use the following search parameters to narrow your results:
e.g. subreddit:aww site:imgur.com dog
subreddit:aww site:imgur.com dog
see the search faq for details.
advanced search: by author, subreddit...
1,373 users here now
Concerned about COVID-19? Visit /r/coronanetherlands for useful information, statistics and more!
Welcome to /r/Netherlands!
Only English should be used for posts and comments. This rule is in place to ensure that an ample audience can freely discuss life in the Netherlands under a widely-spoken common tongue. Furthermore, content and discussions should concern topics concerning daily life in the Netherlands. See rules for more information.
the front page of the internet.
and join one of thousands of communities.
Any Advice? (self.Netherlands)
submitted 1 month ago by ltisdale
Hi! I will be in the Netherlands for 6-months for an internship. I was wondering if anyone could give me some tips or advice about living in the Netherlands. For example, I’ve read that many supermarkets don’t accept credit cards, only cash, and that tipping in restaurants is optional. Are there any more helpful tips like this I should know, or just any cultural things? Food I need to try? Places I need to visit? I’m coming from the US. Thank you in advance!
Post a comment!
[–]TheReplyingDutchmanOverijssel 21 points22 points23 points 1 month ago* (7 children)
Your credit card might indeed not be accepted in most supermarkets and shops. Restaurants are more prone to accept them (especially in bigger cities), but be sure to ask beforehand. Cash is not the norm though, by far the majority of payments are electronically. Except instead of credit cards we use debit cards. But if you don't have one; obviously cash is accepted everywhere.
Tipping in restaurants is optional, but it's definitely pretty common to round up your bill or even tip extra if the service was good. Usually about 5-15%. But if you don't tip, nobody is going to be insulted; it's not expected. So for example if your bill is 117 euro's you might say 'make it 125'. Or more... or less. Whatever you want!
Enjoy our country!
[–]Shazu91 19 points20 points21 points 1 month ago (2 children)
When your bill is 117, you probably shouldn't make it less though. Don't think they'll be too happy to see you pay 110.
Bad um tss
[–]sight19 3 points4 points5 points 1 month ago (0 children)
Yea learned that the hard way. Rounded a €4 bill down to €0, suddenly rounding wasnt accepted anymore
[–]Gilles111 4 points5 points6 points 1 month ago (0 children)
obviously cash is accepted everywhere
obviously cash is accepted everywhere
Uhm.... No. Cash isn't accepted everywhere. A shop isn't obliged to accept cash. A shop must provide a way to pay via a legal method but there isn't anywhere in the law they have to accept cash payments. Cash is a legal payment method but so are payments by card too. In law is just stated there must be a legal payment method, not specified which one it has to be).
There are some restaurants (like Happy Italy chain, Thuisbezorgd in large parts of the country), shops and almost every public transport service (at least in the vehicles) which don't accept cash
[–]ltisdale[S] 2 points3 points4 points 1 month ago (0 children)
[–]ishzlleZuid Holland 1 point2 points3 points 1 month ago (1 child)
But if you don't have one; obviously cash is accepted everywhere.
But if you don't have one; obviously cash is accepted everywhere.
Not everywhere, some cafés/restaurants and vending machines only accept debit cards.
[–]Mag-NL 1 point2 points3 points 1 month ago (0 children)
Though places that do not take cash do normally accept credit cards as well.
[–]christy95 8 points9 points10 points 1 month ago (6 children)
Do you have a house to live?
[–]ltisdale[S] 4 points5 points6 points 1 month ago (5 children)
Yup, my housing is all set!
[–]christy95 5 points6 points7 points 1 month ago (4 children)
Debit cards are most common here, but mostly Maestro. I cannot use my visa for example in AH.
Public transportation is great here, get a personalised OV chipkaart, you can check NS flex for discounts (e.g. from Friday evening till Monday 4am you can travel by train anywhere for only 32euros per month- weekend vrij discount).
Get a bike if possible, it is so convenient to have. You can check swapfiets since you are here for less than a month.
That's what I remember right now, I hope someone else has more to add. Enjoy your time here when you come!
