When my partner and I decided to go to Amsterdam for a long weekend earlier this year, I had not even begun to think about the challenges going to the Netherlands would pose for a vegan such as myself. However, we took a leap of faith and off we went to experience this unique Dutch city.
Waking up on our first morning in Amsterdam was wonderful, the sun streaming through the windows, my handsome partner laying beside me and all of a sudden my stomach growled and like every vegan out there, I was immediately struck with the realization that I would have to begin the hunt for vegan restaurants. I was hungry and being the one who is plant based, I knew it was my job to find a restaurant or cafe that would satisfy us both.
Luckily within minutes I found out that Amsterdam has a plethora of vegan options. If you are plant based and looking to travel anywhere you must download the happy cow app for your mobile or use their website, it will save you so much time on trying to find suitable restaurants, bars, and pubs as well as provide you with reviews, pictures, store hours, directions, connect you to the website and even sometimes the full menu. This has been a lifesaver for me when I travel.
During my long weekend in Amsterdam these are some of the restaurant’s my partner and I experienced. They were all incredible.
1. By far our favourite restaurant was De Hummus House – Sint Antoniesbreestraat, it had the most tender, fluffy, warm, and fresh pitta’s we have ever eaten. I didn’t know a pitta could melt in your mouth until I tasted them from De Hummus House in Amsterdam. It was too bad that we found this place near the end of our trip or I believe we would of ate there for every meal. They were so considerate of my food restrictions and most of their menu was naturally vegan. My favourite type of food by far is israeli cuisine, I could eat falafel, couscous salads, fattoush, and hummus for every meal. One day I hope to visit Israel and learn to cook real Israeli cuisine but until then I will keep hunting for restaurants like these. Plant based or not, this restaurant should be on the top everybody’s list while travelling through Amsterdam.
2. Second on the list is the Brunchroom which we were such fans of that we came back to it every morning and seriously considered coming during lunch as well. Here you can order regular or plant based versions of your favourite meals such as yogurt parfaits, waffles, smoothies, sandwiches, and soups. We felt very welcomed coming here for breakfast by the owner who by day two knew us by name. Do not miss out on such a cozy and friendly cafe during your stay.
3. Coming in third place is Mr. & Mrs. Watson, an outstanding restaurant and would be perfect for a plant based date night out in Amsterdam. They are famous for their plant based cheeses and decadent desserts. When we arrived at Mr. & Mrs. Watson we were delighted by their charming lunch menu. I went for the nutritionally dense salad with quinoa, marinated mushrooms, tempeh, roasted fennel and seasoned seasonal veggies, while my partner opted for the sloppy cheese steak bun which I must say smelt incredible with the vegan cheese and sweet mustard sauce. This place brings their A game and will not disappoint.
4. In fourth place is Spirit, which is not so much of a restaurant but more of a food hall. It has long buffet style tables where each dish is labeled with various food allergies and diets so you know exactly what is plant based and there is no guessing. After choosing all the food you’d like, you weigh your plate and pay. At the till there is a large glass chiller full of delicious mostly plant based desserts – cakes, pies, squares, cookies, and puddings – it’s like I died and went to vegan heaven. Whether you are just trying to grab a quick “serve yourself” type of lunch or want some take out, make sure to give this food hall a try.
5. In fifth place is the delicious Beter en Leuk. This place is really tasty and uses such fresh and healthy ingredients which is something I always look for when eating out. Although because we were walking/biking a lot and touring around we found the breakfast that we enjoyed here to be quite small and not as filling as we hoped. I still highly recommend Beter en Leuk if you are more of a grazer throughout the day or are having a more of a relaxed day out in Amsterdam. Make sure to try the vegan buckwheat pancakes topped with real Canadian maple syrup and chia seeds to start your morning off right.
As a plant based traveller you will feel at ease (as I did) while exploring Amsterdam and it’s rapidly growing foodie culture. Hope you enjoyed how I toured Amsterdam plant based, stay tuned for more places to explore as a vegan.
In the comments below please share if you have ever been to Amsterdam plant based and what your favourite restaurant was.