Over the years, the choice of food and drink at Efteling has grown, and over the last few years in particular, there has been a noticeable improvement in the quality of the food.
In the Adventure Realm:
Flierefluiter serves sweet snacks.
De Meermin serves fish specialties, and you may hear some jolly sailors singing over loudspeakers as you eat.
De Kombuys serves ice cream and other sweet snacks.
The main eating place in this realm is Station de Oust, the newly renovated train station which is now also a food court. In here they serve kebabs, Turkish Pizza, French fries, filled rolls, and sweet snacks as well as coffee. They also have a set of self-service vending machines containing all kinds of tasty things. There is also outdoor seating if you find yourself in hot weather!
In the Travel Realm:
Toko Pagode serves noodles, rice and ice cream. There are tall tables to lean on, and across the path there are a few tables overlooking the Gondoletta.
‘t Korfje serves sweets and ice cream.
For a sit-down meal here, you will need to visit Welkom or De Globetrotter. These two restaurants are joined together, and are located to the right of Vogelrok. Welkom serves cakes as well as hot and cold dishes, and De Globetrotter serves hot and cold dishes as well as cakes. I know what you’re thinking, they serve the same things! Not quite, and also, the difference between the two is that Welkom is table service, and De Globetrotter is self-service.
In the Alternative Realm:
De Witte Walvis serves filled rolls, ice cream and sweets as well as drinks.
Het Seylend Fregat serves sweets (can you see a pattern forming!?) as well as drinks and rolls. Here you can find a popcorn/cotton candy ‘ice cream’, rather cool.
De Steenbok serves fries as well as housing a self-service vending machine; there are tables but mainly outside.
Oase is located to the right of Fata Morgana, and serves fruit specialties as well as filled rolls, Turkish Pizza and soft ice cream.
For a nice sit down meal in a wonderful atmosphere, try restaurant Octopus. The restaurant is located at the exit of Pandadroom, though its main entrance is on Pardoes Promenade. The food is self-service, and they serve panini, pasta, filled rolls and cakes, as well as a good selection of drinks. It is rather dark inside to fit the theming of the show, and gives the impression of being underwater (with jellyfish serving as large hanging lights). I personally recommend this one!
In the Fairy Realm:
Kleyne Klaroen serves filled rolls.
Carrousel Paleis has a bar, and serves only drinks.
Den Gulden Gaarde serves panini, sandwiches and cake. and is located at the exit of the Dream Flight.
In den Hoorn des Overvloeds serves only ice cream and can be found near the entrance to the Laaf village.
Happiness Station, owned by Wall’s ice cream, or ‘Ola’, serves ice cream of course! You choose strawberry or vanilla, choose a few toppings and a sauce, and it all gets swirled together, tasty!
Grootmoeders Keuken serves meatball rolls, something a little bit different, and very tasty!
Gelaarsde Kat serves sweet snacks.
‘t Poffertje serves mini pancakes, as well as profiteroles.
De Soete Inval serves a variety of sweets (more sweets!).
Smulpaap serves (what I now call traditional Efteling food) fries and mayonnaise, as well as other snacks. Believe me, this is the good stuff!
Het Wapen van Raveleijn is a sit down meal, which is listed on the map as waiter service, however you pretty much go for the food yourself, with the indication of your waiter. If you wish to eat here you have to make a reservation. You can reserve for both Lunch and Dinner. Get there a little early and you get a great view of the Raveleijn show.
Het Witte Paard is much like the Octopus in terms of the self-service and food. Although the food is different here, serving large dinners with meat and veg as well as various other hot meals, as well as filled rolls and lots of nice cakes. They also have an overwhelming choice of hot and cold drinks, as well as lots of fruit. This is a very large eatery and is located near the entrance to St. Nicolaasplaets, not far from the Laaf village. There is indoor and outdoor seating. Recommended!
Restaurant Applaus can be found on the right side of the Efteling Theater, and here you will find an Oriental Buffet. Reservations need to be made for this, and I can’t recommend it enough! Lots of hot food including satay chicken, noodles, various rices and other oriental dishes, as well as dessert can be found here. Dinner is around 19,50€ each, excluding drinks. Polle’s Keuken is located on the corner of Pardoes Promenade, you can’t miss it. Here, pancakes and cakes are served. The theming is fantastic, and the oven in the middle of the restaurant is very interesting! Click here for loads more info and photos.