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Food and Drinks in Dutch

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In this chapter you will learn words about food and drinks. We'll take a look at breakfast foods, dinner foods, drinks, fruits and vegetables in Dutch. You'll also learn the words for tableware. Last but not least, you will be introduced to some Dutch specialties!

Dutch breakfast

Het ontbijt (breakfast) is simple, but very nutritious. You will find some breakfast products in the table below.

Breakfast productEnglishDutch
vleeswarencold meatsvleeswaren
hagelslagchocolate sprinkleshagelslag

enlightenedThe Dutch lunch (middageten) is similar to the Dutch breakfast. Many Dutch people prepare sandwiches at home to eat during lunch at school or at work.

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Dutch dinner

A classic Dutch dinner (avondeten) is simple, but nutritious. A typical Dutch dinner consists of potatoes, vegetables and meat. During celebrations such as birthdays, many families choose to eat fries with snacks or pancakes.

frietchips/friesfriet / patat

Dutch desserts

Het nagerecht / toetje (dessert), most Dutch people choose between either yoghurt or custard. For special occasions, they most often eat pie or ice cream instead.

vlaCustardPudding / Vla
ijsIce creamIJs

Dutch drinks

In this table you will find the translation of drinks from English to Dutch.

sinaasappelsaporange juicesinaasappelsap

Fruits in Dutch

In this tabel you will learn the names of fruits (fruit) in Dutch.


Vegetables in Dutch

In this table, you can find the names of vegetables (groentes) in Dutch.

paprikabell pepperpaprika
spruitjeBrussels sproutsspruitjes

Dutch tableware

In this table you will learn the translations of tableware from English to Dutch:

bekercupbeker; tas
wijnglaswine glasswijnglas

Typical Dutch food

There are many products that are typical Dutch and are not eaten elsewhere. Foreigners like some of these products, but many of them also hate them.

stroopwafelstroopwafel (syrup waffle) is a biscuit that consists of two layers of baked dough with a caramelsyrup in between the layers. The stroopwafel was first created in the early 19th century in the city of Gouda in South-Holland.






Drop (liquorice) is a typical Dutch sweet. There are many different kinds of drop that are generally divided into 2 groups: sweet and sour drop. On the picture you see the so-called 'dropveter' (liquorice lace), which tastes sweet.



maatjesharing Maatjesharing (herring) is also known as Hollandse Nieuwe . People eat the fish raw, straight from the hand or on a white bun. Often raw onions are served with it.






kroket (croquet) is a typical Dutch snack. There are many different kinds of kroketten, but the vleeskroket (meatcroquet) is the most famous. It is often eaten on a white bun or with french fries.



Boerenkool (Green kale) is a vegetable which is mainly used in stamppotten (hotchpots) in the Netherlands. A hotchpot is a dish that consists of mashed potatoes mixed with a certain type of vegetables such as boerenkool. Dutch people like to eat rookworst (smoked sausage) together with the stamppot.




An oliebol is a fried doughball that is traditionally eaten on New Year's Eve. Oliebollen are often covered with icing sugar and there are raisins in the dough.




Erwtensoep ( split pea soup) is also known as snert. Erwtensoep is a thick soup made of split peas. The soup is traditionally eaten in winter with roggebrood (rye bread).






The Dutch love their cheese.There are many types of Dutch cheeses. The most famous ones are Gouda and Edam named after the towns they come from. Other famous cheeses are Maasdammer, a cheese with large holes, and Frisian Clove Cheese.






Hagelslag (chocolate sprinkles) are small pieces of chocolate sprinkles that are eaten on top of sandwiches. There are many different types of hagelslag including chocolate, anise and fruit.


Hopefully, you have gained enough knowledge about food and drinks in Dutch, now it is time to make some exercises!


  1. Exercise about the Dutch breakfast
  2. Exercise about the Dutch dinner
  3. Translate the Dutch desserts, drinks and tableware
  4. Translate the fruits to Dutch
  5. Translate the vegetables to Dutch

Exercise about the Dutch breakfast

Exercise about the Dutch dinner

Translate the Dutch desserts, drinks and tableware

Translate the fruits to Dutch

Translate the vegetables to Dutch

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