Haarlem is a very nice city just a stone’s throw away from Amsterdam.
I’ve selected my favorite healthy food spots in Haarlem for you. All these lunchrooms and restaurants are healthy but delicious.
If you’re looking for my tips in Amsterdam you can click here, and for other cities in The Netherlands check this page.
Blend is my favorite place in Haarlem to go for breakfast. They have many healthy, vegetarian, vegan and gluten free dishes on their menu. You could go for a yogurt bowl with their sugar free and gluten free granola and fresh fruit (vegan yogurt is available) or start the day with an acai bowl with banana, fresh fruit and granola. They also have less healthy breakfast dishes like croissants and buckwheat waffles with peanut butter, banana, chocolate and maple syrup (check my buckwheat waffle recipe here)
The restaurants of Anne & Max feel like a living room and I especially like them ’cause I see my name everywhere (Anne on the womens toilet, Anne on the t-shirts from the waitresses). Anne & Max has several restaurants in Amsterdam and recently opened up a restaurant in Rotterdam. But they started in Haarlem with their first restaurant. They serve sandwiches with all kinds of toppings (cheese, avocado spread, red beet hummus etc) and a delicious vegan salad with marinated and roasted vegetables for example. What is really nice to do with your partner or a friend is the breakfast at Anne&Max. You get this big platter with all kinds of breakfast staples like croissants, egg pots and bread with cheese and jelly.
Don’t let the bright lights pull you off, the food at Jetties is great. They’ve got great burgers with 100% organic meat (biologisch) and there’s also a veggie burger on the menu. Besides their sandwiches and burgers they also have an extensive menu that changes regularly, which you can’t find online but is written on a big board in the restaurant. It includes many vegetarian and vegan options. I went for the vegan falafel platter with hummus and salad. Jetties also organizes cooking workshops, check their website for the upcoming dates.
By LIMA proves that a healthy lifestyle isn’t boring. This ‘good food cafe’ is open for breakfast and lunch and has many healthy options to go or to stay. For each item on the menu it’s marked if it’s vegetarian, vegan or gluten free. Besides all their home made options, they also sell healthy sweets from Sharp Sharp (check their website for all their selling point list) The treats from Sharp Sharp are sugar free, gluten free and vegan. Pictured is their Choco Coco and Exit Egg Lemon Curd.
NATIVE is located in one of the many cute streets that Haarlem has. It’s very calm and very green, especially with the plant shop across the street. NATIVE is a great place for breakfast, lunch or a cup of coffee with cake. I always have a hard time choosing because all the cakes they sell look so good! Their cakes are made by 3 different parties. One is Sharp Sharp, who make vegan, gluten free and refined sugar free healthy treats and sweets with organic ingredients. The other is ‘de groene zusjes’, they make seasonal cakes with fresh ingredients and without rafinated sugars, cow milk and wheat. And the carrot cake on the picture is from Tonke, for when you feel like an unhealthy but very tasty piece of cake!
Meneer Frans is a bit of a hidden gem. It’s located behind several shops but it’s worth searching for it as they have an extensive menu and a nice courtyard for sunny days. Meneer Frans is open for breakfast and lunch. On the menu you’ll find all day breakfast items like omelets, sandwiches with a variety of toppings (gluten free bread is available), burgers, flammkuchen and salads. They have many vegetarian options. Pictured is the vegetarian quinoa salad with sweet potato, feta cheese, dates, figs, bell pepper and a balsamic dressing.
Bij Babette is the place to go for cakes, pies and scones in Haarlem. In this tea room they serve many delicious sweets and even more different kinds of teas. They’ve got a tea menu but you can also ask the waiter for a recommendation as the list is quite extensive. Bij Babette is well known for its scones, and they often have a variety besides the classical scones. But don’t underestimate their cakes! Look at this big piece of red velvet cake I had for example. If you find it difficult to choose you can also go for the ‘Marie Antoinette’, it gives you a glass of tea and a selection of four cakes from the window.
Barista Cafe 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. Their lunch menu isn’t very original, but 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 snack platter. You can find Barista Cafe in several other cities like Amersfoort, Lisse and Breda.
SLA (Dutch for ‘lettuce’ ) has started in Amsterdam but they also have a nice restaurant in Haarlem. SLA serves juices, soups and of course: salads. You can order one of their favorite combinations, or you can create your own salad with your favorite ingredients. They have many vegetarian and vegan options. Pictured is a vegan salad with spinach falafel balls, spelt couscous, roasted cauliflower and hummus.