The best apps for ordering food in the Netherlands

Ding dong... your food's here! πŸ₯‘

It’s raining, it’s pouring… and you might be looking for an easy way to get a delicious meal delivered right to your doorstep. Luckily, the Netherlands has a bunch of food delivery apps that make the process an absolute breeze! πŸ€³πŸΌπŸŸπŸ”

Despite the generally high prices of food delivery or getting takeaway in the Netherlands, they’re a great relief on those days when you just can’t be bothered to cook.

(Or when you’re all out of groceries and a ferocious Dutch rainstorm is raging outside.)

Feeling peckish already? Let’s run through the two best apps for ordering food in the Netherlands! πŸ‘‡

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Ordering food via an app

With Deliveroo exiting the Dutch market, the two main food delivery apps in the Netherlands are Thuisbezorgd and Uber Eats.

READ MORE | Online grocery shopping: a guide to Dutch grocery delivery services

Thuisbezorgd: average-price, great for comfort food

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Hungry for a late-night snack? Thuisbezorgd has loads of options. Image: Thuisbezorgd

What has a patriotically orange app and a wide range of moderately priced restaurants? That’s right, it’s Thuisbezorgd!

If you’re craving good, old-fashioned comfort food like burgers, pizza, or Chinese and Surinamese food, then you’ll probably enjoy the selection on this app.

If, however, you’re looking for trendier restaurants β€” like niche vegan places or fancy steak joints β€” then you may not have as much luck.

Range of eateries aside, Thuisbezorgd has a handy feature that lets you track when your food is in the process of being made and when it’s been collected by the delivery driver.

With an estimate of how long the process will take, you can feel free to slip into the shower or pop on a Netflix show, knowing you won’t miss your order.

I also like the fact that if I order five times from specific restaurants, I can receive a certain percentage off of my next meal from them. Depending on the price of your orders, this can range from €6 to €15 β€” or higher.

Uber Eats: pricier, but a wider range of restaurants

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If you’re looking for trendier restaurants, Uber Eats will probably deliver. (No pun intended!) Image: Uber Eats

In contrast to Thuisbezorgd, Uber Eats often has slightly more expensive restaurants available for you to choose from. However, you get what you pay for, as Uber Eats partners with certain restaurants in order to be their ‘exclusive’ delivery partner.

What this means is that some restaurants will only deliver through Uber Eats, making the somewhat higher price a good deal if you want access to a far wider range of restaurants than its competitors.

Uber Eats also has a fantastic tracking system that lets you watch your food hurry its way to you. (So you’ll probably not have to dash to the door in your undies if your order arrives a whole half hour before it’s supposed to! πŸ˜‰)

However, one of my favourite parts about Uber Eats has to be how functional and easy to navigate its app is. It ‘learns’ your preferences and suggests new restaurants to you based on the selection you already enjoy.

The restaurant’s own delivery service

Some restaurants in the Netherlands choose not to partner with a third-party delivery service like Uber Eats or Thuisbezorgd. This means that you’ll have to place your order through the restaurant’s website or just call them.

Whilst this may not sound super convenient, it may actually help you save money! πŸ’Έ

I’ve found that several delivery services will add a percentage to your order price for service costs (not delivery fees), which isn’t the case when ordering directly from a restaurant β€” so if you feel like taking a page from the Dutch’s book and saving like a pro, this is the way to go. πŸ˜‰

What’s your go-to choice for getting food delivered in the Netherlands? Tell us in the comments below!

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Liana Pereira πŸ‡±πŸ‡°
Liana Pereira πŸ‡±πŸ‡°
Liana juggles her role as an Editor with wrapping up a degree in cognitive linguistics and assisting with DutchReview's affiliate portfolio. Since arriving in the Netherlands for her studies in 2018, she's thrilled to have the 'write' opportunity to help other internationals feel more at home here β€” whether that's by penning an article on the best SIMs to buy in NL, the latest banking features, or important things to know about Dutch health insurance.

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5 COMMENTS

  1. Hello, Ailish.
    Awesome article!! I really enjoy your article.
    All apps for ordering food mentioned by you in this post are marvelous.
    This article helped me a lot. Keep writing, and keep sharing.
    Thanks for this knowledgeable article.

  2. Let’s order directly from the restaurant in these hard times. Apps take 30% or even more from the order value..give your fav restaurant a call, they might be able to give you a discount if you buy directly from them.

  3. Over the last month, twice I’ve never received my Deliverooo order ( as in the driver took it) and it took a total of 5hr each time to solve it and get my food again πŸ™‚

    So I give deliveroo a 1/5

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