Ricky and I just spent a few days in Amsterdam before attending a wedding in Norway and fell in love with it! It was a quaint little city with lots of character. And a huge plus for me was the fact that it was really easy to eat gluten free! I wanted to share the restaurants we ate at so if you or someone you know is going soon, you can use this as a guide!
PIQNIQ is located in the Jordaan neighborhood and serves lunch picnic style. You get to choose 2-4 items and create your own personalized plate. The menu includes sandwiches, soups, and daily specials as well as coffee, tea, fresh juices and smoothies. Their breakfeast menu also provided great gluten and dairy free options and they even gave me a GF/DF treat to go with my coffee. To top it off, it was very affordable with menu items starting at about 6 euros.
We ate here twice - once for breakfast and once for lunch. It was around the corner from our apartment and the food was really good! I'd like to point out the quality of the bread for just a second.. No offense USA, but you should really learn a thing or two about taking care of your customers. I was so impressed at the quality of the bread on these sandwiches (it was the same at every restaurant). In the US when you order gluten free bread, you get charged extra for average bread that came from the freezer section of the grocery store. Definitely not the case here! End of rant. :)
SLA is also located in the Jordaan and was recommended by our Airbnb host. This salad and juice bar was superb! Again, it was very affordable, the ingredients were fresh, and staff was knowledgable about food allergies. I built my own salad and Ricky got a smoothie. The interior is light and airy, filled with plants, and very relaxing. All-in-all, it was a great experience. I would highly recommend eating here if you're in the mood for fresh, healthy food. And good news, they have several locations around the city!
We decided to grab Dutch pancakes one day for lunch and this Pancakes did not disappoint. You had the option to build your own or to choose from one of their combinations. While they serve several styles of pancakes, we opted for Dutch style which is thin and large, almost like a crepe. Their gluten free pancakes come dairy free as well so it was an easy, no fuss situation. I opted for the bacon/banana/chili pepper combo. I wasn't sure what to expect, but it was a great balance of savory & sweet. This is a place where everyone can find something to enjoy!
BELGISCH RESTAURANT LIEVE
We went to Belgisch Restaurant Lieve for our anniversary dinner. Within this restaurant, there are three different dining ambiances you can choose from. Moms Kitchentable provides a warm atmosphere with family style dining that includes 3 courses. Belgian Baroque is a tapas-style, shared dining experience that also includes 3 courses. Lastly, and the option we chose, is Mrs. Bubbles. It is a 4 course meal located in a sophisticated dining room. They had separate gluten and dairy free menus which allowed us to dine with ease and enjoy a wonderful anniversary dinner together. The food and service was great as well!
I hope this is helpful to my fellow gluten and dairy free travelers! I should add that many of these restaurants also served organic, fair trade items as well. It was obvious that people in Amsterdam were well-informed about food allergies and ethical issues surrounding different industries which made our trip even better. I would highly recommend visiting this city if you get the chance!