Best Amsterdam Restaurants With Gluten-Free Options
By Jessica Lipowski
Amsterdam Local Expert
Traveling with a dietary restriction can be a challenge. It is hard to know which places can cater to your needs. You don’t want to end up at a restaurant with only one gluten free meal on the menu, or worse yet, a restaurant with zero possibilities. Therefore, to help point you in the right direction, 10Best has put together a list of the best restaurants in Amsterdam that offer gluten free options.
Haesjes Claes and Restaurant Lieve, for instance, provide a completely separate gluten free menu. Others like Pancakes! serve gluten free alternatives. Some restaurants are simply gluten-free friendly, such as Piqniq, a cozy café that offers gluten free sandwiches, soups, salads and desserts, and Seasons, where the menu clearly states which dishes contain gluten and which do not. Places like Omelegg and De Kas, on the other hand, prepare dishes gluten free upon request.
If you plan to cook in one night, there are a few things you’ll need to know before going grocery shopping. “Gluten free” translates to “gluten vrij” in Dutch. Many products will bear a symbol, indicating they, in fact, do not contain gluten. This symbol comes in handy, especially for products such as yoghurt, cereal and biscuits. You can always read the allergy information, “allergie informatie” in Dutch, and look for the word “gluten.” Shop at stores such as Albert Heijn, Bio Mart and Super de Boer.
Walk into a world of food at the Bazar. The building, once a church, features high ceilings and is full of color, character and beauty. The restaurant serves North African, Iranian and Turkish food, where you can choose a delicious dish from the main menu or one of the daily specials; either way you cannot go wrong. Ask for the gluten free options. As the establishment is located in the Albert Cuypstraat, it's a great place to take a break from shopping at the Albert Cuypmarkt and enjoy a fresh mint tea. If you want to have dinner, make sure to reserve a table ahead of time, as the restaurant is quite popular and often busy. Try to get a table on the upper level; it overlooks the bar. For breakfast, lunch or dinner, the Bazar is sure to please. (+31 20 675 0544)
As the name suggests, Omelegg's main focus is eggs, namely omelets. Come in with friends and family for bunch, or relax at the large, cozy reading table with a good book. Perhaps you want to catch up on emails while you eat; the restaurant also offers free Wi-Fi. You will feel right at home. This charming restaurant in De Pijp creates a variety of delicious omelet combinations. Omelegg can prepare the dishes in a gluten free environment upon request. They first wash the pans and then separately prepare the meal. Do not forget to pair your choice with a warm cup of Catunambu coffee. (+31 (0)20-3701134)
In the heart of Amsterdam lies Brasserie Harkema. This contemporary, chic restaurant allows you to dine in style. Come by for a fabulous lunch or dinner. The French cuisine, which is traditionally prepared, always incorporates fresh ingredients. Plus, they have a separate gluten free menu, which includes most of their dishes. Make sure to keep well hydrated throughout the meal with the restaurant's very own mineral water. Harkema has its own in-house water purification system. If you're not a fan of mineral water, you can always ask for tap water at no additional cost. When the weather is nice and the sun is shining bright, relax outside in the shade. You'll be seated on the terrace in one of the colorful rainbow-like chairs. Overall, Brasserie Harkema provides a pleasant, delicious dining experience. (+31 (0)20 428 2222)
Libero is a true Italian restaurant. The chef, Bruno Morano, was born in Naples and comes from a line of cooks. You'll find the food is top-notch. Those that require their dishes to be gluten free have a wide range of pastas to choose from, such as tagliatelle with meat sauce or baby clams and prawns, fresh spaghetti with cherry tomatoes, mozzarella, parmesan cheese and basil, ravioli stuffed with ricotta and spinach in a creamy saffron sauce and fresh pappardelle with porcini mushrooms. Just mention your gluten intolerance when you order. Savor your selection and spend the evening in an enjoyable, classy atmosphere. (+31206610637)
'Tis the season for delicious seasonal dishes at Seasons Restaurant. When you dine at this casual Amsterdam eatery, you have the opportunity to compose your own meal consisting of two or three courses. A three-course dinner includes a starter, main course and dessert. If you only choose two courses, you can decide whether you want a starter or dessert in addition to your entree. If you'd prefer, you can also order a la carte. The menu states which dishes contain gluten and which do not. On Friday, Saturday and Sunday between 4 and 6 p.m. and Monday, Wednesday and Thursday between 5 and 6 p.m., bring a friend, family member or love of your life; the restaurant offers a buy one get one free, where the other person eats free. (+31 (0)20-3303800)