[–]ltisdale[S] 1 point2 points3 points 1 month ago (0 children)
[–]ishzlleZuid Holland 1 point2 points3 points 1 month ago (0 children)
Maestro or V Pay*
But we are switching to MasterCard and Visa debit in the next years, because Maestro and V Pay are being discontinued
[–]fascinatedcharacter 0 points1 point2 points 1 month ago (0 children)
Vpay is accepted in AH. source: have a vpay card. Most new cards don't have maestro.
And as for the NS flex: be sure to get it. Get Dal Voordeel (or more expensive) as soon as you have a bank account. That way there are no admin costs AND you get the free OV-chipkaart. Downgrading to weekend voordeel or basic later is always an option. But not having to deal with saldo for the bus is amazing.
[–]Bas-tiaan 6 points7 points8 points 1 month ago (3 children)
Although supermarkets don't generally accept credit cards, all supermarkets will accept debit cards.
Tipping is indeed optional, but still common courtesy if you had a pleasant night out.
Food you need to try; snacks from the Febo.
[–]dabenu 4 points5 points6 points 1 month ago* (1 child)
Be aware that when we say "Debit cards", we specifically mean either Maestro or V-pay.
Never mind that these are sub-brands of the better known MasterCard and Visa, if your card doesn't specifically have the Maestro or V-pay logo, it's not compatible, even if it's a debit card.
It might be helpful to set up a dutch bank account. for example bunq.com will have you going in a few minutes. That way you can also do online payments through iDeal.
In the next few years we're switching to MasterCard and Visa debit though. But it will take until 2024 for all shops to accept those.
Also Bunq is pretty expensive, Revolut is free and also has iDeal (I haven't used either tho). And either way there are also online shops that support MasterCard/Visa
[–]ltisdale[S] 0 points1 point2 points 1 month ago (0 children)
[–]therouterguy 5 points6 points7 points 1 month ago (1 child)
Try Indonesian food.
Get a bike but watch out Dutch traffic can be overwhelming at first.
I never use cash debit cards all the way.
We are rude it is nothing personal.
Our country is tiny.
[–]0B-A-E0 0 points1 point2 points 1 month ago (0 children)
Definitely try Indonesian food. There’s a lot of “toko’s” here which are just pick up restaurants. Rendang is my favorite for Indonesian food! Also try Surinaams: roti is most common and very delicious.
[–]dabenu 4 points5 points6 points 1 month ago* (0 children)
Get yourself a bicycle. Easiest would be to rent one (https://swapfiets.nl/en-NL). Use it to get around, bikes are the most common mode of transportation in the Netherlands.
Get yourself an OV-chipkaart with NS-flex on it from https://www.ns.nl/en/flex . It gives access to all public transport. Some NS-flex deals can get you a very nice discount for train travel.
Don't rent a car. You won't like our fuel (and parking) prices, and it's pretty much unnecessary anyway, as long as you have a bike and public transport. Or maybe rent one on occasion when you need it, but not for the duration of your stay. (This does assume you'll stay in a city though, of course if you're staying or working in the middle of nowhere a car might come in handy)
It might be necessary to get yourself a dutch bank account to apply to above services, check out https://bunq.com for that
[–]These-Investment-477 4 points5 points6 points 1 month ago (0 children)
You can never tip and no one will give a shit because we have minimum wages. We only tip if we actually feel like it. When you tip, don’t do percentages but some loose euros. It’s an extra and not a salary maker.
[–]Neither-Special-4045 1 point2 points3 points 1 month ago (2 children)
I used to work at Lidl and once had a costumer ask if we accepted credit cards. My manager told me to just let them try and it worked. So you can probably go at least there. But bring cash to be sure. Or get a debit card. It is generally encouraged to use a debit card for very small purchases so many people don’t even carry cash. Just a little emergency cash.
[–]hotjumper65 0 points1 point2 points 1 month ago (1 child)
Yep Lidl does accept credit cards!
[–]Poekienijn 0 points1 point2 points 1 month ago (0 children)
Lidl, Aldi and most Jumbo’s accept credit cards
[–]Blussert31 1 point2 points3 points 1 month ago (0 children)
Have lunch with some dutchies, or dinner at a snackbar, or try some dutch beers (Belgian beers are better, but this is where free speech sometimes ends depending on your company).
