Friday 30 January | 2015
Cross a small part of Amsterdam with several upmarket streets in London, and the result might look something like Utrecht. The gorgeous village atmosphere comes complete with a windmill, stores selling arts and crafts, and a few bars and pubs to while away the hours. It is still too early for tulips on the outskirts of this Dutch city, but the quiet farmland scenes here are a treat for young children – woolly sheep, ducks, a horse, and several brick farmhouses too.
So in keeping with our farmland theme, for breakfast we head towards the most luxurious barn we know, right on the main square of Utrecht – a café known as Yoghurt Barn.
Most of the tables are reserved but we manage to sneak in before those who were better organised. At this early hour, not long after opening at 10am, Yoghurt Barn attracts lots of young families who are making the most of the generously sized kids corner and all its fun activities.
The concept is simple: choose your yoghurt (low fat, regular or frozen), and then select your toppings, which are arranged strata-style in big glass jars right before you. The ingredients are super fresh and speak for themselves – toasted nuts, dried fruits, seeds, things that go crunch, and other tasty morsels to chew.
There’s not a great difference in taste between the regular and low fat yoghurts, so we figure another good breakfast option here is skinny yoghurt with the highly addictive, crispy and caramellised granola. Can’t get enough? Take home packs of Yoghurt Barn’s special blend are available!
The blackboards at yoghurt barn offer lots of inspiration, from healthy superfood combinations to sweeter treats that will take you from brunch to dessert in a flash. Above, the blackboard special barn breakfast (€6.95) is great value, kickstarting your day with a medium yoghurt, croissant, jam and hot drink of your choice.
The energetically named options include brownie bango, energy explosion, crazy cookie, and mango madness. We opt for the feel-good chia champion with chia seeds, apricots, goji berries and honey, as well as the fig fantastic featuring generous spoonfuls of roasted pumpkin seeds, linseeds, walnuts and of course dried figs.
Thoughtful details like water jugs full of fresh mint and berries give Yoghurt Barn a homely, authentic touch, even though the concept is now being franchised. A second store is open in nearby Amsterdam.
Family friendly fun.
Snapshot of the blackboard menu below: