Eating meals from a package is not really my thing. If it’s not made with ingredients that are tasty, fresh, nourishing and fulfilling, what’s the point of eating in the first place? So when Jimmy Joy send me a box with their ‘complete food’ consisting of shakes and bars, I was honestly a bit hesitant to try them out at first. Shakes and bars in a wrap just don’t look very tempting to me. But since I’ve heard good things about Jimmy Joy’s ‘complete food’ and they recently turned most of their products vegan, I decided to give it a try anyway.
Vegan red lentil carrot soup is a quick and easy meal that suits the chilly days perfectly; it’s comforting, hearty and simply delicious! Besides, it’s a perfect soup for vegans and vegetarians because of the high protein level in lentils. The carrots in this soup add a tasty sweet flavour which makes it attractive for little kids as well.
Asian restaurant chain with a vegan and vegetarian menu
Yes! Wagamama introduced a new separate vegan+vegetarian menu last week! The Asian cuisine restaurant chain has four locations in Amsterdam. Besides that they’re located in Utrecht, Rotterdam, Roermond and 16 other countries around the globe. Wagamama was born in London in 1992 and inspired by the fast pace of Japanese Ramen bars. The interior suits the concept; modern, simple and clean with big communal tables to have a quick but delicious Asian bite. Although with this new vegan menu you might just want to hang around a bit longer…
Only a 5-minute bike ride away from the Ijplein ferry, the Green Canteen is located in one of the less explored parts of the North of Amsterdam. Surrounded by warehouses and houses alike, the area is a more residential version of its cooler Northern sibling, NDSM. Extra points for the location, because it’s right opposite the Oedipus brewery! Only one of the coolest breweries in Amsterdam. Green Canteen is humble and true, serving only vegan and vegetarian options. The interior of the eatery is small and intimate, with a simple décor, just a few tables and an open kitchen. There’s also a terrace with a couple of tables, in case you want to grab that afternoon sun.
Are you looking for an easy meal? Then this VeganPesto Zoodles with Pomegranate Seeds is for you! With just 8 ingredients you can prepare this healthy vegan dish for lunch, dinner or a side dish in about 10 minutes!
In the ever vibrant neighborhood de Pijp, on just 5 minutes walking distance from the Albert Cuyp market, you find The Meets eatery. The concept of The Meets is that they serve 80% plant-based and 20% animal products, meaning most of the menu is vegan!
(*Update: There’s a newly opened location in the East of Amsterdam, find the address and the location on the map at the end of this article)
Did you hear there’s a heatwave on its way…? Time to score some ice, ice, baby! Vegan ice cream, of course. That’s why Green Amsterdam tracked down the best spots in Amsterdam to get your vegan ‘ijsje’. Go find the nearest vegan ice cream spot to your location on the map and get it while it’s hot! Ehh… cold 😀
At Dophert in the Spaarndammerstraat they know their sweets; they make beautiful vegan pies, milkshakes and for a while now they have their very own vegan soft ice machine! And they don’t just leave it like that, they sprinkle ’em up for you with some colorful edible decorations that will cheer up anyone! They serve different flavors like Vanilla, ‘Tumeric Latte’ and ‘Maple Speculoos’.
Remember Vegabond? This 100% vegan lunchroom annex supermarket has a great lunch menu, sweets and a beautiful view on the Leliegracht canal. Their little supermarket is like vegan heaven and of course ice cream is part of it! From vegan brand ‘Booja-Booja’ they sell the flavors ‘Caramel Pecan Praline’ and ‘Hunky Punky Chocolate’ and there’s a cornetto from the brand ‘Valsoia’. Read more about Vegabond here!
You can’t miss IJscuypje when you walk around in Amsterdam. Right now there are nearly fifteen IJscuypjes in Amsterdam, so there’s always one close to you. All sorbet flavors are vegan and freshly made in their own kitchen, where they produce about 18 flavors including Chocolate, Rhabarb, ‘Mango Passion fruit’, Kiwi, Mandarin and Pear. When summer is over, IJscuypje turns into ‘Stamppotje’ for winter time.
