The sun shines on lunchroom Hofje Zonder Zorgen (‘Carefree Courtyard’), located on the southern edge of Haarlem’s centre and owned by Marja Jochemus and Petra Kloosterman. We are greeted by Jochemus, a talkative local who has traded a career in advertising for hospitality. She has every reason to speak passionately about Hofje Zonder Zorgen, which is set in a beautiful 15th century building surrounded by courtyards. The menu, made almost entirely in-house, is bursting with organic soups, sandwiches, salads, pies and fresh juices. Afternoon tea is available and there are numerous options for those with allergies.

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