Veganism is definitely spreading in Amsterdam! From having spoken to several locals, it seems that there have been a lot of new vegetarian and vegan options popping up around the city lately, something which just never really existed in the last five or ten years. So, despite being the de facto capital of the Netherlands, it doesn’t yet have a huge range of fully vegan eateries. What establishments that do make up vegan Amsterdam all offer good quality food, and are each nice places to visit in their own regard, whether you’re after vegan food or not. (Last update: July 2017)
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This is the key to rough opening times and prices for the guide, which will appear below the name of each restaurant or café mentioned.
Which meals are catered for
- breakfast: typically 09:00-11:00
- lunch: typically 11:00-14:00
- dinner: typically 19:00-22:00
A rough price range (based on prices of mains)
- cheap: up to €8
- moderate: €8-€10
- expensive: €10+
Here is our vegan Amsterdam guide with the highlights from our recent trip.
Koffie ende Koek
vegan / breakfast & lunch / cheap
This small, but very cute café is a definite highlight of the Amsterdam vegan scene. They bake a lot of their own cakes, serve breakfast, soups, sandwiches and of course coffee and other hot drinks, with multiple milk options.
They also offer high tea including a decadent-looking range of sweet and savoury goodies. However, note that this is only available with advance booking. Otherwise, come for a filling breakfast, lunch or (as the name suggests) just coffee and cake.
The location is lovely, with a view over a canal to the Westergasfabriek, a former gas factory that has now been converted into a cultural centre. Seating is somewhat limited inside the café, but there is outdoor seating for pleasant weather. There’s also wifi, and some people seem to come here to work on their laptops, though there are no visible power outlets. Service is personal and reasonably fast considering that most things are made from scratch.
vegan / lunch / cheap
Both a café and fully vegan store stocking convenience foods and specialised ingredients that may be hard to come by elsewhere, this place is full of light and has an inviting atmosphere. Sitting right on the canal, just round the corner from the Anne Frank House, the location is a big attraction, as the giant window looking out onto the street make it an excellent spot for people watching!
The food is pretty great too. Serving a range of freshly made juices, smoothies, hot drinks, rolls, wraps and open sandwiches, it’s the perfect place to come for a light lunch or an afternoon snack.
For dessert, there is also a good range of goodies to choose from: homemade donuts, cupcakes, brownies and some raw cakes too. The frosting on those muffins was particularly delicious. Highly recommended!
vegan / lunch & dinner / expensive
With a simple menu consisting of just a few options, this somewhat more upscale restaurant serves tasty food in generous portions. We came specifically for their burger, which was good, though the patty was pretty moist and not quite what I was expecting. The fries were perfect, and the vegan mayonnaise just what I wanted.
The menu is not so extensive, but that I actually found appealing since I have a hard time making small decisions! There are some interesting starters too, like the summer rolls that were wonderfully soft and chewy, making a nice change from the more usual crispy and raw rolls more commonly available.
Service is fast and friendly, and there are also cakes, salads and sandwiches available at lunch. It’s a nice place for something a bit special.
vegan / breakfast & lunch / moderate
Regularly serving a fixed lunch menu, this macrobiotic restaurant also has a cute, fully vegan shop in the basement. Stocked with vegan versions of typical Dutch sweets like stroopwafels as well as basic staples and some other hard to find ingredients, it’s a lovely place to come for a browse and pick up a few treats or snacks for a trip.
The restaurant officially opens at 12pm for lunch, but will serve drinks, cakes and other pre-prepared savoury snacks from 10am on weekdays.
It’s nicely decorated inside and has a calm ambiance, making it a nice place to escape from the crowds of the nearby Rijksmuseum. The seitan empanada was especially good, and the sugar-free tiramisu was not bad either.
vegan / lunch & dinner / moderate
Serving a unique mix of Japanese and Carribean cuisine, this cute place offers some interesting and filling dishes. There is only one table which is shared by diners, creating a convivial atmosphere with the resident cat wandering in and out as she pleases.
Portions are quite generous, and the rather extensive menu consists of both Japanese and Carribean style dishes, with some fusion meals. We shared the sushi and the burger, both of which were excellent. The fries that came with the burger, sprinkled with seaweed powder were perfectly salty and savoury, and we left very satisfied!
There are also a few desserts to choose from: the warm chocolate cake with slowly melting ice cream and sprinkled with sesame seeds was perfect.
vegetarian, vegan / lunch & dinner / expensive
This vegetarian restaurant with plenty of vegan options right in the centre of Amsterdam is a nice, cosy little place. Several of the main meals are vegan and marked as such on the menu, but there’s also always a generous vegan plate of the day with a selection of various salads, grains and other cooked dishes.
Their range of cakes includes several vegan options, which are clearly marked. The apple crumble tasted much more interesting than it looked! The setting is homely and a little rustic and staff are friendly but hands-off, as is perhaps typical in the Netherlands.
- Address: Prinsengracht 60-62, 1015DX Amsterdam
serves meat / lunch & dinner / moderate
Serving authentic Lebanese hummus with a range of toppings and sides, this place is a great option for something quick, tasty and filling, with vegan options clearly marked on the simple menu. The hummus is wonderfully smooth and the pita bread is served warm. There’s free tap water to drink too.
For what you get, it’s maybe a little expensive, but the service is super friendly, the atmosphere lively and the guys serving are cute, which is a nice bonus!
Some other vegan or vegan-friendly places we didn’t get a chance to visit include DopHert, de Peper, MKZ, Zest for Life, Bar James and Mediamatic.
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