I always wonder why it is that the cheese at the shops in touristy areas doesn’t look anything like cheese you’ll find in a Dutch household. In short, when you see a shop with cheese in the shape of small balls wrapped in plastic, like you’ll find in Schiphol and in the center of Amsterdam, walk on and go to the Kaaskamer (cheese room) instead.
De Kaaskamer is a small shop, not bigger than a room as the name implies, and full of cheese and some complimentary things like bread, wine, salami and ham. The cheese comes from all over and in all different shapes, sizes, and ages. There’s Dutch cheeses but also French, English, German, Swedish, Swiss and Italian. Soft and hard, made from cows, goats, sheep… they have it all.
And the staff knows them all and will help you design a perfect cheese platter for a dinner party; even if you you throw them a curve ball that you want a themed platter with only Burgundy cheeses, they will hook you up. And coming back pays off: when you tell them what cheese you had last time and that you liked it, they will point you towards a new cheesy discovery.
Finally, at the Kaaskamer they have freshly baked thin French baguettes and you can pick the cheese or meat you want on it. The best part? Eating the sandwich while enjoying the Amsterdam canals which are just around the corner.