Dining in Amsterdam is quite exciting. The city has something different to offer on every corner. We’ve had Indonesian, Peruvian, French, Basque, Italian. If you crave it; it can be found in Amsterdam. This is what makes Amsterdam so exciting for the foodie travelers ” the promise a city with so much to food to offer. While traveling may be expensive in its entirety, budget-friendly eats are also available in the city. These are some of the most affordable restaurants which still offer great food quality.
De Prins. Treat yourself to a simple yet satisfying Dutch or French meal at De Prins. This cozy, brown-cafe restaurant may look like your typical Amsterdam cafe, but it promises a menu full of surprises which averages from ¬10 to ¬17 ($13 to $23). They also have a side bar of Dutch and Belgian beers and international wine selection.
Bazar. Travel to North Africa with your tummies by visiting Bazar restaurant in Amsterdam. Start with some of their sandwiches and make dinner plans to taste their spicy kebabs and delicious veggie dishes. The restaurant offers great value for your meals for as low as ¬4.5 to ¬15.9 ($6 to $21).
Spanjer & Van. There’s nothing like getting the best meal of the season with Spanjer & Van’s surprisingly changing courses. This restaurant offers alfresco and cozy indoor dining and highly recommended dishes include the beef sirloin steak which will cost you around ¬18 or $24.
De Belhamel. This restaurant in Amsterdam is one of top picks when it comes to romantic dining. Complete with an intimate European setting and candlelight dinners, De Belhamel’s menu is complete with the classic French and Italian cuisines and the occasional Dutch flavors. I would recommend their a la carte with choice of starters. An incredible meal will run at about ¬36 or $49 – not cheap, but the food is worth it.
La Place. Take a break from shopping and stop by this cafe/deli store in the middle of a busy Amsterdam shopping district. Have a quick bite of their international sandwiches for ¬3 ($4), pizzas and of course, the good old baked goods and refreshing smoothies. There is also a salad bar and a food station upstairs (dishes round up at ¬9 to ¬15 ($12 to $20) if you are looking for something a bit more serious.
Bagels & Beans. Get your afternoon delight with delightful American sandwiches at this Amsterdam restaurant. Whether you’re looking for a nice cup of coffee and some bagels, Bagels & Beans is a great sit-down cafe for you. Bagels with cream cheese filling will cost you around ¬3.35 to ¬6.50 ($4 to $8) and the special Bagels will cost you around ¬3.75 to ¬6.35 ($5 to $8).
Snackbar Bird. If you’re looking for a more Asian touch, visit the Snackbar Bird that offers a budget-friendly menu. Sample this Thai restaurant’s chicken in red curry with coconut for ¬18 ($24) and other special dishes not going beyond the ¬25 ($34) mark.
Burgermeester. This mini fast food joint is a popular place for kids, teens and families who are in for the American sliders. Have a taste of their lamb or salmon burgers or the famous prime beef, and don’t forget to order a glass of milkshake to freshen you up after a walk through the city. Open for Lunch and Dinner, the Burgermeester offers a great selection of burgers ranging from ¬3.75 to ¬ 8 ($5 to $10).
Bordewijk. This somewhat modern, open-table restaurant is a must-visit for foodie travelers looking for some fine French and Italian dining. Chef Wil Demandt will surprise you with his special entrees of French cuisines with a notable wine list consisting mostly of Italian and French wines. The three-course daily menu would cost you around ¬39 or $53.
‘t Blauwe Theehuis. This place is a trendy focal point of many local and international travelers. This youthful teahouse, shaped like a huge saucer, is complete with indoor sitting and terrace overlooking the backyard with outdoor tables. Expect teahouse specialties such as muffins and sandwiches to range from ¬2.50 to ¬5 ($3 to $6) and full meals for about ¬25 ($34).