10 Best Vegan Restaurants In Amsterdam

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Guest post by Rebecca Gade Sawicki

Amsterdam has graced many “Top Vegan City” lists curated by UK PETA, Plant Based News, and even Ryan Air! The vegan food scene is plentiful and diverse, from cheap and easy to imaginative and fancy – there is something even a carnivore would love. As a vegan, your biggest problem will be deciding where to eat first. Aside from an array of delicious vegan food, The Venice of the North is most well-known for its beautiful canals and accepting attitude.  The canals offer a beautiful maze to explore the city by boat or by foot and admire the city’s sites. After a lovely dinner, there is no better activity than to wander and get lost in the city’s charm.  Without further ado, here are the best vegan restaurants in Amsterdam:

Vegan Junk Food Bar

Colorful street art and lively music set a vibrant dining tone at Vegan Junk Food Bar. Their comfort food-focused menu is not for someone looking for a lackluster veggie burger. They have taken junk food and veganized it with their own spin that tantalizes the taste buds and the eyes. Make sure you check out their Notorious Sumo which is a beefless patty, vegan cheese, veggies, homemade VJFB sauce all on top of an eye-catching black-pink bun.

Your burger also needs a sidekick of loaded fries, with over five different options it will be hard to choose. There are four locations in Amsterdam and just recently they opened a restaurant in sunny Barcelona.

Locations

Westside: Staringplein 22, Amsterdam
De Pijp: Marie Heinekenplein 9-10, Amsterdam
Eastside: Eerste v. Swindenstraat 389, Amsterdam
Downtown: Reguliersdwarsstraat 57, Red light district, Amsterdam

Meatless District

This cozy café has two locations, one close to the Jordaan neighborhood in
“Old West” and the other in De Pijp. It is a lovely place to grab a few snacks, dinner, or brunch. The menu features locally sourced produce from farms throughout Amsterdam as well as seasonal items, so it does change regularly.

No trip to the Meatless District Amsterdam is complete without ordering their homemade three-cheese plate full of Roqueforti blue, hickory-smoked, and garlic pepper cheese. Also, if available, make sure to grab an order of nachos. Their vegan nacho cheese will have you wondering, “Is this truly vegan?”

Address: Bilderdijkstraat 65-67, 1053 KM Amsterdam

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Mooshka Vegan Soul Food

The inviting ambiance and homecooked food will make you feel right at home. The menu is an eclectic mix of internationally inspired dishes from Africa and the Caribbean, as well as some traditional Dutch classics.

Check out their Bitterballs which are a veganized take on traditional Dutch meatballs, best enjoyed with a beer. Skip over the burgers and head to their main features of traditional Ethiopian stews, masalas, or another Dutch favorite, Kapsalon. Kapsalon is a vegan shawarma with melted vegan cheese, homemade sauces, and fries. Make sure you save a little room for one of their famous milkshakes!

Address: Van Woustraat 110H, 1073 LS Amsterdam

Mastino V

Good vegan pizza can be hard to find but look no further than Mastino. With authentic Italian ingredients, they have perfected the art of not only vegan pizza but also vegan and gluten-free pizza!

There are two locations, both in De Pijp. Mastino V is known for its gluten-free and vegan pizza while Mastino 2.0 focuses on just vegan pizza.

Their homemade cashew cheddar, lentil mozzarella, and pesto ricotta all make their pizzas stand out above the rest.

Address: Bilderdijkstraat 192 H, 1053 LE Amsterdam

Alchemist Garden

If you’re looking for a place to balance out your love of vegan junk food and pizza, look no further than the Alchemist Garden.

The raw food café has health in mind with all of their dishes. Start the day with a filling breakfast plate full of homemade granola and coconut yogurt, banana bread, and a fresh smoothie.  They also have a great selection of raw cakes and treats, just in case you’re looking to satisfy your sweet tooth.

Address: Overtoom 409, 1054 JP Amsterdam

Mr & Mrs Watson

Known for their award-winning variety of aged and handcrafted vegan cheeses, a stop here is a must. The most difficult decision you will have to make is what cheese to try – a prosecco fondue, or maybe one of three savory cheese platters all accessorized with homemade bread, crackers, and vegan honey.

For dinner, their menu features a variety of creative burgers, and pasta, but make sure you leave room for dessert. You don’t want to miss a creamy tiramisu or a classic crème brûlée.

Address: Linnaeuskade 3h, 1098 BC Amsterdam

Men Impossible

100% vegan ramen restaurant with hearty bowls of spicy and savory noodles. If you have a hard time choosing, they also have special features of their most popular starters and favorite dishes. Whatever you choose, make sure you try out their potato mochi and eggplant tempura.

Address: Hazenstraat 19H, 1016 SM Amsterdam

Mediamatic ETEN

The creative atmosphere of mini-greenhouses that overlooks the harbor makes for an intimate date night. Their set, five-course menu is always changing to consistently focus on local and seasonal produce, right down to the lettuce that they grow.  A special drink pairing menu is also available to ensure your taste buds are getting a full and vibrant experience.

Address: Dijkspark 6a, 1019 BS Amsterdam

Deer Mama Mylk & Burger Bar

The retro café menu has more than just juicy vegan burgers, crispy fries, and creamy soft serve. Open for brunch, lunch, and dinner this café packs in an amazing assortment of dishes.

Start your day with a hearty stack of out-of-this-world galaxy pink and purple pancakes, later grab a “best Thai ever had” burger full of curry, ginger, and their homemade Thai basil mayo.

You can’t leave without dessert. Check out a unicorn sundae ice cream full of fruit loops, strawberry sauce, whipped cream, and cotton candy, or go for a traditional chocolate milkshake.

Address: Ceintuurbaan 71, 1072 EW Amsterdam

Bonboon

A creative restaurant with a warm and inviting atmosphere, on the KNSM island, offering beautiful water views. The restaurant is currently focusing on three and four-course menus that feature beautiful flavors from local produce.

For starters try the white bean soup with hazelnut pangrattato and basil oil, add in some roasted beets with thyme and homemade feta, then finish with vanilla-lavender panna cotta with almond biscuit and cherry coulis.

Address: Amstelveenseweg 164, 1075 XN Amsterdam

General Tips

Koffie Ende Koeck – If you have a sweet tooth, make sure you head on over to Koffie Ende Koeck. This adorable patisserie offers an assortment of fresh-baked vegan breads, croissants, and cakes, but the best time to come here is for high tea! Generally, teatime isn’t a vegan-friendly affair, but here vegans are welcome. High tea features a selection of baked treats with a pot of tea for a minimum of two people.

Final Thoughts

There is no question that Amsterdam deserves its ranking as one of the most vegan friendly cities in the world. With such an abundance and diversity of delicious vegan food, you will need a food itinerary and stretchy pants to ensure you don’t miss one bite!

About the author

Rebecca Gade Sawicki is the Creator of Veggies Abroad, a vegan travel blog. The blog features her vegan adventures and offers travel guides, tips, and inspiration to explore the world one vegan bite at a time. Follow her adventures on Instagram or Facebook.

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