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How to Eat and Drink on a Budget in Amsterdam

After a second extended city break in Amsterdam, Liz and her husband are keen to share tips they picked up along the way to help others.

Amsterdam.

Amsterdam.

Our Approach to Holiday Planning

Our approach to holiday planning goes a little like this: we choose a destination, in this case, Amsterdam. Next, we look for reasonably priced flights. Then we sort out where we are going to stay, usually based on where we can get a good deal or maybe use some loyalty points. We read up on the destination and get an idea of the main attractions that we want to see while we are there.

These are all good ideas, but aren't we missing something? Where are we going to eat and drink? No trip, no matter how stunning the location, is going to be a success without refreshment along the way. Read on to find out how we fared and pick up a few tips as you travel with us.

Your Holiday Planning

The Plan

In this guide, we start off at base camp and consider the food and drink options where we are staying, before heading out to explore some of the eating and drinking places in Amsterdam. Join us as we sample a little of what Amsterdam has to offer.

1. Make the Most of Where You Stay

  • Breakfast
  • Executive Lounges
  • Welcome Drinks
  • Complimentary Snacks
  • Drinks Facilities in Your Hotel Room
  • Minibars

2. Do-It-Yourself Food and Drink

  • Breakfast
  • Drinks and Snacks
  • Meals
  • Alternative Use for a Redundant Minibar

3. Activities that Include Refreshments

  • Canal Trips
  • The Heineken Experience

4. Favorite Snack Places in Amsterdam

  • Sonneveld Eetcafe
  • Brasserie 3-5-3
  • Treat Yourself at the Skylounge, Doubletree by Hilton

5. Favorite Restaurants in Amsterdam

  • De Plantage
  • OBA
  • La Casona
  • Treat Yourself to a Rijsttafel
Amsterdam.

Amsterdam.

1. Make the Most of Where You Stay

Sometimes it's possible to be so focused on getting out and exploring a destination, that we fail to take advantage of the opportunities for refreshment at little cost in our accommodation. Here are a few to consider.

Breakfast

I have heard breakfast described as 'the best meal of the day'. A hearty breakfast can set you up for the day. We have often indulged in a big breakfast buffet and then had no need for lunch.

Does your hotel include free breakfast? Some brands, like Hilton, offer a complimentary breakfast to members of their loyalty program (Hilton Honors) with gold or diamond status.

Our night in the Hilton Amsterdam was complimentary (due to a credit card). The chance of a free breakfast in the restaurant was definitely too good to miss. One of the best breakfast spreads we have come across included a range of cereals, hot drinks, juices, fruits and yogurt, hot and cold savory options as well as bakery items. It was well presented with local touches like the giant clogs on the bakery section and little Dutch house models on the cold section. To top it all we were served a pancake with a sparkler in it, as our booking mentioned a wedding anniversary.

Other hotels, like Holiday Inn Express, routinely include an all you can eat breakfast in the room rate. Our stay at Holiday Inn Express City Hall was booked using points. Breakfast here was not on the scale of the Hilton, as there were no hot savory options. But it offered enough in the way of juices, hot drinks, cold savory choices, cereals, bakery items, fruit, and yogurt to give us a good start to the day.

Do the Maths

It is worth finding out how much breakfast is at your hotel. If the cost is reasonable and the buffet is good, you might not need to buy another meal until later in the day. Paying for a hotel breakfast can be cheaper than getting breakfast and lunch out in Amsterdam.

Executive Lounges

Does your hotel have an executive lounge? If so, can you access it for free? Some brands, such as Hilton and InterContinental Hotel Group, have executive lounges in selected hotels. These can be free with the higher grades of rooms. It's always worth checking if you can get a free upgrade. Usually, you are in a stronger position the higher up the tier status you are in loyalty reward schemes.

Executive lounges vary greatly in their provision. Some offer hot drinks, soft drinks, and a few snack items. Others offer a timetable of edible treats throughout the day with alcoholic drinks available too in a timed slot.

Due to tier status, we received a room upgrade at Hilton Amsterdam. The room included access to the executive lounge on the 10th floor, which was a glass-walled area on the roof. Tables and chairs were set out, with a sofa group at the end. We could have taken a light breakfast up there. Throughout the day a selection of soft drinks was available from a minibar. Hot drinks came from a self-service machine. A range of savory snacks (vegetable crisps, salted crisps, nuts, and crackers) was left out in the lounge and there were apples and boiled sweets near the entrance.

