15 VEGETARIAN & VEGAN RESTAURANTS IN AMSTERDAM

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Searching for a vegetarian or vegan restaurant in Amsterdam? Most restaurants in Amsterdam offer some vegetarian options on their menus, but here are more than 15 spots that specialize in animal-free eats! Lekker en gezond!

De Culinaire Werkplaats

De Culinaire Werkplaats is a unique dining experience that uses only vegetables, fruits and grains to create edible works of art. The restaurant is also a contemporary food design studio. The chefs use products and suppliers that promote animal welfare, are small-scale or organic farms, are fair trade, seasonal, local, and healthy. After the meal, diners pay what they think it was worth (typically €50 or so for 3-5 courses and wine).

Meals are developed around a theme, like the color red, flowers, architecture, artists or other inspirations. Check their website for information on the latest dining experience.

de Culinaire Werkplaats
Fannius Scholtenstraat 10 hs, Amsterdam

Betty’s

Vegetarian fine dining, Betty’s offers a set four-course meal. All ingredients used are organic, including the wines. Awesome! The dishes range from bean soups and fresh spring rolls to a Greek feta tart and freshly baked desserts. If you do not desire the full meal you can also order a la carte, but many suggest ordering the four-course menu to enjoy the best experience. Reservations are recommended as well.

 If you would like to learn to cook elegant vegetarian dishes, Betty’s offers cooking courses where you can learn to cook “over Betty’s shoulder”.

The restaurant also has a small shop where they sell handpicked ingredients like fine oils and chocolates.

Betty’s
Rijnstraat 75, Amsterdam

Golden Temple Vegetarisch

A mix of Indian, Middle Eastern and Mediterranean cuisines, Golden Temple offers a varied vegetarian menu in a unique environment. Founded by a group of Sikhs, dining at Golden Temple will leave you feeling fresh and renewed. Sit on the floor on cushions, sip delicious fresh juice “cocktails” or chai teas, and enjoy the exotic flavors. All menu items are vegetarian, many are vegan, and quite a few are also raw.

Restaurant Golden Temple
Utrechtsestraat 126, Amsterdam

Beter en Leuk

One of the original concept shops in the city, Beter en Leuk is a healthy cafe with some lovely stuff for sale in addition to art and sometimes yoga classes. The menu is vegetarian, with many vegan and gluten-free options as well. For lunch you might try one of their vegetarian or vegan soups or salads, or perhaps the pizza with cauliflower crust. On the weekend they offer additional specials including waffles with fresh fruit and oatmeal topped with fruit, hazelnuts and pumpkin seeds. And once a month on Sunday they serve a special vegan brunch.

Beter en Leuk
Eerste Oosterparkstraat 91, Amsterdam

Restaurant De Bolhoed

A laid back, funky cafe right in the center of Amsterdam, De Bolhoed has a simple vegetarian and vegan menu, consisting of salads, soups, sandwiches and warm meals. Many enjoy the large salad with an assortment of add-ons like veggie quiche, soup, or pita with hummus. This salad is not just a pile of soggy lettuce, but a hearty meal that often includes beans, guacamole, quinoa, bulghur, tofu and other ingredients.

In addition to vegetarian and vegan food, De Bolhoed offers wine and beer, coffee drinks and desserts.

Keep in mind that this cafe only takes cash, so stop by the ATM on your way.

Restaurant De Bolhoed
Prinsengracht 60-62, Amsterdam

De Waaghals

This quaint vegetarian restaurant decorated in red and white is located on a charming neighborhood street in De Pijp. De Waaghals serves creative vegan and vegetarian food at reasonable prices. The menu varies seasonally and they try to use as many organic ingredients as possible.

The space is small so reservations are recommended, especially for Friday and Saturday dinner.

