By Lauren Harmes
Vegetarianism and veganism are increasingly popular these days, and this is just as true in Amsterdam. No longer are you stuck with tofu or salads to ensure your diet is animal-friendly. Check out these amazing restaurants and cafés dotted around The Dam.
Mr & Mrs Watson
Whoever said vegan food is boring obviously had never been to Mr & Mrs Watson. Located in the Oost area of Amsterdam, it serves foods previously denied to vegans – including BBQ sandwiches, cheesecake, and – of course – their award-winning vegan cheese board.
Where: Linnaeuskade 3h, Amsterdam
Book Now: https://watsonsfood.com/en/
If it’s Indian, Middle Eastern or Mediterranean food you’re after – Golden Temple has got you covered. Serving many vegetarian and vegan options of the three cuisines, this is a great option for people to enjoy the authentic experience of sitting on the floor on cushions while sharing fresh, unique dishes.
Where: Utrechtsestraat 126, 1017 VT Amsterdam
Book Now: http://www.restaurantgoldentemple.com/
Vegan Junk Food Bar
Sick of all that healthy vegan food and wish you could just delve into a burger and fries? Enter The Vegan Junk Food Bar! With four venues across the city, visitors will be spoiled by the selection which includes their famous vegan mayonnaise.
Where:Marie Heinekenplein 1072 XC AmsterdamStaringplein 22, 1054 VL AmsterdamEerste Van Swindenstraat 389, 1093 GA AmsterdamReguliersdwarsstraat 57, 1017 BK Amsterdam
No Amsterdam veggie hang-out list would be complete without the city’s favourite joint – Meatless District. These two hot-spots offer a full vegan menu with breakfast, lunch, dinner and snack options. Boasting an open kitchen and seasonal changing menu, the relaxed atmosphere will make you never want to leave.
Where: Bilderdijkstraat 65-67 hs (Old West) Amsterdamvan Woustraat 189-191 hs (De Pijp) Amsterdam
Book Now: https://meatlessdistrict.com/
Wanting to do a little animal-friendly shopping as well as grabbing some breakfast, lunch or a quick snack? Head over to Dophert – this casual dining restaurant offers joys such as blueberry pancakes, delicious cakes, sandwiches and more, along with a little shop selling vegan-friendly cosmetics and accessories.
Where: Spaarndammerstraat 49, 1013ST Amsterdam
Book Now: https://www.dophertcatering.nl/
Sometimes you don’t want vegan “junk food”, “brunch” or a “quick snack”, sometimes all you want is a big, fancy slap-up meal. Betty’s can provide just that. Offering a three-course set meal, this veteran Amsterdam restaurant is absolutely worth the trip. Not had enough? Try one of Betty’s cooking workshops so you can make your own delicious dishes at home.
Where: Rijnstraat 75, 1079 GX Amsterdam
Book Now: https://www.bettys.nl/
Looking for the perfect veggie or vegan lunch salad (yes, salad but bear with us!)? SLA’s several venues across Amsterdam offer huge bowls of organic salads made with local, seasonal ingredients. The bars are pretty cool looking too!
Book Now: https://ilovesla.com/
This charming little vegetarian eatery changes its menu every month based on what’s in season and is very focused on serving organic food and drink. Be sure to make a reservation or arrive early here – it really is a tiny restaurant!
Where: Frans Halsstraat 29, 1072 BK Amsterdam
Book Now: http://www.waaghals.nl/