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Amsterdam is a real foodie paradise. You will find cheap snack bars anywhere – but if you want to sit down more nicely, Amsterdam has many nice cafés and restaurants that are not too pricey. The famous “Eetcafés” serves hearty local dishes all over town.
If you prefer to eat in style, check out “Café Piqniq”, where you can combine several small dishes for lunch. The smallest lunch choice will cost you 5.75 Euros.
If you are a veggie or vegan, SLA might be your choice. Choose either a yummy soup for 5 Euros or get creative and order your favorite ingredients for a healthy salad for 8 Euros.
Like in many capitals, also in Amsterdam you will find a fancy street-food scene: at „Foodhallen“ a choice of different vendors are gathered together and serve delicious snacks from all over the world. Skip the cocktails and just go to grab some food, as drinks are clearly overpriced. Rather have your beer in one of the many surrounding locals bars.
Another great venue for foodies is the “Neighbourfood Market”, which only takes place once a month. Right now you will find it at „Westergasfabriek“ – a little off the center of Amsterdam. But the trip is worth it: a selection of tasty snacks at a very reasonable price, a cool atmosphere and a small flea market under one roof. Find upcoming dates here https://www.facebook.com/Neighbourfood?fref=ts
But wait there’s even more
Many galleries and museums offer free entrance to their exhibitions. Check out “Melkweg Foto Galerie”, “W139” Space for Modern Art or the exhibitions at „Stadsarchief“ to enjoy art for free. Plus, during „Museumweek“, which will next take place in April 2015, many museums open for free in Amsterdam.
Explore Amsterdam’s Highlights with a free walking tour with Sandemans New Amsterdam. The tours start directly from the MEININGER Hotel Amsterdam City West. But keep in mind: the guides will be happy to get a tip if you liked it. (Which you will…)
Every summer, from June to September, a free „Open Air theater“ at Vondelpark is showing concerts and play.
Getting around in Amsterdam
If the weather is fine, do like the locals do and hop on a bike, which can be rented at MEININGER Hotel Amsterdam City West!
If you rather prefer to explore the Amsterdam by taking trams and trains, consider buying a 24, 48 or even 72h ticket. In Amsterdam those are called „OV-Chipkaart“ and you can get it at the airport or in any metro station. The One-Day – or Two-Day-Passes are also available on the tram.