Finally I got to write a post about my first time in Amsterdam. The city is simply beautiful. For sure I recommend you visiting this amazing amalgamation of fine architecture, bikes and night life…. But since the subject of my blog is veganism, I’m just gonna introduce you to a couple of places where you can spend your time and eat after a lovely walk or a bike ride. I carefully selected the best (in my humble opinion) places. I want to begin with not just a simple vegan eatery, but a macrobiotic restaurant called “Deshima”. It is located at Weteringschans 65. Working days are from Monday to Saturday from 11:00 to 19:00, on Sunday from 12.00 to 17.00.
I’d like to draw your attention to the fact that this place has definitely great location. It is just a 15 – 20 minute walk from the Museum Quarter. Imagine, you visit all the wonderful museums, you enjoy aesthetic pleasures, and when it’s done it’s time to be delighted with gastronomic pleasures!
The inside atmosphere is pleasant and likeable. Menu of the day is written on the black board. The staff speaks English and is always ready to help you in making your choice. This restaurant also has a shop that will be mentioned in a post about vegan shopping in Amsterdam.
Restaurant prices are reasonable. It is worth noting that there’s a lot of different meals in the menu beginning from appetizers to various desserts. I decided to try a cream soup with ginger. It was delicious and that’s how it looks.
In addition to its astonishing cuisine and shop they also hold master classes, lectures and seminars.
The next place where you can eat (well, have a snack actually, not a square meal) is called “Vegabond”. This is a store where you can buy not only vegan food, but also sit in the back on the couches enjoing the place while sipping tea with a slice of cake or cupcakes, or eat sandwiches and drink organic beverages. It is located at Leliegracht 16. Working hours: Tuesday to Saturday from 11:00 to 19:00, on Sunday from 12.00 to 17.00.
Another advantage of its location is that it’s a 5-minute walk from the Anne Frank House. You can grab a snack at the street (or right next to the channel) or have a meal inside. Very cozy.
At Vegabond I decided to try a sandwich with scrambled tofu. The waitress who works there brought me two huge sandwiches, which I ate in full. The ingredients were not only tofu, but spinach and avocado as well.
Earlier I mentioned that it’s not justa cafe, but a shop as well. You will get acquainted with its assortment in my next post. I will only share my impressions on this place: it was a pure and simple enjoyment. The atmosphere and the staff do their job and leave visitors with a pleasant experience.
Next restaurant, in my opinion, is aslo worthy of your attention. It is a famous vegan restaurant chain called “Loving Hut”. Located at Admiraal de Ruijterweg 334, it is far from the city center, but ir can be easily reached on foot or by bike.
The view from the inside.
They have so many option in the menu so I see no reason to specify them all. I took the pics of the menu especially for you, so you have to decide for yourself how rich this menu is and how reasonable are the prices.
Another side of the menu.
I’ve heard a lot about the Chinese Dumplings, so I decided to try them there (the menu specifies them as the fried dumplings).
And for dessert I drank the milk melon cocktail.
In Amsterdam there are still places where you can eat cheaply. For example, in the city center you will easily find falafel in such cafes.
City center has a lot of them. And yet there is one falafel cafe called “Maoz” that stands out. This is an international falafel chain. In Amsterdam there are several of them and their locations are Leidsestraat 85, Muntplein 1 (between the Amstel and the Reguliersbreestraat) and Damrak 40. The pictures were taken at the cafe located at Damrak 40. And here it is.
Here is the menu.
They have the same system as in “Mr. Falafel” chain in Brussels – you pay for falafel and stuffing is almost free, you add it yourself as many times as you wish.
Here you can eat in or take a falafel sandwhich away and go for a walk.
Amsterdam has many more vegan and vegetarian places, but since my aim is to beacon all the best vegan spots, I’m done here. To my mind these are the best. I didn’t get to others because of their ridiculously high prices or because I was pressed for time. Essentially, Amsterdam is breath-taking and incomparable to anything else. You just have to come here and feel its tenacious atmosphere.