This article was contributed by the lovely Katie Postma (@beinghealthful).
In November I had the pleasure of visiting the beautiful city of Amsterdam and discovering it’s many foodie pleasures. Even though I am Dutch, Amsterdam is not a place that I have regularly visited, and since becoming vegan I have not yet had the chance to experience Dutch vegan food. I was so excited about this as it is the food of my childhood.
I went to the city for a weekend with two of my best friends and I can confidently express that it did not disappoint. I thought I’d share what we got up to right here on the Healthy Luxe blog.
Vegan or not, this place is a must! Both of my friends eat anything and everything and they could not believe that what they were eating wasn’t meat! It was truly incredible. On top of the great food, the staff were so kind and it had a lovely elegant atmosphere – something that is often lost in vegan restaurants. I went for the mushroom parpadelle and the girl’s went for the “sausage” and mash. The traditional “rookworst” in the sausage and mash blew my mind! It tasted exactly like the ones that my mum used to cook for me as a child. It was amazing to witness the evolution of plant-based that is happening at this very moment. The Meatless District are truly doing amazing things with food.
This place makes the prettiest acai and smoothie bowls you ever did see! Unfortunately we didn’t have the pleasure of trying them as we simply stopped off for coffee and cake (because why not). Everything (including the cakes) is vegan, and super delicious. The only downside to the cafe is that it is pretty small so there is hardly any seating. Having said that, the staff were very hospitable and helpful, even giving us two slices of cake instead of one because “just one was not enough” – I’m not complaining! This cafe also tries to remain waste-free, serving all their beverages and bowls in glass or recycled coconut shells. You can even purchase a coconut bowl to take home – which I did, and I will be trying to recreate some of the amazing smoothie bowls from here.
Every morning I enjoyed a PB acai bowl from this lovely plant-based, organic cafe. In the early, crisp mornings I would jump out of bed and do the breakfast round. I went to get my friends a pain au chocolate from the local bakery, and then hop across the road for my acai. We then enjoyed our takeaway breakfasts around the table in our beautiful Air BnB, overlooking the canals, listening to some good tunes. They were the most perfect and blissful mornings, and the fact that there were such easy and versatile food options around the area made it even more enjoyable. Juice Brothers offers acai bowls, smoothies, healthy snacks, and even “Van Leeuwen” vegan ice-cream, which unfortunately I didn’t get to try because of the arctic temperatures, but I’m sure I’ll be back.
Similarly to Juice Brother’s, The Cold Pressed Juicery offers delicious plant-based acai bowls, smoothies, healthy snacks and raw treats. We stopped off for coffee and smoothies at this spot after a long day of walking – just the fuel we needed.
We stumbled across this sandwich cafe after hunting for a lunch spot for a while. Can confirm it did not disappoint. My friend described it as “one of the best sandwiches she’d ever had”. The Dutch are renowned for their delicious bread, so I was *obviously* not surprised! Only joking, but nonetheless they were delicious. They offered a range of options for both vegans and non-vegans along with smoothies and coffee.
Warning: be prepared to wait. We went to this place about 3 times before being lucky enough to only have to wait 30 minutes to get in! I would suggest going before peak time (12pm) to avoid the crazy lines. I would say, however, that waiting longer than that is not worth it. The place was nice and it had good food but it wasn’t revolutionary. It’s worth going as it’s quite famous, but not worth a 2 hour wait.
Now, I would wait 2 hours to have one of these burgers again! Absolutely delicious and a great way to start a weekend of good food. When we arrived on Friday for the long weekend, we choose to visit the Vegan Junk Food Bar and it was just delicious (and a little bit ‘naughty’). My two best friends, again, said that it was hard to believe that it was vegan. We all had burgers, sweet potato fries and “bitterballen” which are a dutch tradition. Traditionally, these deep fried balls are stuffed with meat, so I didn’t think that I’d be able to enjoy this childhood favourite again. However, this place changed my mind. Tip- get the garlic dip!
I hope to return to this beautiful, vibrant city soon and enjoy more of its delicious food and be immersed in the culture. I hope that these vegan cafes/restaurants will give you a taste of the traditional dutch food scene, even if you follow a plant-based diet!