Amsterdam – the land of pancakes. I ate more pancakes here in 3 days than I do in 3 months or more back home. This might sound problematic for someone with Celiac Disease or a gluten intolerance, but on the contrary, the Netherlands is extremely friendly for gluten-free travelers! Almost every pancake place had gluten free pancakes! And while finding both dairy AND gluten free food provided a little more of a challenge for me, it seemed like every gluten free pancake I found was also dairy free! Which leads me to wonder if the Netherlands are ahead of the game in realizing that a large percent of people with gluten issues can’t have dairy either – in fact, over 50% of people with Celiac Disease also cannot tolerate dairy (*raises hand*). So get ready to eat all the gf/df pancakes your heart desires.
10 of the Best Gluten Free Options in Amsterdam
1. Albert Heijn
Finding lunch/dinner places with gluten/dairy free options was a bit of a bigger challenge. So as always, my biggest tip for eating gluten free in Amsterdam is to stay in an AirBnB! Amsterdam’s main grocer is Albert Heijn, and they are literally everywhere! Like every couple of blocks, there is another AH stocked with meat, fresh fruits and veggies, pre-made salads, and tons of other healthy, gluten free options. Staying in an AirBnB gives you the freedom to stop in a grocery store and cook your own food if you’re ever having trouble finding food that meets your needs. And you can even make some gluten free pancakes in your AirBnB, if you haven’t had enough from the local cafes!
Lavinia is a super adorable breakfast/lunch cafe with 2 locations in Amsterdam serving gluten free smoothie bowls, pancakes, sandwiches, and bakery items. The menu has clearly marked gluten free options, and there is gluten free bread available for sandwiches and toast. They also serve coffe and espresso drinks, and have fresh juices! I ordered the banana pancakes, which were also dairy free and made with almond flour, with coconut whipped cream and a coconut milk latte on the side! I also got a piece of their cranberry orange cake to go, which was gluten free but I don’t think it was dairy free (probably contained butter). The servings were a little on the smaller side, but everything was delicious, especially the cranberry orange cake!
CT Coffee & Coconuts is an adorable tropical-vibe cafe servings – you guessed it – gluten free pancakes! Their pancakes are dairy free too, made with almond and buckwheat flour, and come with coconut whipped cream on top! While the pancakes were good, the true star of the menu here, n my opinion, was the Coconut Coffee – a double espresso shot, coconut milk, agave and ice. Seriously, I was in the worst mood when we arrived here, and this espresso drink totally turned my day around.
4. Zaanse Schans Gift Shop
Okay, so this isn’t a restaurant or cafe, but I NEEDED to mention it because it was one of the highlights of our stay here. Zaanse Schans is a neighborhood about 20 minutes out of Amsterdam with historic windmills, houses, and farm animals running around. It’s adorable and totally what you picture when you think of Holland. This makes a great day trip, and you can actually find a few gluten free goodies here. When you first arrive, you’re funneled through a cheese shop with an absurd amount of cheeses. If you can eat cheese, there a tons of samples to try and cheeses to buy. For us dairy free people, they also have dutch chocolates (dark, not milk obvi) and other sweets like nougat. Further into Zaanse Schans, but before the windmills, there is a gift store selling all kinds of trinkets as well as fine jewelry. Inside you will find the holy grail of Dutch gluten-free treats – gluten free AND dairy free STROOPWAFELS!! If you don’t know what a stroopwafel – or syrup waffle – is, you’re in for a treat. It basically a waffle-like cookie that is cooked with a layer of syrup in the middle. The outside is crispy and flaky, with a layer of sweet, somewhat chewy syrup in the middle. They are beyond delicious and I was so excited I got to try them while I was here, thanks to this little ship having a gluten free option!
5. Bio Bro’s
We actually stumbled upon Bio Bros randomly on our way to the Anne Frank house. We had been out most of the day already and had only eaten breakfast, so we were excited to find something we could grab quick and still make it to our time slot at the Frank house. I was even more excited when I walked in and found what looks like the first up-and-coming paleo cafe in Amsterdam! Bio Bros serves bulletproof coffees, smoothies, fresh juices, and a variety of gluten free/dairy free baked goods and paleo groceries! I got a smoothie and a slice of gluten/dairy free banana bread.
Trakteren is a little coffee house that was less than a lock away from our AirBnB, so I got my morning latte here pretty much every day! I had a double shot oat milk latte every time, with a small amount of sweetener, and it was seriously delicious! In addition to some of the best coffee in town, they also had 1-2 gluten free pastries to choose from each day, including scones and cookies. Their back wall also had a huge assortment of dutch chocolates, so definitely stop in if you’re a chocolate lover!
We actually stopped in to Bubbles and Wines for a drink with some friends who happened to be in Amsterdam too. Then menu wasn’t entirely gluten-free friendly, but there were a few options, especially if you’re looking for something small. We ordered a plate of the bacon wrapped dates and they were INSANE. So delicious, and they have a huge assortment of wines to try from all over the world!
8. Haesje Claes Restaurant.
Good luck pronouncing this one. I still have no idea how to say the name. This is a historic looking restaurant serving traditional dutch food – I had a traditional dutch stew, and my partner ordered the pork chop meal. There were a few other options on the menu as well, but they were not dairy-free. They also brought us gluten free bread while we waited for our meals!
Literally meaning “The Gluten-Free Store”, this is a great place to stop and grab some gluten free grocery staples for where you’re staying. They also serve lunch items, coffee, and baked goods!
This is a beautiful restaurant located inside Vondelpark, serving gluten free as well as raw and vegan options! Vondelpark is a huge, beautiful park in Amsterdam, which you can walk through on your way to various attractions! We walked through here on our way tot he Rijksmuseum, so this would make a great place to stop for lunch while visiting the Rijks or Van Gogh museums!