JuiceBrothers was founded in 2015 by four friends on a canal holiday who saw a gap in healthy, cold-pressed juice market in the Netherlands. Three years on, it’s a huge success and JuiceBrothers have several branches in Amsterdam, plus two in New York. And their vitamin packed juices are amazing!

And it’s not all about juice, head there for their signature açai with almond butter and of course the delicious Van Leeuwen vegan ice-cream! I went along with fellow Glowstar Fleur Maat.

The location

JuiceBrothers has multiple locations across Amsterdam. We went to the branch they share with Van Leeuwen on the Haarlemmerplein. It’s about a 15 minute walk from Amsterdam Central station. Or you can take a train or bus to Haarlemmerplein Station. It has a good view of the ”Willemsbrug”.

The space

The café is white and modern. Large, floor to ceiling windows display “JuiceBrothers”. Inside, the minimal and clean theme continues. You order at the bar and the eating area is upstairs. There are about 10-15 tables with wooden chairs and a leather couch area with green pillows. The tables are decorated with tiny plants.

You can take away, order online through deliveroo, uber eats and foodora or just eat in.

There’s WiFi, in this branch, so you can totally camp out and work on your laptop.

The crowd

Most of the people who come are younger city types who have a healthy lifestyle.

The fresh juice test…

JuiceBrothers are winners here with a mega choice of ten juices, including five green; three tonics including targeted juices like their Master Cleanse; three mylks; six shots; and ten smoothies.  Our favourite is the Unicorn’s Blood a fresh and spicy mix of watermelon, pineapple, ginger and lemon. It’s also deliciously tropical.

What we ate

The whole menu is vegan. All the smoothie bowls and açai bowls are made with non dairy organic products and so are the juices. Their signature menu option is the Almond açai bowl, which we had to try of course!

The bowl is a blend of açai and almond butter topped off with their own homemade granola, blueberries, strawberries, banana, cacao nibs, goji berries and Terra Sana organic almond butter. The granola is made of buckwheat, nuts, seeds,  maple syrup, coconut and spices.

It was literally one of the most delicious and crunchy granolas I’ve ever had.

Plus, the açai had a very deep, rich flavour, because of the almond butter in it.

The other smoothie bowl we chose was the Matcha made of matcha, banana, almond milk, vegan protein powder and various spices, topped with granola and a banana. This smoothie bowl had far less toppings than the Almond bowl. It was mostly granola, which was a shame and, disappointingly, the flavour didn’t taste like matcha.

Last, but not least, we had three Van Leeuwen ice-cream scoops. We picked the most famous one – Peanut Butter Chocolate chip. The peanut butter flavour was so rich, it tasted like a frozen spoon of actual peanut butter.

The fact that it was mixed with the chocolate chips added an extra flavour twist and bite.

Our other two flavours were turmeric and blue spirulina. They were both a bit crazy looking due to the colours, but they were very delicious. If you love turmeric, I would really recommend trying this one out, it has a really creamy turmeric flavour. Plus, the blue spirulina contained some soft cookies, which we adored.

The little things that make the difference

You can see how they make all the bowls behind the counter, nothing is a secret and they really want you to see that everything is freshly produced!

What we’d go back for…

The ice cream and granola!

The bill

Juice  8EU
Matcha bowl  9EU
Açai bowl almond  9.50EU
3 x scoops Van Leeuwen  5EU

 

 

 

JuiceBrothers x Van Leeuwen

Haarlemmerplein 43
1013 KB Amsterdam
The Netherlands

+31 (0)20 362 6492
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