Thankfully, The Hague’s food scene is changing. The city boasts some innovative and healthy restaurants for those who have vegan and vegetarian preferences. Some restaurants serve 100% vegan or vegetarian food, others have great meat-, fish-, and dairy-free options on the menu. Hidden Secrets author Tal Maes shares her favourite spots below. These cool addresses are also listed in The 500 Hidden Secrets of The Hague.
7 cool places for healthy food in The Hague
The Middle Eastern-inspired dishes are an explosion of flavours and a feast for the eye. The menu features a salad with roasted pumpkin, butter beans, labneh, preserved lemon, and chermoula, and Sabich, a sourdough pita stuffed with roasted aubergine, a hard-boiled egg, tahini, herbs, and sumac dressing, among other things. In the heart of the shopping area, Bartine is a great place for lunch. From Thursday till Saturday Bartine is also open for dinner.
With the plant-based revolution that’s going on, this beautiful vegan day-time restaurant is a hit. The energetic owners Jody and Vivianne really master the art of vegan cooking. Out of their open kitchen come delicious breakfast and lunch dishes, like flower granola and roasted cauliflower with muhammara. Their sticky and dairy-free cinnamon buns are just out of this world!
3) Juni Café
Maybe this is the most hidden café of The Hague. Located in the Nutshuis, a former bank, and overlooking the ecological Nutsgarden, it’s the perfect spot to enjoy a healthy breakfast or lunch. Assemble a plate with vegetarian salads at the salad bar or order organic sandwiches straight from the menu. Juni’s homemade cakes are a real treat too.
At this modern and bright place, they serve Mediterranean and Middle Eastern soul food, such as shakshuka, falafel, roasted eggplant and fried cauliflower. But also creative dishes like a ‘black sheep burger’, a black bun with grilled halloumi and smoky baba ganoush. Their velvety hummus comes with various toppings and is served with homemade pita bread and a refreshing coleslaw.
With inventive vegan dishes such as spicy quesadillas stuffed with ‘bean cheese’, a grilled cheese sandwich with ‘cashew cream cheese’, or scrumptious pancakes with salted caramel sauce, you can even bring your meat-eating friends to this day-time restaurant. The interior design is modern and bright, and in summer, you can enjoy lunch in the cute little garden. A must-visit.
6) Sam Sam
At this hip and modern café you can put together your own healthy breakfast. Choose a base like an açai bowl, a green bowl, or yoghurt; add some fruit, grains and seeds or nuts. Sam Sam also serves eggs on toast with toppings such as avocado and spinach.
7) Club Vers
This trendy day-time restaurant pleases everyone: vegetarians, vegans, meat eaters, and kids. The focus lies on healthy food, as the kitchen likes to work with fresh veggies and fruits. Start a lazy Sunday here with a healthy pitaya smoothie bowl or pancakes with homemade hazelnut-chocolate spread and strawberries.
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