Embarking on a solo backpacking trip around Europe, I wasn’t sure how hard it would be to find delicious, healthy vegan food. But I was so delighted to find that the vegan movement has amassed such a strong following and there are really an abundance of plant-based cafes everywhere! Even in the supermarkets, there are so many options.
So without further ado, let’s get stuck into some of my favourite vegan eats in Amsterdam.
Vegan Junk Food Bar
Locations in De Pijp, West Staringplein and Eastside
After catching the overnight bus from Berlin to Amsterdam, I arrived at my hostel and met two lovely English girls who invited me to grab burgers with them. Unfortunately the place down the road from the hostel didn’t offer vegan options, but a quick Google search led us to Vegan Junk Food Bar. This place offered the ultimate vegan comfort food of a wide range of burgers, loaded fries, cocktails and desserts. A word of warning that the place is absolutely PACKED. Despite tables inside and an extensive outdoor seating area, we had to give the waiter our number and wait for a text for a table to become available. It just goes to show that the place must be doing something right! And when our meals finally arrived, they did not disappoint. This place is definitely one to check out for a hearty feed and can be enjoyed with non-vegan travel companions too.
Vegabond store and café
I loved meandering the streets of Jordaan, broken up with beautiful canal views and charming boutiques. When hunger started to kick in, I headed to Vegabond in keen anticipation for some healthy goodness. From rice paper rolls and juices to raw desserts and vegan groceries, this cosy café and store has it all. The stylish interior and floor-to-ceiling canal view are beautiful too!
Hands-down the PRETTIEST café I’ve ever been in, I stumbled upon this place completely by accident and was awe-struck by the beautiful pastel colour scheme, the stunning wooded and leafy green interior, and the extensive menu that was utterly delectable. Treat yourself to the brunch of your dreams here, you won’t regret it!
A short stroll from Vondelpark (open from 6 pm onwards on Tues, Thurs, Fri & Sun)
After a long day of sightseeing, I relaxed in Vondelpark in the glorious sunshine. Trying to decide where to go for dinner, I was delighted to discover a not-for-profit vegan and organic café project just a short stroll away! The café has a set menu that changes daily and you reserve a meal by calling between 3 pm and 6:30 pm on the day you want to eat there. Included in the cost of the meal is a starter, main and optional dessert for an additional 2 euro. The food is served in large quantities and feels so authentic and local. However, it is quite hard to find as it is situated in a performance building. Just follow the directions in Google maps!
Health Food/Supermarket Goodies
I was delighted to find that there are plenty of health food stores and supermarkets in Amsterdam, all of which stock an abundance of vegan, organic food products. Soy yoghurt is super cheap too! My favourite treat that I bought from a health food store was a raw strawberry cookie bar from Lady Fruit Cake, enjoyed by the beautiful canal of course!
So there you have it, my vegan guide to Amsterdam. I hope you find this helpful for your travels. If you want to see more guides like this for the rest of the big cities I visited while backpacking around Europe, let me know!