The 9 Best Spots to Eat Vegan in Amsterdam
Amsterdam is probably one of the best vegan-friendly cities in Europe right now. Being vegan in Amsterdam is easy – you will find modern juice bars, vegan and veg-friendly shops and cafés, speciality salad restaurants and small and bigger health food shops. I spent 5 days in Amsterdam and my sister, who is 100% vegan, spent a whole week and we had both still not exhausted the options throughout city.
Here are the 9 best spots to eat vegan in Amsterdam.
Juice & Salad
Juice & Salad is a small café with sandwiches, soups, juice and other simple items. The menu is not completely vegan but we were pleasantly surprised at the changes our waitress/cook made for us. We ended up having a healthy, vegan sandwich for about 5 euros (very affordable by Amsterdam standards).
Coffee & Coconuts
Coffee & Coconuts is a really cool space in the center of the city – it used to function as a cinema but has been renovated into a lovely health restaurant. What’s also fun about Coffee & Coconuts is that it serves everything from coffee and breakfast (including the most delicious vegan pancakes) to dinner and drinks!
Beter & Leuk
Beter & Leuk is a vegetarian restaurant in Amsterdam, located just outside the city center close to Oosterpark. Beter & Leuk has salads, soups, sandwiches, juices – and all very dense in nutrients (dark greens, roots, seeds, grainy bread). So if you’re craving a very healthy meal, visit Beter & Leuk. They also have some yummy desserts and they serve high tea (call for reservations).
With 5 locations throughout the city, SLA offers soups, salads, juices, smoothies, snacks even beer and organic wine. Vegan items are clearly marked on the menu but you can always opt to remove (and add) ingredients to most dishes.
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Koffie ende Koeck
Koffie ende Koeck is a completely vegan spot with delicious and unique pastries, snacks, light lunches, smoothies and if the name of their establishment isn’t telling enough, they also have coffee and cake. Koffie ende Koeck is a little outside of the city centre, located in Amsterdam West but is worth visiting – the food is great and the spot itself is charming and cozy.
Golden Temple is a vegetarian restaurant in the city center. When you speak to locals about eating veg in the city, you will mostly likely be recommended the Golden Temple. The menu is extensive (pizza, nachos, salads and interesting main dishes), with vegan and gluten-free items clearly marked. The restaurant with its warm colors and its mural-painted walls is beautiful and welcoming. The dessert I had (a berry coulis) was probably the most fantastic dessert I’ve ever had.
De Bolhoed is a large vegetarian restaurant with a cozy atmosphere in the center of the city. When we visited, we were told we could make anything on the menu vegan since the chef was vegan. I had vegan quesadillas with vegan sour cream. It was delicious and very filling – a good restaurant for those with a big appetite!
Vegabond doubles as a café and a mini grocery store, completely vegan with incredible finds including gourmet chocolate bars, raw energy balls, organic soaps and other body products as well. Vegabond is quaint with a few tables and comfy chairs by their big, beautiful bay window.
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Dr. Blend is an organic smoothie and juice bar in the Jordaan neighbourhood. But Dr. Blend makes more than drinks – you can stay for a sandwich, salad, wrap or light breakfast. Be sure to check for or discuss the vegan/vegetarian options as Dr. Blend’s foods do have some non-veg items.
Being vegan (or vegetarian) in Amsterdam is actually a lot of fun and quite easy with all of these great options! If you want to read more about Amsterdam, check out my latest post about exploring Amsterdam on a budget.
Where have you enjoyed eating vegan in Amsterdam?