Between 5.30 pm and 7.30 pm, a selection of spirits (gin, whiskey, vodka, and rum) appeared. Heineken and wine were left out 30 minutes longer until 8.00 pm. There were hot dishes of meatballs and mozzarella sticks in breadcrumbs with tomato sauce, mayonnaise, and sweet chili sauce.

The main spread consisted of focaccia, topped with cheese and tomato, ham, melon, mozzarella and tomato, Gouda cheese, biscottis, breadsticks, tomatoes in oil, asparagus hearts, and butter beans. Desserts were chocolate and creamy toffee sauce, sponge fingers soaked in coffee, and chantilly.

If you don't qualify for free access, some hotels will charge a fee. It's worth checking what's available and doing the maths to work out whether it represents good value for money.

Welcome Drinks

Some hotel brands, like those in the InterContinental Hotel Group (IHG), offer welcome drinks vouchers to loyalty rewards members. Our rule of thumb is that if two alcoholic drinks are offered, take them, as their value exceeds any points you might get instead.

Sometimes check-in staff forget, so don't be shy in reminding them if you qualify due to tier status. It is worth cheekily requesting two vouchers, as many will give them.

When we checked in to the InterContinental, Amstel Hotel, Amsterdam, the welcome drinks were forgotten. An enquiry at the reception desk soon corrected this. As it happened there were issues with the service in the saloon, so we were given more vouchers. On day one we had two house wines with snacks, on day two we had the two most expensive drinks on the menu. All for nothing.

Complimentary Snacks

Some hotels, especially the more upmarket ones, like the InterContinental brand, leave complimentary snacks and drinks out for guests. If you come across this in your hotel, feel free to help yourself.

Near the leisure pool in the Amstel Hotel, we found jugs of water, cranberry and orange juice, a facility for making hot drinks, a bowl of fresh fruit, dried vegetables, nuts, and dried fruit.

Drinks Facilities in Your Hotel Room

We are used to having the option of making hot drinks in our hotel rooms. It saves a lot on buying tea and coffee, especially at hotel bar prices. You might compromise on quality, as instant coffee is not the same as freshly filtered coffee but you save on the cost. Sometimes a more luxurious hotel brand will provide a coffee pod machine in rooms.


Minibars

Many mid-service (3-4 star) hotels have emptied or removed the minibars altogether, but some still remain and we have yet to stay in a 5-star hotel without one. Usually, charges are exorbitant and drinks and other items can be tracked as they are removed. Unless we have been advised that the contents are free, we leave well alone. That way there are no nasty surprises at checkout.

Be aware also of any drinks left out in the room. The Amstel had an interesting selection of alcoholic drinks and snacks near the tea and coffee, but the price list was eye-watering. Sometimes hotels will try to charge for bottled water too.

Fear not, if you are starting to think that you might go hungry and thirsty in your hotel room. Read on for some solutions.

Minibar in the Hilton Amsterdam.

Minibar in the Hilton Amsterdam.

2. Do-It-Yourself Food and Drink

A little self-catering, while you are away, helps to save costs. This is obviously easier in a rented property with cooking facilities. But it's also possible when you are in a hotel. Here are a few cost-saving suggestions:

Breakfast

Consider bringing shelf products, like cereal, from home. Take disposable bowls, plates, and cutlery. Alternatively, find a local supermarket near your hotel. Buying supplies here will be cheaper than hotel prices.

Drinks and Snacks

Cereal bars and fruit are a good standby in your bag when sightseeing, as is bottled water. A local supermarket is a cheaper source than buying all your snacks out. You can make big savings on alcohol too. A can of beer or a bottle of wine comes at a fraction of the price of what you would pay in the bar.

Meals

If your budget is tight or you prefer a relaxing evening in, it is possible to purchase the elements of an easy to put together a meal in the supermarket. Choose a nice prepacked salad, drinks, and desserts and take them back to your room. Disposable plates and cutlery are a useful addition to your luggage for this purpose.

Hot Drinks

If your hotel does not have drinks facilities in the room, consider taking your own travel kettle and some tea bags. Peppermint tea is a standby with us, as this refreshing hot drink does not require milk.

