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From cheapo beer pubs to pancake joints, traditional Dutch eateries and late-night fried snacks, Amsterdam offers no shortage of delicious ways to satisfy your thirst and hunger. Read our latest posts below on the best budget-friendly food and drink offered in town.

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5 tips for safely navigating Amsterdam’s party scene (without spending too much)

5 tips for safely navigating Amsterdam’s party scene (without spending too much)

Amsterdam has a thriving nightlife scene, with a “something for every Cheapo” mentality. There are hundreds of bars and coffeeshops, great nightclubs and music venues plus a long list of festivals in the summer. But if you’re not careful, charges can add up quickly for everything from drink prices and cover charges to taxi fares » Read more

5 reasons to visit the Bokbier Festival in Amsterdam, the Dutch Oktoberfest

5 reasons to visit the Bokbier Festival in Amsterdam, the Dutch Oktoberfest

The largest beer festival in the Netherlands takes place in Amsterdam every autumn and celebrates the release of bok beer, a dark seasonal lager. This year marks the 36th annual Bokbier Festival on October 25-27 at the Beurs van Berlage building in central Amsterdam – the world’s first stock exchange. Even if you’re a loyal » Read more

Amsterdam’s Best Burger: 5 safe bets for a delicious and cheap meal

Amsterdam’s Best Burger: 5 safe bets for a delicious and cheap meal

The burger craze has hit Amsterdam hard, and specialty burger joints seem to be lighting up across the city (no pun intended). Luckily, my American burger taste buds and my fellow burger-loving buddies have found some of the cheapest hubs that really have the good stuff in Amsterdam’s center. Burger Bar Kolksteeg 6 Warmoestraat 21 » Read more

Amsterdam Cheap Eats: 5 restaurant chains worth trying

Amsterdam Cheap Eats: 5 restaurant chains worth trying

Amsterdam is not known to hold many chain businesses (besides Bulldog coffeeshop franchise). The city prides itself on supporting small business owners, “mom and pop” cafes, and one-man (and one-woman) services. Still, a few chain restaurants have begun to pop up. Here are a few that are wallet friendly, fun, flavorful, and worth a look-see. » Read more

Amsterdam: 5 easy ways to save on dining

Amsterdam: 5 easy ways to save on dining

Culturally, going out to eat in Holland is always due to a special occasion and isn’t simply an every day activity. That means that dining in Amsterdam can be pricey compared to North America’s restaurant culture. Here are five ways to still eat out in Amsterdam without getting caught in pricey pancake pad, or worse, » Read more

Amsterdam: 5 late-night snacks for Cheapos on the prowl

Amsterdam: 5 late-night snacks for Cheapos on the prowl

By Audrey Sykes in Amsterdam— There is so much nightlife in Amsterdam that “sightseeing” bars and coffeeshops can lead to late hours wandering the streets in search of cheap eats. You should know your options before ducking into a take-away joint or pizza bar. Here is my advice for Amsterdam’s best late-night cheapo snacks: King » Read more

Amsterdam’s best bars for beer

Amsterdam’s best bars for beer

By Audrey Sykes in Amsterdam— In a city drenched with every conceivable vice, the one sin that pulls me in is good beer. I’m a sucker for a freshly-poured brew that’s flavorful, cold and tasty. And I don’t mean mainstream pilsners. If you like the satisfaction of enjoying a well-crafted beer at a good price, » Read more

Amsterdam: Our 3 favorite pancake joints

Amsterdam: Our 3 favorite pancake joints

The pancake is one of the most famous plates in Dutch cuisine. Short in stature but large in circumference, the Dutch pancake is served with mixed-in ingredients that can go sweet, savory, or quite experimental. Here are three Cheapo picks for my favorite pancake shops in Amsterdam: Pannekoekenboot (Pancake Boat) Web site (in Dutch) 4:30 » Read more

Amsterdam Coffee Confusion: Coffee, cafes and coffeeshops

Amsterdam Coffee Confusion: Coffee, cafes and coffeeshops

By Audrey Sykes in Amsterdam— On the surface Amsterdam’s café culture seems a little confusing and intimidating. If cafes serve beer and coffeeshops serve the “green goods,” where does one go for just a cup of joe? Here are some pointers. Ordering coffee? Ditch the details! If you’re craving a large mocha latte with 2% » Read more

