Opened just last month, Yemayá is the first vegan restaurant in Amsterdam Zuid-Oost! Started by brothers Martin and Merrel and Merrel’s wife Sharon, who all have a Surinamese background. Martin and Merrel have a business in home furnishings but for a while were dreaming of taking a new step where they could benefit the community more. When a real estate agent contacted them and offered a good deal on an empty store space, it was like it had meant to be. They started to make plans for real.
Martin tells me he has been vegan for about 20 years, and felt a growing urge to contribute to the well-being of the planet. Opening up a vegan restaurant for the local community is for them the first step in making a difference. Martin:”We want to show people that eating vegan is also possible, you don’t always need to eat meat.” Read more
Plant Based Sushi started by South African expat Claudia Deken, who was bored with the available vegan options at sushi restaurants. Having a background in business, she started to organise her own vegan sushi events, where different chefs were doing the kitchen part. One of these chefs was Jessica Lai, they had a good connection and now Jes is the permanent sushi chef. Originally from Taiwan, but she has worked before at restaurants in Spain and Australia!
Summer 2019 Plant Based Sushi found a temporary home at cultural space De Ruimte in Amsterdam North, where they hosted a pop-up every weekend for two months. Then start of 2020 they finally found a more permanent space at lunchroom OKO Cultural Meeting Point. OKO is open during the day, Plant Based Sushi takes over the space at night! Read more
Alas momentarily closed right now of course but they do offer DELIVERY and take-away (pick up at Vegabond)! For this they prepare a colourful box filled with 6 pieces of sushi and 3 side dishes (every day except Tuesdays).
A few years ago Brad Vanstone started to eat a predominantly plant-based diet, out of concern for the environment, as dairy farming is for a large part responsible for global warming. Replacing meat and milk was easy, but he couldn’t find a satisfying alternative for cheese. He started making plant-based cheese just for at home, which grew into a company! Originally under the name ‘Plantbased Cheese’, Brad was selling the plant-based cheeses at various markets in Amsterdam.
Late 2019 the name changed to Willicroft, coinciding with the opening of the store and the introduction of the products to various supermarkets outside Amsterdam as well. Read more
New! Korean / Japanese restaurant De Patchka reopened as an all vegan place! Name comes from Japanese food courts called ‘depachika’, generally offering affordable gourmet streetfood. Read more
No surprise with his Moroccan-Italian background, Salah Ait has been eating pizza all of his life. At a young age he worked as a pizza delivery boy, later as a cook and manager in various restaurants. It has always been his dream to open up his own place, and with Trevi’s this dream has become reality!
Since he has been vegetarian all of his life, and recently gone vegan, of course his restaurant had to be a vegan place. Named after his hometown Treviso (nothern Italy) which he left four years ago to settle in Amsterdam. Read more
Of course Vegan Junk Food Bar’s Kebabi was the first place dedicated to vegan kebab in Amsterdam. They do a good job, it’s delicious, but the setting is not like a real kebabplace. Helin’s Groente Döner IS a real kebabplace, not fully vegan alas, but they do allow their vegan kebab do be the star on the menu! Read more
Originally started out as an idea for a vegan store, then turned into a cafe. Oliver Green is the brainchild of Stefan and Merel. They started eating plantbased a few years ago for health and environmental reasons. But they felt Amsterdam is lacking places where you can get healthy vegan food in a convenient way, and so, decided to create that place themselves! Read more
Long time favourite of mine for the cozy atmosphere and nice selection of beers, Café de Tuin is located in the Jordaan area, around the corner of Westerstraat. Recently they added a few vegan options to their menu! Read more
A few years ago Willemijn van Wenum said goodbye to her career and started doing what she loved to do most: baking vegan pastry! Starting out with selling cakes to various restaurants, she opened a half year long pop-up store end 2018. A year later she opened her own real location of Willem-Pie in the space of a former bakery, enabling increased production and the possibility of selling it to people directly. Read more
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