If you are craving a noodles dish, make your way to Wagamama. While this restaurant is part of a chain, you will not be disappointed. This tasty place offers gluten free options. Choices include rice noodles and chicken or shrimp in green coconut soup, packed with vegetables. You can also order a side such as miso soup or edamame. Perhaps you would like to end with the coconut reika, which is coconut ice cream topped with fresh mango sauce and grated coconut. You will also find a variety of fresh juices to accompany your meal. Feel free to ask your waiter for advice, as well. You will definitely walk out of Wagamama feeling full and satisfied. (+31 (0)20 320 0310)
Piqniq, nestled in the Jordaan, is inspired by an activity we all know and love: the picnic. This cozy caf— serves lunch just like a picnic. To start, you choose two or three items. The menu consists of sandwiches, various hot items and daily specials. The small lunch, which costs 7.75 EUR, allows you to pick two things, while with the large lunch, priced at 9.75 EUR, you can choose three. A drink is included in the price. The restaurant always offers a gluten free soup and salad, and most sandwiches are also available gluten free. The restaurant even serves breakfast and sweet treats. If you need a little something sweet, end with a slice of gluten free cake for dessert. On top of that, they offer coffee, tea, fresh juices and smoothies. (+31 (0)20 320 3669)
Pancakes! Amsterdam is the best bet if you are in the mood for a pancake breakfast. Whether you are looking for a family-friendly joint or just want to enjoy a meal with a friend, you've come to the right place. The menu boasts every type of pancake imaginable. You will find traditional Dutch pancakes, such as those with bacon, apple or cheese, but also other recipes from around the world -- the fluffy American-style pancake, the mücver from Turkey and the Russian Blini. You can even choose your own ingredients -- mix and match to create the perfect pancake. The restaurant uses some local ingredients. For instance, the flour comes from de Eersteling windmill in Hoofddorp, while the apple juice from the Appeleare in Zeeland. Don't worry; gluten free pancakes are always available. Reservations are not possible, so you may find a wait if it's busy. (+31 (0)20 528 97 97)
Belgisch Restaurant Lieve
You will fall in love with Lieve, a Belgian restaurant situated in the heart of Amsterdam's canal district. The quality restaurant provides three different dining atmospheres, each one with its own personality and decor. Moms Kitchen Table, for instance, is bright and warm, filled with comfortable chairs, and serves a three-course menu. Another, the Belgian Baroque, offers a tapas-like dining style in an elegantly decorated room, serving multiple small-plates in each course. Mrs. Bubbles, on the other hand, serves an extensive four-course dinner. The menu changes seasonally, featuring typical Belgian products, dishes and desserts. Lieve does offer a separate gluten free menu, which can be altered, plus the bread, fries and other side dishes are gluten free. Later, comfortably relax among books and smoke a cigar or cigarette in the smoking room. (+31 (0)20-6249635)
Restaurant Haesje Claes
Haesjes Claes, situated between Dam Square and the Spui, offers an authentic and seamless blend of history and traditional Dutch food. The restaurant, which still has some of the building's original architectural fixtures preserved, creates a warm, inviting environment, complete with beamed ceilings and brick walls. The restaurant is named after Lady Haesje Claes, founder of the "Amsterdam Burgerweeshuis" (orphanage). With several dining rooms and terraces, the restaurant offers suitable seating space and serves an abundance of delicious dishes. They even have a separate gluten free menu, which allows you to taste traditional Dutch specialties. Starters include herring, Old Amsterdam cheese, smoked Ijsselmeer eel, shrimp cocktail and pea soup. For dinner, you can order specialties such as hotchpotch, stamppot, beefsteak and chicken liver, as well as cod, salmon and Dover sole. The pan-fried fish dishes, as well as some sauces, can also be prepared with gluten free products upon request. (+31 (0)20 6249998)
About Jessica Lipowski
In more ways than one, Jessica has fallen in love with the Netherlands. She moved in 2011, seizing an opportunity to live abroad, a long-time dream. For two years, she worked for an online group travel and event planning platform. She understands the ins and outs of arranging anything travel related. Now she is working on a book. Jessica has always had a passion for writing. She also developed her love for travel early. She’s traveled all over the US and Europe, enjoying scenery, diverse cultures and delicious meals. She is sure Amsterdam is a city you'll never forget.
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