Cheese Shops, Amsterdam
Edam is known for their cheese, but there is a church in the town that they have been trying to restore. In order to do this they have built a replica of the church out of cheese. It cost 4 Euro, really didn't think it was worth it. But I can say I saw something that was in the Guiness Book of World Records
Unique Suggestions: If you do go to see the cheese Church, feel good that you are helping to renovate an old church and save part of history. Besides if you go inside the church you can bowl using cheese. That was a pretty cool experience.
Fun Alternatives: I would suggest just go see the cheese market.
Conveniently located across the Prinzengacht from the Anne Frank house, the entrance looks interesting enough to enter. The first floor is an overcrowded cheese store with innumerably sale items, many with sample plates. Some good, some exotic, some not good. The so-called museum is an afterthougt in a small basement room access by a rickety circular staircase. There are a few wooden items scattered around, some graters, a short film clip - perhaps the owners get a tax deduction for calling it a museum. The cow, partially visible (image 3 ), does not help.
Walking from the Westermarkt tram stop to Jordaan, one almost has to pass in front of this place. Unless you would like to sample some cheeses and perhaps buy some, there is little of interest here.
Cheese Shops that are obviously aimed at Tourists.
The Cheese is always packed very stylishly but is quite expensive.
Unique Suggestions: Unless you wanted a very special present, I cant see any reason for having to visit a "tourist" cheese shop.
The Dutch don't buy their cheese in these shops.
And remember no matter how nice the packing is, it will eventually end up in the bin.
If you're taken with a cheeseboard and knife, get them seperately in Hema.
Fun Alternatives: Buy you Cheese in any Albert Heijn supermarket. They are all over Amsterdam. The one behind the Royal Palace is open 7 days a week and and remains open late in the evening.
They have a most extensivre range of cheeses.
Buy vacuum packed with a long date. If you see a cheese you fancy at the counter ask for a sample. Do this as often as you like.
They will vacuum pack any cheese, so this will give you some extra time to get round to eating it. I beleive it's about 2 weeks, but ask the assistant. they will advise.