If you are looking for a budget breakfast (ontbijt) in Amsterdam – or any main town in Netherlands – then head over to Dutch shop HEMA between 0900 and 1000 on Monday to Saturdays.
HEMA sells a basic 2 euro breakfast (used to be 1 euro!) which is made up of a croissant and strawberry jam, a baguette sandwich filled with an omelette, a glass of fresh orange juice and a cup of coffee or tea.
You can also add some optional extras as shown on the menu left:
bacon (2 rashers) €0.25
apple jam (stroop) €0.25
pancakes (2) €0.50
slice of cheese €0.50
fresh fruit salad €0.75
yougurt with fruit and granola €1.00
The HEMA breakfast shown in the photo at the top of the page cost a grand total of €3.50 (we really pushed the boat out there!)
The HEMA breakfast deal is excellent value – particularly when you consider that some hotels in the city charge anything up to 30 euros per person for a breakfast.
So if you don’t have breakfast included at your accommodation and are looking to save a few euros, then consider the HEMA breakfast. It’s not exactly Michelin-star cuisine, but it will certainly keep you going for a few hours.
HEMA is a well known general store in the Netherlands which sells a variety of own branded products including home/houseware, clothes and food. It is renowned for its rookworst, a smoked sausage.
HEMA has 19 stores in Amsterdam but only the following 5 stores have cafés which serve the breakfast (the first 2 listed located in the city centre):
Kalvertoren Kalverstraat 212 (near Muntplein)
Nieuwendijk 174-176 (shopping street parallel to Damrak)
Slotermeer Winkelcentrum 40-45
HEMA takeaway outlets (found at most stores) are now selling a version of the 2 euro breakfast. This is made up of a cheese baguette roll, bottle of orange juice and a Dutch stroopwafel biscuit.
HEMA sells a 4-urtje (4 o’clock) special between 1600 and 1800 which offers a coffee or tea plus a small cake (choice of chocolate, cherry, apple or carrot) for €2. Add a portion of cream for €0.25 and extra cake slices for €0.75 each.
IKEA also offers a similar 1 euro breakfast (croissant and jam, roll with cheese slice and boiled egg, cappuccino/filter coffee/tea) between 0930 and 1030. IKEA is located out of the city in south-east Amsterdam – the address is Hullenbergweg 2 – so you need to take metro 50 or 54 to station Bullewijk.
V&D La Place has its own breakfast offer where you can choose 7 items for 4 euros.