Skek is a student-run restaurant and bar near Amsterdam's Red Light District that fuses traditional Dutch food with all the newest eating trends – it’s perfect for Amsterdam locals and visitors alike. They host live-music nights too, which really adds to Skek’s already stellar atmosphere. If there’s one group who appreciates a good bargain, it’s students, and Skek doesn’t disappoint, with dishes costing around €13 euros on average. Skek has a bar that is fitted with an array of special beers – completing that classic Dutch café vibe look and feel. The staff are polite and easy-going as well, happily talking customers through the selection of food and beer that is available.
This epic food stall on the corner of Westerpark dishes out traditional wallet-friendly snacks that have been eaten on the streets of Beijing for centuries. The menu at Dumplings encompasses Chinese crepes made with mung beans, noodles, egg and spring onions, doused in soy sauce with optional roasted pork or duck. On top of that they serve a great variety of pork and vegetable dumplings, bao buns, spring rolls and noodle plates that will fill your tum for as little as €6.50. Can't get enough? Here's our round-up of the best dim-sum spots in town.
With one restaurant in De Pijp and one in Oud-West, Thrill Grill is perfect for anyone who wants a charcoal-grilled gourmet burger in Amsterdam for a reasonable price. Most of the burgers are just over €10, and all the ingredients are locally sourced and natural: pure Dutch beef, potatoes from a local farmer and luscious Dutch gouda cheese – even their toasted burger buns are organic. There are burgers for all tastes, but our top picks are the Peruvian beef thriller, the vegan Beyond burger and Asian chicken.
Boasting several Amsterdam locations, it’s safe to say De Pizzabakkers is something of a phenomenon in the Dutch capital. It’s no shock really: they offer oven-baked thin, crusty pizza that is prepared with the freshest and highest-quality ingredients, with prices starting at under €9. With their tagline of "pizza and prosecco", it’s unsurprising that De Pizzabakkers offers a respectable selection of prosecco, wine and – of course – beer, so grab a prosecco cocktail (that’s right, a prosecco cocktail), order your favourite pizza and dine like they do in Napoli.
Copernicusstraat 49, Oost
Eerste Sweelinckstraat 16, De Pijp
Haarlemmerdijk 128, Centrum
Waddenweg 2, Noord
Overtoom 501, Oud-West
Plantage Kerklaan 2, De Plantage
Spaarndammerstraat 51, Westerpark
Willemsparkweg 178, Oud-Zuid
At Café Lennep in Amsterdam West, you can get your hands on premium grilled and spit-roasted food for a fraction of the usual cost. With two terraces – one overlooking the waterfront and one courtyard terrace – there’s plenty of room to enjoy your food and drinks in Café Lennep’s friendly, warm atmosphere. The main courses cost between €15-19, and the selection includes steak, lamb, burgers, mussels, ravioli, fish and more; there is a diverse selection of special beer on offer too. With its friendly staff, casual atmosphere and reasonably-priced food, you can’t go far wrong with Café Lennep.
Fou Fow Ramen
There could be nothing better to warm the soul and fill the belly on a budget than a giant bowl of noodle soup packed full of goodies. The clue’s in the name at Fou Fow ramen, with three locations in central Amsterdam. Order a generous bowl of fresh Japanese noodles, sliced meat, soft-set boiled egg, crunchy seaweed and greens in a fragrant house-made chicken, pork or vegetable broth for anywhere between €12-16.
Spaghetteria prides itself on its homemade, traditional and fresh approach to pasta – basing its culinary techniques on the cooking practices of ancient Italy. They serve six different pastas each day, all prepared in-house and overseen by an experienced chef. Spaghetteria uses Emilia Romagna flour, which gives each pasta dish its own unique shape, origin and preparation style. There are several Amsterdam locations and each dish ranges from approximately €10-16, which is perfect if you’re craving traditional Italian pasta at an affordable price.
Gerard Callenburgstraat 1, Bos en Lommer
Jan Hanzenstraat 32, Oud-West
Pretoriusstraat 72, Oost
Olympiaplein 176, Oud-Zuid
Amstel 80, Centrum
Kuipersstraat 60, De Pijp
Daniël Stalpertstraat 93, De Pijp
Van Woustraat 123, De Pijp
Located in the heart of Amsterdam Negen Straatjes (Nine Streets) area is Goodies, a relaxed eatery that has an array of mouth-watering cost-effective dishes on offer. Goodies serves fish, burgers, lamb and even cheese fondue – a Dutch favourite that is perfect for vegetarians. Main courses start at around €8, with the average price being a little over that. Everything on the menu is fresh and organic, and it has been adapted to the season. Ingredients are sourced from local fishmongers, butchers and greengrocers, so Goodies really does offer high-quality food at a reasonable price.
If it’s inexpensive, tasty Chinese food you want, then the multi-floor Oriental City is the restaurant for you. Located in the centre of Amsterdam – just a 10-minute walk from Central Station – Oriental City has all the staples of Cantonese cuisine: chicken chop suey, beef chow mein; you name it, they’ve probably got it. If you want to try something a bit different, they also offer more-innovative seafood dishes and the newest fads on the Chinese food scene. All the fresh ingredients are imported daily, and the restaurant’s professional chefs are straight from Hong Kong – it really is a little piece of China within the Dutch capital.
La Perla is an authentic Italian restaurant in the famous Jordaan neighbourhood of Amsterdam. The restaurant imports ingredients from Italy every week, including the southern Italian favourite, genuine buffalo mozzarella. La Perla’s pizzas are cooked in their huge, wood-filled brick oven, and prices start at under €9. Mamma mia! There really is a bargain to be had on some of the finest pizza in Amsterdam.La Perla | Tweede Tuindwarsstraat 14, Centrum
It’s falafel pitas all the way at this happening foodie hangout in De Baarsjes. Kauffmann Falafel churns out delicious and reasonably priced Levantine-inspired fast food topped with combinations of grilled halloumi, mango, pineapple, spicy sausages and green chilli tapenade. When the sun’s shining the high doors open out onto a great terrace making it the ideal spot to sip on the great selection of Dutch craft beers on offer. The restaurant welcomes children and has a kids menu that includes Lebanese flatbread pizza, cheese pita and a small falafel plate.
All housed in a converted tram depot that’s had something of a face-lift, De Hallen comprises not just a great range of artisanal shops but a hip industrial-chic hotel, and De Filmhallen, the largest independent cinema in the Netherlands. Lets not forget to mention the giant indoor food court, De Foodhallen, packed with dozens of pop-up eateries for dim sum, fried chicken, pho, tacos and pretty much everything else that’s ever been accredited tasty in between. Between all the pop-up food stalls, eateries and long-established favourites you’re bound to find a filling meal that won’t break the bank.