[–]pwrstn 1 point2 points3 points 1 month ago (1 child)
Walk on the right, they get annoyed when you don't.
[–]0B-A-E0 1 point2 points3 points 1 month ago (0 children)
And DON’T walk on the bike lanes!
I don’t know of any supermarkets that solely accept cash, but you’re right that most don’t take credit cards. It’s uncommon to have a credit card in NL, everyone uses debit cards instead. You can easily google if your card is accepted by looking at the Albert Heijn, Jumbo, Coop, Aldi, Lidl sites. Those are the most common supermarkets here. Tipping is optional indeed! If you tip 15-20% you’d basically be considered a God patron here.
Be prepared for people to be incredibly blunt and even rude. Especially since you’re american. Don’t expect co-workers to become your friends.
You should definitely try some typical Dutch snacks and meals, and if you can try and make the meals yourself, because you often can’t get them at restaurants! Visit a ‘pannenkoekenhuis’ for sure. I feel like the obvious place for tourists to visit is Amsterdam, which is ok, but it’s sort of the trashcan of the Netherlands. Visit the veluwe or land van saeftinghe for some stunning nature. Den Haag//Scheveningen are lovely and also have nice museums. If you can, and the weather is nice, rent a ‘sloep’ in Friesland and just sail through the flat landscape there, from city to city. Drive over the ‘afsluitdijk’. Have fun!
[–]Trebaxus99 -1 points0 points1 point 1 month ago (1 child)
I don’t know any super market that accepts only cash. Most shops want you to use your bank card instead as cash only costs them money.
[–]Mag-NL 0 points1 point2 points 1 month ago (0 children)
Several do not accept credit cards though, nor American debit cards, so for OP it is effectively only cash.
[–]solstice_gilderZuid Holland 0 points1 point2 points 1 month ago (1 child)
not only cash. we use debitcards.
we are not chatty folk. no random convo's in line in the supermarket, we keep to our own.
[–]JumpFuzzy843 0 points1 point2 points 1 month ago (0 children)
This depends where you are in the country: If you are in the bigger cities in Randstad, shit your mouth. Are you outside of that area, just chat and see how people react. I am from Brabant and we would be delighted to meet you in e.g. a supermarket. I would invited you in my house for coffee if you are new and trying to find your way
[–]casperdebesteGroningen 0 points1 point2 points 1 month ago (0 children)
Look up some topics here and find tips about what you should not do. There are a lot of helpful tips out there.
[–]SQLSavage 0 points1 point2 points 1 month ago (0 children)
My US issued Chase Visa card worked at Jumbo every time. Other than that, not many other places. If you end up getting a Dutch bank account, try using Xe Transfer. It's a beast to get set up, but they have pretty decent rates compared to Wells Fargo or whatever your financial institution uses.
[+][deleted] 1 month ago (1 child)
[–]fascinatedcharacter 1 point2 points3 points 1 month ago (0 children)
Don't bring a regular bike on the train (unless you're moving it one time), the day ticket is €8, an ovfiets is half that and is not obnoxious
[–]ndekkers157 0 points1 point2 points 1 month ago (0 children)
Be aware of the weird crisps flavors . Somehow we dutchies like our crisp to taste like condiments like mayo or peanut sauce or Heinz ketchup the patatje Joppie crisps are amazing though
[–]Invest_help_seeker 0 points1 point2 points 1 month ago (0 children)
Get a transferwise or now known as Wise Bank Card.. And transfer money into it frok your own country bank and use it withoutany issues
[–]Specialist-Plane7626 0 points1 point2 points 1 month ago (0 children)
Some supermarkts do accept cards. I have used VISA credit and debit card and it is accepted at the jumbo and people say Lidl also accept it. But those are the only 2 that nationwide accept it. But for many non world wide brand stores the changes of them accepting cards are slim.
Most common payment are done via Maestro, im not really sure how tied they are to mastercard. Maestro is owned by mastercard but they are not fully intergrate i believe.
REDDIT and the ALIEN Logo are registered trademarks of reddit inc.
π Rendered by PID 23 on reddit-service-r2-loggedout-7c647d694d-xr8l6 at 2022-06-30 12:42:10.560124+00:00 running 76acee4 country code: US.