Posted: 2007-12-14 13:53:00
Your suggested budget of $60 = €40 is a good estimate. Prices of meals range from €8 to €20 and (more), excluding drinks, these are sit-down meals. If you want to eat a bread roll and herring (they are not smoked but raw), you will pay €2,50, or 'friet' at €2 a portion, at a herring or friet (french fries/chips)stand
Good value for money restaurants are the Greek restaurants (not typically Dutch) and the Indonesian restaurants (very Dutch) also eetcafé (translates as meal café) it is a combined pub, restaurant and coffee shop (I mean the one where you get COFFEE). They often serve typically Dutch dishes.
List of Greek restaurants http://www.ertussenuit.com/links/104-0-1.htm
List of Indonesian restaurants: http://www.ertussenuit.com/links/97-1-1.htm
Both these websites are in Dutch, but I am sure it is not too difficult to find exact addresses and prices.
The best friet, or French fries in Amsterdam: address is in de Voetboogstraat near Kalverstraat, the main shopping street.
These two tips may be helpful
You did not include travel by bus / tram in Amsterdam. Amsterdam is compact enough to go on foot everywhere. But if you want to use public transport within any city / town in the Netherlands you will need a 'strippenkaart'. you can get them at the he train station, tobacconists, post offices and most supermarkets. If you buy your ticket on the tram or bus it is more expensive. ‘Strippenkaarten’ come in 15 or 45 units and cost €6,90 and €20,40.
Train from Schiphol Airport to Haarlem takes 30 minutes single ticket is €5.10. You cannot buy a return because that has to be used on the same day. Get your ticket from the machine because if you go to the counter you pay an extra €0,50 per journey.
This is a demo to try out how to buy tickets
[ This Message was edited by: marianne on 2007-12-14 13:54 ]
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