Food hotspots in Amsterdam
I’ve lived in Amsterdam for 4 years and I still visit it at least once a week. I’m always checking out new food hotspots in Amsterdam. On this page I’ve listed my favorite healthy and vegetarian (or vegan) friendly restaurants and added a few nice things that you can do in the city. If you’re looking for hotspots in other cities in the Netherlands you can click here. If you like vegetarian burgers, you can check my top 10 of best veggie burgers in Amsterdam here.
Originally from Rotterdam, but Bazar in an old church in Amsterdam is a great brother to the restaurant/hotel in Rotterdam. They serve exotic dishes and have many vegetarian options, like the delicious vegetarian platter to the left. The prices are very reasonable and the service is fast. But you might just want to come for the colorful interior.
Beter&Leuk near the Weesperstraat in East has many gluten free and vegan options on their menu. As if the healthy food isn’t enough reason to go there, the waitresses here are very friendly (especially for Amsterdam standards). They also sell clothes and Scandinavian gift items in this little place. Sometimes they organize yoga lessons or cooking events and they also have a takeaway shop next door.
The name sounded a bit strange to me at first, but don’t let the name stop you from going there. Once you’ve entered Box Sociaal you’ll understand what I mean. The waiters are one of the friendliest in Amsterdam. They welcome you with a positive energy that is very contagious. Box Sociaal is open for lunch and dinner and their menu is quite extended.
For lunch they have some lighter dishes like a fresh fruit platter and more heavy items like their Hangover Breakfast Sandwich. Click here to read more about Box Sociaal.
Corner Bakery is not only vegetarian friendly, it’s also very Instagram friendly! The dishes are all made up nicely and you get a colorful placemat as the perfect background for your snapshot! As you can see they top their dishes with many colorful ingredients. They’ve got many healthy options of which quite a few vegetarian ones. They’ve got many smoothie bowls with for example acai or dragon fruit, sweet options like pancakes or french toast and sandwiches with all kinds of toppings. Pictured is their yogurt with homemade granola and an abundance of fresh fruit!
Dignita in Amsterdam south, is probably your healthiest option for lunch in town. They have great poached eggs, but my favorite is the Earthworks Salad Bowl. A vegan dish that’s different every time, because they use ingredients from the Lindenhoff gardens. Besides the seasonal vegetables, it always has avocado, wheat free grains and gluten free seed loaf. This dish is vegan and gluten free.
Dophert, located at the Spaarndammerbuurt (north-west of central station), is a vegan lunchroom. You can order soy yogurt with granola for breakfast, quesadilla’s with vegan cheese for lunch or blueberry pancakes for your weekend brunch. On Thursday, Friday and Saturday they’re also open for dinner. Their speciality is this Dophert Burger, a tasty chickpea patty with vegetables and chipotle mayonnaise. This burger is so popular that you can order it for lunch and dinner! The Dophert burger also made it to the top 10 of my favorite veggie burgers in Amsterdam, click here for the entire list.
DopHert also has a sister restaurant in De Pijp called Deer Mama, here they serve vegan burgers and vegan mylkshakes.
One of my favorite healthy hotspots is the ‘Foodhallen’. It’s an old tram building which now hosts several food stands.
If you like middle eastern food as much as I do, you should stop by at Maza. Here they serve great vegetarian food like falafel and hummus. They have a falafel wrap, but you can also order a platter with pita bread and several dips. The Maza hummus is also for sale in many Dutch supermarkets. Did you know that hummus is very easy to make yourself? Check my Foodie section for the recipe: http://annetravelfoodie.com/savoury-snacks/
Another great stall is Fento. They serve healthy Asian/Mexican fusion. Like this vegetarian tostada with black beans and mushrooms. Fento shows that eating healthy is delicious and I couldn’t agree more of course!
If you like Dim Sum, you should definitely visit Dim Sum Thing all the way in the back. They have a nice mixed platter and also have many meat free options.
Also worth the try is Viet View, where they serve authentic Vietnamese street food like Banh Mi and Spring Rolls. I’ve been to Vietnam and I loved the food there, you can read my blog post on Vietnam here: http://annetravelfoodie.com/vietnam/
You can read more about food at the Foodhallen on this page.
Do you like food courts? Amsterdam has another foodcourt, less known by tourists. Read about Market 33 in Amsterdam Zuid here.