Alternative Use for a Redundant Minibar

Remember the minibars in the previous section? If it's empty but cool, there's no reason why you can't store your own drinks in there. You might even be able to squeeze a few in with the minibar contents, where it is in use. Take care with food though, as the temperature is probably not reliable for safe food storage over a long period.

3. Activities that Include Refreshments

It can be a bonus when sightseeing if food or drink is included in the cost of an activity.

Canal Trips

The majority of visitors to Amsterdam will take a trip on the canals to see the city from the water.

The 'All-Inclusive' Option

Some companies, like BoatAmsterdam.com, offer 'All-Inclusive' drinks. If you were thinking of stopping somewhere for a drink anyway, especially an alcoholic one, this could be a cost-effective option. As well as a range of soft drinks, the onboard bars offer cans of beer and a basic wine selection. Your intake is limited by the lack of toilet facilities onboard and it would be unwise to overindulge, especially whilst on the water. After all, nobody wants an early bath in a canal due to intoxication. But it's definitely worth doing the maths and considering the options.

Pay-as-You-Go

Other companies offer onboard bars on a pay-as-you-go basis. Out of the main tourist season, on a quiet day, you might be able to haggle for a free drink. These bars include spirits and mixers, so a free drink can be worth it. Beware though, tabs are kept and you could be hit with a hefty bill at the end of your trip.

Canal Cruise with a Meal

You could really push the boat out and take a canal cruise that includes a meal on board. This might be an option if you are celebrating a special occasion or want an especially memorable experience in Amsterdam. Check out reviews and compare deals to find the trip that suits you best and book in advance.

The Heineken Experience

Occasionally, some attractions offer a sample or free drink included in the admission cost. One such place in Amsterdam is The Heineken Experience.

I was not a beer drinker at all when we first visited Amsterdam in 2007. So I was a little surprised when my husband suggested visiting the Heineken Experience. But, on a drizzly day, I was soon persuaded that an indoor attraction would be a better idea than exploring Amsterdam in the rain. I was also informed that the reviews were good.

Located in the first Heineken brewery dating back over 150 years, the Heineken Experience takes visitors on a journey through the beer-making process and the development of the brand, ending with a glass of Heineken. I certainly learned a lot and enjoyed the experience more than I expected. My husband appreciated the beer at the end, especially as he drank most of mine too.

Heineken beer.

Heineken beer.

4. Favorite Snack Places in Amsterdam

If you minimize frivolous spending using the earlier tips, it should leave a little room for sampling a few local snacks. Here are two cafes that we came across whilst sightseeing.

Sonneveld Eetcafe

As the name suggests, eetcafes serve good food at slightly below restaurant prices. They tend to offer lunchtime snacks and an evening meal. Some even provide full three-course menus at a reasonable cost. Dishes have become more adventurous in some eetcafes and there is generally a choice of vegetarian dishes. Kitchens tend to close early so you need to eat before 9.00 pm.

Located on the corner of Egelantiersgracht and Tweede Egelantiersdwarsstraat and within sight of Westerkerk, we came upon Sonneveld Eetcafe one lunchtime. Attracted by its red and white striped awnings on two sides, we decided to investigate further and ended up pausing on the sunny terrace for a toasted sandwich and a beer, as we looked towards a canal.

The cafe has an interesting history, having gained its name from a former resident, Wim Sonneveld (1917-1974), a Dutch cabaret artist and singer. Pictures of him decorate the walls of the cafe. Sonneveld set up 'Blijvend Applaus' with other musical artists. This foundation owns Eetcafe Sonneveld and gives donations to former artists in need.

Brasserie 3-5-3

No visit to the Netherlands is complete without sampling the appeltaart. We enjoyed ours with a cup of tea at Brasserie 3-5-3 on Nieuwezijds Voorburgwal, conveniently located around the corner from The Amsterdam Museum. Quirkily arranged on an acute corner, we found a sunny spot at a table outside to enjoy a teatime treat and rest our feet.

The apple pie, as many of us would know it, seems to feature on every dessert menu in Amsterdam. No two versions ever seem identical, so it's a good excuse for sampling several.


Treat Yourself at the Skylounge, Doubletree by Hilton

Having saved money, using the earlier tips, you might be tempted to treat yourself to a more expensive drink with an experience. If this is the case, it's worth considering a visit to the Skylounge at the Doubletree by Hilton, just east of Centraal Station.

