SNCKBR IV Utrecht, The largest vegan restaurant of Europe

Vegan food is hot hot hot! Everywhere you look, a new vegan restaurant pops up in Holland. We already wrote about the Vegan Junk Food Barand some secret vegan spots in Amsterdam. But there’s now also a new vegan restaurant in Utrecht, which is the biggest plant based restaurant in Europe: SNCKBR IV.

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SNCKBR already has three other restaurants in the Netherlands, two in Amsterdam and one in Eindhoven. But the one in Utrecht is very special, mainly because it is 100% vegan ánd has 110 seats which makes it the biggest vegan restaurant in the whole of Europe. So it’s 100% VGN and 0% BULLSHIT, to use their own words. The place is a perfect hotspot for people who like both guilty pleasures as well as healthy and cruelty free food and snacks. The name might suggest a snackbar kind of place, but that’s not the case at all. They serve all kinds of international classics like Chinese bao buns, Indian curry, but also Dutch kapsalon and various pizza’s. Everything is cruelty free, so you don’t have to feel guilty. Even the interior is 100% vegan and the clothes of the staff are fair-trade.

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100% VGN, 0% BLLSHT

Delicious vegan bites and dishes
I have to admit: I think I have never eaten vegan before. Shame on me, I know…Every time I’ve eaten a vegetarian dinner, it was topped with cheese, cream or eggs. I am curious about vegan food, but never cooked something for myself nor did I try it in a restaurant before. You can imagine my excitement when I got invited to the press dinner in the new SNCKBR. I really had no idea what to expect.

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Avo special on toast anyone?

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The restaurant arranged a six course menu for us so we would be able to taste a variety of nice dishes. We started off with Gyozas, made with spiced tofu, shiitake, leek and peanuts. Then we got the Peking Luck which were thin pancakes we could fill with soy protein, spring onion, cucumber and plum sauce. The protein really tasted like duck, which was very surprising. My favorite dish was the third one, the Bao Bun with eggplant, panko zucchini, mayo and cucumber. It was very crunchy and tasteful. And it didn’t stop there!

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We also had the delicious Mushroom Wellington, which tasted much like beef Wellington, but without the meat. And we had two small burgers, one made of chickpeas, miso and chestnut mushrooms and one which was filled with mushrooms, seaweed, beetroot and soy protein. We finished with a tasteful Chocolate Ganesha made of chocolate, dates, mixed nuts and custard together with a scoop of rice ice cream.

Vegan desert SNCKRBR

Wow, who knew vegan food tasted so good! I really liked it and I am definitely going to check them out another time to try something else from their big menu. SNCKBR’s menu changes every few weeks so make sure you check them out regularly. They have many delicious recipes coming up!

Love,

Merel

SNCKBR IV Utrecht
Vredenburg 28, Utrecht
Website

*Merel is one of our guest editors from Utrecht and describes herself as a daydreaming student who has wanderlust ever since she traveled sround Jamaica for 3 months. She can’t wait to travel the whole wide world after she finishes her bachelor. Follow her on Instagram!

The Streetfood Club » a new colorful hotspot in Utrecht!

Ladies and gentlemen, there’s a new club in town. The Streetfood Club is the place to go to if you want to enjoy various yummy streetfood and cocktails, and I haven’t even started about the interior. 

This place because interior is a dream for any Instagrammer

The Streetfood Club is located at the Janskerkhof in Utrecht and the food is mostly inspired by the Asian and South-American cuisine. You’ll be amazed from the moment when you set foot in this place because interior is a dream for any Instagrammer. Inside the club are three different areas. The first one is completely covered in pink. Pink chairs, pink tables and even the walls are pink. The second and third spaces are covered with tropical wallpaper, cozy chairs (with crazy prints), neon lights, flowers and many other nice decorations. The second space also has a big traditional glass ceiling, which gives a nice vibe to the place. 

The Streetfood Club Chair
A dream for every Instagrammer

The Streetfood Club interior
Feel happy while you eat


Light and spacious

All Day Brunch
The club is of course not only a place to look at, but also for enjoying an international dinner with a variety of flavours. They offer a wide variety of streetfood, ranging from crispy prawn balls to gado gado and from fresh spring rolls to beef curry. They also serve dim sum, many salads, kitsune udon, gyoza ravioli, crab cakes and oysters. The portions are small, but each dish is high-quality and tastes delicious. Each dish has its own unique, special flavor and it’s quite hard to stop ordering more. Four or five dishes per person will be enough to make you fulfilled. I personally loved the seabass ceviche, the crispy prawn balls and the sweet potato fries. If you can’t make a decision between all the tasty dishes, don’t worry! You can order a surprise menu and they will serve you a selection of their favorite dishes.

