Sarah McDowellUnited States
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!
Richard AbramsUnited States
Karen was knowledgeable and extremely nice and friendly. The rating is because we were thinking that the food would be sit down restaurant style and not stores and/or food stands. We thought the cost was not justified to the experience. Sorry because she was exceptionally nice and knowledgeable!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Richard, Thanks for taking the time to write this review. I have taken your comments on board, I did think the description was clear in that I explained the 'street food style' of this tour, but I will make adjustments to this tour. Regards Karen
Kelly GheenUnited States
Enjoyed our walking tour with Karen to local cheese shops, chocolatiers and vegan restaurants. Karen is very knowledgeable on the local delicacies, including the yummy fish offerings of eel and herring that we had at the fish market. I would definitely hire Karen again as she is very personable, attentive and fun to be with!
Nancy ChamblessUnited States
We have included food tours on ALL of our travels to major cities of Europe and this one did not disappoint!! Karen was organized in the way she presented our tour and knowledgable about each facet of our stops for the "local flavors"!
William FrazierUnited States
Karen was great - she was very well organized such that there were at least six separate stops, with food ranging from Indonesian to fresh stroupwaffles. She was very personable - it was like walking the streets with an old friend who had moved to Amsterdam. Highly recommended for an interesting walk with lots of food!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Bill, Thanks so much for taking the time to write such a great review. It was a pleasure to meet you all and spend time with you. You made me feel like I wasn't at work. All the Best Karen
Suzanne WashburnUnited States
Andrew PerlmanUnited States
Karen was knowledgeable, fun, and witty. It was the highlight of our trip to Europe. Just make sure you come hungry!
Thank-you Karen for a wonderful tour of your city! Although I loved every aspect of the tour, my favourite was definitely the cheese. I loved how Karen interspersed history, architecture and culture within the food aspects of the tour! Would highly recommend Karen!
Philip GoldbergUnited States
excellent tour. Lots of fun. Karen is terrific
John H.United States
I persuaded family & friends to spend 8 days in Amsterdam. They said "you plan it, but there has to be more than beer & fries with mayonnaise." I promised I would deliver but didn't know if I could. toursbylocals and our guide Karen V. made me look like a hero. She was responsive through the planning & guided us unhurriedly on a superb 1/2 day tour. She even offered spot-on dinner recommendations. And lots of local stories! Great personality,energy & adaptability. Booking Karen thru TBL was brilliant.
Alejandro De la PenaMexico
Linda GartlandBrookhaven, GA, United States
Karen is knowledgeable about hidden gems for foodies and is a delightful person to be with. In addition to food, she truly understands the history and culture of Amsterdam. She speaks English as a first language (with a Scottish brogue) as well as Dutch. Karen gave us lots of fun color commentary--sprinkling our discussion with tidbits of local history. She gave us a true appreciation for local specialties such as wonderful cheeses, chocolate, pastries, and deli treats. We thoroughly enjoyed our tour.
Christine HeraldUnited States
Karen is a savy foodie who is knowledgeable about the local food scene. Food tastings were at local shops. The choices were representative of Amsterdam and the food was delicious. I felt like I spent the day eating great food with a good friend. I highly recommend Tours by Locals and Karen.
Kimberly MershonPrattville, AL, United States
Karen is a great guide. She was so accommodating on this food tour for one person in our group with a gluten allergy. The cheese, the tearoom, the chocolate shop and the Italian fresh food finale were all wonderful. The additional walk thought the market was interesting, too. And the last bite of herring was a fresh and nice surprise. I highly recommend this food tour for your trip to Amsterdam!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Kimberly, Thank you so much for taking the time to write such a kind review. It was an absolute pleasure to spend time with you all. I hope you have enjoyed Amsterdam. Have a safe trip home. All the best. Karen.
