KLM Crown Lounge Schiphol Amsterdam (Schengen) Food and Nutrition Review

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Rating: 8.5/10

KLM Crown Lounge Schiphol Amsterdam (Schengen) Food and Nutrition Review

I thought it was about time I stepped outside my Oneworld bubble and fly a Skyteam member. So here I am flying KLM Business Class across Europe, from London Heathrow to Gdansk, Poland, via Amsterdam in The Netherlands. This gives me the chance to check out the foods in the KLM Crown Lounge Schiphol Amsterdam in the schengen area of the airport.

And I liked what I saw! There were plenty of healthy options across a number of buffets serving salad, snacks, sandwiches and hot meals. Let’s take a look at what I saw.

What’s healthy?

  • Oh wow take a look at these chickpea snacks – soooo good. Chickpeas are a source of soluble fibre (which is great for gut health) and slowly digestible carbohydrates (which help keep our blood sugar levels stable, which is good when flying).
Chickpea snacks KLM Crown Lounge Schiphol Amsterdam
Chickpea snacks
  • Cucumber and carrot sticks, and cherry tomatoes make snacking on vegetables easy. Add a little hummus and cheese makes them tastier and also even healthier (by adding protein and other additional nutrients). No matter what you choose to eat in the lounge, always have some vegetables such as these on your plate, or eat a plate of these vegetables first.
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Vegetable snacks, cheese and hummus
  • Love this innovative fruit bowl – plenty of fruit here! If you are tempted by foods on the buffet but aren’t really hungry then you can just grab a piece of fruit from there without having to see the other food (and be tempted).
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Innovative fruit bowl
  • There were different types of bread rolls available – really great to see many with lots of seeds and grains.
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A selection of bread rolls
  • Really great to see a range of salad vegetables available including olives and pickled vegetables (which will add some nice flavour). The cold pasta and potato salad are also good to mix a small amount through the salad vegetables as this will provide some resistant starch. Resistant starch is digested in the large bowel by our gut bacteria which helps to support a healthy gut (including keeping our gut bacteria happy). While the potato salad is covered in a creamy dressing, just keep to a small spoonful along with the colourlful vegetables.
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Salad, olives, potato salad, pasta salad and pickled onions

Not so great. Caution.

  • When I was checking out the hot buffet foods there was a women complaining to staff about the hot food choices. She was saying that none of the dishes go together and no thought had been put into choices – a very interesting comment and one I reflected on (I could start to see her point).
  • The pesto sauce and pasta isn’t a very nutritious dish – there were no vegetables or protein included, just a sauce.
  • The potato gratin is quite a creamy/cheesy dish that is high in energy so be careful about portion size.
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Pasta, pesto sauce, rice, chicken stirfry, celeriac mash and potato gratin
  • Now the premade sandwiches pose and interesting dilemma for me as to where to classify them – on one hand they are made from a dark rye-style bread which is great, however the ratio of bread to filling is quite large. The bread is really thick with only a few thin slices of chicken, some dressing and piece of lettuce. You are getting a large amount of carbohydrate but minimal protein and phytochemicals (from colourful vegetables). It you enjoy these sandwiches then you could either take the top piece of bread off and eat it like an open sandwich or get some of the salad from the salad and add to it.
Sandwiches KLM Crown Lounge Schiphol Amsterdam
Premade chicken sandwiches

Last word from travel food and nutrition review for KLM Crown Lounge Schiphol Amsterdam (Schengen).

It was great to check out one of KLM’s flagship lounges in their hub in Amsterdam (the other lounge is their non-schengen lounge) and it didn’t disappoint. There was a fair amount of variety in terms of the food offerings with many healthy options to choose from.

If you are also flying on KLM Euro Business then check out my review so you can see the foods served while flying intra-Europe.

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NOTE: All pictures of KLM Crown Lounge Schiphol Amsterdam are my own and I review a lounge from just the foods and menu I see during my visit. There may be different options available at other times.

Airport Reviews

Airline Lounge Nutrition Review Rating:
Crown Lounge
Airline Alliance:
Schiphol, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Time of Visit/Date:
13 January 2023 at 2pm
Lounge Food Serving Style (Self-serve / Al la Carte):
Style/Theme of Food:
Dutch flavours
Allergy and Intolerance information available:

There were icons on the foods/dish labels on the buffet and signs around the lounge advising on what the icons mean.

KLM Crown Lounge Schiphol

Is there a limit to the amount of food you can have?:

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