Dutch cheese has a more than 600 years long tradition and the names of different sorts of cheese are often taken from different cities in the Netherlands – Gouda, Edam, Leerdammer, Leyden, Maaslander, Maasdam and of course a gourmet Old Amsterdam.
The European Community laws protect now some of these names as produced only in certain regions in the Netherlands (so called Protected Geographical Status), but most of Dutch names are in general use in the whole world to specify sorts of cheese also produced elsewhere.
Just a step from Anne Frank House, on the other side of the Prinsengracht a small museum has been organized, dedicated exclusively to Dutch cheese. Today it is still more of an attractive shop, with sellers in traditional Dutch clothes.
Amsterdam Cheese Museum,
1015 EA AMSTERDAM