Suffren Patisserie, with locations in Amsterdam, the Hague, Dusseldorf, and Brussels, doesn’t qualify as a local place — but if you’re in Volendam, this Zeestraat bakery deserves a visit for its brownies alone.
Each slab of moist chocolate cake receives a hand-applied lattice of hazelnut sauce and maple syrup before being topped with a thick layer of crushed walnuts. We picked out a brownie in the case, but the friendly owner made sure we received a treat from the oven-fresh cooling trays in the back of the shop. Did we feel loved? Absolutely.
We didn’t get to sample the house specialties — any of several flavors of authentic Middle Eastern baklava, dusted with bright green pistachio nuts — or the stiff peaks of house-branded gelato in the counter up front. Just another reason to go back to Volendam, I’d say.