1. De Fruitloods
Landgoed de Olmenhorst (Olmenhorst estate) is a green oasis of apple and pear orchards that can be found in Lisserbroek, a village located between Amsterdam, Haarlem and Leiden. This historic estate is over 160 years old and specialises in organic products. Take a stroll through its lush orchard or enjoy a meal or high tea on the terrace at ‘De Fruitloods’, an on-site restaurant.
De Fruitloods, De Olmenhorst, Lisserbroek
Located on the picturesque banks of the Westeinderplassen in Kudelstaart, this charming restaurant offers fantastic views of the lake. Brasserie Oevers is the perfect place for a business lunch, romantic dinner or a lively evening out and with more than 80 seats, the expansive terrace is a popular spot when the sun shines.
Brasserie Café Oevers, Kudelstaart
3. De Zuilen
De Zuilen is a beautiful estate that boasts 3,500 square metres of groomed, walkable grounds and courtyards filled with Roman and Greek statues, fountains and columns, from which the estate gets its name. From 1 April to 31 May, De Zuilen’s gardens bloom with narcissus, hyacinths and tulips, the latter of which is cultivated by a tulip specialist from Lelystad. The restaurant, bar and sunny terrace are open from Friday to Monday.
De Zuilen, Hillegom
4. Restaurant De Vier Seizoenen
As the restaurant’s name (The Four Seasons) suggests, it’s all about seasonal produce at Ton & Ellin Frerik’s place in Lisse. The menu (and wine list) changes four times a year and features French dishes with Oriental influences, alongside more traditional Dutch fare. And if that wasn’t enough, there’s also a special monthly menu and the Chef’s Menu, which changes daily.
De Vier Seizoenen, Lisse
5. Papa’s Beach House
Escape the crowds at Papa’s Beach House, a special place in the middle of the Haarlemmermeerse forest. Have a special Papa's beer on the terrace, take a dip in the water or tell stories by the campfire. With loads of fish on the menu, this restaurant feels like a seaside holiday.
Papa’s Beach House, Hoofddorp
6. De Engel
Perfectly located to stop for a break during your flower tour is Restaurant De Engel, where you can have coffee, lunch, dinner or drinks. Take a seat in the cosy café or visit the modern restaurant, and if you want to stay, that’s possible too: De Engel is also a hotel with 11 rooms.
De Engel, Lisse
In the mood for sushi? Head to Mikaku, Hillegom’s all you can eat sushi restaurant. Take your pick from over 100 small cold and hot dishes, and enjoy an evening where the food just keeps coming.
8. Villa Flora
Within the flower region, close to the beach and in the middle of the beautiful flower fields, Hotel Villa Flora is located in the picturesque village Hillegom. Have breakfast here, and do bring the kids, as the café has a special corner with toys and books and a kids menu.
Villa Flora, Hillegom
9. Westeinder Paviljoen
The Westeinder Paviljoen is a restaurant located on the Vrouwentroost, a small peninsula in the Westeinderplassen. The pavilion is open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner, while the waterside terrace is ideal for sunnier days. The Westeinder Paviljoen also has a mooring stage, able to accommodate boats up to 30 metres.
Westeinder Paviljoen, Aalsmeer
There are several food outlets in Keukenhof. The various restaurants all have their own themes. For instance, you can eat poffertjes (tiny Dutch pancakes), there’s an Italian and an Asian restaurant. Across the park, you will also encounter many mobile food outlets that sell strawberries, herring or hotdogs.
11. Bij Qunis
For a perfect evening, the atmosphere may be just as important as what's on your plate. Restaurant Bij Qunis knows the importance of both scenery and food. The old steam pumping station in Lijnden has been transformed into a culinary paradise, where industrial, modern and chic blend together perfectly. All of the tasty treats are a feast for the eyes as well as for your taste buds.
Restaurant Bij Qunis, Lijnden
12. Restaurant ‘t Fort
Restaurant ‘t Fort is situated in the old Fort at Vijfhuizen, part of Amsterdam’s Defence line. It is an excellent place for lunch or dinner, all within the thick walls of a military monument. The restaurant also frequently hosts art expositions.
Restaurant ‘t Fort, Vijfhuizen
At the edge of Haarlemmermeerse Bos, there’s a little piece of Brazil. Barraca in Hoofddorp is a real churrascaria, where Passadores come by your table and cut fine pieces of meat on request. The restaurant serves vegetarian and vegan options as well, but it’s the carnivores that really feel at home here.