All my (healthy) food spots in Amsterdam can be found at: annetravelfoodie.com/Amsterdam, but on this page I’ll post about healthy lunchrooms and restaurants in other cities in The Netherlands.
I’ve been to all the places myself. If you have any suggestions, you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I’ve sorted my favorite hotspots by city, arranged in alphabetical order.
Arnhem – Stan & Co
Stan also has a restaurant/bar in Utrecht, but I really love their restaurant in Arnhem. They’ve got a big terrace for warm summer days but also a beautiful interior with many matching details for winter days. On the menu are several delicious vegetarian options. Pictured above is their cauliflower cheese souffle served with red onion pickle and chipotle sauce on a green bun. The picture at the top of this page is also made at Stan, this is their ‘herb garden’, which is crispy vegetable sticks, red beet hummus and feta on a slice of bread.
Breda – 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.
Read more about Breda here.
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 (clickhere if you want to make one yourself). They also had a delicious vegan option: sourdough bread with pumpkin hummus! Click here for all my favorites in Den Bosch.
Den Haag – Blossom
Cafe Blossom is located nearby the Peace Palace and a perfect place for breakfast. They’re open early and have a delicious breakfast ‘plankje’, where you get a variety of breakfast items.They also serve nice lunches and great homemade pies. Look at this vegan cheesecake for example! They have several (vegetarian) sandwiches for lunch, but also serve warm meals for big eaters. Please note that they’re closed on Sundays.
Read here about my other favorites in The Hague.
Eindhoven – The Happiness Cafe
The Happiness Cafe is a great name for this cafe, because it makes you very happy! It’s right across the street from Usine and serves all day breakfast, salads, sandwiches and homemade sweets. They have many vegetarian options and even a few gluten free and vegan options. Especially the latter is quite unique in Eindhoven where many cafes still serve the usual ‘meat, fish or cheese’. Just look at the delicious vegan sandwich with hummus, avocado and pumpkin they have! I can also recommend the vegan salad with tempeh and the homemade raw pastries.
Check all my Eindhoven hotspots here.
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 points) The treats from Sharp Sharp are sugar free, gluten free and vegan. For more Haarlem tips you can check this page.
Leiden – Lot en de Walvis
Leiden is a nice University town with many canals, located in between The Hague and Amsterdam. With many outdoor seating options, Leiden is great to visit on a sunny day. My favorite outdoor hotspot in Leiden is Lot en de Walvis (Lot and the whale). Its terrace is located right next to the small harbour. They serve breakfast and cakes all day at Lot, and they’re open for lunch and dinner. They have delicious salads (the small portion is enough for lunch) and spelt bread sandwiches. I recommend the salads as the sandwich might leave you a bit perkish. Although that might be a great excuse to try one of their cakes!
Maastricht – Bijzonder
Bijzonder means special and that’s exactly what I think this restaurant is. Whilst traveling in Asia, Dimitra decided to follow her heart and start her own restaurant serving healthy food. Almost everything on the menu at Bijzonder is gluten free and vegetarian. They also have many vegan options. You can order several dishes for your table and share them with your company, as you can see at the picture. Make sure you taste their homemade gluten free bread! They’re open for lunch and diner and also have delicious cakes. Check all my Maastricht favorites on this page.
Nijmegen – Downtown
Nijmegen is one of my favorite cities! I lived there for several years and I still visit it regularly. There are many nice restaurants in Nijmegen and Downtown is one of them. 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? Nextdoor Bairro Alto is also a nice place!
Click here for more healthy hotspots in Nijmegen.
Freshii is on a mission to make healthy food affordable and convenient. It started with a shop in Toronto, Canada and less than 10 years later it has branches in more than 75 cities in 15 countries. Freshii Rotterdam is located near the central train station. They have a menu with items that you can choose from with many vegetarian, vegan and gluten free options. Freshii is a heaven for people with dietary restrictions since you can also choose a category and then add the ingredients of your choice. You can choose a salad, wrap, bowl or soup and add toppings of your choice, like tofu, falafel, almonds or spinach.
Read about all my favorite Rotterdam hotspots at this page.
Tilburg – De Houtloods
Tilburg is my new hometown! After living in Amsterdam I moved to Tilburg to live with my boyfriend. Luckily more and more new nice spots open up here. A relatively new hot spot in Tilburg is De Houtloods, in the Spoorzone Area behind Central Station. Here the kitchen has a central place in the restaurant so you can see the chefs prepare your dinner. I love the outside area even more, with its romantic illumination. Furthermore: the staff is friendly and very professional and the menu has many vegetarian options.
Next door you’ll find De Wagon, where you can have lunch or dinner in a real old train compartment!
Read all about my favorites in my hometown Tilburg here.
If I would ever start my own restaurant, it would be pretty much like Gys. It’s an organic restaurant with many vegetarian, vegan and gluten free options. They’re open for lunch and dinner, and their prices are very reasonable. Gijs, the owner, didn’t want anything over 10euros on the menu. So you can have a delicious meal, a drink and a vegan dessert for less than 20 euros. The restaurant at the Voorstraat is very popular, luckily Gys opened a second branch at the Amsterdamsestraatweg.
Utrecht – Yogurt Barn
Yogurt barn also has branches in Amsterdam, The Hague, Den Bosch and Haarlem but the one in Utrecht was the first store to open. As the name already says, they sell yogurt. You can choose your own yogurt (all organic, and there’s also vegan option) with your own toppings, or go for one of the combinations that they have on the menu. Pictured is their Energy Explosion with banana’s, figs, almonds and honey. You can also order a picnic or reserve a high tea.
For more Utrecht tips, you can check this page.