Going to spend a sunny day at the Amsterdamse Bos? Then drop by De Boshalte, a place that rents out bicycles and has a little terrace where they serve vegan ice creams!
Spirit is a vega(n) buffet restaurant with over fifty dishes which are freshly made with 100% bio and seasonal ingredients. There’s a big ass buffet in the middle of the restaurant, but there’s also a little one behind it: A vegan ice cream buffet! Serving funky flavors like ‘Mango Red Pepper’, ‘Black Sesame’, Passion fruit, Cassis, Chocolate, Cocos and Raspberry. Read more about Spirit here!
Artisanal Italian ice cream maker and coffee taster Massimo makes everything in Italian tradition. Around the corner of the Albert Cuyp you’ll find his little shop with over fifteen different vegan flavors like Cantaloupe, Chocolate, Watermelon, Lemon, Pistachio and Hazelnut The cones are not vegan by the way.
Van Leeuwen x Juice Brothers
Van Leeuwen was actually already quite a popular ice cream hotspot in New York before they opened their joint together with Juice Brothers around the corner of Westerpark last year.
Here you find delicious artisan scoops of ice with flavors like like Matcha, Coffee, Chocolate, Rasberry, Watermelon and more. The ideal spot to get your ice cream for a Westerpark sessions!
La La IJs
Just across ‘De Hallen’ and close to ‘Ten Kate market’ in Amsterdam West, a new organic and artisanal ice cream shop has opened its doors. La La IJs serves vegan and non-vegan milkshakes and ice creams. Some of the vegan flavors being Rhubarb, Coffee, ‘Lemon Basil’ and ‘Chic Salt Rosemary’. Their cones are vegan and if you want you can add some fruit to your coupe!
Tofani is one of the oldest Italian ice cream shops in Amsterdam. Situated at Nieuwmarkt, in the middle of the centre, you can enjoy your ice cream on the little terrace at the square. They serve vegan and non vegan flavors, the vegan flavors being ‘Ginger Soy’, Chocolate and several fruit flavors. Next to their tasty ice creams they also serve coffees and sandwiches.
Day Made is a fairly new espresso bar annex gallery situated in the neighborhood de Baarsjes, Amsterdam West. Next to their exquisite fair trade coffees and funky gallery pieces, they also sell vegan popsicles from the Dutch brand ‘IJsmanschap’ which you can enjoy on their outside seats.
Beter & Leuk
This popular vegetarian lunch café in the east of Amsterdam feels like a living room where they happen to serve super tasty vegan food. Beter & Leuk now also sells ice cream from ‘Van Leeuwen’ and vegan popsicles from the brands ‘NICE fruitijsjes’ and ‘Unmelted’, in flavors like Spinach-Banana’ and ‘Mango-Carrot’
Supermarkets like ‘Ekoplaza’, ‘Jumbo’, ‘Albert Heijn’, ‘Marqt’ and ‘Aldi’ all sell vegan ice creams! With brands such as ‘Cornetto’, ‘Ben & Jerry’s’, ‘Professor Grunschnabel’, ‘Abbot Kinney’s’, ‘Trader Joe’s’ and the supermarkets house brands (sorbet and several popsicles). So if you just want to enjoy your ice creams at home or bring it with you to the park, you easily can!
Tomatoes are one of my favorite vegetables (or fruit, whatever). The thing about the average tomato in the Dutch supermarket is, you never know what to expect. One day they’re orange and tasteless, the next they’re watery and hard. And if there’s one thing that turns me off, it’s watery, tasteless tomatoes.
Good news, vegan friends! There’s a new vegan snack spot in town 😀 Yesterday Kebabi served on a Pita 3.0 opened its doors for all you hungry kebab lovers. Of course Green Amsterdam couldn’t wait to taste this plant based Kebabi and rushed to the opening at the Overtoom.