By day you can access the outside terrace on the rooftop of the hotel. The drinks don't come cheap and choose your seat carefully for the best view, as some seating is quite low down. The best views and photos are from a standing position.

By night the Skylounge becomes a pleasant cocktail lounge, a popular place to see the sunset over Amsterdam.

We went up there one morning. It was quite busy, so we took a few photos, admired the view, and left without being noticed. Probably not the best way to do it, but always a possibility if you don't want to pay the inflated drinks' prices.

5. Favorite Restaurants in Amsterdam

No visit to a foreign city is complete without sampling the local cuisine. Due to its trading history, we discovered that Amsterdam is a culinary mix of restaurants catering to different tastes. Here is a selection of restaurants that we visited.

De Plantage

Wanting to find typical Dutch food, we asked the advice of hotel staff at Holiday Inn Express City Hall. We were directed to 'De Plantage', which turned out to be the restaurant at the city zoo. We arrived on a Friday lunchtime to find that we had to wait for a table in the stylish bar area at the front.

After a few minutes, we were directed to a table in a large conservatory restaurant. Expecting to find Dutch dishes on the menu, we were surprised to discover a menu influenced by Southern Europe, Northern Africa, and the Eastern Mediterranean. It was an interesting and mouthwatering selection and we did find some warm salted meat from Amsterdam with homemade pickles and horseradish sauce. Washed down with the local Amstel beer and finished off with apple pie, it turned out to be a filling meal, though not quite what we had anticipated.

De Plantage offers different menus throughout the day from breakfast to evening meals. It's a pleasant enough setting, but a little like the noise of a school dining room when it's busy. It would combine well with a visit to Amsterdam Zoo.

OBA

A library might not be the obvious place to go in search of a meal, but Openbare Bibliotheek Amsterdam, the city's central library, offers a range of reasonably priced meal options in its modern cafeteria, Babel on the 7th floor. Split into three parts, it hosts the City Bar, the Amsterdam Food Court, and the Open Kitchen and boasts a menu based on the many different cultures in Amsterdam.

There's no table service here in this no-frills eatery, so take a tray, wander around the well-lit areas and select your meal options. Our salmon, fries, and salad were made to order by one of the chefs and well-presented.

Located on the Oosterdok, east of Centraal Station, the OBA's terrace on the 7th floor has great views over Amsterdam, which few restaurants can rival, certainly for this price. Whether you are looking for a snack or a main meal, there are enough options here to suit most tastes.

Admission to the terrace, if you want to head up there and just take in the view, is free. Babel is usually open between 10:00 am and 10:00 pm. Check the website for details.

La Casona

If you like a good steak, you will find that there is no shortage of good Argentinian steak houses in Amsterdam. Wandering slightly off the main street, near Rembrandtplein, we came across La Casona on Utrechtsestraat.

As restaurants go, it doesn't have a big frontage but La Casona has a pleasant interior in a South American/Spanish design. Early evening midweek it was fairly quiet and we were pleased with the quality of our steak, fries, and a side salad, all served up on a wooden board. Just the ticket after a day's sightseeing.

Treat Yourself to a Rijsttafel

Before our first trip to the city, a friend said to me "If you go to Amsterdam, you must have a rijsttafel". She explained that a 'rice table' is an Indonesian meal of rice along with an array of side dishes. With this advice in mind, we came across Puri Mas, on Lange Leidsedwarsstraat. It was a short walk from Leidseplein, a focus for bars, cafes, restaurants, and other entertainment venues.

Rijsttafels are not the cheapest meals to order, but I would highly recommend one as a tasty, filling, and worthwhile holiday treat. With a little research, you should be able to find a restaurant slightly off the main streets, that can serve you up a feast.


Puri Mas

There can be no better recommendation for a restaurant than having such a good first experience there that, on your next visit to the city, several years later, you seek it out to revisit. So it was for us with Puri Mas.

From the outside, the appearance of this restaurant was subdued. Our eyes were caught by the menu, but as the restaurant was on the first floor, there were no overzealous staff to beckon us inside. We were fortunate to get a table on our first visit early on a midweek evening in the spring.

