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5 Best Affordable Dutch Restaurants in Amsterdam

Moeders

Meaning ‘Mothers’ in English, this little hidden gem is the next best place to a Dutch mother's kitchen if you want to taste authentic Dutch home cooking. Moeders is always buzzing with hungry locals and tourists who are looking for a good quality Dutch meal in the city that won’t break the bank. A lot of love and heart goes into the cooking here - whether you opt for a stamppot with sauerkraut, suddervlees or granny’s hachee (traditional beef and onion stew), your plate will be empty once you leave.

The homely interior and warming atmosphere makes this place a real Dutch dining experience - as soon as you walk in you’ll notice all of the photos on the wall of mothers from around the world brought in by customers. Located in Amsterdam’s city centre just on the corner of the canal ring, it’s easy to get to. You can book your table online, too! The menu is reasonably priced for what you get but perhaps one of the most expensive options in this list.

Bistro Bij Ons

This cute Dutch bisto won’t let you down for a cheap and delicious local dinner. Bistro Bij Ons is a warm, cosy restaurant tucked away on Prinsengracht overlooking the canal. Serving up authentic homemade Dutch dishes such as bitterballen, Dutch steak, chicken schnitzel, Dutch tasting platters, cheeses, pancakes, stamppot, stewed beef and more delicious Dutch dishes, you can’t really get any more authentic than this. The outdoor seating overlooking the canal is the perfect spot to enjoy some beer and a Dutch lunch in the summer months. We highly recommend this bistro for anyone wanting to sample Dutch cuisine on a budget. Honest, good cooking with a friendly atmosphere - what more could you want?

Hap-Hmm

This little spot in Amsterdam’s Overtoombuurt neighbourhood is always rammed with locals, so that’s the first sign it’s good. We also love how affordable it is; you can order yourself a Dutch main course for €11-14 which is far cheaper than the few other Dutch restaurants in the area.

This family run restaurant is no doubt a favourite amongst locals who love the home-style cooking and authentic family recipes. You’ll feel right at home at Hap-Hmm; it actually feels like you’re eating in someone's home with family photos up on the walls and homemade comfort food brought to your table. We recommend ordering the local beer Natte to accompany your meal. The staff here are also friendly and make the experience even better. You can order a tender Dutch steak with vegetables and deep fried potatoes for €13.50. The desserts are delicious and cost as little as €3.

't Zwaantje

This welcoming Dutch restaurant is centrally located on Jordaan’s Nine Streets, the perfect place to finish off your day of sightseeing and treat yourself to a yummy dinner. The kitchen at ‘t Zwaantje serves up delicious Dutch food with a French twist; we recommend the Dutch fish stew, the pot chicken or the traditional stamppot. The cosy atmosphere combined with the Dutch decor is simply charming and the place is always buzzing with locals. The chef’s specials of the day are always delicious so make sure to have a look.

Haesje Claes

If you’re looking for some good old style Dutch cooking, then book yourself a table at Haesje Claes. The lunchtime menu is amazing value for money with huge portions and tasty staple Dutch food. For how affordable it is, we’re so impressed by the high quality dishes served. What makes this place stand out though is the historic interior which will make you feel like you’ve gone back in time to a traditional Dutch dining hall. There are 7 different dining rooms within the restaurant, each boasting a warm ambience and high quality experience. Really awesome atmosphere and food to die for. We recommend ordering the hutspot, harring and bitterballen. For dessert, the apple pie is a winner!

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