The Dutch may be known for their love of hearty food (which invariably involves a lot of meat), but that doesn’t mean that vegetarians and vegans need go hungry in the city. Far from it – with an ever-increasing choice of dedicated vegetarian, vegan and organic restaurants and cafes popping up in every neighbourhood, as well as plenty of other establishments catering to non-meat eaters with a broad selection of veggie options, vegetarian and vegan diners will never struggle to find a delicious meal. See below for I Amsterdam’s selection of restaurants and cafes that vegetarians will love.
1. De Bolhoed
A laid back, funky cafe right in the center of Amsterdam, De Bolhoed has a simple vegetarian and vegan menu, consisting of salads, soups, sandwiches and warm meals. Many enjoy the large salad with an assortment of add-ons like veggie quiche, soup, or pita with hummus. This salad is not just a pile of soggy lettuce, but a hearty meal that often includes beans, guacamole, quinoa, bulghur, tofu and other ingredients.
2. Alchemist Garden
Alchemist Garden has a fresh and bright feel to match the food that they serve, which is raw food in some of the best preparations. In addition to their deliciously intoxicating menu, Alchemist Garden hosts community events like their wildherb walk. On this walk, staff members teach patrons about looking for wild herbs growing nearby and how they can be used to make fantastic dishes. Keep an eye out for both their salad bar and smoothie and juice bar. Both are not to be missed!
Where: Jan Pieter Heijestraat
Only a few minutes west of the Leidseplein on the hip Jan Pieter Heijestraat, Voldaan is the “soup man” of Amsterdam, and he always has vegetarian-friendly fare on offer. Once inside the steamed windows of this stylish spot, you will find lentil soups accompanied by “veggie balls” made up of ingredients like lentils and eggplant, which are perfect when you need a warm-up. Voldaan is a cozy spot to relax away from the hustle and bustle of the center and to see a different side of Amsterdam.
Where: Eerste van der Helststraat
Right around the corner from the Heineken Experience, Sonny is one man’s vegetarian response to the ubiquitous street-corner kebab stand. Open since 1992, the namesake of the restaurant, Sonny, uses his previous experience cooking in India to craft hot, fresh and fast falafel by hand. Sonny serves all his falafel with an “all-you-can-fit-on-your-pita” selection of salads and sauces, featuring tasty tidbits like mixed pickles and carrots in a spicy Indian sauce. Ask for your falafel with Sonny’s signature grilled eggplant – you’re sure to love it.
5. TerraZen Centre
TerraZen Centre hosts a 100% vegan menu that draws inspiration from a combination of Japanese and Caribbean cuisine, while also using ingredients from local farms. At TerraZen, it’s not just about how great the food the food tastes, it’s about how good the food makes you feel. TerraZen’s staff can assist you in learning about what each dish is doing for your body. The space also brings in local musicians, speakers, and artists.