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Dinner on a budget: try these hotspots

restaurantsDo you love going on holiday and out for dinner as much as we do? If you want to enjoy these trips as many times as you can, you’ll probably have to watch your budget. Our first tip would be: stay in a hostel like ours! Here you can enjoy your visit to Amsterdam without spending as much. A lot of our guests ask us for affordable dinner recommendations. In this blog we share some of the best budget restaurants in Amsterdam. And don’t worry you won’t have to adjust your standards. All of these restaurants offer great food for an affordable price.

Thrill grill

If you like burgers, you will love Thrill grill! This restaurant was founded by famous Dutch TV chef Robert Kranenborg. The burgers cost no more than 10 euros, without salad our fries. All ingredients are additive-free, locally sourced and environmentally friendly. There is also a veggie and vegan option if you want to skip the meat. There are different options for fries, like the umami fries or the fries & peanut sauce (a Dutch delicacy).

Eerste Constantijn Huygenstraat 37 & Gerard Doustraat 98 –



Spaghetteria owns two restaurants in Amsterdam. Perfect if you want to enjoy a delicious Italian pasta without spending as much money. Spaghetteria serves different kinds of pastas with seasonal ingredients. In summer you can enjoy your pasta on a picknick bench outside for the true Italian experience.

Van Woustraat 123 & Jan Hanzenstraat 32 –


Kevin Bacon

Kevin Bacon is a great spot if you are a fan of the Thai kitchen. This restaurant wants to be ‘the Kevin Bacon of bars’, which means no pretentions, just getting the job done. Kevin Bacon might not be all that special, we love their food and drinks. Besides great curries Kevin Bacon also serves great cocktails.

Witte de Withstraat 38 –



The Netherlands and Suriname are closely linked, because until 1975 Suriname was a constituent country of the Netherlands. Therefore, there are lots of great Surinam restaurants in Amsterdam. Waterkant is one of them. The restaurant is open from 11 am untill 10 pm and serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. In summer you can enjoy your meal outside by the water, which make Waterkant a great place to be. Every Friday and Saturday Waterkant hosts club nights, where you can dance to great tropical music.

Marnixstraat 246 –


Which budget hotspot will you be visiting during you next stay in Amsterdam? If you need more recommendations, our staff is always happy to help.


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