Amsterdam Cheese Market
The following Amsterdam's cheese shops offer the finest selection of fromage in the city and, some would say, much, much wider...
Holland's grande dame of fromage, Betty Koster, finally opened a branch of her revered cheese shop in Amsterdam's stately Oud Zuid neighborhood in early 2010. L'Amuse offers some 400 types of cheese from the usual suspects like the Netherlands, Belgium, France, Spain and Italy but also from regions that are not so well-represented in Dutch cheese shops, such as England, Ireland, Portugal and the U.S.A. Ms. Koster is deeply knowledgeable about her product and cares passionately about provenance and quality, and even handles the ageing of the cheese in her own climate-controlled affinage facilities. I heartily recommend their Boeren Goudse Oplegkaas, a piquant and crumbly Gouda that has been aged for four years and even boasts its own Slow Food Presidium, an official mark of recognition by the Slow Food Movement.
De Kaaskamer remains a favorite stop for cheese in the charming Jordaan shopping district. The shop's name simply means 'cheese room', and a room full of cheese it most certainly is! You'll find hundreds of varieties of cheese from all over the world here - piled from floor to ceiling. In fact, even the most discerning cheese lover will be in kaas heaven. Try Le Petit Doruvael, a gooey and aromatic washed rind cheese, which sounds French but is, in fact, deliciously Dutch.
Slagerij Fred de Leeuw
With neighbors like Slagerij Fred de Leeuw (one of the best butchers in town), award-winning Patisserie Kuyt and MSC-certified sustainable fish shop Fishes, Kaashuis Tromp is in good company. The shop, which is part of a national chain, offers a fine selection of Dutch and international cheeses, with plenty of samples.
Kaashandel Kef was Amsterdam's first specialist in French cheese and still carries a respectable selection of French fromage.
Reypenaer Tasting Room
Taste a variety of Reypenaer cheeses at the Reypenaer Tasting Room. Particularly recommendation is Wyngaard Chevre Gris aged goat's cheese and Reypenaer VSOP, a crumbly, aged Gouda-style cheese.
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