Amsterdamse Poort – Haarlem’s Last Surviving City Gate

The Dutch city of Haarlem, capital of the North Holland province, is a historic city filled with reminders of its medieval and Dutch Golden Age Roots. Its grand Gothic cathedral, the St. Bavokerk, is the centrepiece of the city, and the windmill Molen de Adriaan and the Haarlem Cathedral are also impressive buildings of the … More Amsterdamse Poort – Haarlem’s Last Surviving City Gate

Visiting Haarlem – The Illustrated Guide to The Spaarne City

Haarlem is one of The Netherlands’ most underrated cities, especially when the country’s most famous city, Amsterdam, is just down the road. But, therein lies the beauty. Charming, quiet and historic, Haarlem feels simultaneously modern and medieval, like an Amsterdam on a smaller scale. From its grand central cathedral and town square packed with bars, … More Visiting Haarlem – The Illustrated Guide to The Spaarne City

Meet The Stroopwafel – The Netherlands’ Most Awesome Sweet Treat

Stroopwafels might just be the best Dutch market food of all time. It’s a sweet wafer cookie glued together with a layer of hot, sticky caramel, giving it a crispy outer layer and a gooey, chewy centre. If you’re wandering around in a Dutch market, chances are you’ll follow your nose to a stall selling … More Meet The Stroopwafel – The Netherlands’ Most Awesome Sweet Treat

Christmas In Haarlem – What To Do, Eat And See In The Spaarnestad

The Dutch city of Haarlem comes alive during Christmas, with the arrival of markets, parades, and of course, the arrival of Sinterklaas. It’s a time to explore the lights and decorations in the old town, eating gourmetten with family, going crazy with sweets such marzipan and pepernoten, For visitors and locals alike, spending Christmas in … More Christmas In Haarlem – What To Do, Eat And See In The Spaarnestad

Why don’t Dutch people close their curtains?

When I was living in The Netherlands, I was intrigued by one minor aspect of Dutch living. Why don’t Dutch people close their curtains? I am not alone in wondering what’s going on here. After some Google searching, it looks like others have tried to explain this habit. While obviously we can’t generalise about everybody, … More Why don’t Dutch people close their curtains?

Dutch Poffertjes: The Ultimate Market Street Food

Poffertjes are the ultimate Dutch street food snack. Sweet, fluffy, bite-sized pancakes, Poffertjes are commonly found at market stalls and food trucks all around the country. The best ones are made fresh to order, cooked individually on a specialised cast iron pan. Dutch street food Poffertjes are made from buckwheat flour, milk, eggs, yeast, butter, … More Dutch Poffertjes: The Ultimate Market Street Food

Haarlem's charming windmill, the Molen de Adriaan

In the Dutch city of Haarlem, De Adriaan windmill is one of the city’s most beautiful sights, turning its sails peacefully as it overlooks a bend in the river Spaarne. While it looks like a well-preserved slice of Dutch history, Haarlem’s windmill (molen) actually has quite a dramatic history. The humble windmill might be the … More Haarlem's charming windmill, the Molen de Adriaan