Veganism is definitely spreading in Amsterdam! From having spoken to several locals, it seems that there have been a lot of new vegetarian and vegan options popping up around the city lately. So, despite being the de facto capital of the Netherlands, it doesn't yet have a huge range of fully vegan eateries compared to other European capitals. What establishments that do make up vegan Amsterdam all offer good quality food, and are each nice places to visit in their own regard, whether you're after vegan food or not.
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Amsterdam Vegan Food Tours
Vegan Food Tour Experience in Amsterdam – Trendy Amsterdam offers many alternative eating options, but knowing the best spots for a taste of the city’s culture can be difficult. Skip the tourist traps and discover Amsterdam’s vegan scene on a food tour of the capital. Benefit from insights and tips provided by your local guide as you visit 4 different locations, including Amsterdam’s oldest vegetarian restaurant. Avoid hidden costs with food and drinks included in the price.
Amsterdam Vegan Restaurants
This is the key to rough opening times and prices for the guide, which will appear below the name of each restaurant or café mentioned.
Which meals are catered for
- breakfast: typically 09:00-11:00
- lunch: typically 11:00-14:00
- dinner: typically 19:00-22:00
A rough price range (based on prices of mains)
- cheap: up to €8
- moderate: €8-€10
- expensive: €10+
Koffie ende Koek
vegan / breakfast & lunch / cheap
This small, but very cute café is a definite highlight of the Amsterdam vegan scene. They bake a lot of their own cakes, serve breakfast, soups, sandwiches and of course coffee and other hot drinks, with multiple milk options.
They also offer high tea including a decadent-looking range of sweet and savoury goodies. However, note that this is only available with advance booking. Otherwise, come for a filling breakfast, lunch or (as the name suggests) just coffee and cake.
The location is lovely, with a view over a canal to the Westergasfabriek, a former gas factory that has now been converted into a cultural centre. Seating is somewhat limited inside the café, but there is outdoor seating for pleasant weather. There's also wifi, and some people seem to come here to work on their laptops, though there are no visible power outlets. Service is personal and reasonably fast considering that most things are made from scratch.
vegan / lunch / cheap
Both a café and fully vegan store stocking convenience foods and specialised ingredients that may be hard to come by elsewhere, this place is full of light and has an inviting atmosphere. Sitting right on the canal, just round the corner from the Anne Frank House, the location is a big attraction, as the giant window looking out onto the street make it an excellent spot for people watching!
The food is pretty great too. Serving a range of freshly made juices, smoothies, hot drinks, rolls, wraps and open sandwiches, it's the perfect place to come for a light lunch or an afternoon snack.
For dessert, there is also a good range of goodies to choose from: homemade donuts, cupcakes, brownies and some raw cakes too. The frosting on those muffins was particularly delicious. Highly recommended!
vegan / lunch & dinner / expensive
With a simple menu consisting of just a few options, this somewhat more upscale restaurant serves tasty food in generous portions. We came specifically for their burger, which was good, though the patty was pretty moist and not quite what I was expecting. The fries were perfect, and the vegan mayonnaise just what I wanted.
The menu is not so extensive, but that I actually found appealing since I have a hard time making small decisions! There are some interesting starters too, like the summer rolls that were wonderfully soft and chewy, making a nice change from the more usual crispy and raw rolls more commonly available.
Service is fast and friendly, and there are also cakes, salads and sandwiches available at lunch. It's a nice place for something a bit special.
vegan / breakfast & lunch / moderate
Regularly serving a fixed lunch menu, this macrobiotic restaurant also has a cute, fully vegan shop in the basement. Stocked with vegan versions of typical Dutch sweets like stroopwafels as well as basic staples and some other hard to find ingredients, it's a lovely place to come for a browse and pick up a few treats or snacks for a trip.
The restaurant officially opens at 12pm for lunch, but will serve drinks, cakes and other pre-prepared savoury snacks from 10am on weekdays.
It's nicely decorated inside and has a calm ambiance, making it a nice place to escape from the crowds of the nearby Rijksmuseum. The seitan empanada was especially good, and the sugar-free tiramisu was not bad either.
vegan / lunch & dinner / moderate
Serving a unique mix of Japanese and Carribean cuisine, this cute place offers some interesting and filling dishes. There is only one table which is shared by diners, creating a convivial atmosphere with the resident cat wandering in and out as she pleases.
