Eat: Amsterdam

Needless to say, food featured pretty heavily on our agenda in Amsterdam. We wanted to ensure we visited the tastiest places around in our short yet perfectly formed mini break. So with a little research before our trip, from fresh mint teas to afternoon cakes we did rather well!

You’ve had a taste of our breakfasts, heres what was on the menu for the rest of the visit……Bagel in Amsterdam

Tomato, Mozzarella and pesto on a wholewheat Bagel

Bagels and Beans was our first stop. After a few hours of travelling combined with an early start to the day we had worked up an appetite. Bagels and beans is a Netherlands based restaurant chain, and whilst we prefer independent eateries this was a promising start to the holiday with a choice of bagels from wholewheat to poppy seed, and a delicious offering of both veggie and meaty fillings you could basically build your own bagel sandwich, it was all to be had

pumpkin and black quinoa salad

Pumpkin, feta and Black quinoa salad with smoked Almonds

Vinnies is a laid back stylish eatery with a focus on clean, fresh and health ingredients. Their mantra is good. Home. Food. With two venues across Amsterdam I’d say this is a must visit for any discerning foodie.  Other delights available included warm lentil salad with roast mushrooms and thyme and roast aubergine with yoghurt and saffron sauce and pomegranate. The tea is amazing as well, fresh ginger and lime tea for E and Fresh mint tea for B, both served with a cheeky little homemade biscuit

Salad at Vinny's, Amsterdam

ginger tea and cake- vinnies

And of course, there was cake…

Gluten free polenta and cherry cake and Chocolate pistachio brownie with salted caramel sauce

vinniesCake at the Rijksmuseum

Coffee muffin and chocolate brownie with hot chocolate

We wiled away a rainy afternoon in the Rijksmuseum and with just 4 hours of exploring we barely scratched the surface of all there was to see. We decided to focus our visit to the current 20th century photography exhibition, Modern Times. When we grew weary and in need of a sugar hit, the cafe was nearby at the ready so we could sit down and swop notes on which of the works had most inspired us

lavinia good food

Lavinia good food this was certainly a highlight. A bustling Saturday lunchtime service meant we were lucky get a table but we were so happy we did. The food, atmosphere and vegetable cocktails combined with an open counter of fresh salads and a view into the working kitchen made for an amazing experience

lighting- lavinialavinia good foodPizza at Lavina Good Food

 To start: Spelt pizza with pumpkin, pear, rocket, blue cheese and flaked almonds

The pizza base had been rolled so thin it was light as air and as flakey as puff pastry

lunch at lavinia

A salad bar selection which included: Brussel sprout and mushroom salad

fennel, feta, orange and cumin seed salad with pomegranate 

celery, walnut and grape salad

And we have to talk about the Veggi cocktails which were an unexpected bonus, crammed full to the brim with fresh fruit and veg- cucumber, pear, fennel, granny smith, pear, lime and ginger for E and Beetroot, carrot, orange, ginger, dill and lime for B. Simply amazing flavour combinations, I’m totally asking for a juicer for christmas!

 carrot cake

Carrot cake with cream cheese, honeyed oats and mulberries 

Raw cocoa cake at Lavinia Good Food, Amsterdam

Raw dark and white chocolate tart with toasted seeds and fresh strawberries

Did we mention we like cake? Pudding was washed down with delicious homemade chai tea made to an in house spice blend recipe

pears on the market

For our final foodie fling we took a stroll down to the Noordermarkt which held host to a treasure trove of delights. Fresh autumn produce and oyster shucking were all on the menu

oyster shucking on the marketgreen smoothies

And of course, our street food favourites included fresh pressed vegetable smoothies and the mighty stroopwafels!

Do you plan where you want to eat before you go away on holiday? Or do you just go with the flow? 

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