albina   Lalla Rookh   Oosterpark  
Author: Vicky Hampton
Read it on author's website: http://www.amsterdamfoodie.nl/2016/surinamese-food-amsterdam/

Useful Travel Guides for Planning Your Trip


Souvenir Shopping in Amsterdam: 20 Dutch Things To Buy

Souvenir Shopping in Amsterdam: 20 Dutch Things To Buy

Tulips, red lights, weed... Other than these, there are plenty of good things to remember Amsterdam by. What's more, you can take home some of them quite legally. Look here to see what to buy in Amsterdam and...
12 Traditional Dutch Foods You Must Try in Amsterdam

12 Traditional Dutch Foods You Must Try in Amsterdam

Cool climate, closeness to sea, and sense of adventure have made the Dutch what they are – skillful farmers, industrious seafarers and, generally, people with the taste for life and good hearty meal, whether it comes from the sea they live by or the land they set their feet on. All of this has...
Top 7 Dutch Cheeses to Try in Amsterdam

Top 7 Dutch Cheeses to Try in Amsterdam

Don't mind things turning a bit "cheesy" when in Holland. After all, this small country is renowned for its cheese manufacturing and successfully competes, in terms of cheese exports, with such economic giants as the United States and Germany. Amsterdam alone and its vicinities are...
The Oldest and Historic Pubs of Amsterdam

The Oldest and Historic Pubs of Amsterdam

Amsterdam is a stunningly beautiful city, steeped in history, with hidden treasures and fascinating tales practically around every corner. Like all marvelous cities, Amsterdam has its share of dining and drinking establishments from the modern to the ancient. This guide will assist you in exploring...
Bars of De Pijp, Amsterdam

Bars of De Pijp, Amsterdam

Sitting to the south of the Centrum (city centre) De Pijp area of Amsterdam is a fascinating mixture of trendy urbanites, students, immigrants and Amsterdammers. De Pijp has a long history as the Bohemian part of town, which is reflected in the different cafés of the area. There truly is something...