Amsterdam's Naughtiest Healthy Breakfast
I arrived in Amsterdam this morning as I always do - grinning, jet-lagged, and starving! There's a heavy dose of Dutch in my roots, and so Holland is one of the places in the world I feel most attached to. I look around and can just imagine my ancestors building windmills and planting tulips in their wooden clogs.
After checking into our hotel in the trendy neighborhood "de Pjip" we set out to get some breakfast. I knew a short wander around the flower-filled, neighborhood streets would produce something wonderful, so we set off and quickly came upon Bakers & Roasters. I saw green juices and happy people eating tall stacks of pancakes. That's my kind of wonderful.
B&R is the creation of a young Kiwi lad and Brazilian boy that wanted to open a place that combined everything they missed about their homelands: their mother's cooking, their favorite street foods, and the most delicious coffee. Bakers & Roasters is a New Zealand style café served with a heavy dose of Brazil and the hospitality of mum.
The decor is cozy and fresh. White-washed brick walls, plants hanging from every spare inch of ceiling, bright woolen pillows, sleek tables and chairs, and bright, geometric art.
The menu is a mix of creative egg dishes, smoothie bowls, salads, and a drool-worthy collection of sweet dishes and homemade cakes. It's a menu that is what I like to call "naughty healthy." Healthy food that is so inventive and delicious, you feel like you are having a naughty, cheat meal. Each menu item is listed with an approximate calorie count and veggie, gluten-free, and dairy-free options are denoted as well. Hello, genius!
In addition to their delicious coffee drinks (almond milk available!), there is a wide selection of fresh pressed juices and smoothies. After much debate, since we wanted positively everything, we settled on two dishes to share.
I also got an almond milk latte, and their latte art abilities with almond milk was beyond impressive!
While I was devouring our dishes, I was also eyeing the mile-high stack of banana pancakes the woman next to me was devouring, and debating about asking her for just a bite.
Bakers & Roasters is one of the best breakfast spots I've ever found abroad. It's a health-conscious paradise, catering to veggies, vegan, and carnivores alike. And it allows you to be as healthy or naughty as you wish. If you need even more of a reason to visit - the tall, handsome, waiters should do it.