For feel-good food that’s organic, locally-sourced, and most importantly, delicious – look no further than By Lima. Stop into the airy light-filled space for the ever-popular all-day breakfast, veggie bowls and “gezellige” boards for sharing. The coffee, cold-pressed juices and smoothies are among the best in Haarlem.
By Lima, Zijlstraat 65
A stylish coffee and lunch bar run by two sisters who brought interior inspiration back from Copenhagen and Bonanza coffee beans from Berlin, Mica is a beautifully designed space for enjoying coffee and breakfast. Select your cup of coffee or tea and pair it with a healthy smoothie bowl or sandwich. And if you’re looking for something to brighten your home or for that perfect gift, the shop also sells coffee cups, carafes and other homeware.
Mica, Kleine Houtstraat 103
De DAKKAS is the success story of a huge crowdfunding scheme to turn a rooftop carpark into Haarlem’s most beautiful roof terrace, complete with a huge greenhouse restaurant built on top of the carpark, a garden and an exciting programme of cultural events.
De DAKKAS, De Witstraat 1a
Frisk aan het Spaarne
Just off the beaten track in a beautiful historical building next to the river Spaarne, you’ll find Scandinavian style cafe Frisk aan het Spaarne. With a focus on local products, Frisk serves simple, healthy, green and seasonal meals. Breakfast, lunch, or dinner, all based on the Nordic kitchen: think oatmeal, sweets like Kanelbulle and Semla, and lots of salmon.
Frisk aan het Spaarne, Max Euweplein 1
Located in the heart of Haarlem, Meneer Frans gives its guests the chance to enjoy a bit of theatre while they’re enjoying coffee or lunch. That’s because this quirky restaurant features an array of different themed rooms that all offer a special ambience. Take the ladies’ room, which celebrates 18th century style, or another of Meneer Frans’ fascinating spaces featuring a large metallic wall and industrial elements. Lounge in the garden for a more private lunch, enjoying a delicious sandwich, salad or a specialty Flammkuchen from the eatery’s extensive menu – all finished off with a steaming mug of coffee of course.
Meneer Frans, Klein Heiligland 8
Stop for a coffee or stay for a wine in this cosy café that overlooks the Spaarne River in Haarlem’s charming historic centre. The one hundred year old building, vintage décor and mismatched chairs gives Bar Wolkers the atmosphere of a living room that you never want to leave. Take a seat inside or on the terrace and enjoy one of Bar Wolkers’ sandwiches made with freshly baked bread, a special soup of the day or satisfy your sweet tooth with a slice of banana cake.
Bar Wolkers, Gedempte Oude Gracht 139
Morris does the simple things well, and its tempting mains are perfectly complemented with a dazzling array of tasty side dishes. The rustic setting features long tables, perfect for large groups or social encounters with the locals, an eye-catching graffiti-filled wall and oh-so-on-trend exposed brickwork. Savour dishes fresh from the grill or choose from a selection of snacks accompanied by wines from their long list. Plus, there’s a cocktail menu offering classics such as Margaritas and Cosmopolitans along with signature mixes that both inspire and raise eyebrows. Bacon-infused bourbon anyone?
Morris, Spaarne 36
Step out of Haarlem and into a French bistro in New York – the surprising concept of Café Colette that has charmed those in the know since 2011. Here you can indulge in all the delectable classics of a Parisian bistro: bouillabaisse, escargots, crème brûlée of the gods. As you would expect, the wine list is equally extensive. The interior is an elegant mix of fresh white, ambient lighting and row upon row of rotisserie chickens turning golden before your eyes.
Café Colette, Oude Groenmarkt 22
Fortuyn might be the best place in the Grote Markt to get comfortable with something nice to eat and drink. The cosy café’s large, open windows offer the perfect vantage point to watch life in the city unfold, and the coffee is seriously good, while the food menu is long, and brimming with tasty things to tuck into. Try one of their burgers—choose from Hereford beef or chickpea and aubergine—which are baked in the Josper oven, and see if you can taste the difference. Sandwiches, soup, salads and bar bites are all available for lunch, but with such a great location, you might even stay until dinner.
Fortuyn, Grote Markt 23
Roast Chicken Bar & Egg Store
At Roast Chicken Bar it’s all about, surprise, chicken. Chicken from the charcoal grill, that is. Best to be enjoyed with a local beer or gin and tonic. At daytime this chicken-focussed hotspot turns into the Egg Store, with poached eggs on thick slices of ham, salmon or avocado. Because the egg came first, after all (or did it?).
Roast Chicken Bar, Turfmarkt 26