Tulips, weed, red lights,… Other than these, there are plenty of good things you can take back home from your trip in Amsterdam. If you are looking for what souvenirs to shop for when visiting this city for EURO 2020, here’s what you ought to get to remind you of the Netherlands’ culture.
1. Custom Clogs
When mentioning Holland, people often think of windmills and wooden shoes. So why not take home some custom clogs for your family and friends? Although custom clogs may be not so comfortable to wear around town, it is possible to put them to other use. For example, a custom decorated clog can be used as a paperweight because they are a bit heavy. Or a wooden shoe can be used to plant a small tree with the flowers peeking from the heel. You can also paint numbers on the clogs and hang them on a wall to use for a house address. Just use your imagination to turn anything found in every tourist shop in the Netherlands into something that is unique for your family and friends back at home.
2. Dutch Licorice
The Dutch really love their ‘drop’ (licorice), therefore, they have the highest per capita consumption of licorice in the world. There are various styles of ‘drop’ in grocery stores and candy shops in Amsterdam. Licorice is so complicated – sweet, salty, honey, hard, chewy,…
You can buy ‘drop’ in many stores in Holland, but Het Oud-Hollandsch Snoepwinkeltje in Amsterdam is like a step back in time. Even if you do not like licorice, you really should try this local favorite, particularly the flavored and salty varieties. This candy shop also has a variety of chocolates, gummy candies, and sugar-free sweets.
If you cannot try Het Oud-Hollandsch Snoepwinkeltje, you can visit the Jamin candy shop chain with locations all over Amsterdam to fill your bags with sweet delights and save some for your loved ones back home.