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17 x budget restaurants in Amsterdam: the really cool ones

6 October 2018
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affordable and nice: these are the budget restaurants in Amsterdam

Do you like to go out for dinner at least three times a week (or more)? Well, we do! Because it’s the most fun thing to do. Nothing better than sitting at the table with your loved ones and catching up while getting delicious dishes served, we like! One disadvantage: it’s expensive! At the end of every month there’s more month than money left over, sounds familiar? No worries, we don’t have to change our eating out behaviour.. No we will live on a budget! We collected the 20 x coolest budget restaurants in Amsterdam with mains for about 15 euro. 

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Sotto in AmsterdamPhotocredits: facebook/sottoroelofhart

>> Sotto >> budget restaurants in Amsterdam >>

What makes Sotto such a special place? They made pizza their specialty there! Not just standard pizzas, no we’re talking the Neapolitans Pizza type of pizza. The chefs at Sotto have learned how to make the best Neapolitans pizza at the Associazione Verace Pizza Napoletana. Next to that they learned how to make them at pizza restaurants in Naples. These delicious creations are now made in Amsterdam, especially for you. For less than 15 euro! Another plus… the pizzas are made in wood ovens, tasty!
Amstelveenseweg 89 & Roelofhartstraat 27 – old south – sottopizza.nl


Are you craving for a tasty farm chicken with homemade applesauce? Burger or a red fish fillet? All the dishes on the menu of Cafe Lennep in Amsterdam West are delicious and just around 15 euro. In summertime you can take a seat at the large picnic tables outside and in wintertime you can comfortably sit inside while its raining outside!
Read the extensive blog about Cafe Lennep here >>


Order a nice piece of steak for only 12.50 euro and a side order for 3,50 euro and you will have a whole meal for only 16 euro! Not just a whole meal, but one of the best meat meals in Amsterdam. The steaks at Cannibale Royale (on the Spui and in De Pijp) are soooooo tasty. For only that much money you are not planning on cooking your own food, do you? Bon appetit!
Read the extensive blog about Cannibale Royale here >>


The Foodhallen in Amsterdam West are maybe not that cheap but if you play it smart, you can fill your stomach for only 15 euro for sure. Take for example a  plateau with falafel and all sorts of hummus or a burger with fries. The sushi is also very tasty and filling!
Read the extensive blog about De Foodhallen here >>


One of Yourlbb favourites is: Thrill Grill. The burgers at this restaurant in De Pijp are super tasty. There is a choice in meat, fish and salmon! The burgers are all below 10 euros so you can even order fries or a salad on the side, yummy! Extra nice: they also opened a Thrill Grill in West now, since the end of November.
Read the extensive blog about Thrill Grill here >>



Especially for winter Noorderlicht in Amsterdam North added a winter menu to the menu. For only 13,50 euro you can get a daily changing vegetable mash with meat or a vegetarian meatball. You can spend a little more? For only 19,50 euro you can order a 3-course wintermenu!
NDSM Plein 102 – North – noorderlichtcafe.nl

>> rotisserie amsterdam >> BUDGET RESTAURANTS IN AMSTERDAM >>

Chicken is popular in Amsterdam. Maybe that is why Rotisserie Amsterdam just opened their second location in East! Here you order a half or a whole chicken with sides. Is East a little too far for you? There is also a location in West!
Read the extensive blog about Rotisserie Amsterdam here >>

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>> lalotta pizzabar >> budget restaurants in amsterdam >>

Another newbie: Lalotta Pizzabar in Amsterdam-East. Here you can eat the most delicious pizzas for no more than €10 euros. But if you really want to make the best deal, then go for the special pizzas. For example, the Tartufo Blanco or the one with pomegranate. They cost around €15 euros and we guarantee, it’s worth the price ;-)
Read the extensive blgo about Lalotta here >>

Van 't Spit Amsterdam


We are staying on the Clerqstraat for a little longer because here you can also eat pretty cheap at Van ‘t Spit. Half a chicken is 10 euro but you do have to order some sides. The applesauce is really tasty. Tip: take a friend and share the fries and applesauce :-) They also have a location in De Pijp!
Read the extensive blog about Van ‘t Spit here  >>

>> spaghetteria >> budget restaurants in amsterdam >>

Looking for a quick, simple yet delicious meal? Then the Spaghetteria is your answer. In De Pijp as well as in West they serve six different pastas every day. All around 9 euros and you won’t be hungry after.
Read the exensive blog about Spaghetteria here >>


The Biertuin (Beer garden) has the best chicken and burgers of Amsterdam, according to the newspaper Het Parool. So if you are out on a budget night… Go to the Biertuin! Half a chicken with fries, a salad and applesauce is only 14,95 euro! That is having a feast for hardly anything :-)
Read the extensive blog about De Biertuin here >>

