Mr & Mrs Watson
Mr & Mrs Watson gives those who crave non-vegan foods the chance to satisfy those cravings – including a range of highly acclaimed vegan cheeses (for both cheese plates and cheesecakes). The restaurant, located in Amsterdam Oost, offers favourites such as a mushroom-dense Philly Cheese Steak, a cashew-based fondue, or the all-important frietjes with eggless mayonnaise. Dietary restrictions are taken seriously here, with gluten- and nut-free options available for diners.
watsonsfood.com // Linnaeuskade 3h, Oost
With a completely animal-free menu, Meatless District is a vegan’s delight – as proven by the recent opening of a second location. The multinational menu features one-of-a-kind dishes for breakfast, lunch and dinner. For breakfast, yellow beet, dukkah and mint puts a twist on trendy avocado toast, while more typical dishes like scones and scrambled “eggs” also appear on the menu. The starting price for a main course at dinner is around €15, which includes the Meatless District burger: a grilled aubergine creation served with boerenfriet and mayo (vegan, of course).
meatlessdistrict.com // Bilderdijkstraat 65-7 //Oud-West // Van Woustraat 189-191, De Pijp
The Vegan Junk Food Bar
Junk food isn’t just for meat eaters – vegans can indulge in grease, too! At the Vegan Junk Food Bar, all the tasty treats usually reserved for carnivores are on the menu, including juicy plant-based burgers and fries, made completely of vegan ingredients. The Vegan Junk Food Bar has four locations: De Pijp spot is a fully fledged restaurant serving up dishes such as shawarma and bitterballen, while the Oud-West location has more of a takeaway cafe vibe. You'll also find other outposts downtown and in Oost.
veganjunkfoodbar.com // Marie Heinekenplein 9-10, De Pijp // Staringplein 22, Oud-West // Reguliersdwarsstraat 57, downtown // Eerste v. Swindenstraat 389, Oost
Koffie ende Koeck
The menu at this breakfast stop, lunchroom and bakery is 100% plant-based and 100% delicious, offering up sweet treats and savoury bites to enjoy in the cosy café or outside on the terrace. The cake is the high point at Koffie ende Koeck: each flavour, including chocolate hazelnut, Victoria sponge, carrot cake and more, are made with vegan-friendly ingredients. For an extra-special vegan feast, reserve your spot at High Tea for tea sandwiches, scones and unlimited tea.
koffieendekoeck.nl // Haarlemmerweg 175, Westerpark
There are two locations for this plant-based pizza place: the original Mastino in De Pijp offers both traditional pizzas as well as vegan ones, while Mastino in Amsterdam-West is all vegan, all the time (though you can order regular mozzarella, if you like). Try a Full Moon pizza with pesto or a Frida & Diego for a Mexican mix, enjoyed either at the small restaurant or delivered to your door.
mastinovegan.nl // Eerste van der Helststraat 78, De Pijp // Bilderdijkstraat 192, Oud-West
Operating as part of the Kushi Institute of Europe, DeShima is all about macrobiotics. The daily menu contains no animal products — it’s completely vegan — and dishes inspired by Asian cuisine. A hot lunch, which includes grains, beans and seasonal vegetables, starts at €15, and there are smaller dishes for just a quick bite to eat: vegan sushi and miso soup start at just €3.50. You can dine in or order for delivery until 14:00. After that the restaurant is converted into a classroom, but you can certainly stick around, don an apron and learn to whip up your own vegan dishes at home.
macrobiotics.nl/deshima // Weteringschans 65, Spiegelkwartier
OT301 — De Peper
Hidden inside the OT301, a cultural centre located in a former film academy, is De Peper. It’s not really a restaurant, though; it’s a “cultural kitchen” in Oud-West that features 100% organic and vegan produce (kosher and halal guests will find plenty of options). The experience is a bit different in that it’s run by volunteers and there’s no table service or menu. The price of a meal, which includes a starter and main course, is on a sliding scale from €7 – 10. Desserts are a mere €1.50, and all donations go to the upkeep of the restaurant. To reserve call 020 412 2954 between 16:00 and 19:00. For a similar volunteer-driven alternative vibe, you can also check out robinfoodkollektief.nl.
depeper.org // Overtoom 301, Oud-West
Deer Mama is a delightfully kitsch 1950s diner-styled restaurant in De Pijp that bills itself as a “Vegan mylk and burger bar.” But it’s not all junk food! They balance their boozy shakes, juicy BBQ burgers (including the amazing Beyond Meat patty), piled-high pancakes and decadent desserts with salads, sourdough toasts and shareable starters such as miso grilled eggplant.
deermama.nl // Ceinturbaan 71, De Pijp
Brought to you by those clever people behind the Vegan Junk Food Bar, Kebabi specialises in – you guessed it – döner kebabs. However, the menu has been expanded to include their signature waffle fries, two types of bitterballen (traditional Dutch snacks of deep-fried, savoury yumminess), kapsalon (waffle fries supplemented with a rainbow of greasy toppings) and baklava. In short: the perfect place to gel your belly back together after a night of drinking.
kebabi.amsterdam // Overtoom 428, Oud-West
This self-described “ramen restaurant on the edge” has the motto “awaken the sense of your taste”. Proprietor and noodle chef Atsushi Ishida does indeed seek the impossible for his “men” (the Japanese word for ramen) by reinventing the dish as a purely plant-based dish without sacrificing any deepness of flavour. You’ll need to make a reservation (06-82439199) for the whole experience: a hearty set menu served on shared tables from an open kitchen in the heart of the scenic Jordaan neighbourhood.
menimpossible.nl // Hazenstraat 19, Jordaan
This purveyor of ‘vegan soul food’ is dedicated to recreating mom’s sweet home cooking – whether your mom is from Ethiopia, the Caribbean country of Suriname or the US’s deep south – using only plant-based ingredients. From rotis and wraps to a variety of pancake stacks, you’ll find plenty of comfort this cosy café and takeaway. And yes, soul music is invariably blasting from the speakers.
mooshka.nl // Van Woustraat 110, De Pijp
The edgy bio-art pioneers Mediamatic serves vegan food at its greenhouse restaurant that looks out scenically over the harbour. From Sunday to Tuesday, they serve stellar pizza. From Wednesday to Saturday, their menu takes a more sushi and tempura direction – and if you have serious hunger try their ‘Fake stake with fries’. Locally sourced beer rounds out the selection.
mediamatic.nl // Dijksgracht 6, Waterfront
With veganism becoming mainstream, you’ll find options in most of the city’s more ‘regular’ restaurants – and certainly in all the restaurants listed in our Best Vegetarian Restaurants of Amsterdam. But here are some other tips… The speedy pan-Asian chain Wagamama, with four locations around town, now features a full vegan menu (but if you want some of the best vegan ramen in town, don’t miss Pho 91). When the weather permits, you can swim, tan and eat vegan Polynesian at paaseilandamsterdam.nl – just a 10-15 minute walk from Central Station. And if you want to do your own cooking, you can pick up vegan-tastic ingredients at the vegabond.nl or littleplantpantry.com.