We were immediately struck by the high standard of service that we received. Clearly, this was a popular restaurant, but staff were attentive to our every need and took time to explain the various dishes, of which there were several. There were different combinations of dishes available for set prices.

Our experience was so good that we kept the restaurant card with its details, looked it up, and booked a table at Puri Mas over 10 years later. Often returning somewhere can be disappointing, but our second meal at Puri Mas was as excellent as the first.

A Sad PostScript

Unfortunately, we will not be returning to Puri Mas. Whilst researching this article, I came across the following message posted on their website in 2020:

"With a heavy heart we have decided to close our doors. We look back on 30 beautiful years with precious moments thanks to our dear customers, suppliers, colleagues and family. It has been our privilege and joy to have served you all these years. We wish you and your loved ones all the best!"

Puri Mas Family

"Thinking of you, brings a smile to our faces"

Food and Drink in Amsterdam

Final Thoughts

There is no shortage of tempting places to eat and drink in Amsterdam. You are rarely far from a cafe or restaurant in this scenic city on the water. Don't let your budget restrict your enjoyment. Use the tips at the beginning of this article, to make your Euros stretch further so that you can treat yourself. Sample the food and drink in Amsterdam without breaking the bank and enjoy your trip.

Amsterdam at dusk.

Amsterdam at dusk.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2020 Liz Westwood

Comments

Robert Sacchi on September 16, 2020:

Definitely.

Liz Westwood (author) from UK on September 16, 2020:

It is good to be able to draw out tips for others from our travel experiences, Robert.

Robert Sacchi on September 14, 2020:

Thank you for sharing your money-saving techniques.

Liz Westwood (author) from UK on September 14, 2020:

Thank you for your comment, Prithviraj. Food and drink are key to any trip. Some of the principles in this article can be applied to many other trips.

Prithviraj Shirole from India on September 13, 2020:

Thanks for giving amazing tips and suggestions about things to do in Amsterdam. Enjoyed reading the guide.

Liz Westwood (author) from UK on September 12, 2020:

Thank you for your comment, Robert. We have adopted money-saving techniques over the years. It was interesting to stop and analyse them in relation to this trip.

Robert Sacchi on September 11, 2020:

Another informative article. Good for people traveling to Amsterdam on a budget.

Liz Westwood (author) from UK on September 10, 2020:

Thank you for your comment, Umesh. In the days before the Euro, some countries in Europe were cheaper. I wonder if you visited when the Dutch Guilder was in use? There are bicycles everywhere. You have to be careful not to get run over by them and I understand that many end up discarded in the canals, which have to be cleared regularly.

Umesh Chandra Bhatt from Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, India on September 10, 2020:

Very useful and elaborate article. Long back I had opportunity to visit there for a few days and I found the place cheaper than many other European countries. That time I was surprised to see the large use of bicycles there.

Liz Westwood (author) from UK on September 05, 2020:

Thank you for your comment, Denise. You make a very good point. I find eating out in France, especially Paris, can be expensive. We have been known to wander around the restaurants and end up buying a meal in the supermarket or in a self service cafeteria in France. Switzerland has some great cheese. I especially like the fondues.

Denise McGill from Fresno CA on September 05, 2020:

When my husband and I were traveling in Austria on our last leg of our trip, we noticed money was getting tight. Paris and travel through France had eaten more than we first figured so we were now on a tight budget. I remember we found some bread stores and cheese shops in Zurich and I feasted on the local cheeses, exploring tastes I had never tasted before. It was really wonderful. Sometimes a tight budget can point you to things you never noticed before.

Blessings,

Denise

Liz Westwood (author) from UK on September 04, 2020:

Thank you very much for your encouraging comment, Fran. Since our visit to the Heineken Experience I have come to appreciate Heineken beer. On a warm day once I struggled to decide on a drink, tried some of my husbands beer and have been hooked ever since. Another friend has since commented about how refreshing cold beer can be. There's a link as well back to happy holiday memories.

Liz Westwood (author) from UK on September 04, 2020:

Thank you for your comment, Sam. You are fortunate to live within easy travelling distance of Amsterdam. Do you prefer taking the train there or driving? I got the impression that the city authorities were trying to discourage driving. I tend to think that eating and drinking on a budget leaves more money for future trips.

