Hotspots in Den Bosch
Den Bosch is a nice little city in Brabant, near Utrecht, Eindhoven and Tilburg. Most of the restaurants have been there for quite a while and their menus didn’t change much. There are a few new hotspots however, that do have a more creative menu. Check my favorites on this page. All restaurants and lunchrooms on this page have plenty of healthy and vegetarian options, some also have great dishes for vegans.
Restaurant Aarde is a sustainable restaurant in Den Bosch with dishes from all around the world on the menu. The name Aarde, meaning ‘earth’, has two meanings; one is because the dishes are inspired by recipes from all over the planet and the second meaning is because they work as sustainable as possible. They focus on local and organic products at Aarde and even for the interior they looked at solutions to keep it as sustainable as possible.
Click here to read more about Restaurant Aarde in Den Bosch.
Creme Coffee and Pastry
Creme coffee and pastry is the perfect spot for a good cup of coffee. They’ve got all kinds of varieties and especially for non-coffee experts they’ve explained every option on their menu. As every good coffee shop should have they also have quite a few cakes to go with your cup of coffee or tea. They also have a handful of breakfast items on the menu at Creme, including this breakfast bowl. It’s a smoothie bowl made with banana, berries and soy milk. It’s served with granola and fresh kiwi and topped with hazelnut crunch and fresh fruit. They serve lunch every day and dinner from Thursday to Saturday, both with the ‘shared dining’ concept where you can order smaller dishes for your company to share. They have many vegetarian options!
Buurt is a nice new place just outside of the city center of den Bosch (officially called ‘s-Hertogenbosch). They’re open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. They’ve got several vegetarian choices like a vegaburger or the halloumi salad pictured above. I love halloumi, this cheese from Cyprus is easy to grill and tastes great with a salad, click here if you want to give it a try yourself.
Van de Kaart
I was quite sad when vegan restaurant HAP closed its doors, but it made place for a really nice lunchroom: van de kaart. They’re a great spot for breakfast or lunch. Try to get there before 11:30 though so you can still enjoy this heavenly French toast with fresh fruit from their breakfast menu. Slept in? Don’t worry; the vegetarian pearl couscous salad with radishes, cucumber and tomatoes from their lunch menu is also delicious!
NomNom is a cosy place for lunch, drinks or dinner. I love them especially because they have many vegetarian options! Their menu changes regularly so I can’t promise you that they’ll still have these options; but when I was there the last time they had yogurt with granola, a quinoa burger and a delicious halloumi cheese salad. They also had a delicious vegan option: sourdough bread with pumpkin hummus! Yum! I love hummus, so I was very happy with this option. Click here if you want to make your own pumpkin hummus.
Around the corner from NomNom you’ll find Fifty Fifty. At Fifty Fifty they sell oats and soft shell tacos. It’s called fifty fifty because they have healthy and guilty versions of both dishes. One of the healthy oat dishes for example is with carrot, raisin and cinnamon, whilst a guilty version is with choclate and crunchy peanut butter. Same goes for the soft shell tacos. I of course went for a healthy version! All three healthy tacos are vegetarian. Pictured you see the goat cheese, beetroot, corn and radish taco with the falafel taco in the background.
Oerwoud means jungle, and you actually feel like you’re in the jungle when you go there. Oerwoud is an ‘urban garden shop’ and health cafe wrapped in one. They’ve got a big collection of plants for sale, the one even more exotic than the other. At the cafe area in the back they serve fairtrade coffee, organic juices and plant based food. Their rainbow salad is delicious and make sure to leave some room for a vegan, raw and sugar free treat for dessert.
MonQui is fairly new but also a bit of a hidden gem. Most people who arrive in Den Bosch by train walk straight through the Stationsweg into the city center. But it’s worth to stop by at MonQui on your way (or when you want to meet up somewhere close to the central station of course!). MonQui is a small concept store that sells great gift items, post cards and interior decorations. But they also serve coffee, tea and lunch either inside or in their urban garden. It’s a great option for nice weather as it’s difficult to find a quit place in the city center. They have a few sandwiches, salads, a soup, a grilled cheese sandwich or a luxury breakfast. They also have this all-day breakfast bowl with granola, banana and chia seeds.
There’s no mensroom needed in this lunchroom, because all the guests here are female. It could be because the lime green and pink interior, but I think it’s because of their delicious pies and high teas! If you want to go for a healthier option; that’s also possible. Their lunch menu includes this sourdough bread with hummus and grilled vegetables. Click here for my basic hummus recipe. In a creative mood? Check their agenda for upcoming workshops.
The first CoffeeLab opened up in Eindhoven with CoffeeLab UC as it’s official name where UC stands for Under Construction. Now that they’ve opened up a shop in Den Bosch as well it might seem like they aren’t really under construction anymore, but the owner explained that they’re always looking for improvements so the name is still applicable. Besides great coffees you can also get a delicious lunch or a vegan cheesecake at CoffeeLab. With its tropical interior and location close to the train station it’s also one of my favorite work places in Den Bosch.
One of the nicest streets in Den Bosch to go out for dinner is the Korte Putstraat. This small street is only open for pedestrians and it has restaurants lined on both sides of the street. Especially in the evening this is a very nice place to go. The only downside is that I tried several restaurants there that I didn’t really like (few vegetarian options or low quality). Luckily there’s Roels. Roels has something for everyone, from meat-eater to vegetarian and from health freak to comfort-food lover. For lunch I often go for this avocado toast and for dinner the Libanese salad is my favorite.
Boergondisch is a deli that sells high quality and local products. You can order a sandwich or small meal to go, but you can also sit down for lunch at one of the few tables in the back of the shop. They have homemade soups and several sandwiches with different kinds of cheeses for the vegetarians. They also have vegetarian wraps as you can see pictured above.