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A selection of the food at The Streetfood Club Source


Seabass ceviche

But…it doesn’t end here! You can go to The Streetfood Club for an amazing brunch from 10 AM till 4 PM. If you have a sweet tooth, you can order a donut with ice-cream, French toast with maple syrup, matcha pancakes with chocolate glaze and honeyed pistachios or kimchi waffles with fried chicken and maple syrup. They also serve a variety of luxurious sandwiches, truffled eggs, pokébowls and salads.

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Pink Heaven

How about a Hello Kitty Cotton Candy Milkshake?

Cocktails
The Streetfood Club doesn’t only serve streetfood, they also have a nice variety of “special” cocktails. How about a Hello Kitty Cotton Candy Milkshake with rose extract, lime juice and cotton candy? Or a Silk Road with vodka, kumquat and pomegranate juice? If you are in the mood for a milkshake kinda cocktail, then go for the Hazelnut Heaven spiked with ice-cream, chocolate chip cookies and Baileys. The cocktails are not standard at all and they are all made of a special mix. The best thing about the cocktails is that the people at the Streetfood Club create their own spirits, liqueurs and syrups. And if you’re not in the mood for alcohol, you can enjoy a Kingston Town drink with pineapple juice and rose water, a Prince Harry of England iced tea with ginger and mint or a freaky milkshake.

The Streetfood Club Cocktials

Yes, this is going to be THE place to be in Utrecht, with people all over the country coming over to check it out.

The Streetfood Club is having their try-outs nights until the 6th of April for people who want to get to know the menu. Check their Facebook Page for more info.

The Streetfood Club
Janskerkhof 9, Utrecht
Website

Love,

Merel

Sanju Ramen, the finest Japanese broth in Utrecht

Sanju Ramen is all about the Japanese broth that is getting more popular by the day. They opened back in January 2018 at the up-and-coming Voorstraat in Utrecht, and serve typical Japanese soul food. Co-owner, (and ramen lover) Jeroen invited me to the restaurant and told me all I needed to know about Japanese ramen.

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Sanju Ramen

The broth is cooked for approximately 8 whole hours

Japanese Broth
Ramen is Japanese noodle soup based on chicken, pork or vegetarian broth. This bouillon will be cooked for approximately 8 (!) whole hours to create a juicy and tasty soup. It is thus quite a lengthy process to create one cup of ramen. The ramen soup is full of flavor because it has been cooking for so many hours. It tastes very salty and it’s seasoned with many different spices. Jeroen told me that Japanese people eat ramen almost every day. In the open kitchen you can find many Japanese chefs who have been living in the Netherlands for a few years and who know everything to make the delicious, traditional Japanese ramen.

Sanju Ramen

The Menu
You can get all kinds of ramen at Sanju Ramen, try the Hot & Spicy with chicken and roasted jalapeno peppers, or the Pork Miso Tonkotsu with pork (hence the name), creamy broth, corn and green onion or go for the Sanju Classic with homemade miso, chicken, corn, onion and nori flakes. It was the first time I’ve eaten ramen and I ordered the Pork Miso Tonkotsu, which was delicious, creamy and really tasty with nice, tender pork meat. Sanju also serves vegetarian and vegan options on the menu, something you see more often, even in Asian style restaurants. This is quite unique since the traditional ramen are most of the time made with either chicken or pork. It takes two whole days to make the vegetarian or vegan soup. At Sanju Ramenyou can also order baked dumplings, deep fried chicken or edamame as side dishes for the full Japanese experience.

If you like your ramen, slurp loudly so the chefs in the open kitchen can hear you enjoying your dinner!

Love,

Merel

Sanju Ramen
Voorstraat 29, Utrecht
Website / Instagram

*Merel is one of our guest editors from Utrecht and describes herself as a daydreaming student who has wanderlust ever since she traveled sround Jamaica for 3 months. She can’t wait to travel the whole wide world after she finishes her bachelor. Follow her on Instagram!

Katfé, the first Cat Café in Utrecht will open soon!

Cat lovers around the world listen up! After the success in Amsterdam and other cities around the world, Utrecht is finally coming with a “Cat Café” named Katfé.

After a crowdfunding process and help from 65 volunteers around the neighbourhood, they have finally managed to find the right location and the construction has started. Katfé will be located where the old Wibra store used to be, in the Amsterdamsestraatweg in Utrecht.

Cuddling with Cats
Katfé is going to be a place where you can enjoy a coffee or a small bite while you can cuddle with several cats from all shapes and breeds. Don’t be mistaken, it’s not the place to bring your own cat, but to enjoy the company of others. There are many cats on the streets of Utrecht that love to sneak into different café’s and bars, which is not always the best place for them to hide or relax. The Katfé will be the perfect sollution for this problem and the cats will have a safe and especially designed area for them to play and relax.