Happyhappyjoyjoy Amsterdam

>> happyhappyjoyjoy  >> BUDGET RESTAURANTs IN AMSTERDAM >>

At Happyhappyjoyjoy you can eat very nice food for almost nothing! This restaurant in Amsterdam West serves Asian mains below 15 euro. The concept is sharing, but if you order a curry with jasmine rice (for yourself) you will be full for sure! Obviously it is nice to share something so maybe share a snack, like dim sum as a starter, with your table partners. Makes it cheaper for everyone :-) Is West too far away for you? Their second location in East just openend!
Read the extensive blog about Happyhappyjoyjoy here >>


A Spanish Tapas night is always a good idea! And the best thing is, you can make it as expensive or cheap as you want. Always good are the patatas bravas and bread with aioli. Don’t forget to order a Spanish wine with your dishes. Enjoy :-)
Read the extensive blog about Pata Negra here >>


The Pizza Bakkers are on 4 different locations through the city. So you never have to ride your bike very far to get a delicious pizza! The locations are: the overtoom, De Pijp, Plantage Kerklaan and Haarlemmerdijk. For 15 euro you can order a pizza with a scropino for dessert, so delicious!
Read the extensive blog about the Pizza Bakkers here >>

Skek Amsterdam


In the middle of the city centre of Amsterdam is budget spot Skek. At Skek all the meals are below 15 euro. Share the fresh Vietnamese spring rolls as a starter, they are so tasty! The Skek burger with Korean Kimchi is a must try!
Read the extensive blog about Skek here >>


Azmarino is an East–African restaurant in De Pijp with unique meals from Eritrea and Ethiopia. You can choose from meat and vegetarian dishes, made with passion. A combination of two meat dishes costs 14,75 euro and two vego 13 euro. With this meals you will get Enjera, a sourdough pancake to eat with the meal. Eat with your hands!
Tweede Sweelinckstraat 6 – de pijp – azmarino.nl

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At Eddy Spaghetti it feels like you are having dinner in a cosy living room. The pastas are very tasty, especially the Arrabiata, if you like spicy :-) It becomes a feast when you add Burrata on the side. This is the nicest Italian cheese ever! It looks a bit like Mozarella but softer. Enjoy!
Read the extensive blog about Eddy Spaghetti here >>

Do you know about another cool budget restaurant in Amsterdam? Let us know!

Amsterdam Bucketlist
Canal Cruise by day or in the evening
A bike tour through Amsterdam  OR Rent a bike by yourself 
The best view over Amsterdam from the A’DAM Lookout
Visit Artis Royal Zoo
Rijksmuseum with the Dutch masters
Van Gogh Museum, a staple in Amsterdam 
Stedelijk Museum for modern art lovers 
MOCO Museum for street art
Photography museum FOAM
Amsterdam Light Festival (during winter months)
Cruise like a local with your own boat (great with good weather!)
Discover the Instagrammable experience WONDR
Red Light District tour 
Get out of town and into the Dutch country side of Giethoorn

 | TIP: Buy an I amsterdam City Card. Save money on entrance fees to museums and attractions, public transport and profit from discounts on everything from restaurants to concerts. You can also skip some lines to make the most of your time in Amsterdam! You can buy a card for 24 hours up to 120 hours. Check the prices here >>

Our favourite hotels:
Generator Hostel: the best poshtel of the city located in a park.
The Student Hotel: budget proof in trendy East.
Het Volkshotel: affordable and with a cool rooftop bar.
☾ CitizenM: all you need is that XL bed (location near Amstel is great).
☾ Motel One: budget design hotel with locations at
Hotel V: with two locations and a great restaurant, in the city center and East.
Sir Adam: with the coolest view over Amsterdam.
☾ Sweets: a unique stay in former bridge houses.
☾ Park Plaza Vondelpark: located next to Vondelpark and beautifully renovated.
Hotel Dwars: small scale around the corner of the trendy Utrechtsestraat.
Pillows Anna van den Vondel: great hotel close to Vondelpark.
Hotel Mercier: new hotel in the cosy and historic Jordaan district.
INK Hotel: lifestyle hotel in the heart of the city.
The Hoxton: favourite lifestyle hotel right on the canals.
Morgan & Mees: boutique hotel in Amsterdam West.
Conscious Hotel Westerpark: in a beautiful building at the industrial Westergas area.
QO Amsterdam: eco design hotel with a great skybar.
TOP LUXURY // €€€ 
☾ Waldorf Astoria Amsterdam: if you have something to celebrate this is the one.
Pulitzer Amsterdam: on the canals at the border of the Nine Streets and the Jordaan.
☾ L’Europe: this hotel has the best spa with a view in Amsterdam.
☾ Conservatorium Hotel: located in one of the most beautiful buildings in town.
☾ W Amsterdam: with great restaurants and a rooftop bar with swimming pool.

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I really hope you enjoy your time in Amsterdam! On my Instagram account @yourlbb you can find more recommendations and new hotspots in town.

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 | PS: Traveling to Amsterdam with kids? My other website Travelkids.co & @travelkids.co is dedicated to family friendly travel. Check it out here >>

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