About 750.000 people in the Netherlands are vegetarian. The amount of Amsterdam vegetarian restaurants and shops is slowly but steadily increasing. The variety also grows from vegetarian restaurants, take away cafés with some tables to American styled deli’s, raw food diners, macrobiotic veggies and organic and biological food lunch rooms, gluten-free terraces and vegan bars with only plants for food (no milk, cheese of egg).
Here are some of the best vegetarian restaurants in Amsterdam.
Vegetarian lunch & take away
DopHert Vegan Food & Goods, open since February 2014 is a lunch room and shop in the Amsterdam Westerpark area.
Sandwiches and salads, biological coffee, all entirely vegan (no dairy either).
DopHert, Spaarndammerstraat 49.
Closed on Monday and Tuesday
Unlimited Health serves raw food in the restaurant and the attached shop in the Amsterdam Pijp neighbourhood.
Unlimited Health ,Van Ostadestraat 234 (De Pijp)
Paviljoen Van Beuningen near Westerpark serves Shaksuka, Hummus and a Middle Eastern Salad on Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 3pm. Wifi available.
Paviljoen Van Beuningen is closed on Monday
Energieregie, Overtoom 409 (Oud-West).
Vegabond is a shop in the Jordaan that sells food and non-food items that are all animal friendly and healthy. Available are gluten-free food, biological wines, home made bread and a smoothie made of sweet potato. No added chemicals.
Vegabond, Leliegracht 16.
Closed on Monday
Lavinia is a lunch and take away shop in de Kerkstraat (centre). The owners had a catering company and know how to prepare high quality food and dishes.
Lavinia is closed on Monday and Tuesday.
Deshima offers an organic, vegan and macrobiotic take away. Menu includes shush, sandwiches and snacks like rolls with humus, seitan, tofu, tempeh, arame, ohagi, tiramisu cake, brownies, ginger cake, oat cookies, apple pie, rice and amasake puddings, apple crunch and more.
All without sugar, honey, dairy or meat.
Deshima, Weteringschans 65.
De Vegetarische Traiteur (formerly known as The Vegetarian Butcher) is an Amsterdam vegetarian deli on the Rozengracht. Their tuna sandwiches, shoarma, cheeses, sausages and hamburgers are al made from plant proteins. There is a bench where you enjoy your vegetarian food on the spot.
De Vegetarische Traiteur, Rozengracht 217
Vegetarian restaurants Amsterdam
De Bolhoed is a cosy little place near the Anne Frank House. It’s one of the oldest vegetarian restaurants in Amsterdam and has a more traditional laid back mood, with lots of plants and a sleepy cat. Expect generous servings, nice home made soup and vegan pate as the daily specials.
De Bolhoed, Prinsengracht 60-62 (Jordaan Quarter)
Golden Temple serves dishes like Indian thali, Japanese soya noodle, Turkish guinoa and Italian pizzas in a vegetarian, vegan or raw way.
Golden Temple, Utrechtsestraat 126 (near Rembrandtplein)
Open 7 days a week
De Waaghals is located in the Amsterdam Pijp district. This Amsterdam organic vegetarian restaurant changes its menu 2x a month and is rather popular among the locals.Booking a table in advance is advised.
In summer, it’s possible to dine outside.
Betty’s offers a set menu that changes very week. All food is prepared with organic ingredients. Some ingredients are for sale in the shop, like oils and chocolates.
Betty’s, Rijnstraat 75 (Rivierenbuurt, South)
3-course menu: €33,50
De Peper is the non-commercial café located in the famous (legalised) squat OT301 at Overtoom, a gentle walk from Leidseplein. Their chef cooks up soup and main course. Payment is €8 or more if you feel like it. Food at De Peper is vegan and organic. Ambiance is very Amsterdam brown bar style. Best call in advance (020) 412 2954 between 16:00-18:30 to make sure there is enough food for you.
De Peper, Overtoom 301
Closed on Monday and Wednesday
Alchemist Garden is the place to be in Amsterdam if you’re the hard core vegan or raw foodie. All food in this café and hop is raw, vegan, organic and gluten-free. Drinks sounds rather exotic, like fresh green coconut juice, different nut milks and biodynamic wine. All served in a karma-happy, energies-feel and environmentally responsible setting.
Alchemist Garden, Overtoom 409
Closed on Monday
MKZ, is a vegan restaurant in Amsterdam operated by volunteers. All profit go to sociale grassroots initiative. It’s located near the South side exit of the Vondelpark, on the grounds of a famous now-legalised squat. On the grounds there is are artist workshops, a thea shop with anarchist library and underground music venue OCCII.
MKZ, Eerste Schinkelstraat 14
Open on Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday
Reservation is required on all days except Saturday. Best come early on Saturday, as they might run out of food.
For more alternative and underground vegan and vegetarian restaurants in Amsterdam, check out the website http://www.veganamsterdam.org/.