Karen did an excellent job of communicating with us prior to our arrival from overseas. Her warm personality and knowledgeable information on Dutch culture, people food and history was very much appreciated. The food we ate was of top quality and very interesting. She also went beyond her standard time to make sure we took the time to enjoy our walk and food.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Dave, Thank you so much for taking the time to write such a nice review. I hope you all enjoy the rest of your stay in Amsterdam. All the best. Karen
Lots of fun and informative
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Richard and France. Thanks for making my job so easy today. It was lovely to meet you and thanks for leaving a review. Have a great time on your boat trip tonight. Karen
Heidi BorcaUnited States
We had really wonderful afternoon with Karen. She was great with our family and we highly recommend her for both her food tour and her information about Amsterdam in general. Awesome time!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi all. Thanks so much for taking the time to write such a kind review! It was an absolute pleasure to spend time with you and your family. Enjoy Amsterdam. All the very best. Karen
Debra H.United States
Karen took us to the best spots for a bite (or sever!) to eat and told us all about Amsterdam. Our group enjoyed her tour so much, we are all still talking about our time with her 3 weeks later. Thanks Karen for such an enjoyable day and the extra tip about Anne Frank. It was very meaningful to us to see the park where she played as a little girl being enjoyed by a new generation of kids.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Debra, Thanks for taking the time to write such a kind review. I really loved meeting you all - it was like a day with old friends. So glad you enjoyed the food and that you went to see Anne Frank's (real) home. All the best. Karen
Patty van der SchoorUnited States
Karen is an absolute jewel. The tour itself was fun and informative. It revealed information we would never have known otherwise. Karen's personality and spirit made it outstanding. Her energy and expertise made the experience perfect.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much Patty. I really enjoyed our time together, meeting (and eating) with such nice people makes my job very easy.
Camille MillsUnited States
what a treat to have my very own culinary quide ! Karen was able to re-work a her schedule to be my quide. We had a wonderful day together and i think i saw and tried about all the different treats I could have imagined. I would suggest a trip to Amstredam is not complete without trying the cuisine as shown to you by a local. She was very friendly and a great person to show me her city and its food.
Steven ElzingaUnited States
Although our trip to Amsterdam isn't over, I'm sure Karen's tour will be one of the highlights. We had a great time. Her selection of shops and restaurants where we had tastings was excellent. We may not eat for days. Equally enjoyable was her knowledge of Amsterdam and the Netherlands. On top of that she is extremely funny. If a food tour is on your agenda, I can't imagine a better guide.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Steve and David. Thank you so much for taking the time to write such a great review for me. Much appreciated. I enjoyed our time together today and meeting you both. Have a great time in Friesland tomorrow. All the very best. Karen
Graeme McNallyNew Zealand
An excellent foodie guide to Amsterdam -which has given us a great appreciation of local food. Given the poor weather it was remarkable that we were able to enjoy so much of the offerings. The market visit had a number of great local specialties. G & Q New Zealand
Stephen DollinsUnited States
We had a great time on our tour today with Karen! The meeting spot was easy to find. Karen could not have been nicer, easier to engage, or more informative. All the stops (for cheeses, chocolates, pastries, lunch, herring and other treats, shopping at an outdoor market) were interesting and enjoyable. The pace was relaxed and we liked getting away from the hectic tourist areas. We learned a lot about Amsterdam and life in the city in addition to all the culinary information. Thanks for a great tour!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Stephen, Thanks so much for taking the time to write such a fantastic review. I enjoyed my time with you and your wonderful family yesterday very much (sometimes I forget I'm working!). Enjoy your UK cruise and I hope you especially enjoy my home country of Scotland - say hello to Bill your Tours by Local guide there for me. All the best. Karen
Morton BairdUnited States
Karen is the most fun, happy and informative guide. She opened our eyes(and mouths) to the delicious street food and hand made delicacies of Amsterdam.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Morton, thanks for taking the time to write such a great review! Hope you all are enjoying the fantastic weather and that the restaurant ideas were useful - all the best. Karen
A fantastic day together with Karen. it was the highlight of the weekend in Amsterdam. Thank you Karen, you really know the place to get the best food and drink. I hope that I can enjoy one of your tour again later.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Svein, Thank you so much for taking the time to write such a fantastic review. I'm so glad you all enjoyed the tour, it was great fun for me to meet you guys and I had a really good time putting together a customised tour for you. All the best. Bye for now Karen
Jody ColemanUnited States
Karen is a very knowledgable and fun guide. We learned so much about food in Amsterdam but also about Dutch culture and life. Whether you are here for one day or ten, take this tour first. It sets you up to find the really good places that the hordes of people don't know about. Thanks Karen! We really enjoyed you!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Jody, Thank you so much for your kind words. It was a pleasure to meet you both and spend time showing you what I love about Amsterdam. Hope you enjoyed the rest of your time here and that you had a safe journey home. Who knows, maybe see you some day in Thermopolis! All the best. Karen
Edward BrownUnited States
Karen was very informative and fun to be with. My husband and I had a wonderful time and enjoyed sampling some of Amsterdam 's specialities. You can't go wrong with this tour.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Edward and Maryann, Thank you so much for your review. Much appreciated. I had a great time meeting with you and enjoyed your company very much. Karen
Dee LurryUnited States
The culinary tour of Amsterdam with Karen was one of the highlights of my visit. A wonderful selection of cheeses, pastries, chocolates, Italian deli specialties and even herring were heartily consumed with Karen's expert guidance. With perfect weather and Karen's easy manner, the afternoon was a beautiful beginning to my quick 3-day stay. I will visit Amsterdam again and recommend Karen's culinary tour for anyone looking for an informed introduction to the local delicacies.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hello Dee, Thank you so much for taking the time to write such a fantastic review. I am so pleased that you enjoyed the tour - I too enjoyed spending time with you. All the very best. Kind regards Karen
Adriana JenningsUnited States
We had a wonderful time with Karen today. The shops and tastings she shared with us were of very high quality, varied and delicious foods ... fabulous Dutch cheeses, chocolates, pastries, stroopwaffles, deli, and yes, even herring. In addition she provided us with a written guide on many other cafes, restaurants, food markets and specialty shops in and around Amsterdam. It is a good idea to take this tour at the beginning of your stay since she gives you so much useful information.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi There - thank you so much for your fantastic review! I'm so pleased you enjoyed the tour. I really enjoyed meeting you all and loved hearing about your times living here, especially that you bought your cheese from my old business partner! Have a great time during the rest of your stay and I hope that Diego will maybe try herring again, well, someday.
