FEBO is a chain of fast food. Well-known Dutch snacks like kroket, frikandel and more, can be bought 24/7 from of heated vending machine; also known as Eating from the wall.
You find FEBO branches at the major streets.
The first FEBO ever at the Stadionplein (opposite the Olympic Stadium) closed in October 2013. A new shopping mall and apartment building will fill up the square. Another landmark will be gone.
FEBO is a popular chain of Dutch snack bars. They have more than 20 branches in Amsterdam alone.
Their typical feature are vending machines from which you can buy deep fried minced-meat hot dogs (frikandellen), croquettes (krokets) or different kind of burgers for prices between 1,50 and 2,00 Euro.
FEBO snack bars usually also have a counter from where you can buy french fries and beverages. It is probably not the healthiest food, but definitely worth a try as a small snack between proper meals.
We twice shared a frikandel and a satekroket, which were both tasty and well worth the experience.
This is not really a restaurant tip, but about a unique Dutch way of selling snacks. I have been fascinated with these "snack machines" since the first time I saw them.
An Automat or AUTOMATIEK is a fast food, coin-operated vending machine where simple foods like hot, deep fried snacks and drinks are served. The Dutch FEBO stores provide a variety of sandwiches and croquettes (my favourite) which are back-loaded from a kitchen.
You just put in the required coin, then open the door for your favourite pick. Simple - easy!
The Automats are open 24 hours and are popular with locals and tourists alike.
The Dutch have these fast food stops called Febo .
They consist of lots of little boxes with your choice of fast food inside
While most Dutch will say they are horrible, they are very popular.
To tell you the truth for a little snack for a couple of Euros the food tastes better than it looks.
Favorite Dish: I think they are called Frikandel, cost about 2 Euros and yummy.
Tasty and quick.
If you fancy a mid-day snack or for that matter a middle of the night snack you can't get better.
Very good value.
The choice of items from the vending boxes is great.
And they all taste great
Favorite Dish: Frites with Frites Sauce (from the counter) and a Kroket (from the vending boxes).
When you get the snack attack during your long walks around the city centre, look for the FEBO sign, where there are Dutch treats such as croquettes and bamis. It's not really a restaurant but a self-service vending machine of morsels of Dutch snacks. Very cheap and it's quite tasty. I remember, there used to be many of these vending machines in the 1980's , but they seem to be fewer in 2010.
Favorite Dish: Croquettes with veal or beef inside.
Something specific for Holland are the food out of the wall places. You just put in the coins (prices are between 1 Euro-2.5 Euros), open the door and the warm snack is there for you. Burgers and some specific Dutch snacks. Not healthy of course, but actually quite tasty and something different to try out. Febo is a chain and you can't miss it when walking in Amsterdam (or actually any large city in Holland).
I was fascinated by FEBO, although not fascinated enough to plunk money into one of the slots!
We passed by one of them in Amsterdam, FEBO is a chain of Dutch walk-up fast food restaurants, you can purchase certain items at the counter but most of the food is sitting inside little metal boxes, presumably under some sort of heating device, just waiting for you to plunk your Euros into it, sort of like a hot food vending machine.
Most of the food inside the boxes are krokets, described on one website as "a thick gravy or ragout, that is covered in breadcrumbs and then deep-fried." Doesn't that sound appetizing?
Carrying the most typical Dutch snacks such as Frikandel (Dutch sausage), Kaassouffle (deep fried cheese pastry) and Kroket (deep fried ragout) you have to give FEBO a try when you are in Amsterdam.
They have multiple outlets in the city, including on prime locations such as the Leidseplein and Dam. You will notice the vending machines with the snacks inside (the Dutch calls it 'eating from the wall') and the snacks cost 1.5 - 3 Euro.
Fries (try the garlic mayo!) is available at the counter but you might want to stay off the hamburgers...let's just say the Dutch hasn't mastered that particular snack yet :)
No trip to Amsterdam would be complete without a trip to FEBO. It is an automat with food. How can you go wrong? Actually the results can vary. Just walk in and get change from the machines on the wall. Turn around and make a guess. Hollywood Squares with food. Drop your coin in the slot, open the door, and take out your prize.
Favorite Dish: The sandwiches were probably the least appetizing, but the chicken wasn’t too bad. The selection of croquets were equally hit or miss. The cheese (kass?) soufflé was about the best of all the offerings in the case. They also sell fries from the counter. I think that they were ok, but not as good as others
Very interesting....the food is prepared in the back and uploaded into individual compartments........to acquire some chow simply insert some euro and pull the little door open....food ranges from burgers to fries to chilli....comdiments on the side...
These little outlets are at various places and you dont have to walk far to find one...open throughout the night....
My evaluation...hmmmm...well I didnt actually try....there is so much food in Amsterdam that if you have to go to one of these places, you really dont care what you eat.....there are so many little restaurants for schwarma or pizza or cakes for that matter...
Above and beyond that, you should be full from eating at any decent restaurant usually costing $15 euros to fill your belly and have a beer....see "All u can eat ribs tip"..
Favorite Dish: aaaaaa....
Okay so I didn't eat these, but if you are really hungry late and night in Amsterdam, you can buy a sandwich out of a machine. Kinda like what you'd find in a hospital.
Favorite Dish: More Yummy than you'd ever imagine!
You will see Febo shops everywhere in Amsterdam, and eventually the urge to put a Euro in the slot and take a piece of food out will prove too much. Honestly, take our word for it - it's not worth it! Think of all the other things you coould do with that euro! 30 seconds after this picture was taken, the food was in the bin. We had thought it was some kind of beef croquette, but my boyfriend thought it was more likely to be solidified pea soup, deep-fried in batter. We're in no rush to try a Febo again anyway - now don't say we didn't warn you!
One must try FEBOs the local fast food chain which has this futuristic coin operated burger and sandwich pop ups. Prices re almost the same as in McDonalds a lil less actuall and the taste is fine. It is specially recommended for backpackers. But otherwise also its a fine plce for fast food lovers.
One problem though with it is the intruction and dish names are in Dutch language and people are not that helpful if you ask what the hell does this mean and that mean etc.
Infact in this respect McD beats it hollow.
Further, for people not used to too automated a world might like to try the age old McDonalds personalised service
You have to be drunk, stoned or curious to want to eat at Febo. This vending machine style fast food restaurant is not for the weak stomach. There are many selections of which I have tried the 'hamburger' and the chicken sandwich. I didn't have the stomach to try the other mysterious fried delights. The food selection process is quite unique as you insert money, open the small door and remove your hot meal. Locations are available throughout the city as well as the Netherlands in general. Also keep your eye out for Febo impostors. I'm not sure how they stack up against the original.
Favorite Dish: I'd have to say the chicken sandwich is my favorite.