Deer Mama is an adorably kitsch restaurant in De Pijp that bills itself as a “Vegan mylk and burger bar.” It is big sister to firm favourite of mine, Dophert. Think 1950’s American diner serving the plant-based food of dreams: boozy shakes, juicy burgers (including the amazing Beyond Meat patty), piled-high pancakes, vegan soft serve and cookies so good you’d happily wrestle your grandmother for the last one. But it doesn’t stop there. Alongside the delectably dirty traditional junk food, you’ll also find healthier salads and sourdough toasts, and the evening menu includes sharing sharing starters such as roasted artichoke and incredibly moreish Indian pani puri. Oh Mama, what’s not to love?
Deer Mama, Ceinturbaan 71
After two years of baking plant-based and sustainable sweet treats for other companies, Willem Pie just opened its very own pop-up. The café is located in beautiful Oud Zuid and is (as you might expect) as cute as pie. You’ll be spoilt for choice deciding between seasonal specials, cheese-less cheesecake, banana bread, peanut-choco pie, carrot cake, banoffee pie, biscotti and Dutch apple crumble pie as good as any non-vegan version you’ll ever taste. Most are gluten free and many are refined sugar free too, meaning you really can have your cake and eat it.
Willem Pie, Johannes Verhulststraat 35HS
Amsterdam is not short on pancake places, but if anyone knows how to stack ‘em up high, it’s Mr Stacks. This daytime-only café in De Pijp offers plant-based options including choco protein, matcha breakfast and the cinnamon rollercoaster stack; which arrives smothered in a sensuous vegan cream cheese glaze.If savoury is more your thing then you’ll want to try the beetroot hummus pancake plate or the plant-based ‘BBQ chicken’ made with jackfruit. Mr Stacks also boasts a funky interior and the most amazing choice of teas including the love-it-or-hate-it Taiwanese bubble variety. A few of the savoury dishes aren’t vegan but all the sweet offerings are.
Mr Stacks, Govert Flinckstraat 122
This is How We Bowl: Cooking Workshop
We all begin the New Year with healthy intentions, so what better way to kick-start your 2019 than by learning how to cook easy, delicious and highly Insta-worthy plant-based meals at home! The fabulous folk from Plant Ahead, The Indigo Kitchen and Vegabond have teamed up to bring a workshop this 17 February. Following a breakfast workshop and a lunch workshop in January, this February edition will focus on dinner. After 2.5 hours of cooking and eating together you’ll go home with an eBook of vegan recipes and your own beautiful, sustainable coconut bowl from Plant Ahead. The price is €59,90 per workshop. Spots are limited so hop to it!
This is How We Bowl, Tussen de Bogen, Amsterdam
Pan-Asian restaurant chain, Wagamama, has always had a couple of plant-based options, but it recently upped its game and announced a whole vegan menu. This is a godsend if you need a quick lunch or dinner in the city centre as they have four locations in some of the busiest spots, you can always get a seat and the service is speedy. Start with mushrooms and crispy panko aubergine steamed buns or veggie gyoza, followed by lemongrass and coconut curry or the rich, curried ramen with silken tofu and udon noodles. There’s even a special vegan drinks menu and dairy-free coconut ice cream to end the meal in sumptuous style.
Wagamama, Leidesplein, Zuidas, Rembrandtplein & Amsterdam Centraal Station
Catch Jharda in ‘Singing Harpist’ mode, performing live in the Conservatorium Hotel on 2, 22 & 30 March. Looking for more vegetarian and vegan inspiration? Check out more of our top picks.