Sharon ByrneUnited Kingdom
We had a fantastic morning with Karen who was very informative and interesting and also had a brilliant sense of humour. She seemed to be enjoying herself as much as we did. My one and only criticism is that the tour was quite expensive but didn't detract from how much we enjoyed it. The local produce was delicious and we all tried things we hadn't eaten before. I would definitely recommend this tour.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Sharon, Thanks for the great review. I'm glad you enjoyed yourselves, and yes, I did to. Hope you enjoyed the rest of your time in Amsterdam. Karen
Great private tour. Relaxed, unrushed, knowledgeable and well planned.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Guys, thanks for taking the time to write a review. I hope you enjoyed the rest of your time in Amsterdam!
David BurrUnited Kingdom
We very much enjoyed Karen's informed and friendly manner. We learnt a good deal about the nature of society in Amsterdam - as well as enjoying many delicious tastings of Amsterdam specialities. We had a great time and learnt more about this wonderful city in a few hours than we would have done in several days of ambling around.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks David and Mary for taking the time to write such a kind review. I really enjoyed our time together and I'm glad you got so much out of it. Happy cycling home!
Karen was an excellent guide and she was very knowledgeable and passionate about food. She took us to great places where the food was fresh and authentic. As well as information about food we appreciated her views on Dutch life, architecture, family life and other topics. We would certainly recommend her tour. We felt like we were lunching with a friend even though we had known her for only two hours.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Linda and Lorraine, Thanks so much for taking the time to write such a great reveiw! I really enjoyed our time together too (sometimes I forget I'm at work!!) Enjoy the rest of your travels and maybe see you in Brisbane some day. Thanks again Karen
Jane W.Houston, TX, United States
What a fantastic day of tasting and good company! Karen is a delightful, warm, organized, and fun guide, as well as cookbook author and former deli owner. I plan to take another tour with her when I return to Amsterdam. We walked to some wonderful shops and restaurants, tasting cheese, pastries, chocolates, and salads, ending at the market where I bravely tried raw herring. Delicious. Karen left me with a list of her favorite restaurants, grocery stores, butchers, bars, and specialty shops. Superb tour!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Jane, Thanks so much for taking the time to write such really fantastic review! I hope to see you again in Amsterdam one day..... All the best Karen
Michelle B.JACKSONVILLE, FL, United States
I would recommend carving out the time to take this tour. We enjoyed our long walk through the streets stopping off at various shops to sample their treats from cheese to pastries to some surprise tapas. The market was a treat to see with all the vendors of every type. Karen was very informative and fun to hang out with.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Michelle and Gaby! Thanks so much for your kind comments. I am so glad you enjoyed your tour. Hope you had a great time travelling!
Joyce TrentonUnited States
The food tour by Karen was fantastic. Very informative and interesting facts about the Dutch food. Tastings were great too. Would definitely recommend this tour.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks guys! It was so nice to meet you all. I hope you had a great cruise too. All the best. Karen
Stuart SchlossbergSan Antonio, TX, United States
Karen was very well prepared and the tour was enjoyable and introduced us to various aspects (like cheese and chocolate) of the local cuisine.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Stu and Bonnie for your very kind comments. Hope you enjoyed the rest of your holiday (and of course that your luggage turned up on time!)
Raymond RamseyUnited States
Karen was excellent in guiding us through the culinary delights that Amsterdam has to offer. She was very knowledgeable of the area she took us through and gave us a great recommendation for dinner.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks for your very kind comments! Hope you enjoyed the rest of your holiday.