Amsterdam is a fast food mecca, with dozens of choices from global chains such as McDonalds and Burger King to local kebab shops. The large number of coffeeshops and tourists who have the munchies as well as late night snacking create a somewhat symbiotic relationship and keep many of these establishments open for business. Some of the more popular options include:
Febo – Uniquely Dutch, the vending machines in the wall are constantly re-supplied by a worker behind them in the kitchen. If the novelty of getting hot food from a vending machine has worn off, you can also order from the counter, where they serve up excellent french fries as well.
Burgermeester – probably some of the best burgers in Holland, open reasonably late, but not really located in the places where you are likely to need a cheap, quick bite. Still, if you have the chance give it a try!
Burger Bar - A little pricey but still pretty good. The portions are really big and a large burger and large fries can feed two.
Maoz Falafel - Really great falafel with a self-serve salad bar. Probably the healthiest choice of the places listed here.
McDonalds – The good news is it tastes exactly like McDonalds everywhere else in the world. The bad news is that it tastes exactly like McDonalds everywhere else in the world.
Burger King – One of the better places for a cheap milkshake if you don’t want to drop four euro at Barney’s.
Subway – Cheap and good sandwiches. Inconsistent quality, but probably one of the healthier choices.
Kebab Shops – These generic looking shops dot the city and serve fries, kebabs, doner and other middle eastern fast food. The quality varies drastically, and as usual, the further from Rembrandplein and Leidseplein the more likely you will get a decent meal. If you have found an especially good kebeb shop, please let us know!
There are lots of other food options in Amsterdam, make sure you see our restaurants guide for more great food options.
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