Cat café, Katfé in Utrecht

Jelmer Bergsma en Stephanie van Hovell came up with the idea a few years ago and believe that cats can bring cat lovers together. “It’s also the perfect place for those that can’t keep a cat in their own home, for whatever reason”.

Katfé is planning to open the doors early Juli 2018, Miawow!

Elke

Katfé
Amsterdamsestraat weg 253, Utrecht
Website

These are the Best Giftshops in Utrecht

The festive season is just around the corner. Sinterklaasavond (a Dutch celebration for kids) and Christmas eve are only a couple of weeks ahead and everybody’s getting ready to have family gatherings full of gifts.. Oh boy, the stress! Thankfully you can find many cosy giftshops in Utrecht where you can get everything you need. If you are in in Utrecht, be sure to check this perfect guide to find lovely presents.

Paperbird Conceptstore, Oudkerkhof 40
If you are looking for various accessories and clothing, this is the place you should go to. They have a lot of glittery fashion items, which will be perfect for Christmas and New Year’s Eve. There are also many beauty products and home decorations for sale. Run by two boss ladies, this concept store deserves a mention in the best giftshops in Utrecht.

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Fashion and accessories at Paperbird

Pracht, Oudegracht 133
Pracht is a little jewellery shop at a corner at the busy Oudegracht. You can find various jewellery, bags and accessories there in different price ranges.

Pracht, Giftshops in Utrecht

Atelier Ohlala, Kintgenshaven 1A
This hidden shop is close to the cozy Neude. The shop is very mini, but they have a nice assortment varying from golden rings to cute coffee cups and baby goodies.

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Ready for the festive season, Atelier Oelala

It’s a Present, Lijnmarkt 16
If you go to It’s a Present, you will be sure to buy something. The store has so many things and you will probably buy something that you didn’t think you would ever need. Choose from a variety of cacti, (animal) coffee cups, postcards and many other knick knacks.

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Just in time for the holidays!

Keck & Lisa, Zadelstraat 38
Keck & Lisa is the place if you need anything for the kitchen or just a fun gift for your friends. It’s full of wanna-haves and you can walk around here for hours. The whole store is fully stuffed with amazing gifts and tools. It will be hard to leave this store empty handed!

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WAAR, Lijnmarkt 21
WAAR has a wide range of sustainable goodies. You can buy fairtrade food and drinks, but also special soap, candles, beauty products and home decorations.

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All the Luck in the World, Zadelstraat 15
This store made it to our list of Coolest Concept Stores in Amsterdam so it’s a must visit if you are looking for giftstores in Utrecht. Another nice and cozy shop is All the Luck in the World. They sell many jewellery items, but also cute home accessories and postcards plus you can grab a nice coffee while you’re at it!

Coolest concept stores in Amsterdam

So what are you waiting for, get yourself some gifts right in time for the holidays!

Love,

Merel

More Utrecht? Check out this recently opened hotspot!

Hotspot: De Utrechtse Boekenbar

Close to the lively Ledig Erf in Utrecht is a new coffee bar/bookshop; De Utrechtse Boekenbar. It’s a shop where you can buy interesting books and drink a cup of coffee while reading your new book purchase.

Founder Tim van den Hoed started a crowdfunding campaign to make his dream Book-Bar become a reality. Because he’s born and raised in Utrecht, he felt like this was the city where he wanted to open the Boekenbar. Utrecht is also a cultural city with many music, art and book projects. Van den Hoed wanted to create a space with ambiance where both the coffee and the book assortment were good. De Utrechtse Boekenbar is quite unique because of the combination of interesting and special books and the possibility to have a drink at the same place. You can come here for novels, travel books, cookbooks and table photo books. All are displayed with the front faced forward. 

Utrechtse boekenbar

More than just a bookstore
The Utrechtse Boekenbar is a place for everyone. You can meet up with friends but the bar is also suitable for studying. The shop is sleek, with a comfortable sitting area and a wide range of books and a simple café. Books are both available in English and Dutch and the assortment is not very standard as you may expect. Your attention is immediately drawn to all the fascinating book covers that are placed around the store.

Koffie bij de Utrechtse Boekenbar
And yes, they serve good coffee at the Utrechtse Boekenbar!

You can also buy a variety of stationary items and at the bar you can enjoy a coffee, ice tea and (homemade!) cookies and pies. Tim is at the shop six days a week and pretty much runs the shop on his own. But he’ll always goes out of his way to have a small conversation about the store, and give you the best book recommendations! So if you’re searching for a new book and combine this with a nice cup of coffee, go to De Utrechtse Boekenbar!

