Amsterdam is a Big cake town and Patisserie Holtkamp is the place.
1st I am happy to report, when you turn up at dreary old Gare du Nord at 6:30 AM to catch your Thalys train to Ams, you will now be greeted by a new Choux d'Enfer with lovely snacks for the train!
I got us 3 mini quiches in a sweet polka-dot box.
Yum Yum Thank you Alain Ducasse et Christophe Michalek!
3 hours later CAKE jumps out at you from every other Amsterdam window.
Waffles mit schlag too
COOKIES! Amsterdam is a BIG cookie town. And the cookies come big size only.
This is our hardy breakfast at the B and B.
By chance, wandering up Vijzelgracht 15 (where do they come up with these names?) we stopped dead in our tracks at Patisserie Holtkamp.
Lovely interiors and exteriors.
Even lovelier cakes. Naturally I asked how long they had been there.
60 YEARS!! they piped up with great pride.
I loved these rick-rack shaped cookies.
And chocolates that...
Match the floor tiles!
Paris does not have that.
Later same day, after I returned from Zaanse Schans, I popped into a little garden café at a church just to chill and catch my breath before the train home.
They were baking Amsterdam's famous Apple cake on the spot.
Ah the smell of it!
A moment of apple cake meditation...
A lovely golden Dutch apple cake-colored doggie .
I have maybe 2 more Amsterdam posts if you want them (on the Van Loon Huis and Van Gogh).
Let me know PBers.
Dank u wel Amsterdam! :)