Liz Westwood (author) from UK on September 04, 2020:

Thank you for your comment, Devika. I am pleased to read that you find this article helpful. Over the years we have picked up tips on how to save money on food and drink when we travel. It was good to be able to put them into practice in Amsterdam.

Liz Westwood (author) from UK on September 04, 2020:

Thank you for your comment, Nikhil. Amsterdam is certainly not one of the cheapest European cities to visit. A friend was telling me about a tour package that included accomodation, some meals and excursions. That might be an option worth looking into for visiting Amsterdam and the surrounding area.

Accommodation can be expensive. You might consider staying a little way out of the city, but near a train line or check prices and try to visit at a cheaper time of the year. As a rule we often notice that Sunday nights are cheaper when weekend leisure guests have gone home, but business travellers have yet to arrive.

fran rooks from Toledo, Ohio on September 04, 2020:

Liz, another wonderfully crafted article with details galore. Great pics and tips! I feel like I just visited Amsterdam and now I have a full stomach. And, my favorite, Heineken beer.

Sam Shepards from Europe on September 02, 2020:

Thank you for the excellent article. Depending on traffic Amsterdam is around 2 hours by car and a little less by train. I prefer to eat and drink on a budget so I really like the recommendations.

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on September 01, 2020:

Liz this is a valuable hub for all travelers. A visit to Amsterdam on a budget sounds useful. I like suggestions for restaurants and photos are beautiful. An ideal travel guide in detail.

Nikhil Sharma from India on August 31, 2020:

This was a fantastic virtual trip to Amsterdam. I've read many times that Amsterdam (or the whole Netherlands for that matter) is among the most expensive European places. But thanks to your hub, now I know how to spend less on food and drinks in the city and where can we find affordable options for the same.

I'm going to keep this hub of yours handy as and when I visit Amsterdam someday in the future. Thanks for sharing so much information about your wonderful trip. Must have been so much fun!!!

Liz Westwood (author) from UK on August 31, 2020:

Thank you for your comment, Lakshmi.

Lakshmi from Chennai on August 31, 2020:

Hi Liz Westwood, Great, very useful article.

Liz Westwood (author) from UK on August 30, 2020:

Thank you very much for your comment, Liza. I remember, now that you have reminded me, the concerns about rising prices due to the Euro. The UK would not join it, but now we struggle with the fall in value of the pound, which makes travel in European countries more expensive for us.

In writing this article I stopped and began to realise some of the money-saving techniques that we now use out of habbit.

Liza from USA on August 30, 2020:

Reading your well-thorough article about Amsterdam makes me miss visiting European countries. I remember when I was a student in Italy, money is my number one concern, especially after the European countries have decided to implement the Euro currency. Therefore, I am pleased to know how to eat and drink on a budget in the Venice of the North.

You have given great tips and suggestions, Liz. I had moderate experience in the city a few years ago. However, I'm sure a lot of us will use the knowledge and information you've shared for our future reference.

Liz Westwood (author) from UK on August 30, 2020:

Thank you for your comment, Nishant. I appreciate your encouragement.

Liz Westwood (author) from UK on August 30, 2020:

Thank you for your comment, Sp Greaney. It is very encouraging to know that this article has been helpful. I hope that you will be able to go travelling again in the not too distant future.

Liz Westwood (author) from UK on August 30, 2020:

Thanks for the tip, Brandon. Ever since I learnt about the Zuider Zee at school I have been fascinated by the Netherlands. I hope to return sometime and explore more.

NISHANT MANDAL from GUWAHATI on August 30, 2020:

A quality article where one can find good ideas for holidays.

Good work. Keep going. :)

Sp Greaney from Ireland on August 30, 2020:

Some really good ideas listed here that you could apply to any vacation. It's nice to see a list of recommended places to eat from someone who has been there. I'm going to implement some of these ideas myself for any future holidays.

Brandon Lobo on August 30, 2020:

That's cool. They do have a beautiful coast.

Liz Westwood (author) from UK on August 30, 2020:

Thank you for your comment, Brandon. No, we haven't been to Utrecht, but I have noted your recommendation. We visited the university town of Leiden, which I was very taken with. In the past we have also been to Rotterdam, Eindhoven and Venlo. I would like to return and explore more of the area around Amsterdam, including Harlem and out towards the coast.

