Visitors to Amsterdam will practically have an unlimited number of dining options to choose from in the city. Having become a cultural melting pot in the past years, its cuisine is also a rich mix of cultures, with offerings ranging from dishes from the neighboring Netherlands and Germany, to food from as far away as Asia and Latin America. Certainly, there are fine dining options available for those who prefer to enjoy formal sit-down dinners. However, enjoying these meals can easily take a toll on your budget, especially in Amsterdam. The good news is that there are places where you can get inexpensive yet tasty food in the city. Check out this list for cheap eats in Amsterdam, Netherlands, under $5.
Technically speaking, HEMA is not a restaurant, but a department store that sells just about everything, from household appliances and gadgets to clothing, cosmetics, and knick-knacks. Those who need something to fill their bellies, meanwhile, can either grab a snack from the department store itself, or from its cafeteria, which sells cheap but tasty and filling food. Pro tip: the hotdogs in the cafeteria are a must-try, as is the breakfast, which is priced at 2 EUR (2.28 USD).
Address: Kalvertoren Shopping Center, Kalverstraat 212, 1012 WP Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Opening and closing hours: 9 am - 7 pm
2. Lucky’s Vispaleis
Seafood lovers on a budget should definitely stop by Lucky’s Vispaleis for a bite to eat of their favorite food. If they’re feeling adventurous, they can eat like locals and try out raw, freshly caught herring. Fun fact: cheap the food may be, but the raw herring served in Lucky’s Vispaleis has been unofficially ranked as one of, if not the best of its kind served across the Netherlands.
Address: Kruidenhof, 1112ps Diemen, Netherlands
Website: Lucky’s Vispaleis
Opening and closing hours: 10:30 am - 6 pm
3. La Place OBA
Who says cheap eats have to be unhealthy? La Place proves that you can enjoy good food at an affordable price. Healthy options (including salads and smoothies), sandwiches, pizzas, and cakes are on the menu, as are juices and coffee. There are many branches of La Place in Amsterdam, but arguably the best is the OBA branch. Being it’s nestled at the top of the central library of Amsterdam, it provides diners with fantastic views of the city.
La Place OBA
Address: Kalverstraat 203, 1012 XC Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Website: La Place OBA
Opening and closing hours: 10 am - 10 pm
4. Venetië IJs
If you’re craving for something sweet but don’t have that much budget to splurge on dessert, head on over to Venetië IJs, an establishment that serves authentic gelato. The servers are also Italian to help make ice cream buyers feel as though they have been transported to Italy. Flavors range from classic, such as vanilla, to more unique and exotic tastes, like pineapple. If you have a sweet tooth, make sure to head over here to get your sugar fix.
Address: Scheldestraat 68, 1078 GM Amsterdam, Netherlands
Opening and closing hours: 12 pm - 12 mn
Potato lovers should not miss out on trying Amsterdam’s versions of fries/chips. There are several vendors spread across the city (many of whom sell their products at pretty steep prices), but if you’re looking for something cheap yet tasty, head on over to Frietsteeg, known for serving fries that are crunchy on the outside yet soft on the inside. For an additional fee, buyers can also take their pick from one of the many sauces available to go with their fries, although their house mayo is definitely a favorite of loyal customers. Do note that there’s limited space inside the store to eat, so you may want to consider just getting the fries to go and eating them somewhere else.
Address: Heisteeg 3, 1012 WC Amsterdam, Netherlands
Opening and closing hours: 12 pm - 9 pm
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Maoz is another option that may be considered by health- and budget-conscious foodies while in Amsterdam. Serving vegetarian and vegan cuisine, the restaurant is perhaps best known for its falafels. Customers dining in have the freedom to choose which toppings to add and can enjoy unlimited sides. Besides the falafels, other items on the menu include Belgian fries, salad boxes, and shawarma.
Address: Damrak 40, 1012 LK Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Opening and closing hours: 11 am - 2 am
7. Wok to Walk
Find yourself craving for Asian food while in Amsterdam? Worry not, because Wok to Walk is available if you want to get your fill of inexpensive yet tasty food. Customers can choose from four types of noodles, two types of rice, vegetables, and eight kinds of sauces for a simple yet filling meal. If they have enough cash at hand, they can add a bit more to get toppings such as chicken, bamboo shoots, and peanuts.
Wok to Walk
Address: Kolksteeg 8, Amsterdam 1012
Website: Wok to Walk
Opening and closing hours: 11 am - 1 am
Travelers should get a snack from FEBO, if only for the novelty of it, not to mention the affordability of the food there. This is a vending machine-style establishment wherein buyers can just feed the system some money and get the snack of their choice in exchange. While FEBO is best known for deep-fried food items, other snacks - including souffles, ice creams, and sandwiches - can actually be purchased here. With over 20 branches scattered around Amsterdam, it would be easy for travelers to grab a bite to eat from FEBO.
Address: Amsteldijk 132-133, Amsterdam 1078 RT
Opening and closing hours: 10:30 am - 2 am
If you find your stomach rumbling late at night while in Amsterdam, fear not, because Mesut is open until at least 1 a.m to serve cheap but good halal food. Options include wraps such as shawarmas, soups, and sandwiches.
Address: De Clercqstraat 59, 1053 AD Amsterdam
Opening and closing hours: Closes at 1:30 am on weekdays and 3:30 am on weekends
10. Yumi Sushi & Grill
Who says sushi has to be expensive? Yumi Sushi & Grill proves that you can get it without burning a hole in your pocket. This restaurant allows guests to get their sushi of choice off a conveyor belt. If your favorite is not on the belt, you can order it from the menu.
Yumi Sushi & Grill
Address: Max Euweplein 10, 1017 MB Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Website: Yumi Sushi
Opening and closing hours: 12 pm - 10 pm
Cheap dining in Amsterdam
Amsterdam may be known for its fine dining restaurants, but it also has several cheap eats awaiting budget travelers who are looking for affordable yet tasty meals. Besides traditional Dutch and European fare, visitors will also have cuisines from across the globe to choose from. Take the time to review this list if you’re looking for dining options that will delight your palate without putting a dent on your wallet.
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