Waaghals
Frans Halsstraat 29, Amsterdam

Alchemist Garden

Yes, Amsterdam has a raw food restaurant! Alchemist Garden is a small cafe and shop that serves raw vegan food made with love by Alec Boswijk, the owner. Everything is raw, vegan, organic, and gluten-free. Try the pesto pasta made with zucchini noodles or the Vietnamese-style soup. Fresh-squeezed juices, nut milks, kefir, and fresh coconuts are all available to drink, or try a very reasonably priced biodynamic wine with your meal.

Open from 7:00-21:00 Monday- Friday and 09:00 – 21:00 on Saturday, it is best to make a reservation in advance if possible.

Alchemist Garden
Overtoom 409, Amsterdam

Olive & Cookie

A charming dinner restaurant tucked away near Albert Cuyp, Olive&Cookie specializes in slow food style vegetarian dishes influenced by the regional cooking of Istria. Just like Grandma would make, if she was an Istrian vegetarian! The food here may be vegetarian but it is rich and flavorful. Just one bite of their chocolate tart will remove any feelings of deprivation you may have.

Only open Monday-Friday from 16:00-21:00, Olive&Cookie has food for take away or stay and eat in their small, cozy space.

Olive and Cookie
Saenredamstraat 67, Amsterdam

DopHert Vegan Foods & Goods

A store and lunchroom near Westerpark, DopHert has vegan sandwiches, salads, soups and more to eat there or take away. Come by in the morning for soya yogurt with fruit and granola, or brunch with tofu scramble on the weekends. DopHert also offers catering, special events and workshops, check their website for info.

DopHert
Spaarndammerstraat 49, Amsterdam

Le Sud

Le Sud serves healthy Mediterranean and Middle Eastern vegetarian salads (some with fish). Priced by the weight, ranging from around €1-3 per 100 grams, the salads are fresh and tasty, using more than 50 types of herbs and spices. Try the hummus, herbed pumpkin salad or the borani, a Persian eggplant salad. Order it spread on bread or eat it plain.

Both locations are convenient to Westerpark, so why not grab some salads and some Turkish flatbread and enjoy a picnic in the park?

Le Sud
Haarlemmerdijk 118, Amsterdam
Spaarndammerstraat 143, Amsterdam

MKZ

MKZ (Miltvuur Keuken Zuid) is a vegan self-service restaurant run by volunteers open Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. It is not only a place to eat, but also a place to meet and have discussions. The space is located in a legalized squat called the Binnenpret, which houses political, artistic and cultural initiatives.

At MKZ there is no table service, you get your own food and bus your own dishes. You can also volunteer to help with the cooking and cleaning!

Binnenpret / MKZ
Eerste Schinkelstraat 16, Amsterdam

De Peper

De Peper is a vegan, organic cafe run as part of a collective called OT301. If you’d like to dine here, call (020) 412 2954 between 16:00-18:30 on the day you plan to visit so that you can be sure they have a meal for you. De Peper is open on Tuesday and Thursday-Sunday, and dinner is served between 19:00-20:30.

When you arrive, pay for your meal with the server and your name will be called as the courses are ready. There is no table service, so you bus your dishes yourself. Prices are on a sliding scale, you pay however much you are able, usually between €6-10 for soup and a main course. They also have desserts and beer!

de Peper
Overtoom 301, Amsterdam

Vegabond Vegafood

A newly opened vegan and vegetarian deli and shop in de 9 straatjes area, Vegabond sells superfoods, vegan foods like soy cheez, gluten-free foods and prepared meals to eat there or take away! Smoothies, vegan sandwiches, vegan cupcakes and more! Yum! The shop is brand new and lovely inside, located on one of the prettiest little canals in Amsterdam.

Vegabond
Leliegracht 16, Amsterdam

Cafe de Ceuvel

They don’t advertise it, but Cafe de Ceuvel serves a completely vegetarian menu. In addition, they strive for sustainability in everything they do. This cafe and associated project are a must-visit, if not for the fascinating design experiment, then definitely for the laid back vibe along the waterside in Noord.

