"Soup Etc" bucks Amsterdam's slow-service trend by being particularly speedy (at least between 11 and 8 on weekdays and noon and 7 on weekends), as well as health-conscious. Eight soups are available daily, at least half of which are vegetarian. You can even ask for a taste, but we all know how much the Dutch pride themselves on their soups. Steaming bowls come with chunky slices of whole-grain breads, and the menu also offers salads and exotic fruit juices. Once you're
fortified, you can rush back to searching for bargains at the Waterlooplein flea market or window-shopping for arts and antiques around its second, Museum District location.