Over the last few years, plant-based diets have grown in popularity. Existing restaurants are adapting their menus to cater to vegan palettes and new, vegan-friendly eateries are making their way in the market.
From falafel burgers, chickpea curries, beetroot burgers to vegan pastries, the opportunities are quickly growing and so, we wanted to put them to the test. We’ve created a sought-through list of the best vegan food in Amsterdam to cater to all of our plant-based foodies or those wanted to grab a healthier bite to eat.
Take a look at our top seven vegan-friendly restaurants in Amsterdam, below…
1. Koffie ende Koek
Where? Haarlemmerweg 175, 1051 LA Amsterdam
Why go? Epic Vegan Pasteries
Plant-based cafe, Koffie ende Koek, is fast becoming a vegan favourite in Amsterdam. The cafe’s homely vibe and super tasty vegan pastries make it the ideal place to introduce sceptics to delicious plant-based foods. Plus, they change their bakes to suit seasonal changes, so you know you’re getting a fresh, tasty treat to suit the time of year and your tastebuds.
We recommend grabbing a takeaway coffee, a vegan pastry and heading to the beautiful Westpark to relax and enjoy. The park is located just a few minutes walk away from the cafe and is beautiful all year round – rain or sunshine!
Looking for a good book to read while you’re enjoying your food? Have a look at our guide to English bookshops in Amsterdam.
Where? Badhuiskade 3, 1031 KV, Amsterdam,
Why go? It’s super close by and affordable
If you’re looking for some plant-based grub but don’t want to trek into the city, we’ve got you covered. You can head down to the zincBAR at ClinkNOORD, our very own vegan-friendly restaurant in Amsterdam, with affordable vegan cuisine at your dispense.
To ensure you are equipped to choose the best item from our vegan menu, our staff members tasted our choices and voted on their preferences. So, a quick head’s up, the Falafel burger and Mezze board were favoured as being particularly tasty, yet we’ll let you be the judge…
Our meals are also available for take-away so you can either sit at the bar and enjoy our regular live DJs or retreat to someplace quieter.
3. Dutch Weed Burger Joint
Where? Nicolaas Beetsstraat 47, 1053 RJ Amsterdam
Why go? To taste one of the best vegan burgers in Amsterdam
At the Dutch Weed Burger Joint, they believe that plant-based food culture is the key to changing the world. Whether you agree or not, this burger joint is a unique, quirky place to grab something slightly different. Founded by vegan cookbook writer and chef Lisette Kreischer, the seaweed-based restaurant is a burger bar with a difference.
Unlike their beef counterparts, the burger patties at this restaurant are made entirely from seaweed, making them tasty, healthy and sustainable. Plus, the restaurant also serves a series of other delicious seaweed and algae-based dishes including Sea Nuggets, Seawharma and the Dutch Weed Dog. There are lots of options to choose from and with Amsterdam being a unique city itself, embrace it and ask yourself, why not just try it?
4. Vegan Junk Food Bar
Where? Staringplein 22, 1054 VL Amsterdam + Marie Heinekenplein 9, 1072 MH
Why go? For a taste of junk food with a vegan twist
With three outlets dotted all over the city, this vegan fast-food, style restaurant is taking Amsterdam by storm. Often when people go plant-based, they can feel they might miss out on the greasy grub so many of us enjoy: burgers, chips, sweets, chocolate and many other junk foods.
However, this entirely plant-based chain isn’t afraid to push the boundaries of vegan food. Their junk food does away with the myth that all vegan food is healthy. Say goodbye to falafel and hummus and say hello to Loaded Freak Fries and Double Plant-Based Burgers. We recommend the Notorious Sumo 3.0 – a “chicken” style burger in a scary yet captivating charcoal bun!
Prefer a bar that specializes in beer instead of junk food? Check out our guide to the best bars in Amsterdam.
5. Mr and Mrs Watson
Where? Linnaeuskade 3h, Amsterdam
Why go? Try some of the worlds best vegan cheese
Renowned for its selection of homemade vegan cheese, this upmarket food bar is one of Amsterdam’s latest and greatest vegan establishments. You don’t have to take our word for it – they’ve been voted for many awards over the years including bagging the title “Nicest Restaurant in Amsterdam” in 2019.
Mr and Mrs Watson’s award-winning vegan cheese is made in exactly the same way as conventional cheese, except they use plant-based ingredients instead of milk. So, for every plant-based foodie who shed tears at the thought of not eating Cheddar, Red Leicester or Brie ever again, you’ll no longer be missing out. The restaurants also boast a list of vegan wines and even vegan furniture so you can fully immerse yourself with a fine-dining vegan experience.
Although the dishes can be a little pricey, we think this restaurant is definitely worth a visit. For a great introduction to vegan cheese, we recommend trying the cashew fondue. Who doesn’t love dipping crispy bread into melted cheese?
Where? Leliegracht 16, 1015 CK Amsterdam
Why go? For a unique all-vegan shopping and eating experience
Both an intimate lunchroom and grocery store, Vegabond is a one-stop stop shop for all things vegan. From yummy wraps and juices to decadent doughnuts and vegan cheese, you can be sure to find something to enjoy. If you don’t fancy eating in their lunchroom but still want to try some vegan food then why not visit their grocery store and grab a few things to cook yourself back at ClinkNOORD. The choice is yours.
Plenty of their choices are loved by vegans and non-vegans alike, with their homemade, Raw “Snicker” bar giving all sweet treats a run for their money.
7. Alchemist Garden
Where? Overtoom 409, 1054 JP Amsterdam
Why go? For a taste of extreme raw vegan food
Last but not least on our list to the best vegan restaurants in Amsterdam, is the Alchemist Garden. Specialising in raw and organic dishes, this cafe’s offerings are at the extreme end of the veganism scale. But don’t let that stop you. The dishes are delicious, healthy and guilt-free, as long as you don’t eat too much – it’s hard not to!
Located just a stone’s throw from Vondelpark, this cafe is the perfect pit stop for a bite to eat when enjoying a day at the park or fancying a snack on the journey back to ClinkNOORD. However, we love to take an hour or two to sit at the outside tables and tuck into the vegan quiche or lasagne.
As you can see, there’s plenty of great vegan-friendly restaurants in Amsterdam to suit your taste buds. Go explore, eat and enjoy these plant-based eateries. Whether you’re looking for the tastiest vegan burger, vegan fine dining, a quaint vegan cafe or a vegan breakfast for the best start of the day, we’ve got you covered.