When I first swapped the hustle and bustle of London city for the charming, more relaxed way of life in Amsterdam, I worried that I would miss out on the best new restaurants and latest food trends, especially those of the plant-based variety. But not anymore! In relation to population size, Amsterdam is now rumoured to have more vegan eateries than any of its European counterparts. It’s never been easier, tastier, or ‘hipper’ to eat less meat, and luckily for us, Amsterdam, is well ahead of the curve.
I visited Kebabi just a week after it opened. On the menu you’ll find döner kebabs, loaded waffle fries, two types of bitterballen (traditional Dutch snacks of deep-fried, savoury yumminess), kaastengels (think melty cheese-filled spring rolls) and baklava. All 100% plant-based and 200% delicious. Oh, and you can wash it all down with craft beer and follow it with a game of ping pong – well, you can, but to be honest you’re more likely going to need a little lie down. Kebabi is brought to you by those clever people behind the Vegan Junk Food Bar, which continued expanding its empire by opening a THIRD location in mid-April, this time East side. Resistance is futile. Kebabi, Overtoom 428
Ben & Jerry’s Non-Dairy Ice Cream
The first vegan B&J’s flavours hit Dutch stores just a couple of months ago, which was exciting enough, but when they added Peanut Butter & Cookies I must admit, I dropped everything and *almost* became one of those people you spot in the supermarket in their pyjamas. This beauty (along with Dophert’s peanut butter brownie and The Meets’ peanut caramel chocolate tart) is now on my list of favourite things to put in my mouth. Available in Vegabond and selected Albert Heijns.
When I heard that Walter Marskamp (Hoxton Hotel) and Fraiche Hospitality (Staring at Jacob) had teamed up to bring us ‘a plant forward restaurant’, I was more than a little excited. With a similarly brilliant concept to Morris & Bella, Yerba serves a seasonal a la carte tasting menu available as vegan, vegetarian or omnivore – no one need go hungry here! More recently the opening times were extended to also include weekend brunch; light and fluffy zucchini beignets, pumpkin pancakes and vegan bloody Marys (uh, hello). Take a date, take your fussy Great Aunt Ethel, take all your mates or sod-it, and go solo. Just go. Yerba, Ruysdaelstraat 48
Vegan Burger Brothers
These burgers are seriously tasty. The lupine-based patties are just the right mix of juicy/chewy, and the bros don’t skimp on the toppings. If you’re a highly un-skilled burger eater like myself, then you’ll most likely need a change of clothes afterwards but I promise you, it’ll be worth it. The menu also includes creamy, plant-based mac’n’cheese, properly loaded nachos and a banana ice-cream milkshake. Yep, it’s basically every hangover’s idea of food-heaven. Available for delivery only and only at weekends. Vegan Burger Brothers
Aperitivo Fridays at Mastino V
Start your weekend Italiano-style with a delicious, plant based aperitivo at Mastino V, every Friday until October. This was already my go-to place for satisfying my (way too regular) pizza cravings and now that they’ve cranked up the appeal-ometer by adding cocktails to the menu too, well, I might as well just move in. It’s all vegan and all gluten-free. Aperitivo Fridays, Bilderdijkstraat 192