We started the year with closed restaurants, we’re ending the year with closed restaurants. BUT despite corona this year a record amount of new vegan places opened!! Eleven new restaurants. On top of that, four existing restaurants decided to skip all animal products and go fully vegan, so that makes fifteen in total!
The Amsterdam Happy Cow page is currently listing 468 vegan and vegan-friendly adresses, 63 of them fully vegan. And Lonely Planet now included info on vegan restaurants in their latest Amsterdam guidebook, adding “Long at the forefront of vegetarian cuisine, Amsterdam led the way with vegan dining and has numerous restaurants citywide.” Read more
The rise of veganism in Amsterdam finally made it into the famous Lonely Planet travel guide books as well!! 💥 Its most recent edition (2020) lists many vegan restaurants, also there’s now a bigger spotlight on vegan places, instead of vegetarian in the past.
“Long at the forefront of vegetarian cuisine, Amsterdam led the way with vegan dining and has numerous restaurants citywide.” 🙌
Of course corona heavily influenced life in Amsterdam the last year, for vegan stuff as well. Restaurants have been closed for the most part of the year, almost no street activism or events, little casual socialising. Yet still new vegan restaurants opened, a lot of new vegan products in the supermarket, lots of new vegan cookbooks. Happy Cow currently lists 406 vegan/vegan-friendly restaurants in town, of which 50 are fully vegan. The interest in veganism just continues!
And rightly so, for yet another reason to go vegan (it’s a win-win situation really) is that this corona thing directly stems from the practise of humans eating other animals. Without the animal industry there’s less risk of future pandemics. In the Netherlands the mink industry (for fur) also helped to spread the virus, as mink can also be contagious with corona. Of the 128 mink farms in the Netherlands eventually at 70 farms mink got corona.
But yeah, let’s continue with the positive news. Read more
From Vegan Student Association Amsterdam comes this podcast series discussing ‘topics within veganism that could be interpreted in different ways or are seen differently by vegans’. In every episode the three hosts discuss a different topic in an intelligent and nuanced way, like should you be 100% vegan, how to think about ex-vegans or the topic of relationships and veganism. So far five episodes are online, approximately one new episode every month. Because of corona, the podcast is being recorded over Zoom.
All episodes are in English. You can find Grey Area on Spotify, check out the latest episode below!
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
Want to see how easy and fun it can be to be vegan in Amsterdam? Then check these seven blogs and find out about the latest hotspots in town, easy ways to prepare a vegan meal, handy vegan info etc. Be ready to get inspired! Read more
Veganism and travelling, two great things combined in this very article! While spring slowly presents itself here in Amsterdam, you might be thinking of planning a little trip somewhere. Then of course you’d love to get some info about vegan stuff in that area, just like on the Vegan Amsterdam website. That’s why we compiled an extensive overview of local vegan websites below. Read more
Whoa we recently received an old ‘Vegan Guide to Amsterdam’ booklet from 1994! Thirtysix photocopied pages of pure gold! And we never knew from its existence. Browsing through the pages brings feelings of wonder as well as recognition. Read more
Right so you just arrived in Amsterdam, but where to get some vegan food? And how do you find out if the ingredients of this product are vegan? Are there any vegan local dishes you should try?
Or you’re living in Amsterdam and you want to be kept up to date about all the places to eat. About vegan and animal rights related events happening soon in town. Or you want to know in which store to get that new product. Read more