Sharing a meal with a few friends is fun and stress-relieving. You might really need the distraction after a day of intense studying (or intense Netflix-watching). However, sometimes neither your friends or yourself are in the mood for cooking. You might suck it up and cook some easy pasta dish that requires the least possible pots and pans because who likes doing dishes? But did you know that there are quite a number of cheap restaurants in Utrecht? No, not just affordable. Cheap. Here’s a list of the places you NEED to know about.
Cheap restaurants in Utrecht
Best lunch deals under 5€
Located close to the football stadium, Sfizio is Utrecht’s best Italian food place. You’ll find traditional pizza’s, Italian fish, meat and vegetable dishes, and their famous “broodjes”. These massive bread buns are filled with the best Italian ingredients such as buffelmozzarella, prosciutto di Parma or mortadella. They’ll put it in the oven for the delicious mozzarella to melt. On Mondays, all “broodjes” only cost €3,50! Warning, once you try them, you’ll never want anything else for lunch on Mondays.. Check their website for more information
Broodjeenzo probably offers the cheapest lunch in the entire city. Their sandwich assortment is massive and starts at a price of … 1 euro! Even fancier options such as a “broodje gezond” (a bun with lettuce, tomato, cucumber, cheese and ham) will only cost you 2,50€. Broodjeenzo is perfect for a basic but good lunch for poor students! For more information concerning the menu, location and opening times, check out their website
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Best dinner deals Under 10€
1) Mick O’Connels
Mick O’Connels is my personal all-time favourite cheap restaurant in Utrecht. Not only is it cheap, the atmosphere is great, (it’s an Irish pub) the food is tasty and there is an amazing beer selection. The clientele is young and international so it’s a great way to meet new people. On Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays, Mick offers student meal deals for only 6€! Visit the pub’s Facebook page and stay up to date!
Popocatepeti is a Mexican restaurant that combines an energetic atmosphere with A-MA-ZING tacos. The restaurant’s decor, food and cocktails are all Mexican, so eating there gives you the impression you’ve left Europe for a for hours. The downside to Popocatepeti is that its dishes usually aren’t that cheap. However, the restaurant has created a special deal for us students! From Monday to Wednesday, the “dish of the day” is available for only 6,90€! I highly recommend this place (at least during the first half of the week…) for its food and atmosphere. Still in doubt? Check out the website for more info!
Florin is a big restaurant located next to Janskerkhof. It’s always filled with students, and has a great “gezellig” atmosphere, every single day of the week. On Mondays and Tuesdays, Florin offers special deals to students: a whole meal for only 6 euros! The best part is that there are nine different dishes to choose from, so you’ll always find something you like. Click here to find out more!
Note: you can’t make reservations for these student meal deals, so make sure you don’t get there too late if you want a nice table!
Special occasion? 3 course dinner deal for 15€
The cheap student meal deals that are mentioned above are great for a chill night with your friends and for a tasty but quite simple meal. However, if your girlfriend just passed her driving exam or your best friend just graduated, you might want to take him or her somewhere else to celebrate. On special occasions it’s ok to spend a little more, but we’re still students, so we can’t afford an upscale restaurant.
This is why the restaurant “Het Gras van de Buren” is perfect for a fancier meal than you would get at the Irish pub or the Mexican place. At Het Gras van de Buren, you’ll get a three-course dinner for only 15€. There’s a lot of choice and the meals are not as basic as the burgers and fish and chips you’ll find at Florin for example. At Het Gras, you can choose between different original salads, cheese fondue, wraps and meat dishes. This 15 euro meal-deal is perfect for a fancy yet still very affordable dinner, so keep this place in mind next time one of your friends has something to celebrate!
Good to know: Het gras van de Buren also offers lunch deals for only 5 euros, and on weekend nights, the place turns into a dance bar. Check out their website for more info about menu’s, parties and for the exact location.
With this list, I am in do doubt that you’ll find the place that suits you and that you can actually afford. So enjoy the food and let me know about your experience! Next week’s blog will be about fun things to do for free as a student in Utrecht! Stay tuned 🙂