Amsterdam city center is a must visit area since there are many attractions for you to explore. However, it also means tourists trap in terms of food. If you would like to avoid unreasonable food price or bad quality of food, be sure to read our Amsterdam cheap Asian food guide for lunch and dinner in Amsterdam City Center.
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#1 Wok to Walk: best Asian take away food
If you like warm food like me, do not miss out “wok to walk”. It is take away food with Chinese cooking style. They offer 6 different types of rice and noodles, sauces and many other vegetables. Basic box is 5 Euro, with eggs, rice/noodles and limited vegetables. You can pay more for meat (chicken, pork and beef) and vegetables.
I like Wok to walk a lot when I am in the center of Amsterdam as food is expense in such a tourist area and quality sometimes not that good. Highly recommend you to go here if you like rice and noodles in Chinese style like me.
#2 Eazie: healthy Chinese food
On the second place of our cheap food guide to Amsterdam is Eazie.
However, Eazie has not that many stores in Amsterdam yet, they are located more in Leiden and Den Haag Area. Eazie is similar to Wok to walk, but they are way healthier.
With basic box (5.50 Euro), you get at least 5 types of vegetables at your choice and the food you have is not greasy. Personally, I like to have steam rice, so it’s not that greasy like fried rice. You can choose the ingredient yourself, or just pick the set menu they offer.
#3 Thais Snack Bar Bird: authentic and cheap Thai food.
Are you Thai food lover? Then you should not miss this one! It’s on the top of our list when it comes to best cheap Thai food in Amsterdam City Center.
They offer the best Thai street food in Amsterdam with a very reasonable price. The place is always full during the meal time, so make sure you are there 1 hour in advance to avoid the crowd. I always order Thai snacks, like spring roll and soup like Tom Yum Kung (spicy but full of shrimp taste)/Tom Kha Gai (coconut based chicken soup).
#4 STACH food: enjoy organic Dutch sandwich
If would like to have sandwich, then go to: STACH!
It’s a store offering many types of organic products and food. I personally like their coffee and sandwich a lot (I am not a sandwich lover!). Their bread is very fresh and you get a lot of vegetables. I like their tuna salad sandwich the most.
If you have chance to walk by, be sure to visit their store even you are not hungry. The product decoration and layout is amazing, and that make all the products extra attractive.
#5 Suriname restaurants: cheap and tasty choice!
Suriname was a Dutch colony, but many people from Suriname moved to the Netherlands for living and work. Amsterdam as the most international city in the Netherlands, of course there are many Suriname stores around the city.
We highly recommend their food if you want to try exotic cuisine. Their meals usually come with a big portion, not like other stores in Amsterdam. The best part of it, it’s cheap, too. With less than EUR 10 per person.
Apart from curry, we also recommend Saoto Soup. It’s Saoto sauce based soup with sliced potato and rice. It tastes really good! With only EUR 5 per soup.
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