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Nam Kee, Restaurants and Cafés, Chinese food, Amsterdam
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Cheap eats in Amsterdam

Need to refuel? Here’s our pick of places to dine well on a tight budget


Need a food fix – and fast? Don't want to splash the cash? You don't need to shell out to enjoy a good meal in Amsterdam – it's full of places to grab a quick bite (or satisfy the munchies) on the cheap. Here's Time Out's pick of Amsterdam's best takeaways, fast food joints and snackeries to send those hunger pangs packing.

The best cheap eats in Amsterdam

Nam Kee

4 out of 5 stars
Restaurants Chinese Red Light District

Cheap and terrific food has earned this Chinese joint a devoted following: the oysters in black bean sauce have achieved classic status. If it's busy, try massive sister operation and dim sum maestros Nam Tin nearby (Jodenbreestraat 11-13, 428 8508) or equally stellar New King (Zeedijk 115-117, 625 2180).

Hap Hmm

4 out of 5 stars
Restaurants Dutch

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.



4 out of 5 stars
Restaurants Vegetarian Old Side

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).


4 out of 5 stars

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


De Taart van m'n Tante

4 out of 5 stars
Restaurants Tea rooms Pijp

'My Aunt's Cake' started life as a purveyor of over-the-top cakes (which they still make) before becoming the campest tea-room in town. In a glowing pink space filled with mismatched furniture, it's particularly gay-friendly (note the Tom of Finland cake). A genuine local gem with bags full of character.

't Kuyltje

4 out of 5 stars
Restaurants European

The wonderful and deeply filling world of Dutch broodjes (sandwiches) has its greatest champion in this takeaway, one of very few that still features proper homemade meat (roast beef!) and fish salads in their buns, as opposed to the hugely unappealing factory-prepared product that's taken over the sandwich market. An awesome lunch every time.



4 out of 5 stars
Restaurants Red Light District

Cheap, cheerful, tasty, filling. That's what the food is like at this sparkly diner at the back of the thoroughly mixed lesbian and gay lounge. On Wednesday night all burger dinners (a house speciality) cost just €10. Combined with the weekday, two-for-the-price-of-one cocktail happy hour, this is the ideal place to take a cheap date.


4 out of 5 stars
Restaurants Global West of Centre

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 embraces Dutch, Mexican, Indian and Spanish cuisines is always a pleasure, never a chore. Be aware that De Peperwortel offers a takeaway service only.

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