Prior to my last trip through Amsterdam, I was tipped off to Vleminckx Sausmeesters, a shop whose product was described to me as the best fries in Amsterdam and perhaps the world. With such extreme claims, I needed to investigate.
Finding Vleminckx can be difficult if you’re not familiar with Amsterdam. As a public service, I’ve included a link to a Google map at the end of this article. Walking here from Centraal Station takes fifteen to twenty minutes, depending on how often you stop along the way.
Once the shop was in sight, it was clear that their frites are popular. There was a six person deep line on a rainy Saturday. The fries are indeed very good. They are crisp on the outside with a creamy interior. As good as they are, I’ve had fries before that were at least as good. I think what makes these frites so popular is the sauces. This stands to reason since the name of the shop is Dutch for “Flemish Sauce Masters.”
The sauces I ordered were Belgian mayo and Pickels. The mayo was fresh and very tangy. The pickels, also very fresh, included tiny onions and diced cucumbers pickled in a fashion similar to a British piccalilli, giving the vegetables a sharp, mustardy tang while retaining their crunch.
A Google search for “Vleminckx” will turn up several reviews praising these frites. As such, you can expect to encounter a tourist crowd. Even still, I recommend risking interactions with the khaki shorts and camera strap set to enjoy these excellent sauces atop a cone of very good Frites. Bring some Euro; Vleminckx accepts cash only.
1012 XK Amsterdam, Netherlands