Hotspots in Breda
Breda is a small city close to Rotterdam, Tilburg and Antwerp. It has nice side streets with original shops and some great food options. Below are my favorites, all restaurants listed on this page have good vegetarian or vegan food options.
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If you think you can’t go out for lunch when you want to eat healthy, you clearly haven’t been to Suuskes lunchroom yet. Inspired by healthy food bars in New York, Suus started her own lunchroom in Breda in 2017. Suuskes serves light breakfasts and ‘green’ lunches with many vegetarian and vegan options. She has vegan overnight oats or a vegan acai bowl for example. And what do you think of this pile of healthy 2 ingredient pancakes? With the acai bowl and the pancakes you can choose your own toppings like kiwi, strawberries and mango.
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If I walk into Sunshine I get happy immediately! It’s so colorfully decorated with artifacts from all over the world. And their menu makes me even happier. So many vegetarian and vegan options! Also they cook on small scale and use as many fresh products as possible. Besides the regular lunch dishes, they always have daily specials like the vegan sweet potato pumpkin curry soup when I was there. The sandwich with falafel and red beet hummus pictured above is on their regular menu.
The centrally located Barista Cafe (right at the market square) is a perfect stop for a nice cup of coffee, latte art included! They also have delicious cakes like carrot cake, apple pie and cheesecake. For lunch they have all the classics like a club sandwich or a smoked salmon sandwich. They also have several finger food options, with which you can create your own snackplatter. You can find Barista Cafe in several other cities like Amersfoort, Lisse and Haarlem.
In Kannen en Kruiken
I love it when a lunchroom dares to stand out! Let yourself be surprised by the original menu from In Kannen Kruiken. No simple cheese sandwiches here. IKEK serves overnight oats with banana and chia seeds or.a prawn salad sandwich They have a vegetarian club sandwich and they’re willing to make it vegan by skipping the cream cheese and adding an extra layer of hummus. They also have gluten free bread if desired. Although the older generation might frown upon the menu when they walk in, they’ll be pleasantly surprised when they walk out.
LOFF is an organic vegetarian and vegan restaurant. Since I’m not eating meat, I obviously love these kind of restaurants! Loff is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, but you can also go there for a cup of coffee and a piece of sugar free cake. You create your own meal at the buffet and you pay per weight. A great way to try as many veggie dishes as you want!
Black & White Kafe
Black and White Kafe in Breda is a fully vegan restaurant in the East of Breda. It’s not very centrally located, but it’s definitely worth the trip especially if you want to eat vegan. On the menu of Black and White Kafe you’ll find lighter dishes that are great for breakfast and lunch and heavier dishes for when you’re hungry. The latter includes vegan sushi bowl, vegan Indian curry and a vegan black bean burger. From 11 to 3pm they serve their healthy lunch menu with vegan soup or one of your choices of toast like Smashed Avocado or Hummus Delight.
Yirga is mostly known for its good coffee and their brunches. For only 15 euros each you can reserve an extensive brunch at Yirga. It contains pretty much everything a brunch should contain: coffee/tea, juice, sandwiches, croissants, poached eggs, pancakes and much more. You can reserve your spot via the website.
Not feeling like a big brunch? No problem; they also serve sandwiches, all day breakfast items a soup and a salad. And many sweets, including sugar free options. Pictured above is their lactose free, gluten free orange almond cake.
De jongens van zand en klei
They’ve got quite a long name which means: ‘the boys of sand and clay’. Their mission is to show you that the old-fashioned potato is totally hip! They serve all kinds of dishes with potato as the main ingredient. And trust me, it’s not your old-fashioned stamppot, they’ll really surprise you! They’ve got ‘pappas’ for example, these potato tapas are great for sharing. Or try their crunchy potato basket as a main dish. They’ve got several vegetarian options, like the cajun potato basket with guacamole, tomato and kidney beans. Pictured above is their potato sushi. Yes, I thought I was experimental with sushi (check my favorite sushi recipes) but ‘the boys’ are bringing it to the next level!
Bali James serves authentic Indonesian food. Chef and owner Jimmy Lohamzah might look very young, but he’s been cooking Indonesian food at this restaurant since 2004. Although you can order regular dishes, I recommend the ‘rijsttafel’, this tasting menu offers all the best of the Indonesian cuisine. The original menu already has many vegetarian options, but they’re willing to adjust it for you if you want to skip the meat. They also take good care of their guests with food allergies; they’ve listed allergens for every item on the menu!