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……
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, 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
And of course, there was cake…
Gluten free polenta and cherry cake and Chocolate pistachio brownie with salted caramel sauce
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 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
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
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 with cream cheese, honeyed oats and mulberries
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
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
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?