Liz Westwood (author) from UK on August 30, 2020:

Thank you very much for your encouraging comment, Chitrangada. Sometimes I wrestle a little with the structure of articles. I have a lot of information and wonder how best to present it. So I really appreciate your positive feedback.

Brandon Lobo on August 30, 2020:

This brought back some nice memories of Amsterdam. Have you visited Utrecht by any chance? It is also very pretty with fewer tourists blocking the way. I've made a dozen trips to Amsterdam during my stay in the Netherlands. It always had something new to offer.

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on August 30, 2020:

Excellent article, with so many interesting details about Amsterdam, and it’s wonderful food options on a budget.

It’s good to have a planned travel, in order to avoid any problem, and this includes food and drinks as well.

Loved going through all the pictures, and other interesting detailed information.

Thank you for sharing this wonderfully presented article.

Liz Westwood (author) from UK on August 29, 2020:

Thank you for your comment, Linda. Trips abroad are always interesting experiences and I tend to tale a lot of photos. I am pleased to have found a medium where I can use the experiences and the photos. I enjoyed virtually revisiting Amsterdam as I wrote and I hope that it might help other travellers. I am very pleased that you noted the general application possibilities of the sections about hotels.

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on August 29, 2020:

This is a detailed and very interesting article, Liz. I'm sure it will be a great help for travelers to Amsterdam as well as for hotel visitors in other areas. Your photos are lovely.

Liz Westwood (author) from UK on August 29, 2020:

Thank you very much for your comment, Vikram. When I first started out on HubPages an experienced writer suggested that one detailed article was better, in his view, than several shorter ones. I am still undecided and wonder if producing more shorter and less detailed articles might work better. But this is the style that suits me best at the moment. I tend to collect a lot of information and like to make use of it, therefore the articles tend to be longer.

Liz Westwood (author) from UK on August 29, 2020:

Thank you for your comment, MG Singh. These days we are all virtual travellers, visiting foreign places through the writing of others.

Liz Westwood (author) from UK on August 29, 2020:

Thank you for your comment, Rosina. I often find that I bring home so much information from a trip that it has to be split into several different articles.

Liz Westwood (author) from UK on August 29, 2020:

Thank you very much for your encouraging comment, Peggy. I was very disappointed to discover that Puri Mas had closed permanently, as I would have revisited it. In her comment, Lorna also mentioned visiting the same restaurant. When we all venture out again I think we might be shocked to see how many restaurants, cafes and shops have closed as a result of the pandemic.

I was very pleased that you were able to vouch for some of my tips. I appreciate your support.

Vikram Brahma from Assam, India on August 29, 2020:

Liz, this is a very detailed and well-written article. The kind of food options you have mentioned in your article along with information about hotels are just mind-blowing. I haven't seen any other hub writing articles about travelling in so much detail. Thank you for sharing your article.

MG Singh emge from Singapore on August 29, 2020:

Wonderful article. You have made the city of Amsterdam come alive.

Rosina S Khan on August 29, 2020:

Great article, Liz. From your previous articles, I had already made up my mind to visit Amsterdam. Today's article gave further tips on food and drinks on a budget, which was definitely useful with good advice. Thanks for sharing.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on August 29, 2020:

It is sad when longtime excellent restaurants have to close their doors permanently. That is happening much more frequently now due to the pandemic.

Your tips are excellent ones, and we have taken advantage of the breakfast bars, welcome drinks, etc. on our trips through the years. Should we ever be able to travel to Amsterdam, I will keep this article of yours in mind so that we can follow in your footsteps.

Take care, Liz. It is always fun reading new articles authored by you.

Liz Westwood (author) from UK on August 29, 2020:

Thank you for your comment, Heidi. You make an important point about DIY options and dietary requirements.

I hope you get to visit Amsterdam in the future. Maybe we were taking travel too much for granted. We will all appreciate it a lot more when we can go abroad again.

I hope you are keeping well.

Liz Westwood (author) from UK on August 29, 2020:

Thank you very much for your encouraging comment, Pamela. I am pleased to be able to put our experiences to good use and hopefully help others.

Thank you for adding your comment about breakfast. When hotels reopened after lockdown in the UK, breakfast buffets were replaced by breakfast in a bag, which was just not the same or anywhere near as filling. I hope that next time you travel to Texas you will still be able to get the breakfast bar.

