Healthy hotspots in Nijmegen
I’ve lived in Nijmegen for 7 years. I went to university there and lingered for a couple of years afterwards. I still go back occasionally to visit friends. I’ve always loved this city. It’s progressive, green and friendly. It’s not difficult to find a nice lunchroom or restaurant here, since there are plenty!
Below I’ve listed my food favorites in Nijmegen, all restaurants listed have good vegetarian or vegan options.
The first restaurant that I want to share with you is Nibbles. What I like about Nibbles is that they serve smaller portions, so you can order a couple and share them with your company. It’s nicely decorated on the inside and they have an outside area where you can sit in the sun ’till quite late. They serve Mediterranean dishes like pintxos, lamb koftas or grilled aubergine with pomegranate seeds. If you’re in the mood for the latter, check my recipe here.
The motto of Tati is Happy and Healthy food, and I couldn’t agree more because their healthy food makes me very happy! They’re open for breakfast, lunch and dinner and have many vegetarian and vegan options. The vegan pink smoothie bowl pictured above is one of my favorite breakfast items, it’s made with frozen banana, raspberries and almond milk. They also have several vegan salads for lunch and a seaweed burger. For dinner they also have many veggie options like sweet potato falafel and mushroom risotto. They also have a ‘sweetshop’ with homemade cakes, so you might want to leave some room for a treat!
Downtown offers an all-day breakfast menu. For people who love breakfast as much as I do, this is heaven. They’ve got all your favorite breakfast staples like American pancakes and banana bread. But also for lunch it’s a great option with mushroom toast or the pictured avocado toast with feta cheese and a poached egg. It’s located just around the corner from the market square. Are all tables taken? Next-door Bairro Alto is also a nice place!
Fresca is located in a beautiful building with big windows on the ground floor and extra seats downstairs. They also have a nice outdoor terrace for sunny days. Besides their breakfast and lunch dishes, they also have savory and sweet dishes for anytime of the day. They have several tasty vegetarian options like a vegetarian frittata and the sandwich with hummus and grilled vegetables pictured above.
WAUD changes their menu every week so they always work with seasonal products. WAUD focusses on organic and sustainable products and dishes. They always have two meat, two fish and two vegetarian main dishes available, of which the latter are also possible in a vegan version. They also have several platters to share with the whole table and a portion of fries on the side is a great addition at WAUD. Leave some room for dessert, if you’re lucky they have their divine chocolate cake.
Coffeelovers has several stores in Eindhoven, Maastricht, Roermond and Nijmegen. The one in Nijmegen is housed in the library. Making it the perfect spot for a cup of coffee before reading some books. You can enjoy your cuppa on a long table where you can also get some work done. You won’t be the only one with a laptop! Besides good coffees and teas they also have sandwiches and all kinds of sweets like cakes, cookies and banana bread.
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