The Utrechtse Boekenbar
Westerkade 2, Utrecht
Website

Love,

Merel

*Merel is one of our guest editors from Utrecht and describes herself as a daydreaming student who has wanderlust ever since she traveled sround Jamaica for 3 months. She can’t wait to travel the whole wide world after she finishes her bachelor. Follow her on Instagram!

Wundernacht » Adventure awaits in Amsterdam & Utrecht

What do you get when we, travel addicts, and surprise experts team up: a night out in Amsterdam that you will never forget! Yes, we have been working together “in secret” with the boys from Wundernacht to create a Wanderlust X Wundernacht experience. We hear you think..What is a Wundernacht?

Well, let’s explain. Wundernacht organizes surprise nights out in Amsterdam and Utrecht. Curated by locals. This way you get to places that are not mentioned in the usual tourists brochures or that you wouldn’t normally go to. Are you a true explorer? Time to find out! Wundernacht is ideal for those who are not familiar in Amsterdam or Utrecht and for those who want to discover something unique and unexpected in 1 night! Wundernacht currently offers 3 packages; A sweet little secret, The big trip, Cosmonaut Adventure and now.. Wanderlust! Together we created a list of unique & fun experiences that everyone needs to go to at least once in their life. Luckily we are here for you which will make it easier to navigate, eat, and enjoy our favorite places in Amsterdam.

Wundernacht X Wanderlust

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Amsterdam girls ready to plan your adventure!

“Are you ready for the unexpected?”

How does it work?
Pretty simple actually. Go to www.wundernacht.com and book your night by clicking on “Book Now”. Each night has a different price and our Wanderlust experience will cost 120 euro’s for 2 people. You can book our evening from 2 people upwards. This will include dinner & drinks, an experience and something to close of the night. What you will do? You won’t have a clue! Well, that’s until we send you a text message at 6pm with the address of your first destination in your selected city. During the evening we will keep in touch to see if everything runs smoothly for you. At each place you will receive an envelop with your next destination.. So when Wundernacht asked us to curate a Wanderlust Experience, we didn’t have to think twice!

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WANDERLUST (do you see it?)

True, it wouldn’t be fair talk if we didn’t experience a Wundernacht ourselves, so we tried & tested.. and even though Amsterdam is our hometown, we enjoyed dinner at a place we had never been before, experienced a concert of an amazing upcoming artist and closed the night in a (really cool) secret bar we had never heard of. Yes they pulled it of, they truly surprised us!

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Our surprise night out with Wundernacht took us to places we had never been before

So if you are looking for a spontaneous adventure in Amsterdam or Utrecht then you’ve come to the right place! There are so many hidden treasures out there waiting to be discovered. Our Wanderlust package will give you an experience that will leave you different than when you came — get inspired, meet new friends, experience newly-discovered spots – and get the experience of a lifetime!

Are you ready to expect the unexpected? Book our Wanderlust Experience here!

Love,

Elke & Sarah

Hotspot in Utrecht » The Village

I was born in Utrecht, a vibrant student city in the middle of The Netherlands.
People call it small Amsterdam but locals would prefer to call their city a cozy medieval old town with canals, monuments and a good university.
I moved to Amsterdam about 7 years ago but I love coming back to Utrecht when I get the chance. Lot’s of new restaurants (especially for great lunch) and coffee bars are popping up by the month. There’s one place I had never been before even though they already have 3 locations. I’m talking about The Village.

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Coffee in all sorts

The village has been around for a couple of years already so it’s not the newest hotspot but certainly one of the coolest. Like mentioned before, they have 3 locations of which one is located in the old jail of Utrecht. Pretty cool right?
At this location they also serve lunch and dinner but what makes them extra special is the in-house bakery and distillery.
Once every fortnight, they offer a 5 course meal for 37,50 with a theme that changes every now and then.

“Music is an important part of the Village with several music events on their calendar and art on their walls”

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The Village at the wolvenplein is located in an old jail.

The other locations are in the voorstraat which is pretty central and a popular hangout for coffee and music lovers.
Tip » It’s great for coffee and relax with friends but not the best place to work as they don’t offer WIFI.

Their 3rd location is at the science park which is a little bit more out of town. 
Music is an important part of the Village with several music events on their calendar and art on their walls. (which you can buy!)
They have even won the title for the best coffee bar of Utrecht 2013 so that’s something they can be proud of.

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Music magazine at The Village in the voorstraat

The Village
Science Park Utrecht
Bisschopssteeg 21
Wolvenplplein (old jail)
Wolvenplein 29
The Village Centre
Voorstraat 46

www.thevillagecoffee.nl

Love,

Elke

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