With one restaurant in De Pijp and one in the West, Thrill Grill is perfect for anyone who wants a charcoal-grilled gourmet burger in Amsterdam for a reasonable price.
Most of the burgers are under 10 euros, and all the ingredients are locally sourced and natural: pure Dutch beef, potatoes from a local farmer and luscious Dutch gouda cheese – even their toasted burger buns are organic.
There are burgers for all tastes, but our top picks are the Peruvian beef thriller, the salmon thriller and the skinny thriller.
Skek is a restaurant and bar near Amsterdam’s Red Light District that fuses traditional Dutch food with all the newest eating trends – it’s perfect for Amsterdam locals and visitors alike.
They host live-music nights too, which really adds to Skek’s already stellar atmosphere. If there’s one group who appreciate a good bargain, it’s students, and student-run Skek doesn’t disappoint, with dishes costing around 13 euros on average.
Skek has a bar that is fitted with an array of special beers – completing that classic Dutch café vibe look and feel. The staff are polite and easy-going as well, happily talking customers through the selection of food and beer that is available.
Boasting four Amsterdam locations – Haarlemmerdijk, De Pijp, Overtoom and Plantage Kerklaan – it’s safe to say De Pizzabakkers is something of a phenomenon in the Dutch capital.
It’s no shock really: they offer oven-baked thin, crusty pizza that is prepared with the freshest and highest-quality ingredients, with prices starting at under eight euros.
With their tagline of “pizza and prosecco”, it’s unsurprising that De Pizzabakkers offers a respectable selection of prosecco, wine and – of course – beer, so grab a prosecco cocktail (that’s right, a prosecco cocktail), order your favourite pizza and dine like they do in Napoli.
Forget about the stuffier (and overpriced) Italian restaurants in the city centre and West and head instead to this cosy little diner in Oost.
Their pasta menu is short but on point – think linguine all cozze, all’arrabbiata and a succulent lamb ravioli – while the pizzas are thin-crust delights. Do leave space for the homemade tiramisù, and if you’re feeling decadent, ask the bartender for a negroni – they serve one of the city’s best.
There are few better places to get stuck into fresh fish and seafood than Stork, a cavernous, south-facing space on the banks of the River IJ.
A free ferry shuttles you across the water to Noord and this former factory that now serves up whole lobster, oysters, ‘catch of the day’ specials and a sumptuous seafood platter.
If it’s sunny, order some ice-cold white wine, grab a spot on the terrace, and watch the river traffic bustle back and forth.
The industrial, shabby-chic interior and an ever-changing daily menu of modern Dutch cuisine have made the ‘Wild Boar’ a trendy (and increasingly popular) haunt in Oost.
The idea is simple – choose three or four courses, order some wine, and let the kitchen work their magic with fresh, seasonal produce (do try the boar though). And if something a little lighter is required, head next door to their Eetbar, where they offer smaller, individual plates from just €7.
With a Michelin star, an award-winning wine list and a spectacular canalside location, this is special-occasion dining at its finest. Executive chef Bas van Kranen’s five- or six-course fixed menus focus on showcasing top-notch ingredients through simple but innovative flavour combinations and elegant plating.
The service is impeccable, and the setting classy yet unfussy. Reservations are a must.
If the finest, freshest produce, beautifully cooked, is what you’re after, then a trip to De Kas is a must.
Tucked inside a set of greenhouses that date to 1926, they serve a fixed daily menu – you simply choose how many courses you want – prepared with vegetables and herbs grown in their own nursery. Their farm-to-table credentials are impeccable, and the dishes showcase each ingredient at its best.
Classics with a modern twist are the name of the game in this former apothecary’s shop with a canal view. Spread across a number of rooms boasting simple yet tasteful décor, there’s an understated elegance to everything here, from the food to the imported marble tabletops.
Whether it’s the dover sole, hanger steak or lobster risotto, chef Jeroen Robberegt’s cooking is robust and flavourful, and while dinner is the real star, they also do a mean lunch and happily cater for kids.