Netherlands

Bloem

Bloem (which translates as Flower) is located along the water in the Plantagebuurt, a green neighborhood of Amsterdam. Bloem’s food is 100 per cent organic and its service is cheerful.

bloem36.nl
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Cafe Moer

Café Moer (which translates as Nut as well as a colloquial form of Mother) is located in a former Michelin garage on the Amstelveenseweg in Amsterdam. Moer offers delicious organic, local and festive food.

cafemoer.nl
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DE VROUW MET DE BAARD

An eco-funky spot just off the Haarlemmerstraat whose names translates as The Bearded Lady. It serves a delicious, sustainable menu of “soul food from Brooklyn to Bali”.

 

 

devrouwmetdebaard.com
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DE WAAGHALS

A golden oldie — whose names means The Daredevil — in the bohemian neighborhood of De Pijp, Amsterdam. De Waaghals offers organic vegetarian food.

waaghals.nl
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DE YSBREEKER

This golden oldie with a spacious terrace along the Amstel is named after the icebreakers that were docked in front of the building from 1702 to 1860. De Ysbreeker serves organic olive oil and wine, sustainable fish and pâtés with “mostly ‘obsolete parts’ of pigs brought up with old-fashioned decency”.

deysbreeker.nl
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Eerlijk

This lunchroom on the Weesperstraat, which describes itself as a “cozy Scandinavian living room”, is a nice oasis when you’re in the neighborhood of Weesperbuurt. Eerlijk (Fair) offers organic food and supports suppliers who cannot afford the organic-label certification process.

eerlijkamsterdam.nl
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ENTREPOT

A cool, spacious restaurant close to the fun square Kadijksplein. The outstanding staff serves sustainable, creative and delicious food.

restaurantentrepot.nl
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GREENWOODS

A golden oldie along the Singel canal — with a second location along the Keizersgracht (Emperors’  Canal) — that has adapted to the times.  Greenwoods offers local and seasonal dishes, among which tasty vegan and gluten-free options.

 

greenwoods.eu
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Kanteen25

A splendid spot to celebrate summer, on the historic Marineterrein. Kanteen25 bases all its choices on three pillars: locality, sustainability and social impact.

kanteen25.nl
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L'INVITÉ

This restaurant is housed in a building that dates from 1628 with a nice terrace along the beautiful Bloemgracht (Flower Canal). The farm-to-table cuisine is creative and delectable.

 

linvite.nl
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Meatless District

A vegan restaurant in Amsterdam whose name is a play on words with that of New York’s Meatpacking District. When I ate at the Bilderdijkstraat location in 2017, I found the atmosphere cool and the seasonal organic food tasty.

meatlessdistrict.com
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Merkelbach

A restaurant in the 17th century Huize Frankendael (Watergraafsmeer, Amsterdam) with a beautiful garden. Merkelbach serves set menus of superb slow food.

restaurantmerkelbach.nl
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YERBA

A cool restaurant near the Rijksmuseum. Yerba, which describes itself as “a plant forward space offering root to seed sustainable eating”, has a seasonal menu with delicious dishes.

yerbabar.com
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ZOKU

The name of this environmentally conscious apartment hotel on Weesperstraat in Amsterdam means “family” in Japanese. When I am in the Netherlands, I often and with great pleasure stay in one of Zoku’s “micro lofts”. I also like to meet up with friends in the lounge and restaurant, which offer great views of the city from the sixth floor.

livezoku.com
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