Visiting Amsterdam? Needing or wanting to eat out gluten free and veggie or vegan? Finding it challenging to identify safe and interesting places to eat out? Market 33 is an absolutely amazing gem of a place within minutes of Amsterdam Zuid station. Read on.
I recently spent a week on a business trip to Amsterdam and was delighted to discover a little haven for gluten free and plant based dining. The discovery was all the more delightful due to it being entirely unexpected. Despite hours of research using all my proven resources for finding places to eat before travelling I had identified only two places I could be certain about. One was Wagamama and other other was Leon inside Schiphol. Since I love Leon and it was a one stop train ride from where I was visiting I had a plan to return there to eat every night and also get a take-away for lunch the following day. This may well have stretched my love for Leon very thin especially since the Leon Schiphol menu is far narrower than the menus for the Leons in the UK.
Amsterdam certainly has more options than my more usual destination of The Hague for the gluten free diner but these are mostly in the central area rather than Amsterdam Zuid area I was staying in. Part of the challenge of finding good places is that few cafes and restaurants in NL make any effort to make their allergen free catering will and skill obvious. It is exceedingly rare to find any menus online that indicate gluten free dishes.
Market 33 for the Gluten Free Diner
Market 33 is an fast casual indoor street food court boasting a fascinating range of distinctively different cuisines. Long tables make for a terrific place to eat together in a group with everyone choosing whatever appeals most from the stalls. There are also some quieter tables suitable for eating solo together with a good book, or for a bit more intimacy as a couple.
I very happily confirmed three of the stalls as both highly motivated and capable of serving gluten free food. Even better, the meals from these places was fabulous. Healthy. Tasty. Great value. Everything is fast casual and suitable for a quick lunch or a longer supper.
Market 33 Highlight- Pita Queen
Despite strong competition Pita Queen easily became my favourite stall. If I could lift and shift it from Amsterdam to London within Deliveroo range I absolutely would. Until then Pita Queen is my top recommendation within Market 33 for anyone else lucky enough to be in the area.
Pita Queen offers mediterranean themed salads, soups and of course, Pitas! Gluten Free Pita’s are available and this makes every menu option available Gluten Free. Crucially, I found the friendly guy running the stall to be very allergen aware and able to describe exactly how he would ensure my meals were prepared safe from cross-contamination. The fact that he did this carefully and without any impatience during a busy lunchtime really helped me relaxed and simply enjoy the gorgeous food.
The knockout dish for me was Crispy Pita’s served with Avocado Dip, Carrot Dip and Feta Dip. Crispy crunchy gluten free pita breads and fresh, creamy dips were so lovely that it was a real challenge for me to try anything else! Rainbow in a box salad were however almost as good. Quinoa falafels, crispy on the outside, soft on the inside with gentle nutty flavor were absolutely worth trying. At least three times!
Browse the menu then carefully choose the Crispy Pita’s with the three Dips. I promise you will be happy!
Market 33 Highlight – Bowls & Buns
Excluding the Buns, two of the four sauces and the soy-sauce marinated protein choices all the food is naturally gluten free. The marinated protein options are also available without the marinade on request. This means the entire buffet of proteins, whole grains, beans and veggies are available gluten free. Risk of cross-contamination is negligible since separate spoons are used to serve the ready-marinated proteins.
I was especially pleased that the chef happily volunteered to serve up non-marinated tempeh as a gluten free solution without being prompted. Add some of the Spicy Dynamite or Fruity Honey Lime Sauce and you will not want for flavor!
In addition to being gluten free the food is fresh, colourful and flavoursome. The stall would be even better if the soy sauce was replaced with tamari sauce or coconut aminos so that everything except the buns could be 100% gluten free. It is plenty good enough already though and surely one of the safest places to get great food.
Market 33 Highlight – Joan’s Ribs
Shock and Awe! Joan’s Ribs actually mentions, in fact features, that their Ribs are Gluten Free! Gluten Free and marinated in a homemade blend of herbs and spices. They also claim that the meat is so tender and succulent that it will fall off the bone.
I don’t eat meat other than fish so I did not personally try Joan’s Ribs but two of my companions did. I therefore have independent verification that yes, the meat is delicious and does indeed fall off the bone.
Despite not being a customer I enjoyed a great conversation with stall host Andre who very keenly explained the precautions taken to ensure their Ribs were served Gluten Free. The bread buns are the only gluten containing food used in the stall and separate surfaces and utensils are used to prepare Ribs gluten free. Andre even explained that for added assurance he would be happy to make up a fresh batch of Ribs and carefully curate it from start to finish to avoid cross-contamination from any source. He was clearly strongly motivated to safely serve and delight his gluten free clients.
Market 33 Extra Mentions
A Juice Bar right by the entrance offers cold pressed juices, smoothies and acai bowls with the only potential gluten containing ingredient being non-pure oats. A coffee place offers high quality filter coffee which is probably the best in the area together with freshly made cashew milk. With regret, no decaf.
Another regret is that the Market 33 bar does not yet offer any gluten free beer or low sulphite wines. I say not yet as the host I talked to was clearly intrigued by the potential demand. Gluten free compadres, keep on asking and we may receive!