Liz Westwood (author) from UK on August 29, 2020:

Thank you for your comment, Bill. I sometimes think that a job in the travel planning industry would interest me a lot. It's a shame that travel has taken such a hit from COVID-19.

Liz Westwood (author) from UK on August 29, 2020:

Thank you for your comment, Linda. Over the years of trading across the globe, Amsterdam has gathered a real mix of culinary styles.

Liz Westwood (author) from UK on August 29, 2020:

Thank you for your comment, Mary. You are very fortunate to have the opportunity to pass through Amsterdam. There is so much to see and experience there that I would like to return again and explore more.

Liz Westwood (author) from UK on August 29, 2020:

Thank you for your comment, Layne. I enjoyed revisiting the meals as I prepared this article. I would highly recommend a trip to Amsterdam, as this city has a lot to offer.

Liz Westwood (author) from UK on August 29, 2020:

Thank you for your encouraging comment, Ankita. I was a little unsure about the structure, so I am pleased that you appreciated it.

Liz Westwood (author) from UK on August 29, 2020:

Thank you for your comment, Eric. We are all virtual travellers at the moment. I am pleased that you have gained a flavour of Amsterdam.

Liz Westwood (author) from UK on August 29, 2020:

Thank you very much for your comment, Lorna. I was interested to hear that you had also visited Puri Mas. It opened in 1989, so I wondered if the owners might be approaching retirement age possibly. That combined with closure during the pandemic, might have brought forward a retirement plan. I fear that many restaurants will close as a result of COVID-19.

Liz Westwood (author) from UK on August 29, 2020:

Thanks for your comment, FlourishAnyway. A lot of people take a quick walk through the Red Light district on their first visit to Amsterdam out of curiosity, having heard so much about it. But it is easily avoided and forgotten about, when you start to explore around the canals.

Heidi Thorne from Chicago Area on August 29, 2020:

I'd love to visit here sometime in the future (far future as it appears now). Have Dutch family history.

I've actually used some of the DIY Food & Drink ideas even when I've traveled here in the States. Saves money and I get some of my regular diet choices so I'm not scrambling to find something to eat.

I know this no-travel time must be disappointing for you. Hope you're staying safe and well. Cheers!

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on August 29, 2020:

I love all your suggestions for an affordable trip, Liz. You seem to have thought of everything, especially for Amsterdam. That is a city I would like to visit as it is so beautiful.

When we have traveled to Texas to see family we stay in a hotel that has a wonderful breakfast bar. You are right as when we eat a hardy breakfast we are good for the day. This is a terrific article with great suggestions for travel.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on August 29, 2020:

You are incredibly organized when you travel. My God, I would hire you to plan my trip for me. lol Amsterdam is one city I always thought would be fun to visit. It just appears to have a great vibe about it.

Anyway, well done! It was interesting to see the process you use prior to the trip.

Linda Chechar from Arizona on August 29, 2020:

Wow, Amsterdam has wonderful tasty beverages and foods! Your fun holiday is a beautiful city!

Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on August 29, 2020:

These tips are so tempting. I often pass through Amsterdam when visiting our daughter, so I sometimes stay a day or two to have a visit to the Museum. I will check out these restaurants.

Layne Holmes from Bend, Oregon on August 29, 2020:

Hi Liz, the food images are amazing and are making me hungry. I've never been to Amsterdam. Well, I know where to look for travel advice!

Ankita B on August 29, 2020:

A really well organised and informative article. Thank you for sharing these helpful tips. I enjoyed reading your article.

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on August 29, 2020:

You do such a great job on these articles. Some how you capture the essence just for me. Thank you. You sure make a guy want to visit.

Lorna Lamon on August 29, 2020:

An excellent and informative review full of helpful tips. Amsterdam has always been a favourite city of mine, and hopefully, when the air clears I will return to enjoy its many delights.

I also visited 'Puri Mas' and was sad to note that it has closed its doors. I assume it is due to the pandemic which has seen the loss of so many restaurants and businesses. Great article Liz.

FlourishAnyway from USA on August 29, 2020:

You have me really thinking about Amsterdam as soon as this pandemic is under control and Americans are fit to travel safely to other countries. That’s one big thing I miss — world travel. Your descriptions and photos make this place seem so tempting whereas I had only previously thought of it as a naughty place.