Amsterdam: 5 delicious Dutch desserts not to be missed

Amsterdam: 5 delicious Dutch desserts not to be missed

By Audrey Sykes in Amsterdam— The Dutch were never known for their exotic cuisine–bread, cheese and fries being the basics. Thankfully the Netherlands has a satisfying sweet tooth. When visiting Amsterdam, don’t hold back on indulging in these five sugary surprises that are simple, cheap, yet oh so tasty. 1. Appeltaart met slagroom Typical price: » Read more

Amsterdam: Where to have a traditional Dutch breakfast

Amsterdam: Where to have a traditional Dutch breakfast

As in many European countries, going out for breakfast in the Netherlands is a rare event. Yet some of us cherish the true enjoyment of a morning meal. Here’s how the Dutch do it on the go and on the cheap, along with a few tips for finding a nice a.m. sit-down spot in Amsterdam. » Read more

Favorite Place in Amsterdam: Coffee and local culture at Café Koosje

Favorite Place in Amsterdam: Coffee and local culture at Café Koosje

Editor’s Note: For our “Favorite Places” blog series, we’re asking our local correspondents to write about one of their favorite places in town. For an ultimate Dutch time out in Amsterdam, head to Café Koosje. From coffee to apple pie with whipped cream, the place warms its patrons with cups of culture and a charming » Read more

Amsterdam Food: Three budget-friendly restaurants in central Amsterdam

Amsterdam Food: Three budget-friendly restaurants in central Amsterdam

Amsterdam is the most popular city in Netherlands, and so, unsurprisingly, it can be hard to find a cheap meal here. By a cheap meal, I mean a nice, sit-down meal at an eatery, as opposed to grabbing something from a bustling fast food spot or street food vendor. (View my earlier post about Maoz » Read more

Amsterdam Cheap Eat: Healthy treats at Maoz

Amsterdam Cheap Eat: Healthy treats at Maoz

Who says that every type of fast food is bad for you? Maoz, a popular fast-food franchise in Amsterdam, breaks the norm with their delicious vegetarian on-the-go snacks. At the very least, Maoz offers Cheapos a healthy quick meal at a modest price. A bit of History Maoz is a chain of vegetarian eateries that started » Read more

Amsterdam: 5 fun (and affordable) bars

Amsterdam: 5 fun (and affordable) bars

It’s been a tiring day of sightseeing and you’re all set to grab a beer or two. Luckily, Amsterdam’s streets are sprinkled with cafés and bars that cater to the tastes of various travelers. Here are five pubs and cafés that offer drinks and snacks at attractive prices. 1. Cafe Belgique Gravenstraat 2 Located at » Read more

Amsterdam Cheap Eats: “Febo” dishes up snacks, automat-style

Amsterdam Cheap Eats: “Febo” dishes up snacks, automat-style

By Amy Goemans– Say you’re on your way to catch the train out of Amsterdam and don’t have time to sit down for a meal. Maybe it’s a nice day and you just want to take in the city’s floating flower market while munching on something cheap. Or maybe you’re having trouble pronouncing those Dutch » Read more

The Best Pancakes In Amsterdam?

Mere leaving with pancake happiness! Today’s absurdly cold weather in New York – 17 degrees fahrenheit anyone? – makes us crave warm comfort food like nobody’s business.  Hot oatmeal, a Bauernfrühstück, heck, even the thought of a full English helps fuel us up and persevere through winter’s bite. One treat that we never, ever, turn down » Read more

Cheapo Night Out Amsterdam: Cafe In de Waag

Cheapo Night Out Amsterdam: Cafe In de Waag

Photo of Cafe In de Waag by Peterhoneyman Editor’s Note: Pete and Meredith just spent a long weekend in Amsterdam. This is a post from their recent journey. A little bit of history In 1488, St. Anthony’s Port – today a weigh house that stands in the center of Nieuwmarkt Square in Amsterdam – opened its doors » Read more

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