I just wanted to add a bit of a postscript to my previous post about how amazing HEMA is. If the best part about Holland is HEMA, then the best part about HEMA is the pastry aisle.
I’m a regular visitor and it never lets me down. It’s filled with every variety of cookie (koekje) and cake (gebak) you can imagine and more: gevulde koek (which literally translates as “stuffed biscuit,” a cookie with a filling of almond-paste or spiced apples), kokosmakronen (ring-shaped coconut macaroons), boeterkoek (butter cake, available whole or in snack-sized pieces), fairy cakes coated with colourful icing, and – of course – stroopwafels.
And in true HEMA style, everything costs only a euro or two!