Conscious shopping West
Fuel your exploration of this Amsterdam West route with a treat from a waste-free grocery store and plant-based deli. Along the way, you can marvel at the works in an art gallery focusing on mental health, find your new favourite hand-printed t-shirt, and unwind at a neighbourhood farm in the leafy Westerpark.
Conscious shopping route West map
Buurtboerderij Ons Genoegen
An cosy neighbourhood farm in an idyllic corner of Westerpark
The wonderful garden and terrace are lovely places to sit and unwind with affordable pancakes, soups or sandwiches. Some of the friendly staff have a distance from the labour market and receive guidance from the permanent employees to gain work experience. Check out the agenda for creative workshops or live music.
An inclusive restaurant with inclusive cuisine
Whether for breakfast, lunch, drinks or dinner at the weekend, Hannah's brings you a sunny vibe and a Mediterranean-inspired menu. The restaurant also doubles as a daycare centre for people with intellectual disabilities, who can learn and develop at their own pace while having fun. For Laura, the owner and founder, it's where her passions come together: psychology, hospitality and love for her disabled sister, Hannah.
Little Plant Pantry
Amsterdam's first bulk grocery store and plant-based deli
Visit the store to buy food and household supplies ranging from beans and pulses to coffee and tea and zero-waste cosmetics and soaps. You can purchase as much as you need and bring it home in your containers or reusable packaging. In addition, you can enjoy vegan mains, sides and desserts from the deli's daily-changing menu.
Unique and sustainable urban outfits
The organic and fair trade items are silk-screen printed by people with a distance to the labour market, often with a psychological disability. For example, a youngster with schizophrenia draws tiger prints by hand, and a boy with autism creates patterns out of dots. From rompers to tank tops and endlessly cool T-shirts, check Loenatix out and get your own made on the spot.
Coworking space, neighbourhood canteen and city garden
The former school gym is now the place for a delicious cappuccino and a good conversation in a beautiful Amsterdam School-style building. Creatives and social entrepreneurs rent out the old classrooms. And in the gardens, which feature a compost station and plastic recycling workshop, volunteers take care of wadis, willows and fruit trees. Almost every Friday, a neighbour cooks at MidWest: the perfect opportunity to mingle with De Baarsjes locals at the long table.
Delicious food and special attention to people
In a beautiful, modern restaurant, people facing employment difficulties work as cooks, hosts or dishwashers. Freud is a learn-work company for anyone who wants to master the ins and outs of the hospitality industry. The menu features varying dishes inspired by Mediterranean cuisine and flavours from the Middle East. Classics such as fish soup and steak tartare are always on the menu.
An art-loaning gallery with a focus on mental health
At Beeldend Gesproken, professional artists with mental health vulnerabilities get a platform and recognition for their work. For these artists, making art is essential for maintaining balance while in recovery. Versatile paintings, photos and other objects by more than 125 artists from across the Netherlands are displayed in the gallery and during events. You can buy or borrow your favourite pieces.
Social and sustainable city bikes
In the bustling former tram depot De Hallen, which is now a centre for media, culture, fashion, food and crafts, you can buy bicycles and accessories from sustainable brands such as Roetz, Achielle and Toyobikes. Problem with your bike? You can bring it to the workshop, where talented people who have struggled with finding suitable work will repair and restore your two-wheeler.
An inclusive bar and creative hub
This cosy, fun and creative spin on the traditional Amsterdam pub is a safe space for everyone, especially people from the queer and BIPOC communities. Bario is also a gallery with pop-up events and exhibitions and welcomes collaborative projects with creatives and artists. So get in touch if you want to get your work out there!
Sustainable fashion handmade in Amsterdam
All sweaters, t-shirts and pants are cut and sewn by the New Optimist team in the atelier of the Amsterdam store. Pop in anytime to see how your clothes are made and explore timeless items from durable fabrics, such as recycled cotton. The brand releases small, limited-edition batches of new styles every two weeks in-store and online, so make sure you don't miss out.