Vegan Junk Food Bar
Those looking to satisfy their junk food cravings without meat or dairy should make a beeline for Vegan Junk Food Bar. VJFB offers a vegan twist on comfort food with a menu that offers burgers, Amsterdam bitterballen (croquettes), chicken nuggets, loaded fries and ice cream – all are entirely plant-based, proving that vegan food doesn’t have to be boring. A must-visit for vegans or for those wanting to try one of the coolest eateries in the city, the Vegan Junk Food Bar is one to watch.
Vegan Junk Food Bar, Staringplein 22, 1054 VL Amsterdam
Inspired by the Meatpacking District in New York, the Meatless District is one of the coolest vegan spots in Amsterdam. The chic and relaxed interior is the perfect spot to enjoy a seasonally changing menu of 100% vegan dishes with lunch, dinner and snack choices. At the weekend, the Meatless District also offers top breakfast options such as French toast and a BLT sandwich with aubergine instead of bacon. Homemade dishes with organic ingredients where possible make Meatless District a great place to sample some of the best vegan food in the city.
Meatless District, Bilderdijkstraat 65-67, 1053 KM Amsterdam, +31 (0)20 722 0804
De Pijp is a great area for discerning foodies in Amsterdam. Be sure to check out The Meets, a healthy hotspot in the district. All the dishes here are made with locally sourced, honest ingredients, with a focus on avoiding refined sugars and additives. While The Meets follows an 80/20 rule of 80% plant-based and 20% animal produce, there is lots to entice vegans, with breakfast, lunch and snack options. Highlights include the vegan croissant with raspberry chia seed jam, the spicy Caesar salad with almond parmesan and chickpea croutons, and the jacket sweet potatoes with vegan cheese.
The Meets, Cornelis Troostplein 3, 1072 JJ Amsterdam, +31 (0)6 1531 6734
Beter & Leuk
At Beter & Leuk, seasonal, organic and locally sourced products go hand in hand with amazing food. This quaint spot advocates a healthy lifestyle with a hearty, healthy selection of vegetarian and vegan foods. Stop by for breakfast, brunch and lunch with plenty of vegan dishes on offer, from rice bowls with marinated tempe and soups to pancakes and sandwiches. Beter & Leuk is also known for sweet treats so make sure you pick up some sweet potato chocolate brownies or banana bread to go.
Beter & Leuk, Eerste Oosterparkstraat 73-91, 1091 GW Amsterdam, +31 (0)20 767 0029
Mr & Mrs Watson
It can be hard for vegans to find great dairy replacements but Mr & Mrs Watson is here to help. The vegan restaurant specialises in vegan cheeses, all made in-house and aged for weeks to give them their distinctive taste. Highlights include the cashew brie and blue Roquefort, both impressive dairy-free alternatives. The lunch menu offers vegan takes on classic dishes such as toasties and black bean chilli, as well as chowder and sloppy barbecue sandwiches. Those visiting for dinner should make the most of the popular Watson’s Starter plate, which includes vegan cheese, mushroom-nut pate and aubergine waffles, while those with a sweet tooth will love the raw cheesecake and tiramisu.
Mr & Mrs Watson, Linnaeuskade 3H, 1098 BC Amsterdam +31 (0)20 261 9360