Cafe de Ceuvel
Korte Papaverweg 4, Amsterdam

Lavinia Good Food

Lavinia is a cute lunchroom in the city center where most of the items are vegan or vegetarian. You can order a nice sandwich on spelt bread or choose 3 of their salads from the deli case. Their dishes are healthy while also being very filling and hearty with lots of beans, whole grains and nuts. Finish off with a sweet treat and a coffee or tea.

Lavinia
Kerkstraat 176, Amsterdam

Cropbox

Would you like delicious, filling and healthy vegan salads delivered to your office for lunch? Checkout Cropbox, a delivery service started by Dominique Marsay. Cropbox will deliver flavorful salads to you and your colleagues at work so you don’t even need to step outside in the rain for a tasty and healthy meal.

Cropbox

Falafelbars Maoz

It’s late in the evening and you’ve had a few drinks without any food in your belly. Maybe your friends are suggesting a stop by FEBO or McD’s. For a quick veggie bite late at night, head to Maoz instead. Conveniently located near all the tourist spots, this chain offers the standard falafel with the inclusion of an all-you-can-eat salad bar for a reasonable price.

Maoz Amsterdam
Muntplein 1, Amsterdam
Leidsestraat 85, Amsterdam
Damrak 40, Amsterdam
Ferdinand Bolstraat 67, Amsterdam
Van Woustraat 15, Amsterdam

Salads, Juices & Smoothies

Are you looking for a place to grab a fresh juice or smoothie, or maybe a healthy salad? Check out our list of favorite juice bars in Amsterdam! Many of these spots have a great selection of vegetarian and vegan foods in addition to fresh healthy drinks. Try Dr. BlendJuice & SaladSLA and Venkel for fresh juices, salads and soups.

Veggie Burgers
Are you a fan of veggie burgers? Take a look at the list of our favorite veggie burgers in Amsterdam.

BONUS: VEGETARIAN & VEGAN SHOPS AND SPACES

Here’s something a little extra for you! Check out these terrific vegetarian-friendly shops and event spaces in Amsterdam!

Also be sure to check out our list of healthy food hotspots and places to buy biological groceries in Amsterdam.

De Vegetarische Traiteur Amsterdam

Stop by for a vegan sandwich with vegetarian tuna or sausage made from plant proteins, go shopping for ingredients for your own recipes, or pick up prepared foods to eat at home. They have it all! Vegetarian shoarma, vegetarian bitterballen, vegetarian chicken. The shop also carries other delicious ingredients for the perfect meal like sauces, spices, breads, ice cream, chocolates and wines.

De Vegetarische Traiteur Amsterdam
Rozengracht 217, Amsterdam

Vega-Life

Go shopping for animal-friendly clothing, shoes, wallets, bags and more for both males and females at Vega-Life in the center of Amsterdam. Or take a look at the online offerings if you can’t make it to Amsterdam today. The selection is broad and includes trendy items as well as more conservative styles. They also carry other things like vegan pet food and vegan personal care products. Stop in and take a look!

Vega-Life
Singel 110, Amsterdam

Wanaka

Prepared raw foods deli, fairtrade shop and community center, Wanaka has it all for those into the raw and vegan lifestyle. Founder Sander is a friendly fellow and an enthusiastic promoter of a healthy, balanced lifestyle. Wanaka hosts music, exhibits and yoga classes in their space. Come by and check it out, they are open every day except Monday. Fresh juices and coffee too!

Wanaka
Jacob Obrechtstraat 41, Amsterdam

Unlimited Health

Unlimited Health is a yoga center but also has quite a large shop with all kinds of superfoods, vegan products and accessories like cookbooks, blenders and juicers. Check out their assortment online or drop by the store to take a look in person. On weekdays at lunchtime they have fresh rawfood salads and smoothies.

Unlimited Health
Van Ostadestraat 234, Amsterdam

Of course, many restaurants in Amsterdam offer vegetarian and vegan dishes even though they are not 100% veggie.