The only thing better than a good vegetarian restaurant is a good vegetarian restaurant with swings! Stop by at H/eart.h at the Albert Cuyp market for a nice bowl of vegan soup or one of their tiramisus. They have five different kinds of tiramisu. Besides the classic version, they also have a limoncello tiramisu and one with with chocolate and raspberries just to name a few. And they even have a vegan tiramisu (pictured above).
I’m a huge hummus fan, you can also see my hummus recipes on my foodie page or read about my trip to Israel on my travel page. Luckily Amsterdam also has no less than three great hummus restaurants.
You’ve got Sir Hummus in the nice area called ‘De Pijp’.
Sir Hummus is run by 3 Israeli’s and they make real authentic hummus. You can choose between a big or small portion, white or whole wheat pita’s and they have optional toppings like beef or aubergine. You can also buy your hummus and pita bread ‘to go’.
In the Jordaan area there’s Hummus Bistro D&A, where they don’t only have hummus but also serve baba ganoush (eggplant dip), shakshuka and labane (yogurt cheese). Their whole wheat pita’s are the best, nice and fluffy.
De hummus house sells hummus with a choice of toppings, several main dishes like shakshuka and they have several middle eastern style tappas. The best thing to do is to order a few things with your company so you can taste a bit over everything.
All three hummus restaurants in Amsterdam are worth going to. If you’re in the city center you can go to De Hummus House, if you’re in East you can go to Sir Hummus and if you’re in Amsterdam West you can go to Hummus Bistro D&A.
Koffie en de Koeck
Koffie en de Koeck is a little heaven for vegans. This all vegan restaurant near the Westerpark serves breakfast, lunch and high-tea’s from Tuesday to Saturday. Besides that everything is 100% vegan, they also work with as many organic ingredients as possible. Their vegan cream cheese is delicious and the sweet potato hummus with dukkah (Egyptian nuts and spices) is a must-try! Pictured is the gluten free corn cracker club with avocado and grilled bell pepper.
I already told you that I love hummus and you probably also know that I don’t eat meat. Are you also a vegetarian hummus lover? Than you should really go to Mana Mana in the Pijp area. They’ve got great hummus, falafel or vegetable dishes served with pita bread. And they’re willing to cook vegan for you! All dishes are made to share, so you can just pick around 2 dishes per person and see how your table gets filled with delicious vegetarian dishes. I recommend the baba ganoush, this grilled aubergine spread is super tasty!
Marit started her vegetarian livingroom restaurant in 2011 but recently upgraded her restaurant. It’s now called Marits Eetkamer. She has more space for the restaurant and added a completely vegan menu. Guests can choose between 3, 4 or 5 courses and whether they want the vegetarian or vegan menu. The menu changes every month as she works with seasonal and local products. But it’s always delicious and prepared with love!
The name Meatless District already suggests that there isn’t any meat on the menu, but this restaurant is even 100% plant based! Everything on their menu is vegan and they have some delicious options for either lunch or dinner. For lunch you can go for one of their big sandwiches, like the one I had (pictured) with walnut and mushroom pate, cucumber, mango chutney and crushed walnuts. They also serve dinner, their MD burger is famous!
Pancake restaurants in Amsterdam can be rather tacky and touristic. Luckily there’s Mook in Amsterdam West. Mook is light and spacious and a little bit hipster. They serve delicious pancakes all day long (and some avocado dishes if you’re not into pancakes). Mook has got both sweet and savory pancake dishes on their menu. They can make your pancakes vegan or gluten free without an extra charge!
MYLK is a plant based lunchroom/take out in Amsterdam Zuid. It’s located at the Zuidas where all the major offices are, so it’s perfect for a healthy lunch break. They have a salad bar where you can choose between many veggies or you can go for one of their sandwiches. They have many vegan and vegetarian options, but are not completely vegan (the term ‘plant based’ can cause some confusion)
Ninour is the perfect love child of a foodie and a fashionista. This perfectly decorated shop and deli sells designer items from around the world, and they serve delicious healthy food. All their dishes are vegetarian, refined sugar free and where possible organic and locally produced. The menu has Moroccan influences as you can see in their couscous dish with hummus and avocado. This wrap with homemade parsley hummus and grilled vegetables is delicious. And you should also try their ‘skinny dipper’, a big plate with homemade hummus and various spices served with Lebanese bread. Ninour is owned by a young couple and by the beautiful color combinations of the walls and the tables, you can tell that one of them has a history in fashion!
