The Best Cheap Eats in Amsterdam

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Stumbling across cheap and delicious food is a win on any given day, but especially so when you find yourself on the beautiful but outright expensive streets of Amsterdam. The good news is there are plenty of great street food stalls and hole in the wall friteshuis’ to discover, so without any further convincing, I present to you the best cheap eats in Amsterdam!

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Vlaams Friteshuis Vleminckx

Hands down the best fries in all of Amsterdam and according to their sign, “The Best Frites in Holland”. While I haven’t tried all of the fries in Holland myself, I can say with certainty that these are some of the best fries I’ve had in my life. You can opt for the traditional “patatje oorlog” (fries topped with peanut satay sauce, YUM) or for any number of combinations (you can’t beat ketchup and mayo if you ask me!)

Vlaams Friteshuis | Voetboogstraat 33, 1012 XK Amsterdam

Price: €2.90 for a medium serve, €0.70 per sauce (cash only)

Greenwoods Keizersgracht

Located on the Keizersgracht is a great little find for those in-the-know. This would be my first choice for brunch or breakfast in Amsterdam, and for an Australian who is spoilt for choice back home, that’s a pretty big call to make! The cafe are super accommodating for veggies and vegans, making this one of my top spots for cheap eats. (Hot tip: Greenwoods is also located on Singel canal).

Greenwoods Keizersgracht | Keizersgracht 465, 1017 DK Amsterdam

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Cheap and burgers are usually two words you’ll see together, but the good news is these burgers are good, too. When I stopped by Burgerlijk they had sold out of veggie burgers, but a local expat assured me these are some of the best burgers in town – or at least in the touristy areas of Amsterdam of which you are likely to find yourself on vacation. Check out their instagram for some drool worthy pics.

Burgerlijk | Runstraat 1, 1016 GJ Amsterdam

Price: €5.50 for a base burger, additional for cheese, sauces and frites


I do love a resident cafe cat and at PIQNIQ you’ll be welcomed as a guest in Pedro’s home. Although the food is nothing to write home about (not bad by any means but nothing super special), I have to mention PIQNIQ for being one of the cutest little cafes in Amsterdam. This place is usually packed so be prepared to wait for a table if you come at peak times.

PIQNIQ |Lindengracht 59 hs, 1015 KC Amsterdam

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De Drie Graefjes

When I read online that this was “the best red velvet cake ever”, I knew immediately that I would have to go and check it out. While the red velvet cake wasn’t quite all it was cracked up to be, the hot chocolate gave me faith in the reasoning behind this cafe’s superstar rating online. Its cute, cheap, and full of cakes. What more could you need!?

De Drie Graefjes | Rokin 128, 1012 LC Amsterdam

Price: €4 for a slice of cake (which is so huge you’ll need a takeaway bag)


Want cheap food that will fill you up? You can’t go past a hot jacket potato (seriously, who has ever had a bad one of these babies!?!?) Jacketz is home to just this and you’ll be sure to thank me later. The toppings are plentiful and generous – but best of all, its cheap!

Jacketz | Kinkerstraat 56, 1053 Amsterdam

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Vegan Junk Food Bar

This. Place. Is. Bomb. One of my readers (shout out to Taylor!!!) thought to take me here and I’ve gotta say, it was one of those meals you’re so happily confused about that you’re almost certain you will talk about it for months to come. Not knowing that vegan food could taste so good, I was pretty hesitant at first. How wrong I was. From burgers to cheese croquettes and all of the delicious deep-fried goodness one could imagine, this place was ridiculously tasty. The only down side? Vegan food will never taste the same again.

Vegan Junk Food Bar | Staringplein 22, 1054 VL Amsterdam

Price: €8.50 for a deliciously filling burger

De Vier Pilaren

Pancakes, anyone? Here’s where you’ll find some of the best in town AND they’re cheap. Located near Vondelpark (which isn’t far from the Rijksmuseum and Van Gogh museum) is this cute little pancake eatery that tastes as sweet as it looks.

De Vier Pilaren | Stadhouderskade 11, 1054 ES Amsterdam


Over to you! Any cheap eats you would like to add?

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    Yashpal Singh
    May 20, 2017 at 8:16 pm

    Its really amazing blog with very much helpful information, thank you so much for writing this great blog here for us.

    May 19, 2017 at 11:21 pm

    Finding this post was perfect timing! We’ll be in Amsterdam at the end of July for 5 days on our way home from South Africa. I have two very picky eaters so I’ve been worried about food both here and in Paris where we’re also going. This is perfect! I almost licked my screen 🙂 Pinning!

      Rachel Baylis
      May 21, 2017 at 4:09 am

      There’s a burger restaurant that has some of the best burgers in the world right next to the Tulip market called TerMarsch – probably the best place I’ve ever eaten and it was really affordable too!

    Louise Ramos
    May 17, 2017 at 1:06 am

    Bookmarking because Amsterdam has always been on my travel bucket list! Everything looks great and really craving fries now because of this, haha.

    xo, Lou |

    May 16, 2017 at 4:33 am

    I am so excited to go to Amsterdam this summer! Thanks for the great cheap tips 😉 xoxo

    Danielle Theriault
    May 15, 2017 at 10:08 pm

    DROOL! Everything looks so good! |

    May 15, 2017 at 5:59 pm

    Brooke. I think you are my food spirit animal. If we have had to meet, I just imagine delicious treats surrounding us as we indulge our inner fat kids.

    • Brooke Saward
      May 15, 2017 at 7:32 pm

      HAHAHA I love this!!! There better be macarons involved. I’m living off them in Europe at the moment.

    Carola van Bronswijk
    May 15, 2017 at 5:50 am

    The red velvet cake is €4 😉

    Anup Roy
    May 15, 2017 at 5:26 am

    It’s really delicious food I think and I love fast food but, my mom said to me just no,,, that’s why I cannot take… 🙁

    Michael @ Mile in My Glasses
    May 14, 2017 at 8:20 pm

    I have 100% saved this post for the next time I’m headed to Amsterdam! I love the city so much, it’s such a relaxing and vibrant place! I can’t wait to hit up every place on this list!

    I hope you have a lovely Sunday,

    May 14, 2017 at 7:03 pm

    Ah I could have used this for my recent trip! Ah next time 🙂 I also love Aardbei which serves everything strawberry!

    May 14, 2017 at 3:07 pm

    Eating my way through a city is one of my favourite things to do when travelling. I love this list. Totally agree with Vlaams Friteshuis Vleminckx fries- I haven’t been able to find any that top those!

    • Brooke Saward
      May 14, 2017 at 3:54 pm


    May 14, 2017 at 11:52 am

    It was not a good idea to read this post on an empty stomach haha! All these places look so good! The Vegan Junk Food Bar sounds so amazing and I think it’s the one I most want to visit now! I still haven’t been to Amsterdam, but it’s the number one place I’m hoping to visit on my next trip to Europe.

    • Brooke Saward
      May 14, 2017 at 3:50 pm

      Hahaha – true that! Amsterdam is amazing, you will fall in love in a heart beat! <3

    the adventurer
    May 14, 2017 at 8:30 am

    Ok, I need to go back to Amsterdam right now =o) All of these places sounds awesome! I love to food in Amsterdam

    Juliette | Namastay Traveling
    May 14, 2017 at 8:06 am

    Vegan junk food bar? That sounds like what dreams are made of! Yum!

    • Brooke Saward
      May 14, 2017 at 3:49 pm

      It truly was!!!! Vegan food will never taste the same again!

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