Hi guys, Emily here!
Let me start by saying that not only is Amsterdam absolutely stunning, it’s one the most vegan-friendly cities I’ve ever been to. Want oat milk in your latte? Just about every café has it. Craving tofu scramble for brunch? Yep, they have that too. Vegan bitterballen? No problem. Want late night french fries? Easy peasy, they’ve got fries everywhere (plus, a plethora of vegan sauces to choose from).
On top of the vegan food just about everywhere, the city is so walkable, has the cutest houses I’ve ever seen, and a canal around every turn. So, if you’re trying to decide on a weekend getaway, look no further than Amsterdam.
So now onto the food. And drinks. First up, was coffee (we took a red-eye flight so it was very necessary). We walked around the city and stumbled upon a cute cafe called Caffè il Momento— this is where I got my first (of many) oat milk latte. We sat by the window and had a great view of the city and a canal, it was delightful.
From there, we walked to get lunch at Blue Amsterdam— a café and bar that has panoramic views of the city. It also has two vegan options including scrambled tofu with harissa, fried onions, spinach, and cherry tomatoes on toast (this is what I got) and a vegan falafel burger with pickled red cabbage, mint, little gem and garlic tofu sauce.
After lunch, we continued to walk around the city and marvel at the adorable houses, canals, and boats while I said “oh my god, so cute” just about every five minutes. Then, it was time for fries (arguably my favorite thing about the city– fries everywhere). We went to VleminckX Sausmeesters and I got a small fry with spicy ketchup. They also have vegan mayo and I would highly recommend the combination of vegan mayo and ketchup (I may have gotten that combo twice during my trip). Yes, if you are wondering, we got fries every single day. No regrets.
After chowing down on the crunchiest, most perfectly cooked fries I’ve ever eaten (no, this is not an exaggeration), we decided it was time to sight-see, so we headed to the Rijksmuseum. Shortly after we finished there, we (of course) had to go to Willicroft, Amsterdam’s first (and only) FULLY VEGAN CHEESE SHOP. We tasted vegan fondue, vegan blue cheese, and vegan parmesan and everything was to die for. We also bought some to take home and kept it in the fridge at our hotel until we left. It traveled surprisingly well in my checked suitcase!
Vegan blue cheese from Willicroft. Vegan parmesan from Willicroft.
Can we talk about that vegan blue cheese? Literal insanity. They use the same cultures to make it as dairy blue cheese and it even had my non-vegan husband convinced.
After basking in vegan cheese heaven, we continued to wander the city and stopped into a few bars for cocktails before heading to De Kas for dinner. The restaurant is located inside a conservatory and all of their dishes are farm-to-table and made from organic ingredients grown on-site. The night I was there, they offered a five-course vegan tasting menu (I think the amount of courses vary depending on the ingredients they have on-hand). Their menu shows the ingredients they have on-site that day and what types of flavors you can expect in your dishes (you can let them know if there are any you’d like omitted). Of course, if you opt for the vegan option, they will not include any of the non-vegan ingredients listed.
The menu of ingredients at De Kas.
I’ll be honest, I can’t remember every single dish exactly, but we started with spring rolls, celery dip with rice crackers, sesame dip with garlic, fermented garlic with kale, and sourdough with olive oil. The next courses consisted of beetroot with puree, chicory with curry sauce, jerusalem artichokes, potatoes, cauliflower, and coconut sorbet with fig leaves and blood orange for dessert.
Each dish was bursting with flavor and so delicious. I would highly recommend this place if you’re looking for a higher end date night with amazing service and a great atmosphere.
After a red-eye and a long full first day, we accidentally slept in until 10:30 AM, so we missed breakfast and decided to go straight to lunch instead. We decided on Greenwoods because it had great reviews and food for the both of us.
I started my meal with a ginger turmeric latte made with almond milk and it was so creamy and very tasty. Greenwoods had two vegan entrée options including The Big Vegan Breakfast and The “MISO Hungry” Vegan Sandwich (that’s what I went with). I will say that it was VERY difficult to decide, but because I got tofu scramble the first day, I decided to switch it up and order the sandwich and was not disappointed. I will say it was an open faced sandwich (not your traditional American sandwich) served on one slice of homemade soda bread that I had to eat with a fork and a knife. But, it was fresh, yummy, and the perfect amount of food. I left feeling very satisfied and ready to take on the day!
We spent the rest of the day hopping around the local breweries. I was beyond surprised (and excited) to see that even the breweries had vegan options, so of course, I could not resist ordering the vegan nachos at Brouwerij De Prael. They were topped with vegan cheese, salsa and a vegan dip.
Vegan nachos from Brouwerij de Prael.
We continued our brewery tour and ended up trecking to Westergas– a thriving creative hotspot of Amsterdam in a former industrial building that has a variety of bars and restaurants. After checking out a couple of bars, we ended up at Brouwerij Troost where I ordered vegan bitterballen and a beyond burger with sriracha-mayo, spinach, and smoky BBQ mushrooms on a ciabatta bun.
Bitterballen from Troost. Beyond Burger from Troost.
The bitterballen was amazing and the burger was pretty good as well (the only thing I wish they had was more sriracha-mayo or some ketchup on the side to dip– I found it a little bit dry). Regardless of it not being the best Beyond Burger I’ve ever had, it was good enough and exciting to see these vegan options at a local brewery!
I started my morning with a quick coffee (+ soy milk) and some fruit from the hotel. Not too exciting, but convenient and did the trick! Plus, I knew I’d be splurging for lunch and wanted to make sure I would be hungry because we were going to Vegan Junk Food Bar (!!!).
Menu at Vegan Junk Food Bar.
From burgers and sandwiches to loaded fries and vegan calamari, this place has it all and is basically vegan heaven. I only wish I would have gone sooner, so I could have eaten here more than once. It’s safe to say I had a VERY tough time deciding what to order, but I went with the Caesar Salad, Coconut Curry Bitterballs, and the Daddy Mc Chik’n (plant-based crunchy Mc Chickie and vegan bacon on a pinkblue bun, cheddar, lettuce, tomato, red, spring & fried onion mix, pickles + daddy sauce). Holy. Yum. The Caesar Salad and Daddy Mc Chik’n were AMAZING and so freaking delicious. I can’t recommend this place enough.
The Daddy Mc Chik’n, Caesar Salad, and Coconut Curry Bitterballs from Vegan Junk Food Bar. Coconut Curry Bitterballs from Vegan Junk Food Bar. The Daddy Mc Chik’n from Vegan Junk Food Bar.
As you can imagine, I was pretty full for the rest of the day, so I opted for fries (again) for a late night dinner/snack (ate them too quick to get a picture)! So, that’s it for my weekend in Amsterdam vegan food guide. I hope you all get a chance to experience this amazing city. If you have any recommendations for other places to check out, let us know by leaving a comment below!