Drinks and snacks to- go

The cafes are still closed and the terraces are still closed but Amsterdam still gives you the possibility to enjoy some of the most fun bars while taking your food and drinks on the go! The newest hype throughout the Netherlands has to be Gluhwalking. With Gluhwalking you pick out a few locations to visit that serve a drink and a snack to-go. These are some of the most interesting bars that participate in on the go food and drinks.

Buffet van Odette

Life is what you make it, it says on the cup. They make the gluhwein like this: a base of firm rioja decorated with the well-known herbal work, but also star-anise and – you have to dare – bay leaf. It could use another punch, but they deliberately keep it in check here; it is often ordered during the day. Cheerful neighborhood, Spiegelkwartier. And also great gluhwein.

De Hortus

Not only beautiful during the day, but the place to be for gluhwein in the city during the winter evening openings. They serve their gluhwein richly filled with seasonings, even a cinnamon stick is included in the cup. It is a pity that the base is ready-made and that a dash of liquor is missing, because otherwise it is a special brew that does justice to its decor.

Café Koosje

This one is more on the pricey end, but prepared with care. The house red receives lemon, orange and cinnamon, and do we taste cardamom there? That scoop of sugar might not even have been necessary. Once prepared, it goes back into the bottle and is served warmed without any frills. Too bad, because mulled wine likes finery. You can drink it at the spoonbills and the flamingos on the opposite Artisplein.

De Italiaan

No, as they say themselves: there is nothing Italian about gluhwein, but it is tasty. That’s right, especially if you make it like that. The star-anise swims its backstroke carefree in a bath of primitivo and rum. And hey, the street can look like it comes right out of a fairytale. A stall in front of the door, beautiful lights and it turns out to be a happy marriage between  Italy and gluhwein. Saluti!

Brouwerij ‘t IJ

The popular brewery ‘t IJ has been brewing quirky Amsterdam specialty beer since 1985. They have now built up an entire empire with their 33 (and counting) beers. They are located in the largest supermarkets, sell their own merchandise and also own two of their own tasting rooms. Both De Molen in Amsterdam East and ‘t Blauwe Theehuis in the Vondelpark are very nice places to visit if you want to taste their beers. They are also open for a specialty beer to go.

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