I love Amsterdam, I love to eat and it's my mission to make sure every meal is a good meal.
I'm originally from Scotland and have eaten my way to Amsterdam via the Scottish islands, Edinburgh, Lisbon, the Algarve in Portugal and London.
I've lived in Amsterdam since 1997 and during my time here I founded and owned one of the best and most successful food speciality stores in the country, for which I won national recognition and led to a cooking spot on Amsterdam TV and being listed in the national press as being in the top 5 speciality stores in the country.
Now, I write about food (one cook book to my name and more to come), fact and fiction. I travel, develop recipes, eat Amsterdam with clients on my private food tours and advise food businesses on how to reach their goals. I'm very proud to have been chosen, in 2018, as a 'Global Scot' which means I am a contact for Scottish food businesses who want to work in the Dutch market.
I know all the best restaurants, food stores (not the ones in the tourist guide books) and foodie secrets that Amsterdam has to offer. As well as sharing them with you during your tour I'll give you lots of recommendations so you can explore further on your own. I keep my tours seasonal and relevant and include juicy seasonal treats and information where ever possible.
My tours are about food of course, you'll taste lots of local Dutch and international treats, you'll learn what we eat and why. But, I'm interested in culture, history and food history so I incorporate this into my tours too, and I'll tell you lots about daily life here in Amsterdam.
If you can't find what you're looking for in my tours, please send me an email and tell me what you'd like to eat and I'll do my best to customise a tour for you.
If you want to eat Amsterdam like a local, I'd love to hear from you.
A Recent Review of this guide
We had a fabulous time!! Karen was informative and fun, and the food tastings were wonderful. Our two teenagers also enjoyed the day immensely. Highly recommended!
First and foremost I love food and I love the city of Amsterdam. I enjoy sharing my passion with visitors.
After having spent many years working in Sales and Marketing in the Hospitality industry internationally, I set up "Vivers Delicatessen" in Amsterdam. Through a unique assortment of high quality, often hand made products, we were recognised by a national committee of experts as being one of the best delicatessens in the country. Nominated by respected national magazine "Lekker" as the cheese fondue expert, I also had my own cooking spot on AT5 (Amsterdam television).
I've given private cooking lessons and workshops and arranged food events as well as working as a private culinary guide. I advise local food businesses and have been chosen as a 'Global Scot' and help Scottish food businesses enter the Dutch market.
I have published a healthy home cook book called "Love Food, Live Healthy"
- I don't have my own transport and so only do walking tours in the centre of Amsterdam.
- I don't offer tours that include museum visits.
- I don't offer tours to the tulip fields