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Cheap eats in Amsterdam

Looking for street food in the Dutch capital? Look no further. Check out our pick of the best cheap eats in Amsterdam.

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Time Out editors
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If you want to spend plenty of Euros dining on gourmet cuisine in Amsterdam, the Dutch capital has the restaurants for you. Of course, not everyone is into flashing the cash and devouring multiple courses, and sometimes a cheap street eat more than does the job. The word ‘cheap’ isn’t entirely fair, because there is nothing low quality about these joints. There has never been a better time to be a street food aficionado and the Dutch capital more than holds its own on that front. The best cheap eats in Amsterdam are delightful, and they’ll give you plenty of time to get back to touring the many wonderful things to do in this magical city. 

The best cheap eats in Amsterdam

Nam Kee
  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Restaurants
  • Chinese
  • Red Light District
  • price 2 of 4

Cheap and terrific food has earned this Chinese joint a devoted following: the oysters in black bean sauce have achieved classic status. There are three outlets around the city, so you've got plenty of choices.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Restaurants
  • price 1 of 4

A takeaway - with a few chairs - with superlative soups, sandwiches, salads and meals. Ask for a fork and hit a canalside bench.

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Peperwortel
  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Restaurants
  • Global
  • West of Centre
  • price 2 of 4

One could survive for weeks eating nothing but takeaways from Riaz and the fabulous De Peperwortel ('Pepper Root'). After all, indulging in a wide range of dishes that embrace Dutch, Mexican, Indian and Spanish cuisines is always a pleasure, never a chore. Be aware that De Peperwortel offers a takeaway service only.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Restaurants
  • Dutch
  • price 1 of 4

Hungry but hard up? You need some of the Dutch grandma cooking served up in this canteen with a living-room feel. 'Yummy Bite', near Leidseplein, will happily pack your empty insides with meat and potatoes for not much more than €6.

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  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Restaurants
  • Vegetarian
  • Old Side
  • price 1 of 4

Packed with kitsch and funky Finnish wallpaper - all of which, including wallpaper, is for sale - this little café serves up healthy juices and snacks all day long, plus vegetarian dinners based around couscous (from 6pm Thur-Sat).

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