3x On-the-go lunch spots in Amsterdam's city center

If you've ever been to Amsterdam, you know just how hungry one can get after strolling around the canals for a few hours.

And with so many options to choose from, it can sometimes feel overwhelming to find a good on-the-go lunch place to give you the power to continue walking the streets of the bustling capital. But we are here to help! After trying on different food spots in the city, we've put together a top 3 list of the best on-the-go lunch spots in the center of Amsterdam! And as a bonus, they're all budget-friendly!

#1 De Lebanese Sajeria

If you're ready for a special culinary experience, then De Lebanese Sajeria is the place for you! With flavors that instantly send you to the sunny streets of Lebanon, this place is amazing for when you want to grab a good wrap and a flavourful soup on the go. Their secret lies in a simple thing: the thin baked flatbread called manoushe. All of their wraps are made with manoushe and incorporate different other ingredients, such as halloumi cheese and minced beef, but also vegan-friendly alternatives with hummus or salad. Prices range from €6.50 to €9.50. Our tip is that you don't miss the lentil soup and the hibiscus lemonade, both complementing perfectly the manoushe.

*Though there are 2 Sajeria in the center of Amsterdam, our tip is to go to the one on Utrechtsestraat, as not only is it more spacious, but they also have a wider variety of dishes on the menu.

#2 De Mannen van Kaas

Whether you're looking for a quick snack or a (super) yummy sandwich, this is the place for you! Normally a cheese shop, De Mannen van Kaas does not only serve cheese, but also savory and sweet pastry goods together with a varied choice of amazing sandwiches. Prices range from around €5 to €7 for a sandwich and between €3 and €6 for the pastry products.

On top, the staff is super friendly and more than happy to assist you with any questions you might have.

#3 Meat and Greek

This one is for the gyros lovers who big-time need a cravings fix! Homemade products, Greek artisan bakers, and local fresh ingredients make the gyros served at Meat and Greek a must-do experience. The cozy decor and the super friendly staff will make you feel welcomed and nice. The food is delicious, the taste is well balanced, and the meat and veggies are fresh and very tasty! The price for a gyros pita varies between €9 and €14, while the gyros dish is a bit more expensive, between €14 and €18.

A little warning though, this place is very popular among locals, and their seat space is quite limited, so for the best experience try to go there off-peak hours to avoid the crowds.


written by Ana

I'm a cheerful and curious person, passionate about photography and everything that comes with it. As a fellow international, I moved to The Netherlands to study and decided to stay here after falling deeply in love with the culture, people and the beautiful Dutch cities and their canals!