The most important street connecting Amsterdam Central Station with the Chinese Area around Nieuwmarkt is de Zeedijk. I used to cross this street very often and during these walks I discovered some interesting places.
First, SKEK is a cosy place run by students offering a changing menu of unique dishes, daily specials and speciality beers.
Latei is a coffee place where you can have a great lunch with amazing apple pie and almost the whole interior is for sale.
The Asian retailer Dun Yong specializes in Asian food, tableware, gifts, furniture and many more, while also offering hands-on Asian cooking workshops.
Sugar and Spice offers great coffee and homemade pastries, next to breakfast and fresh, healthy lunch dishes. Furthermore, the street mainly consists of traditional Dutch ‘brown cafes’ next to multiple Asian food services. Some of the most famous in the latter category are Nam Kee, Little Saigon, and Bird Thai.
In conclusion, it’s a great area for cheap food choices around the city centre.
– SKEK: Zeedijk 4-8
– Latei: Zeedijk 143
– Dun Yong: Stormsteeg 9 (on the corner with Zeedijk)
– Sugar and Spice: Zeedijk 75