Karin Engelbrecht

Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Expertise: restaurant reviews, Dutch recipes

Karin Engelbrecht is an Amsterdam-based writer and editor who contributes to a number of publications.



Karin Engelbrecht is a former writer for The Spruce, contributing articles and recipes for almost eight years. She lives in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, where she works as a food and lifestyle writer and editor. She loves to share traditional Dutch recipes and new creations inspired by the Netherlands' rich history.

She is the Eat, Drink, and Shop editor for I Amsterdam Magazine, the official English-language Amsterdam city magazine. In addition, Karin works freelance as a copywriter and creative translator for various food and lifestyle brands, agencies, and nongovernmental organizations. 

She was chief restaurant critic at Time Out Amsterdam magazine (winner of the PPA International Consumer Magazine of the Year in 2010 and 2011) and worked closely with the monthly magazine as a restaurant reviewer, food & drink editor, and culinary consultant from its launch in 2008 to 2013.


Karin Engelbrecht attended Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University in Port Elizabeth, South Africa, majoring in public relations management. She edited the university's student magazine.

Awards and Publications

In addition to her ongoing work for I Amsterdam Magazine, she contributed to these books and guides:

  • Karin was the Netherlands contributor for the culinary travel guide  "1001 Restaurants You Must Experience Before You Die."
  • She wrote the shopping section for "Fodor's Amsterdam" travel guide.
  • She contributed restaurant reviews for Time Out Amsterdam (PPA International Consumer Magazine of the Year in 2010 and 2011).

About The Spruce

The Spruce, a Dotdash brand, is a new kind of home website offering practical, real-life tips and inspiration to help you create your best home. The Spruce family of brands, including The Spruce, The Spruce Eats, The Spruce Pets, and The Spruce Crafts collectively reach 30 million people each month.

For more than 20 years, Dotdash brands have been helping people find answers, solve problems, and get inspired. We are one of the top-20 largest content publishers on the Internet according to comScore, a leading Internet measurement company, and reach more than 30% of the U.S. population every month. Our brands collectively have won more than 20 industry awards in the last year alone and, most recently, Dotdash was named Publisher of the Year by Digiday, a leading industry publication.

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