One look through the glass facade of De Laatste Kruimel is enough to pull you in for a quick bite. The charming little bakery and cafe is a hit with the locals for its melt-in-your-mouth scones, delectable quiches and other baked goodies. There's a perennial buzz about the place throughout the day; with locals stopping by for their breakfast in the mornings while tourists start trickling in later in the day. Hearty sandwiches and other preparations are ideal for a quick lunch. Wash it down with the selection of fruit juices and smoothies or coffee and tea. The bakery utilizes organic and seasonal ingredients in their delectable specials. You can settle down at one of the little tables or simply take away to savor while walking through the charming neighborhood.
This cute little deli is located very conveniently, right near Amsterdam's busy Dam Square. The small shop sells a variety of traditional Dutch speciality foods, both prepared and packaged. Rob Wigboldus Vishandel is particularly well known for its herring, a favorite Dutch snack. In addition to the herring, visitors can try a variety of other traditional fish dishes either smoked, raw, pickled or fried. You can try these local specialities on their own or have them make a sandwich out of them with traditional garnishes like different sauces, onion and pickle.
Perched at the top of a very steep staircase, the appropriately named Pannenkoekenhuis Upstairs offers traditional Dutch pancakes to those customers brave enough to make the climb. The atmosphere is intimate to say the least, and with only five tables this pancake house is not set up for large groups. Whether you want sweet or savory pancakes, you can find something tasty on the menu such as the tempting bacon, cheese, and tomato or the traditional syrup pancake. Prices may be a little high, but the sizeable portions mean these pancakes are more than a snack. Opening hours can also be a little unpredictable.
A favorite among locals on their lunch breaks, Singel 404 is a down to earth little sandwich shop with a great range of lunchtime treats. The shop itself is small, a fact that belies the truly large menu. Without much room to sit and enjoy your meal, the summer months see the waterside terrace constantly full of people taking a break with a sandwich or a home-made cake. It may be popular with locals, but Singel 404 is happy to serve tourists too and menus can be found in English.
Serving steady staples of sandwiches with hearty fillings, Broodje Bert is the best cure for hangovers in the city. The namesake Broodje Bert sandwich involves Turkish bread being packed with grilled meatballs, topped with lettuce, peppers, tomatoes and drizzled in sauce creation an action packed bite, in every bite. The menu also includes options of burgers and omlets. So for a hearty meal at a great price, try the Broodje Bert.
Named for the supermarkets it finds itself between, De Supermarkt may not carry groceries, but it is still a good regular stop off in Amsterdam's chic Westerpark area. The light and airy interior makes for a welcome change from the crowded, smoky coffee shops in the city center, with regularly changed exhibitions by local artists lining the walls and relaxing downtempo music drifting through the sound system. For tobacco smokers, there is a small smoking area in the front of the coffee shop that almost guarantees to get you talking to your fellow occupants via proximity alone. Best of all, De Supermarkt's menu carries a nice mix, and the prices are very reasonable (compared to similar places just over the canal in the more central Jordaan).
Popular fast-food chain, Burger King has multiple locations across the city. Conveniently situated in the city center, this location is a popular spot for tourists and locals to stop by for a quick bite. Open till late, it's a popular after-hours spot to refuel and replenish after a round of partying. With a selection of their flame-grilled burgers, wraps, soft drinks and fries; it's a convenient spot to get a meal to-go. Especially popular is the Whopper Burger, an oversized burger, not for the faint of heart or if you're on a diet. Conveniently placed, quick and budget-friendly; this two level Burger King can get quite busy.
Caldi E Freddi is a charming and unassuming Italian restaurant and deli. The restaurant serves up a variety of authentic Italian meals, including pizzas, calzones and breads that are baked in house daily, alongside made-to-order sandwiches, pastas, espresso and coffee drinks. With their reasonable prices and central location, Caldi E Freddi is a great place to stop at for a quick bite as you explore the city, or for a treat to brighten your day.
Conveniently located in the city center, this location of McDonald's is a popular spot with busy locals, shoppers, students and tourists. With plenty of seating and space, as well as free Wi-Fi, it's a good hang-out spot. Open till late every night, it's a convenient place to go for a late-night snack or after-hours meal. If you're in a hurry, they even have convenient automated kiosks so you don't have to wait in line. With the usual selection of burgers, fries and beverages, it's a good option when you need a break. A local variation of the usual burger to try here would be the McKroket Burger, popular with the local crowd.
Caffè il Momento is an adorable place where one can sit in solitude and get work done. The interior of the cafe is adorned with exposed-brick walls that give it a rustic look and yellow lights keep the place illuminated. The outside seating gives patrons lovely views of the street while indulging in delicious coffees and baked goods. This is perfect place where you can unwind after a long day in the city. Their staff is very friendly and highly efficient too.
Close to Dam Square and the National Monument, McDonalds is a convenient spot for a late-night meal or a morning snack. Open till 5.45am on the weekends, and 2.45am on weekdays; it's one of the few places open at this hour making it a popular after-hours or early morning choice for tourists and locals alike. With a selection of their classic burgers like McChicken, Fillet-O-Fish and Big Mac, it's a convenient, reliable option when you're feeling hungry or craving a burger. Their breakfast menu is a good choice to jump-start your busy day.