Gain insight into local culture during an authentic home-cooked meal with a Dutch host. Go shopping with your host, then enter their home, located in a historical building in the pretty Jordaan district of Amsterdam. Hang out in the kitchen and chat as they whip up a traditional Dutch dish. If you wish, help out with the preparation and cooking. Once the food is ready, sit down for a casual and intimate meal, where you’ll eat, converse and discover more about the local way of life.
Meet your accommodating host at midday in the Jordaan district, an old working-class Amsterdam neighborhood that is now known for its art galleries, canal houses and picturesque urban scenery. Let your host show you around the area, pointing out things you may never have noticed by yourself, and perhaps even stop to pick up ingredients for your meal. Continue to your host's home, which is situated in a converted 14th-century monastery. Join your host in the kitchen as they start preparing the food. While the meal is always different, you might taste local specialties such as pannekoeken, a popular local pancake that can be served either savory or sweet. If you're a keen chef, help out with the chopping and cooking. Alternatively, just chat with your host as they explain more about Dutch cuisine. Once the food is ready, take a seat at the table. As you eat, swap stories about your experiences of Amsterdam and hear about day-to-day life in the Jordaan district. After your leisurely meal, gather up your stuff and prepare to leave. Your host will point you in the right direction to your hotel or next destination.