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14 Nov, 2011

De Kraai

Posted by: Wen Ching In: Dessert|Netherlands

Dinner at Kop Van Jut signalled the end of our third day in Amsterdam. On the following day, our plan was to go to the Zaanse Schans, a functioning windmill village.

Zaanse Schans Windmill Village
We got up early the next day and took a train towards Koog-Zandijk, where we were able to walk to Zaanse Schans. We knew we were getting close from the sight of the windmills in the distance.

Zaanse Schans Windmill Village
The Zaanse Schans is a quaint village built along the river Zaan. It is largely made up of green wooden houses and windmills dating from the 17th and 18th century. At present time, it functions as both a museum and a living and working area.

Zaanse Schans Windmill Village
It was a very peaceful and calming place to be, with vast greenery to behold. There was also plenty to see. Highlights include several museums, the cheese and clog making workshop, shops selling traditional crafts and the windmills of course!

Zaanse Schans Windmill Village
We took the opportunity to go into one of the functioning windmills while we were there. We entered an oil mill that was producing peanut oil by grinding and pounding peanuts. It was good to see how the process was carried out inside the windmill simply through the turning of the sails outside. We also managed to climb up onto the windmill’s viewing deck to get a better view of the surrounding area and a nearby windmill.

Wooden Clog Workshop, Zaanse Schans Windmill Village
We eventually headed into the wooden clog workshop. There were plenty of clogs decorating the outside of the building which made it rather attractive. Giant-sized clogs were on the ground as well, which made for some fun photo opportunities.

Zaanse Schans Windmill Village
Plenty of painted clogs lined the walls and shelves in the building, ready to be sold. We got a good look at the machinery used to produce said clogs simply from a block of wood.

Zaanse Schans Windmill Village
Lucky for us, we followed a group of Chinese tourists into the workshop and they were getting a live demonstration of the process of carving out a clog. We watched the demonstration as well and we impressed at how easy it looked. The nice gentleman who carried out the demonstration also spoke fluent Chinese! A very interesting experience indeed.

Cheese Farm, Zaanse Schans Windmill Village
We then proceeded into the cheese farm where various types of cheese are produced. There was a glass section in the building where the cheese-making process took place, but there was nobody working there at the time. They also had plenty of cheese for sale and to go with that, plenty of samples! We tried many different varieties while we were there!

De Kraai, Zaanse Schans Windmill Village
We had lunch while we were there as the whole visit took up about half of the day. We ate at De Kraai, a pancake restaurant. They are known for their Dutch pancakes with a diameter of 29 centimetres.

Interior, De Kraai
The interior of the restaurant was large and had a wooden décor which followed the theme of the whole village perfectly. The tables were quite big for a good reason – the pancake plates were huge!

Apple Pie, De Kraai
While waiting for our pancake, we had a slice of Apple Pie for €2.75. It was an average slice of apple pie, which we just had to tide us over until our pancake was ready. Definitely no comparison to the delicious apple pie we had in Winkel.

Pancake with Chocolate Sauce and Whipped Cream
The pancake we ordered was a Pancake with Chocolate Sauce and Whipped Cream for €9.95. The pancake was big and perfect for sharing. It was thin and light. The dark chocolate sauce went perfectly well with the whipped cream as it did not create a blend that was too sweet. Even though the pancake was big, it was so good that we felt like having another one (unfortunately, we didn’t due to stomach-space constraints).

The Zaanse Schans windmill village is definitely something that we would recommend to everyone visiting Amsterdam and The Netherlands. It was an experience like no other! There are other eateries around the village as well, but if you’re in the mood for pancakes then De Kraai will surely not disappoint! Please visit the official Zaanse Schans website for more information and De Kraai’s website for information on the pancakes.

Restaurant Information
Kraaienpad 1
1509 AX Zaandam
Tel: 075 – 6156403

6 Responses to "De Kraai"

1 | email2me

November 14th, 2011 at 12:20 pm


The village side is so peaceful. Everyday wake up will definitely feel healthy fresh 😀 Maybe prolong out life?

2 | ai wei

November 14th, 2011 at 2:07 pm


errr, wondering, the third pix, what’s the white fluffy thing??? izzit sheep ar? lolx

3 | Choi Yen

November 15th, 2011 at 4:01 pm


I doubt the thin pancake can feed up both of u? Maybe u are small eater? For me definitely cannot lor lol

4 | diddyj77

November 15th, 2011 at 7:15 pm


I am watching those pics and I wish I could spend two days at that village with a couple of friends. Looks like amazing place!

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November 17th, 2011 at 10:06 pm


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6 | eatonlylar

November 18th, 2011 at 2:21 pm


email2me: We agree! It would definitely be a stress-free and healthy life if we were to stay there.

ai wei: Those are sheep! Mehhhh! =P

Choi Yen: Hehe, it wasn’t that filling. We ate more times than usual that day, but each was a smaller portion that normal.

diddyj77: It was indeed an amazing place! Do visit if you have the chance!

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