So I recently took my FIRST trip to Amsterdam.
I know crazy, it’s literally so close but I had never been!
I had also heard great things about their vegan food, so I decided to take a trip with my friend Steph and try as many Vegan places as our bellies had space for! Here’s what we ate…
This place was so cool. Some nice streetwear/art details and healthy but hearty breakfast options.
This isn’t a vegan cafe, but they had loads of vegan and gluten-free options, as well as great coffee and matcha etc.
I enjoyed a very tasty, warm rice porridge bowl with cocoa. I can’t find the prices online but I remember it being fairly reasonable.
It was very busy and small however, but it only took us about 10 minutes to get seats.
This place had the best smoothie and granola bowls ever. They are dedicated to immunity- boosting, antioxidant-rich, anti-inflammatory blends to promote overall well-being. They use organic ingredients and are plant-based.
Big smoothie bowls cost 9.50 euros. But they are big and filling.
SLA – Organic Salad Bar
This place came highly recommended by a lot of people and is a small chain so there are lots of locations in Amsterdam.
They aren’t fully vegan but do loads of vegan and gluten-free options. The bowls are really large, very very tasty and you can get cold or hot salads. They also do soups, juices, coffees, teas and very tasty, healthy puddings.
For a healthy option, I would definitely recommend Sla for both lunch and dinner to be honest. The bowls are around 9-10 euros and the puddings around 5 euros.
I don’t usually get on well with raw, sugar-free cakes but DAMN their Raw, Salted Caramel Cheesecake is a thing of dreams!
The name says it all really doesn’t it? Again this came highly recommended both by friends and the internet!
It would be a good destination for lunch or dinner but we went for lunch.
The menu isn’t massive but they had some Gluten Free options and were also able to adopt a few too. The whole menu is vegan, so if you aren’t Gluten Free like me, then you have loads of awesome choice!
Prices for main meals around 9-10 euros apart from burgers which come with fries for around 16 euros.
Weed Burger (not what it sounds like!)
This stands for Seaweed! A fully vegan burger bar using only plant-based ingredients enriched with seaweed and micro-algae from seaweed farm Zeewaar in the Dutch Oosterschelde.
Seaweed is really important in a vegan diet, here’s why:
- Provides the body with magnesium, zinc, vitamin B12, biotin, and iron.
- Just one gram of seaweed provides your entire day’s worth of iodine, a critical mineral for the thyroid.
- Increases hair and nail growth.
- Clears the skin and enhances eyesight.
- Improves mood by reducing anxiety and enhancing mental focus etc…
Find out more here: One Green Planet.
They don’t have tones of options so their Gluten Free selection was limited BUT, their ‘Wish and Chips’ (a play on fish and chips) is Gluten Free, and honestly so tasty.
I’ve tried quite a lot of vegan, gluten-free fish options now and this one not only had a great texture but a really great taste. Not too ‘fishy’ but salty enough from the seaweed to give you the vibe. I wouldn’t want anything TOO realistic personally. Their ‘tartar’ style sauce was also very good.
I also had a chocolate milkshake. It wasn’t too thick so made a great accompaniment to the dinner. It had a sweet taste but wasn’t sickly.
I can’t find the prices online but I remember it being fairly reasonable.
Vegan Junk Food Bar
I had heard about this place SO MUCH before going to Amsterdam. So we HAD to visit it.
They have a few spots in the city, but we went to the latest one in Downtown. It’s very cute inside and out, with awesome artwork and Instagram worthy photo opportunities.
I had the MOST amazing ‘plant-based Sashimi’ which is apparently made from seaweed (bonus!). It honestly tasted amazing. I have never eaten real sashimi but all I know is this plant-based version tasted fresh, meaty and healthy. I had it in a salad which had a great tasting dressing with crunching toppings which I think were onions. The soft meets crunchy texture really worked for me and we shared Loaded Freak Fries with a ‘Shawarma’ style meat topping which was unreal!
My friend Steph had vegan ‘Bitterballen’ which are a traditional meat snack in Amsterdam- she said they were like the real thing and was very impressed.
The prices were petty reasonable and there’s a pretty big choice of dishes. Not loads of Gluten Free options, but honestly that Sashimi would keep me coming back onitss own!
So that concludes all the food we managed to eat in 2 1/2 days! I hope it’s been a useful read if you are planning a trip to Amsterdam, or have just moved there, or just turned Vegan.
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