Time for a recap of 2019! Yo, 2018 was a good year for veganism in Amsterdam and 2019 no less. More options in restaurants and supermarkets, making it easier for people to be vegan. Also, the increased visibility of a vegan lifestyle helps to normalise it which is great, as dealing with social situations as a vegan is not always easy.
At the moment Happy Cow lists 374 vegan friendly restaurants in Amsterdam, of which 39 are fully vegan! Albert Heijn added little vegan signs (see pic above) to various (not all) vegan products in the supermarket, this is huge. Many big nationwide companies are currently working on vegan options, this year for example Hema, Ikea, Multivlaai, Subway and Bakker Bart came with a vegan meal.
The changes in Amsterdam have not gone unnoticed, newspaper NRC highlighted several developments in a big article last summer, also quoting yours truly. But hey let’s have a look at this year’s developments! Read more
Finding vegan pancakes on a restaurant menu in Amsterdam used to be rare, but nowadays there are PLENTY options! A few hip pancake places opened up which of course have vegan options (can’t open a new hip place without it) but also traditional Amsterdam pancake places all of a sudden realised you CAN make a pancake batter without using milk and eggs.
So broadly speaking you can choose from vegan and vegan friendly-places, new hip pancakes places, or traditional pancake places. And then there are some others. Most places offer either American (thick and fluffy) or Dutch style (larger and thinner) pancakes. We found 13 places with vegan pancakes on the menu, check ’em out! Read more
Passing Wibautstraat you might have seen people lining up in front of a particular bakery store, especially around lunchtime. That’s Bakkerij Hartog, which has been around for over 100 years. Their bread is famous in Amsterdam and with good reason, it’s probably the best bread in town! Read more
Whoa lots of vegan pastry at organic store/deli Henny’s Homemade. At Rozengracht, who knew! Muffin, croissant, coconut macaroon, poppy seed crumble pie, hemp cookie, samosa… (not all vegan pastry is indicated as such on the card). Also open until LATE every day. Read more
New!! Pop-up takeaway by vegan bakery Nono Cakes at Winkelcentrum Ganzenpoort (Zuid-Oost). 😍 All kinds of pastry (donuts, tompouce, cake etc.) and even savoury stuff as well like a roll with vegan pom or vegan cheese onion puff. Will be there prob until summer next year or longer! Read more
Photos of yesterday’s Official Animal Rights March Amsterdam! Afterwards we had a short conversation with organizers Linda Guijt and Amadesha Assie:
Linda: “We read on Facebook about the march in London and thought, hey we should have this one here as well. Then we just took the initiative and organised it last year ourselves.”
Amadesha: “We thought it was a success and wanted to keep on doing it. We got noticed and people heard the message. We chose to put ‘End Speciesism’ on the banner, because a lot of people don’t know that word. So that when people think ‘Oh what’s that?’, that finally they will get the idea that it is really a form of discrimination, that we think there are humans and animals, and animals are worth less, even though humans are also animals. Read more
The vegan movement is gaining momentum, also activism wise! Next to smaller outreach actions happening every so often, we just had a massive Cube of Truth in May, and the March Against All Slaugherhouses in June. In the coming months several other big demo’s are taking place, check out our overview! Read more
For those with a sweeeeet tooth!! Cakestix – new cake pop-up store by Dr Oetker X Nono Cakes (one of the best vegan bakers in Amsterdam!). 🍰 All vegan except half of the toppings! You customize them yourself and for some reason they pierce it with a wooden stick (some kind of Instagram hype). Read more
“De tijd dat veganisten blij mochten zijn als ze een tomatensoep met patatjes geserveerd kregen, is voorbij. Waren er vijf jaar geleden nog slechts 45.000 vegans in Nederland, volgens de Nederlandse Vereniging voor Veganisme (NVV) zijn er nu al zo’n 121.000 mensen die geen dierlijke producten als vlees, zuivel, eieren en leer gebruiken. En daar speelt de horeca op in: in Amsterdam zijn er nu zo’n 35 restaurants die uitsluitend vegan gerechten serveren. Nog zo’n tweehonderd horecagelegenheden bieden ‘veganistische opties’.”
Big article in the Amsterdam supplement of national newspaper NRC. Featuring Deer Mama, Mr. & Mrs. Watson, Vegabond, The Dutch Weed Burger Joint and Vegan Amsterdam – aka yours truly! Read the article here.