I have been getting several request from our followers and readers about where the best vegan spots in Amsterdam are. Yes, eating less animal products is becoming somewhat of a trend and Amsterdam is one of those cities that is quick to respond. More and more restaurants are giving you the vegan option. Just to be clear; A Vegan (or plant-based) diet means that you are not consuming any animal products like meat, fish, milk, eggs, cheese and yes, even honey. For the people who live a plant-based lifestyle, it’s not always easy to go out for dinner but Amsterdam is thankfully becoming more adapt to those who seek the vegan option.
Here are the best places to find your vegan luck:
YAY Healthstore and more
I recently worked with YAY and they catered at my Green Up Your Life event.
Everybody was super enthusiastic about their delicious pumpkin tarts and vegan sushi. They are one of the best vegan spots in town.
I’ve written a blogpost about them a few months back so for more info, check here.
Albert Cuypstraat 101 – 103, Amsterdam
www.yayamsterdam.nl/en Unfortunately they have closed but they promised to be back at a new location.
Hummus Bistro D&A
The name should give it away, they serve a whole lot of hummus! Although the also serve meat, they have a lot of vegetarian and vegan options.
You can choose up to 5 different kinds of humus (I didn’t even know they existed!) You can share or go for the, somewhat special all day breakfast. Just ask them if they can make your meal vegan and they will accommodate you. Tip: order the roasted cauliflower!
Hummus Bistro is open for breakfast, Brunch, Lunch and Dinner from Mon – Sun.
Westerstraat 136, Amsterdam
No website but check their Facebook
I love this store and their location. It’s in the middle of Amsterdam and looks really cool from the outside.
When I came round I had a tasty tempeh wrap and a coffee with coconut milk. Happy Elke. But besides their food and drinks, they sell different kinds of products like vegan cheese, wine, sauce, pizza and chocolate. I must admit that although this place has the full potential to be hip and happening, it still attracts a stereo type vegan-audience. And there is nothing wrong with that of course but I hope that a broader community will find out about this place so I can say to my friends; “Let’s have a coffee and Vegabond instead of Starbucks today!”.
Leliegracht 16, Amsterdam
I recently discovered this vegan spot in Amsterdam-west near the Westerpark. Writer Lisa Steltenpool had her second book presentation here.
They are open for lunch until 5.30 pm (closed on Monday & Tuesday) but every 3rd Thursday of the month they open for a special burger night including sweet potato fries and (plant-based) milkshakes! The’re also open on the 1st Thursday of the month and offer a set menu that changes every from time to time.
Spaarndammerstraat 49, Amsterdam
“These vegan spots are just the beginning of a new food era”
This place is great for dinner! Situated in the “Utrechtse Straat”, it’s one of the oldest vegan friendly restaurants in Amsterdam.
They don’t use any meat, fish or eggs in their meals but some dishes contain dairy products so check before you order.
Try their daily soup option or one of their main meal salads or Indian dishes. The music might be something to get used to as they play mantra music sometimes. (the same tune over and over again) They have a nice seating area at the window where you sit on cushions and can enjoy the view of people walking past.
Utrechtsestraat 126, Amsterdam
Koffie ende Koeck
This vegan lunchroom is also very close to the Westerpark just like Dorphert. The menu is a 100% vegan and includes homemade cakes, sandwiches, soup and breakfast. The offer a high Tea but make a reservation to avoid disappointment. 020 737 2731
The owner is a young woman called Maartje. She’s a qualified vegan chef who is even better in baking cakes!
Haarlemmerweg 175, Amsterdam
De Culinaire Werkplaats
Wow, this is kind of amazing. This is a restaurant where food is treated as a form of art and let’s be honest, it totally is!
They only use vegetables and fruits but with a twist. They focus on animal welfare, organic farming, fair trade and personal health.
Take look at their impressive cocktail and drink list, it’s really good. You can cook yourself in the workshops they offer and get tasty inspirations.
Another nice touch is that at the end of your meal, you can decide what would like to pay for it!
They are open for food on Mon, Thu, Fri and Sat from 7pm to 11pm.
Fannius Scholtenstraat 10, Amsterdam
Beter en Leuk
A menu full of vegetarian and vegan dishes! Located in east-Amsterdam, this breakfast & lunchroom is great for chilling out.
Besides the nice coffee, they also serve the infamous Dutch Weedburger! Workshops are hot right now and Beter & Leuk offers a vegan sushi workshop and a vegan brunch workshop. You can also buy jewelry, clothes and healthy food items. Sounds like a great place right?!
They also deliver via Foodora and Deliveroo
1e Oosterparkstraat 91, Amsterdam
Pure, honest, nutritious vegetarian and vegan foods at Lavinia Goodfood. It’s a great looking spot in Amsterdam that’s been around since the beginning of 2014. Lavinia has a deli where you can choose your daily freshly prepared dishes from. Take away or enjoy this nice place for a few hours.
Kerkstraat 176 & Amstelveense Weg Amsterdam
Vegan pizza galore! They have just opened their doors and you can bet that these vegan pizza’s are just as good as the real deal. They are also glutenfree so no worries what so ever!
Bilderdijkstraat 192, Amsterdam
More vegan hotspots will be opening such as a Vegan Junk Food Bar and the Dutch Weed Burger Shop.
Also worth mentioning:
Go with the Glow, not a hotspot but a monthly vegan brunch hosted my the beautiful sisters Machinè. More info here. I interviewed Isabella before Metro and Vogue online found out about her vegan lifestyle. (yes, yes) Read the interview here.
De Peper, they are a creative non-profit collective that throw vegan dinner parties about 4 times a week at a very low price. www.depeper.org
The Alchemist Garden, raw and vegan food but I’m not crazy about the service here and their prices are extremely high. Facebook
The Cropbox, Lazy afternoon? No worries! This amazing vegan friendly lunch delivery service is the healthiest you can get! www.cropbox.nl
The Vegetarian Traiteur, It use to be the Vegetarian Butcher but they changed it into a deli where you can buy anything but meat! Vegetarian, vegan of flexing? This is the place for you. Amaze your friends and offer them with look-a-like meat or fish that pretty much taste the same but no animals were harmed! http://www.vegetarischetraiteur.nl/
SNCKBR, not fully vegan or even vegetarian but they do offer the option! Bonus: they serve vegan ice-cream from Professor Grunschanbel! Article.
Enough choices I would say! I’ve got 99 problems and protein ain’t one!
Did I miss a vegan hotspot you think should be in the list? Comment below!