Old Amsterdam Food Tour 2014 Kick-off: April 23rd and 30th!

Nourish the body and mind – tantalizing your taste buds and learning about Amsterdam’s food history in an exploration of the beautiful city center today. Late April, we kick-off the 2014 Old Amsterdam Food Tour! Tours start the 23rd and 30th in both Dutch and English. Find out more!

The Old Amsterdam Food Tour takes you to a time when food was at the heart of social, economic and political life – when oxen walked the streets on their way to the cattle market on Spui, a daily fish market took place on Dam Square, and grains were traded at the Corn Exchange on Damrak. The history of Amsterdam, which developed from a small village along the river Amstel to become the international city it is today, is literally shaped by food.

We explore this relationship, taking you on a tour through the contemporary urban landscape that links past to present and reveals hidden traces of Amsterdam’s food history. For instance, today, except from street names or plaques, the ancient food history of the city has almost completely disappeared. However, if we look at the morphology of Amsterdam’s streets, canals, alleys, squares and buildings, it is possible to trace signs of the city’s food past. Food supply, storage, transportation and consumption have always had an incredible cultural and social value, which is worth celebrating.

In the celebratory spirit, and to keep things fresh and fun, we have expanded the tour in 2014 to offer a truly rich experience. With support from Stadsdeel Centrum, we created a beautiful new map highlighting 10 local entrepreneurs that are visited on the tour. Along with the map, there is a bounty of information linking past to present and tantalizing your taste buds. We are excited to take the Old Food Tour to a new level!

All tours start in the heart of Amsterdam, right along the Red Light District at Nieuwmarkt.

Two tours this month:

April 23rd – Wednesday evening
19:00 – 20:30
Language: Dutch

April 30th ­– Wednesday evening
19:00 – 20:30
Language: English

1 person: 20 Euros
2 people: 15 Euros per person

There will be more tours running all year, with options for private parties, groups and more – see booking below.


Please write to FOODTOUR@FARMINGTHECITY.NET to book your Old Amsterdam Food Tour. Tours can accommodate from a two-person private tour to group tours of 20, and we are able to accommodate your specific needs by offering workshops, lectures and food activities. The tour can be tailored for children, couples, adults, foodies, co-workers, tourists and just curious urban explorers.

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Since spring 2013, CITIES Foundation, in the framework of the project FARMING THE CITY, has organized the Old Amsterdam Food Tour (more on the tour here).

CITIES Foundation is an independent urban research platform, which drives innovation in city life, policy and practice www.citiesfoundation.org.

FARMING THE CITY is an ongoing project exploring the relationship between the localization of the food cycle and urban development www.farmingthecity.net.

The Old Amsterdam Food Tour is supported by Stadsdeel Amsterdam Centrum and the network of local entrepreneurs featured on the map.

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Created on 14 April 2014

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