For some reason, when we think “Northern Europe,” we don’t think “awesome food.” It’s telling that in the vast world of Amsterdam restaurants, not too many of them actually serve Dutch cuisine. (Here’s a quick run-down of what that looks like: pancakes, cheese, herring, and various meat-and-potatoes combinations.) Luckily, Amsterdam’s large immigrant populations have brought Indonesian, Surinamese, Ethiopian, Algerian, Thai, and Chinese food to the banks of the canals. Finally, Amsterdam has this thing with sandwiches—they’re everywhere, and they tend to be really, really good.

De Pijp, Jordaan, and the Nine Streets in Canal Ring West boast the highest concentration of quality eats, and De Pijp is the cheapest of the three. If you really want to conserve your cash, the supermarket chain Albert Heijn is a gift from the budget gods (find the nearest location at Keeping mind that most supermarkets close around 8pm. If you need groceries late at night (we can only guess why), try De Avondmarkt near Westerpark.

Oude Zijd

Central Canal Ring

Westerpark and Oud-West

Museumplein and Vondelpark

Jodenbuurt and Plantage

Amsterdam Food was last modified: October 24th, 2015 by Will Holub-Moorman