Since being diagnosed with Endometriosis I have been unable to commit to a week long holiday, especially if it requires a long haul flight as I can’t guarntee I will be well enough. Which is why me and Mike [my boyfriend] go on short city breaks in Europe instead.
Amsterdam has been on my ‘must visit now’ list since forever but what has always stopped me was the image of it being the stag and hen weekend destination. However since visiting, I can confirm that Amsterdam is NOT just about hen and stag weekends, it is the most prettiest, most friendly and most gluten free friendly city I’ve ever visited!
Before going on holiday, I’ll always have a slight panic of finding where the best gluten free places were to eat and whether they’ll be near by. I have visited Eindhoven the year before, but had an awful experience with a waiter ‘huffing and puffing’ when I asked if there was a gluten free menu (there wasn’t) and if he could check what dishes were gluten free which resulted in him flouncing off! So I foolishly assumed this would be the case in Amsterdam – oh how wrong I was!
I went on an amazing blog called Gluten Free By the Sea who had written a post about his work trip to Amsterdam and the places he’d eaten in which provided gluten free food. Not only that, he had also listed useful websites and their links who had helped him finding places to eat. One of those that became my ‘go to’ website whilst in Amsterdam, was the amazing ‘Gluten Free Amsterdam‘ which had this amazing ‘Gluten Free Map’ of Amsterdam so we could see which places to visit which we closer to where we were staying.
So if you’re planning a trip to Amsterdam but don’t know where does gluten free then check out the fabulous links. In the meantime, here’s my recommendations:
BAGEL & BEANS
Bagels & Beans is a chain of cafes that offer gluten free bagels, so you’ll see them all around Amsterdam. You have a choice of savoury or sweet bagels with a choice of fillings ranging from smoked chicken and avocado (Mikes bagel above) to chocolate sprinkles. To be brutally honest, I’ve never been a fan of bagels and I did find the gluten free bagel to be quite chewy, but I enjoyed the fillings and it made a lovely lunch and fairly cheap.
If you really want the sample the biggest gluten free pankcake you’ve ever seen, be prepared to wait. We decided to visit Amsterdam Pancakes and have a late breakfast and on arrival we were told there was a wait. As the place is super tiny, we had to wait outside….in the snow! Now that’s what I call commitment! Thankfully, as we were only after a table for 2 we only had to wait 30-40 minutes, where as the group of girls who had been waiting before us, had to wait even longer! Personally, it was worth the wait. I’ve never seen a pancake as big as that in my whole life! I had gone for the banana, almonds and nutella pancake. The banana slices were in the pancake which was incredibly sweet but amazing. Plus you got a little pot of nutella to either drizzle, pour and dip your pancake in.
OK bare with me with this one (and ignore the rather crappy photo). I know its not everyones choice but I can guarantee there are some gluten free peeps out there who when they hear the mere mention of McDonalds its brings a slight tear to their eye. I know Mcdonalds isn’t that great and isn’t really nutritious but some of us gluten free folk miss it. Yes, the beef patties are gluten free but who wants to eat a burger with no bread? However, in Amsterdam they actually provide gluten free buns and they aren’t that bad either! However, don’t order your gluten free burger at the machines. On my first attempt, the computers allowed me to select the gluten free burger but when I went to collect my meal, they said they hadn’t gluten free burgers and I wasn’t entitled to a refund! However, when I did get the gluten free burger I can confirm happy tears we shed.