Sproutsiders

Sproutsiders Amsterdam

Tucked away in a quiet corner of Amsterdam’s Rivierenbuurt, Sproutsiders is a little gem of a plant-based pop-up, currently to be found residing in beautiful restaurant La Maria from Sunday to Tuesday. Kat and Rijn are adorable hosts and a winning combination of ocean loving eco-warrior and ex-Michelin-starred restaurant sous-chef. The result is a seasonal, zero-waste concept menu which is visually stunning, highly creative, but most importantly - incredibly delicious. Pay them a visit before the end of June, and be sure to follow them on Facebook and Instagram to find out where they’ll be popping-up next! Sproutsiders, Vechtstraat 79

La-La-IJs

La La IJs

This kitsch and cute organic ice cream parlour just opened opposite the Hallen in the Kinkerbuurt, and around half of their delicious flavours are vegan! La-La-Ijs offers some great taste sensations – chocolate and orange, lemon and basil, apple and fennel - and in case you prefer sucking to licking you can have any of them made into a creamy, dreamy, dairy-free shake. The waffle cones are vegan too and all their disposables are biodegradable. Yes, yes and YES! (Ooh, and I can’t talk ice cream without a quick mention that Abbot Kinney’s just brought out the ‘Coco Frostick’, a very biteable coconut yoghurt choc-ice available from selected Eko Plaza and Marqt stores). Happy eating, ice cream lovers! La-La-Ijs, Tollenstraat 65 F

Kruidvat Natures

Kruidvat Natures

It can be almost impossible to find affordable, cruelty-free beauty products, but luckily for us ethically-minded sorts, the Dutch high street drugstore chain Kruidvat has come to the rescue! Its certified vegan skin care range ‘Natures’, features hydrating, sensitive and anti-ageing options on products including moisturisers, face wipes, eye make-up remover and more. They’re all free from synthetic colours and fragrances, parabens and silicone oil, and instead make the most of natural goodies such as buckthorn, aloe vera, green tea and jojoba. Proof that beauty doesn’t have to cost the earth, or the animals. Kruidvat Natures, available in selected Kruidvat stores

Broodje Fluks

Broodje Fluks Amsterdam

There are few things I love more than a Saturday morning mooch around the Jordaan’s Noordermarkt and Lindenmarkt, checking out the huge array of fruit and veggies on offer and picking up some fresh flowers. Once I’ve worked up an appetite (which to be honest, never takes long) I head straight for the Broodje Fluks stall, where alongside traditional Dutch meat and fish dishes, you’ll now also find vega gyros on the menu, thanks to the creativity of the youngest of the Fluks’ (whose other project you can check out here). Yes, you heard right, vegan food is no longer only for the rich and hipsters among us! For the bargain price of €4.50 you can wrap your mouth around a deliciously seasoned mushroom and jackfruit broodje - full of goodness, cruelty free, and so damn satisfying. (PS: If you’re still peckish afterwards, pop a little further along to the chocolate brownie stall and try the two new vegan and gluten free options!). I know, I didn’t think Saturdays couldn’t get any better either. Broodje Fluks, Lindengracht 189

New York Pizza and Domino’s

Not one, but TWO, high street pizza delivery chains started offering vegan options this month. First came New York Pizza, who teamed up with the brilliant Vegetarian Butcher company to bring us the slightly spicy Vegan Shoarma and the more traditional Vegan Veggie. The cherry (tomato) on the cake being that one euro from each plant-based pizza purchase goes directly to Sea Shepherd, an organisation that defends wildlife and protects the oceans. Who knew it was possible to feel so virtuous whilst eating pizza?! And Domino’s, not to be out-done by its rival, unveiled three vegan options: Spicy, Margherita and BBQ. They’ve even decided that their new cruelty-free dough is zo lekker that they’ve made it the standard base for all their pizzas, so you just know it’s going to be good! Domino’s // New York Pizza

Steinbeisser - Experimental Gastronomy

Back to Michelin stars and arguably the most high-end vegan food you’ll find in Amsterdam. On June 5 and 6, the Lloyd Hotel will play host to French chef Alexandre Gauthier (from two Michelin star restaurant La Grenouillere), as he works with locally sourced, organic ingredients to create a 6-course plant-tastic tasting menu. For a touch of the unconventional, 10 artists will create beautifully unique cutlery and tableware (all sustainably made and fully biodegradable) encouraging us to question why we eat the way we do. Tickets are justifiably not cheap but just think of all that money you’re going to save on skincare and Saturday lunches… Steinbeisser, Oostelijke Handelskade 34

Catch Jharda in Singing Harpist mode at her next free show: Sunday, June 17th, 3.30 to 5.30pm in the Conservatorium Hotel lounge.