Roots is probably best known for their organic cold pressed juices. But I’m not a juice person, I prefer to eat my calories. So I go there for their wraps, salads and mostly: their desserts! They sell the raw treats from Holy Nut. They are raw, organic, sugar free, dairy free and paleo friendly. But still super tasty! My favorite is the Chocolate Salted Caramel slice (pictured on the right).
SLA (Dutch for ‘lettuce’ ) has 5 branches in Amsterdam, the one on the Ceintuurbaan being my favorite because you can eat your salad in the nearby Sarphatipark. SLA serves juices, soups and of course: salads. You can order one of their favorite combinations, or you can create your own salad with your favorite ingredients. They have many vegetarian and vegan options. Pictured is a vegan salad with spinach falafel balls, spelt couscous, roasted cauliflower and hummus.
Despite its name, this isn’t really a snackbar. The first difference is that SNCKBR isn’t a take-out, as a matter of fact it has a great interior with many plants so you wouldn’t even want to leave straight away! And the big difference is that nothing is deep-fried here. So you might call SNCKBR a healthy snackbar. Because they do serve your favorite ‘guilty pleasures’ but in a healthified way. For each item on the menu they’ve stated the amount of calories, so you can eat as healthy as you want. Vegetarians and vegans also have plenty of choice at this restaurant in the Pijp area. Their stuffed bell peppers with bulgur are a delicious vegan option! And don’t forget to order a portion of oven baked
Vegabond is a vegan lunchroom meets vegan supermarket, making it the perfect stop for all vegans in town. It’s located in the city center around the corner from the Anne Frank museum. Their lunches are delicious (vegan cheese!) and the mini supermarket is great for getting the not-so-usual vegan products like silken tofu, vegan cheese en even vegan whipped cream.
The only unhealthy restaurant that I’ll recommend is Winkel 43 in the Jordaan area, where they serve the best apple pie of Amsterdam. Speaking of apple pie, did you already have a look at my recipe for a healthy apple pie?
My other restaurant recommendations in Amsterdam
In the city center you can have a high tea in the smallest house of Amsterdam, Turkish food at Ali Ocakbasi, a fancy lunch at the brasserie of the Waldorf Astoria, a Thai meal at Adam and Siam, a luxury dinner with a Dutch twist at Lt. Cornelis or go for an English breakfast at Greenwoods Tearoom. On Sundays you can have a Mad Hatter’s Brunch at Bluespoon. Love interiors? Check out Restaurant Bridges or art-deco cafe Americain.
In the Pijp you could go for tacos at Chiapas Taco Cartel, a matcha dessert at the Matcha Bar or a healthy poke bowl at Temakary. Lover of Indonesian food? Mama Makan is the place for you! Right next to metro stop De Pijp you’ll find Happyhappyjoyjoy for Asian street-food and Deer Mama for vegan burgers.
In East you can have delicious sushi at Sushi ‘n Sake, dinner at Frank’s Smoke House, go on a food tour on the Java street, have dinner at the water at Restaurant Nomads, eat rescued food at Instock or go for wonderful Italian food at Impero Romano. The Commons is open for lunch and dinner and you can enjoy affordable food from a Michelin star chef at Café Cliché.
In South there’s a great food market called Market 33 with pita’s from Pita Queen, a nice hotel with a lobby serving vega(n) food and a great sushi restaurant called Sushilee. You can also have vegetarian Asian food at Wagamama, a boozy brunch at Brooks, Dutch cuisine with a twist at Restaurant Joost or be surprised about the high quality at a former garage at Restaurant Atelier.
Taking a tour with Rory’s Amsterdam Tour is such a fun activity. Rory (an Irish man who previously lived in LA) is funny and charming. He tells you many interesting facts about Amsterdam and his groups are usually small.
The best thing you can do on a Friday night is going to Easylaughs for
an improv comedy show.
The international cast performs every Friday in English. Tickets are 10euros (4€ if you’re a student).
They also offer workshops every Sunday from 12-2pm. It’s for all levels, so no experience necessary.
You can just show up at the Crea and join in. Check their website for more information or like them on Facebook.
I’ve tried quite a few, but my favorite yoga school in Amsterdam is Yagoy. They have two studio’s, one in Amsterdam West and one in the Pijp. Their studio’s are light and airy, but not too big so you’ll always have small groups. They teach all their lessons in English. At Yagoy you can choose in what kind of mood you are: do you want to sweat? Are you feeling adventurous? Or do you want to find stillness? Yagoy caters to your needs.
You can try a lesson for just 10euros, or buy a ‘try your way’ pass for 5 lessons for 30€.