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Where to find Stroopwafels in the U.S.

While in Amsterdam I tried syrup waffles or stroopwafels and immediately fell in love.

Sweet and crispy with just a hint of cinnamon, I couldn’t get enough of these buttery treats on our trip to the Netherlands…luckily we found them just about everywhere!

If you happen to be in Amsterdam, there are a variety of stroopwafels to choose from. The BEST stroopwafels I tasted in Amsterdam can be found at the Original Stroopwafels stall in the famous Albert Cuyp Market.

Original Stroopwafel’s delicious wares

…but, what if you return home with a hankering for these yummy treats (like me)? Here’s a round-up of a few stroopwafel spots in the U.S.:

Los Angeles:

The Dutch Bakery & Variety Foods store in Pomona, CA is a one-stop shop for EVERYTHING Dutch. Though they don’t make stroopwafels fresh, they import them fresh from the Netherlands regularly.

?: Patrick R./YELP

The Holland International Market is another store located in Southern California that has imported stroopwafels and other Dutch treats, but they also have regular events to help educate and introduce the delicious foods of Holland to the local community.

New York:

At the Williamsburg Smorgasburg (held on Saturdays) you’ll find everything from ramen burgers to vegan beet sliders. You’ll also find a stall using stroopwafels in some pretty crazy ways…like as an ice cream sandwich!


At Dutch Amore in Hollywood, FL they’re serving up stroopwafels as a sweet smore sandwich and the traditional way, with a touch of warm syrup. They also fry up the well-known Dutch treat bitterballen which are croquettes filled with warm gravy, breaded and deep fried.

?: Dutch Amore/YELP


Smaaken Waffles is a unique food cart making savory sammies out of Dutch waffles. I’m sure you could get a traditional syrup waffle if you asked, but the Van Gogh with bacon, cheddar and syrup is a pretty fantastic diversion!


?: @smaakenwaffles / Instagram

Of course, if you can’t find fresh stroopwafels in your hometown, you can purchase the pre-packaged  goods at retailers like Cost Plus/World Market and Trader Joe’s, as well as online at Amazon… trust me, any stroopwafel is better than no stroopwafel at all!

Tartines of grandeur at Pitchoun Bakery & Cafe


The Los Angeles food scene never ceases to amaze me. Like with most cities, a dynamic and diverse population begets unique and delicious culinary delicacies from all over the world. That is definitely true of L.A. and, specifically D.T.L.A where you can get just about anything your heart desires in a couple of jam-packed miles. Case and point– around the corner from one of my favorite French Cafes Madame Monseuir and one of my favorite fine dining experiences Bottega Louie stands Pitchoun Bakery & Cafe

Though Pitchoun has fantastic French pastries, we decided to sample from the extensive menu of tartines or open-faced sandwiches topped with your choice of meat and vegetables that are very common in France.

Colorful, crisp and bursting with flavor, Pitchoun’s tartines overflow with bright and fresh ingredients. The Pesto with grilled chicken, asparagus and fresh basil was light yet complex with a salty, acidic bite from the sun dried tomatoes washed away by the cool asparagus.


A stark contrast to the Sunshine tartine with paper thin prosciutto and crispy fig bread that rivaled some of the best ham and crusty bread we’d fight over in Italy.

And, speaking of bread, of course I couldn’t leave without a sweet and chewy French baguette of my very own!


Truffle lovers unite at Ober Mamma, Paris


A bustling Friday night begets a line around the corner, but I could care less– truffle pasta was calling and I had to answer.

I know what you’re thinking, another trumped up truffle delicacy– over priced, over salted and underwhelming. NO, not this time. This is the truffle pasta I dream about.


Ober Mamma is the little cousin of East Mamma and both Parisian gems are serving up spaghetti, pizza and burrata like I remember salivating over as a little girl in Naples, Italy. It’s Sunday dinner food that brings loved ones together and warms the soul, and rightfully so, since the chefs and kitchen staff hail from Naples– I felt right at home!

We sat at the bar for practically an hour hoping a table would open up. Meanwhile, enjoying cocktail creations and soft music. A neapolitan pizza with warm mozzarella and aromatic sauce with notes of garlic and spicy tomatoes was enough to send us home satisfied, but no– I came for truffle pasta and I wasn’t leaving without it!

Finally, a spot opened up and we were able to fully indulge– we enjoyed a warm truffle pasta and a cool bottle of soft, crisp Sauvignon Blanc as the restaurant staff serenaded the crowd– with pasta that good, I was happy to sing along!