Amsterdam is my home town. Weekly I visit at least one healthy restaurant with friends, family or my boyfriend. Some are health food lovers, but not all. They make a great critical audience.
For me it’s important that the food is made of high quality ingredients and that it tastes great! If you go out for lunch or dinner with me you will not be chewing on a raw salad, but I will make sure you will enjoy your food and the place.
Here under I have carefully selected places that I really can recommend when you are looking for healthy food restaurants in Amsterdam. I hope you will enjoy the places as much as I do.
They are categorized by different categories. If you have any question or have special requests you can leave a question in the comment area.
The Meets and Lavinia good food are one of my favorite healthy restaurants. The Meets serves healthy breakfast, lunch and dinner. On the menu you will find dishes like a granola, acai and chia bowl for breakfast, sandwiches with pooched egg and avocado, mackerel, buratta and falafel and more special dishes like a frittata, Mexican veggie burgers, mezze platters, salads and meet dishes for lunch and dinner.
Lavinia good food is located in the gallery area in Amsterdam, behind the Rijksmuseum. Here they serve delicious breakfast and lunch, think of dishes like salads of roasted vegetables and sweet potato, healthy sandwiches, veggie cocktails, spelt pizetta’s and gluten free banana pancakes with maple syrup and fresh fruits. The place is really cozy and everything you will find here like healthy cooking books are all for sale.
For dinner I can recommend D&A bistro located in the Jordan area and Mana Mana located in the Pijp area. Both are Mediterranean restaurant. They are very cozy and the atmosphere is relaxed with delicious food options. Both have some meat options on the menu. Great for if you are traveling with meat lovers. If you eat gluten free I can advise you to bring some gluten free bread as they serve many nice dips as baba ganoush and hummus. If needed they are happy to warm the bread up for you.
If you are more looking for a classic restaurant with healthy, fresh and locally sourced ingredients Restaurant Plantage is a great option. The restaurant is located on the east side of the city you can reach it with tram number 9, 10 minutes from the Dam square. The restaurant is located in a green house and overlooks the city zoo. The place is amazing, lots of light and a great interior design. The atmosphere is great and the staff is very kind and helpful. If you have any food allergies let them know they will do there upmost to help you. On the menu you will find delicious dishes like grilled eggplant carpaccio, ravioli filled with artichoke and potato, vegetarian risotto, fish and meat dishes and more.
All the above places I can highly recommend. They are great for every lifestyle diet, they serve great food, kind staff, nice interior and lots of options for healthy and non/less healthy food lovers.
Great Options Too
Another great place for lunch is Dignita it’s located a bit out of the city in the South of Amsterdam. They have a great earthworks vegan salad bowl and vegetarian zucchini and chickpea fritters and some other original and healthy dishes on the menu. If you are looking for a healthy lunch or breakfast place in the city center Vinnies is a nice place, a cozy lunchroom with healthy dishes like porridge or organic yoghurt for breakfast, sandwiches with pumpkin hummus, baba ganoush and more special dishes like cauliflower frittata with buckwheat, warm roasted eggplant, lentil salad, etc.
Amsterdam has many salad bars. The 2 best ones would definitely be SLA and Venkel. At SLA you can create your own salad. You choose a grain or legume, 3 cooked vegetables, your dressing a topping and if you like you can add a premium like chicken, fish or sweet potato balls. Beside salads they serve soup with oatmeal bread, hummus, fresh juices and healthier desserts. They have several locations in the city, one in the city center behind the Rembrandt square, one at the Albert Cuyp market and one in the East of Amsterdam.
At venkel they serve 6 types of seasonal salads made from organic ingredients. Salads with fish, chicken, cheese and vegan options. Besides salads they serve homemade quinoa bread with hummus, fresh juices and healthier desserts.
Non Trendy Just Healthy Vegan/Vegetarian Food
If you don’t want a trendy place but a no nonsense healthy food restaurant you can find one in the Jordan area, named the Bolhoed. The Bolhoed serves healthy vegan and vegetarian lunch and dinner. It’s one of the oldest healthy restaurants of Amsterdam. Don’t expect here a fancy interior, but a cozy colorful place with real healthy food. I would say perfect for vegan and vegetarians.
One of the hardest thinks I found was giving up chocolate, luckily now day’s there are many healthier chocolate options. Mumu Chocolates in Amsterdam is one of my favorites. You know the feeling of a delicious bonbon breaking up in your mouth, well here you will find them. The chocolates are handmade and vegan. They have different flavors and they add vitamins to them. In the shop they have a small corner with tables were if you want you can enjoy their delicious chocolates with a hot cup of tea or coffee. There chocolates make a great gift.
Juices & Smoothies
When on holiday I will always look around for some healthy juices to make sure I get my daily fruit and vegetable intake. We have a few nice juice places. I think the nicest ones are Roots, The Cold Pressed Juicery and Juice Brothers. They are all cold pressed juice places. If you are looking for the old fashioned way of juicing and smoothies Light Dark is a nice place. They have several locations in the city from city center, Museum square and across Anne Frank home. Take a look at their website to find your closest location.
Drinks and a bite
Feel like having a healthy drink and a small bite in a nice place CT Coffee & Coconuts located in the Pijp area is the right place for that. The place is just amazing. Here you can relax and hang back in one of the cozy sofa’s or sit bags, nip on your favorite drink and enjoy a healthy bite. Great place!
Zest for life & Yay health store, café & more are the two nicest vegan raw food bars we have. I like Zest a bit more than YAY, but some like YAY better. They are both great. Zest is located in the Museum square area, while YAY is located next to our famous food market Albert Cuyp.
Healthy eating is great, but needing to eat healthy or gluten-free out of health reason can be sometimes hard on holiday, especially when you are searching for healthy carbs. All the above restaurant have gluten-free options. I eat completely gluten-free and have no problem eating in one of the above mentioned places. If you are looking for gluten-free sandwiches Bagels & Beans is a great option. You will find them all over the city. They have a gluten-free and an oatmeal bagel and many delicious bread spreads and toppings. At Spaghetteria they serve gluten-free pasta. They have 3 locations in the city, one in South, West and East. For gluten-free pizza you can either go to the restaurant named Italiaan or Pina’s. I have tried the pizza at the Italiaan, to be honest I am not impressed some people like it. But I will not recommend it. The other place I haven’t been there yet, but I have a better feeling about it. The gluten-free dough is coming from Italy. You need to reserve a day before and tell them that you want to eat a gluten-free pizza so they can make sure your pizza is completely gluten-free
Do you have something to celebrate or just want to go out to a nice and romantic date in a more high-end restaurant?
The Duchess a higher end restaurant serves delicious food, many healthy vegan, vegetarian and flexitarian/paleo options. I tried different vegetable starters, a quinoa salad and their sea bass, it was great.
Do you want to go on a romantic more special date? Than you should try Vuurtoren eiland. It is a restaurant on a small Island behind Central Station you can only come there by boat. They pick you up with a boat from the Movenpick hotel and bring you to the island. There they serve you a four course healthy dinner. The boat trip and dinner takes in total 5 hours. In the summer you can sit outside. In the winter they serve dinner in a fort with an open fire, were you can cuddle up under a warm blanket. Nice food, great vibe and very romantic. You need to make a reservation true their website, see link below.
Website: Vuurtoren eiland
For more healthy restaurants in Amsterdam and extensive blog posts by restaurant have a look under locations and than Amsterdam. I will add every week some new locations.