The first stop on our Northern Lights Rally (a 5000 mile drive from Scotland to Estonia) was Amsterdam. As we arrived early on the ferry from Newcastle we had the whole day to spend with our Dutch friends and they were an extremely helpful source for finding out where I could buy gluten free food.
Dutch friends made usÂ delicious gluten free lunch and dinner in their apartment and findingÂ safe things toÂ buy was easy as Albert Heijn, one of the most popular supermarkets in the Netherlands, labels all of their own brand products which are gluten free. Products such as yoghurts and biscuits whichÂ are gluten free carry the symbol but evenÂ products that are naturally gluten like eggs and cheese also carry the symbol. It was nice to walk around the store and know that everything I was putting into my basket was gluten free! (or gluten vrij as they say in the Netherlands)Â AlbertÂ Heijn’sÂ website provides a list of all gluten free products the store has to offer. It’s in Dutch but may be helpful for gluten freeÂ travellers who wish to find out what kind of things they can buy in the Netherlands. A few other local supermarkets we looked at also had varying degrees of gluten free labelling. Celiac awareness is pretty high here so finding safe food to prepare at home or a safe restaurant at which to eat out isn’t too difficult.
For lunch we went to the local cheese store to buy a huge chunk of Dutch cheese and a few cuts ofÂ roast beef and ham.Â This was all fresh and naturally gluten free without any added nonsense. I used rice cakes as a base and also tried some delicious fig jam for a taste of the sweet after the savoury.
Dinner was home made pumpkin soup and salad with a mustard dressing – delicious and 100% gluten free! Dessert was marzipanÂ biscuits, alsoÂ from Albertheijn. My friends buy themÂ regularly and hadn’t realised that they were gluten free until I came to visit. These delicious naturally gluten free treats areÂ made of almonds and rice flour.
We didn’t have time to eat out in Amsterdam on this trip but our Dutch friends showed us a website where we could find a list of suitable places to eat gluten free. It’s in Dutch but you can use a translation tool.
This is another great siteÂ where youÂ can search, in English, for places to eat in the city which cater for gluten free diets. If you go into advanced search, under â€˜dietsâ€™ you can search by gluten free. Be sure to scroll down to read the fantastic recommendations for eating out that fellow gluten free travellers have added to this post!
If you are planning a gluten free trip to the Netherlands, the Dutch Celiac Association is a great resource for up-to-date information on living and travelling as a celiac in the Netherlands.
Have you travelled gluten free to Amsterdam? What and where did you eat?