Being a fishermen’s town, Volendam is well known for its Dutch seafood specialties. Like most towns around the IJsselmeer, it is especially known for its smoked eel, and many fishmongers from Volendam run fish stores and fish stalls in Amsterdam and other cities. Cooked fish is sometimes served with a typical sauce of butter en eek (butter and vinegar).
There are many restaurants in Volendam, most of them close to the waterfront. Below our recommadations:
Has its own eel-smoking facilities, and provides guided tours of the smokehouse. Not the cheapest place around, but the seafood dishes get good reviews. They have a small delicatessen store too, if you want to take the smoked food home, and a small museum. Average menu 35 EUR.
Address: Slobbeland 19, Volendam (Click here for directions)
Phone number: +31299363373
Website: smitbokkum.nl (Dutch only)
Bistro d’Oude Helling
One of the larger restaurants in town with a nice atmosphere. Mains from 18.50 EUR.
De Witte Deli Snacks
A fresh fish store where you can also eat snacks, a good option for a fast bite or cheap meal. It has a good range of standard fries and snacks. There are simple, pre-made meals too, which they can either heat for you to eat straightaway, or pack to take home and heat it there. Of course, they also sell the typical Dutch herring, smoked fish and other seafood snacks like kibbeling. Prices from €4.
Address: Steile Bank 2, Volendam (Click here for directions)
Phone number: +31299367139
Website: delisnacks.nl (Dutch only)
De Haven Volendam
A fresh fish and take-away store located directly on the dike. Special deals for guests of Marinapark Volendam.
In the evenings, the lively dike and waterfront area is the place to be. In summer, the bars and restaurants there all have outdoor terraces and make a great place to have a beer.
Every first weekend of September, Volendam celebrates its famous Kermis (fair), which lasts for four full days (Friday – Monday). For most villagers this is the best occasion to go out on the street to eat, drink, play games and be merry.
Volendam has a microbrewery that can be visited:
Bierbrouwerij ‘t Vølen
At the moment this brewery produces 7 different high-fermentation beers.€8.50 with 2 glasses or beer, or €11.50 with 5.