Portions are quite generous, and the rather extensive menu consists of both Japanese and Carribean style dishes, with some fusion meals. We shared the sushi and the burger, both of which were excellent. The fries that came with the burger, sprinkled with seaweed powder were perfectly salty and savoury, and we left very satisfied!
There are also a few desserts to choose from: the warm chocolate cake with slowly melting ice cream and sprinkled with sesame seeds was perfect.
vegan / lunch & dinner / expensive
This tiny restaurant, run by just one guy, serves all vegan Japanese food that isn't sushi. You must make a reservation in advance, as the owner makes the food just before opening for the number of people who reserve that day, and though there's a little bit of choice, it's mostly a set menu of a drink, starter and noodle soup.
Everyone sits together on one huge table, and one of the best things about the setup being as it is, is that you are not rushed at all to enjoy your meal, and the owner is happy for anyone who reserves to linger until closing time after they've eaten.
serves meat / lunch & dinner / moderate
Serving authentic Lebanese hummus with a range of toppings and sides, this place is a great option for something quick, tasty and filling, with vegan options clearly marked on the simple menu. The hummus is wonderfully smooth and the pita bread is served warm. There's free tap water to drink too.
For what you get, it's maybe a little expensive, but the service is super friendly, the atmosphere lively and the guys serving are cute, which is a nice bonus!
vegetarian, vegan / lunch & dinner / expensive
This menu at this cosy vegetarian restaurant is actually almost entirely vegan: it's only some of the desserts that are not. With a cute interior, which also sells art, t-shirts and other handmade souvenirs, it's a nice respite from the busy market on the street outside.
The menu varies seasonally, and includes some unusual and innovative combinations of ingredients you might not expect to find together elsewhere, such as zucchini, spelt, wasabi and white beetroot.
The service is super friendly and attentive without being overwhelming, and the atmosphere makes for a romantic but still casual night out.
Some other vegan or vegan-friendly places I didn't get a chance to visit include DopHert, de Peper, MKZ, Zest for Life, Bar James and Mediamatic.
Outre & Co
While this isn't a place to eat, what is interesting about Amsterdam-based skincare company, Outre & Co, and the reason I'm including them in this guide is that they offer guided discovery of your unique skincare need, leading to a holistic personalized solution that matches your habits, budget and preference.
And many of the solutions provided will include vegan products. What’s really cool is that rather than selling you products, they are matching individuals with solutions that are tailored to them and their preferences…all while educating individuals and clearing up many of the myths associated with skincare.
Vegan-Friendly Hotels in Amsterdam
De Bedstee Boutique Capsules – centrally located near the Van Gogh Museum, the Concertgebouw, eateries and nightlife options. This 4-star hotel features 30 rooms with a communal bathroom. All food served at the on-site restaurant vegan or vegetarian, MGO-free, glutamate-free, and free of refined sugars. Includes a daily breakfast as well as a bar where guests can unwind with a drink.
Recommended Hotels in Amsterdam
While not specifically vegan-friendly, this shortlist of our favorite hotels has been hand-selected to provide with a variety hotel options in the city to consider if you’re visiting Amsterdam.
Sofitel Legend The Grand Amsterdam – perfectly located, this 5-star luxury hotel in the heart of Amsterdam offers luxurious rooms in an unique historical ambiance with French elegance. A blend of Dutch history and French luxurious contemporary design. It features a top-level restaurant, various bars and a spa with an indoor pool area.
Lloyd Hotel – offers unique rooms in a transformed historic building. Within 10 minutes you will reach Amsterdam Central Station by tram. The iconic building of the Lloyd Hotel has spacious rooms in all shapes and sizes and every room is unique. Guests who wish to explore Amsterdam in an active way can rent a bicycle at the hotel and request a packed lunch for their trip.
NH Amsterdam – this hotel is located in the museum and fashion district and combines leisure facilities, elegant rooms and a convenient location. Amenities include a fitness center, sauna and steam bath. Guests can also enjoy a drink at the Bar & Kitchen Copper onsite.
Quentin Golden Bear – a budget-friendly hotel centrally located in Amsterdam in Kerkstraat and walking distance from the well-known Club Church. A Dutch breakfast buffet is available each morning.
There are many sites for apartment rentals including Airbnb and Vrbo. Prices are generally comparable to budget hotels, especially if you’re willing to get a room in a shared apartment.