Where to Eat Vegetarian in Amsterdam
Let’s face it, many of Holland’s favourite meals are on the meaty side of things. From the famous “frikhandel” and its mystery mix of ingredients to “ossenworst” and “stamppot”, the carnivore definitely rules Holland’s cuisine. If you prefer eating vegetarian though, don’t be discouraged, as Amsterdam is home to a great selection of vegetarian places to eat. Whether it’s because of Amsterdam’s former reputation as a hippie haven or its rebellious nature, vegetarian dining options can be found throughout the city. Local vegetarians enjoy the city’s food through a variety of special places. Eating vegetarian in Amsterdam is easier and more delicious than you may think.
Whether you are a lifelong vegetarian or someone who is just looking for a healthy option after a weekend of binging, Amsterdam’s vegetarian restaurants and veggie-friendly venues have you covered.
Here are some of the best places to eat and things to do for vegetarians in Amsterdam:
Located on arguably the prettiest stretch of streets in Amsterdam – the Negen Straatjes (9 Little Streets) – and offering canal views, Vegabond is the perfect spot to pop in for lunch or take something home for dinner. Vegabond is home to a small cafe which serves up vegan and vegetarian snacks and sweet treats in addition to an entire selection of prepared food to take home. Vegabond is the perfect place to rest your feet after walking the famous canals.
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 cosy spot to relax away from the hustle and bustle of the centre and to see a different side of Amsterdam.
Proudly declaring “we are not a restaurant” may not be the best way to drum up business for a dining establishment, but at De Peper, that’s precisely the point. De Peper is a non-profit cultural kitchen, offering strictly organic vegetarian meals served by volunteers 4 nights a week. De Peper has truly carved out a unique niche in the Amsterdam vegetarian food scene, by featuring 2-course set meals which are self-service and priced on a sliding scale – you only pay what you can afford – between €7 and €10.
A slightly more dressed-up side of the spectrum is Bolenius, a bastion of creative fine dining in Amsterdam’s bustling Zuidas district. Bolenius is the brainchild of Chef Luc Kusters and partner Xavier Giesen, and focuses on stunningly presented “New Amsterdam” cuisine. Mixing fresh local ingredients from their on-site garden with old-fashioned spices from the far flung locales of the former Dutch empire, Bolenius always offers a delectable vegetarian menu.
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.
Vegetarian-Friendly Things to Do in Amsterdam:
Take a Vegetarian-Friendly Food Tour
Instead of pounding the pavement or cycling the streets in search of vegetarian places to eat, why not treat yourself and let us do the work for you? All of our Eating Amsterdam’s Food Tours are vegetarian-friendly, as we work tirelessly to ensure that all of our stops include tasty vegetarian bites from local vendors. Dietary requirements should be specified at time of booking.
Snack at a Street Market
Amsterdam’s bustling street food markets are a fun and tasty way to spend an hour or two of your day while getting a real insight into how locals shop and snack. Markets like Albert Cuypmarkt, Ten Katemarkt, and Waterlooplein all feature a vegetarian snack or two, in addition to captivating scenes of bartering and haggling. Typically, frites, Dutch cheese, Vietnamese spring rolls, and poffertjes (tiny pancake-like treats) are available – and are all vegetarian.