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Saint-Jean: French vegan pastry in Jordaan

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When Yann Pierre-Jean started eating plant-based, he was disappointed in the vegan pastry that he found in Amsterdam. It was either too dense, too hard or lacking in flavour. He started baking himself, specialising in galettes. Eventually he was taking orders online and set up a little business from home, called Rustic Pastry.

By then he had already stopped working in fashion to pursue his plans of opening up a plant-based cafe. When Rustic Pastry became more and more succesful, he decided to make it happen and started looking for a location!

Renamed as Saint-Jean, they finally opened October 2021. Not a real cafe, but more a shop with some seating. Offering besides baked goods also specialty coffee, something which Yann is passionate about as well. The name Saint-Jean is an ode to his grandmother, as this was the name of her shop in Guadeloupe. Read more

Authentic Syrian vegetarian and vegan dishes at Mama’s Keuken

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Owner Eyad Khamis arrived in 2016 in the Netherlands, after the war in Syria started. In Syria and Dubai he was working in the tourist industry, and later organising conferences. But in Amsterdam he had to start all over again. An internship in an icecream factory led to a chance to sell Syrian food at a canteen of University of Amsterdam, that’s how Mama’s Keuken started! Eventually he opened the location in De Pijp in 2018.

The name Mama’s Keuken refers to the people he inherited his passion for cooking from, his own mother and other female family members. With the restaurant he wants to offer authentic Syrian food, and show that it’s more than just shoarma and kebab. When Mama’s Keuken started they still had a few dishes with meat, but nowadays it’s only vegetarian and vegan. Khamis himself also evolved from being a flexitarian to vegetarian, and feels much more fit because of it. Read more

Healthy vegan food at Aubergini, Rivierenbuurt

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The idea for Aubergini grew out of his disappointing experiences with take-away food in Amsterdam, tells founder Hamid Safaei. With his restaurant, his aim is twofold. To offer take-away food which is actually healthy and energizing for the body. And to offer that qualitative food without people having to wait too long for it.

The name Aubergini refers of course to eggplants, which is said to be the most consumed vegetable in Amsterdam. Here they use it in a considerable amount of dishes of course! Aubergini opened summer 2021. Besides health-conscious people and vegans they intend also to reach commuters and people working at offices nearby. Read more

Top vegan fine dining at restaurant Yerba

After spending several years living abroad (Australia and England), Walter Marskamp and his partner Sally Mitchell returned to Amsterdam. Having extensive experience working at numerous restaurants including in Amsterdam, this time they wanted to open something by themselves. Eventually spring 2018 they opened Yerba! Walter as chef, Sally as hostess and sommelier, many other people in their team as well.

Over the years they became more conscious of the ecological impact of the amount of meat used in most restaurants, even if it’s organic. For this reason they chose to only use very small amounts of meat and fish on the menu of Yerba. Read more

Vegan Temple Bar: vegan burger menu close to Leidseplein

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Located in a street with mostly tourist restaurants, tourists are also the target audience for Vegan Temple Bar. This used to be a pizzeria before, but the Egyptian owners changed concept and are happy they did! As they are Coptic Christians they are familiar with vegan food, when they are fasting (which is around 200 days a year) they are eating vegan themselves. They are offering all kinds of vegan junkfood classics, not an original concept but it works. Vegan Temple Bar opened June 2021. Read more

Asian streetfood dishes at restaurant Veganees

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Veganees is the co-creation of two friends, Jan and Lennart. They were working in retail and horeca but wanted to start their own restaurant. It had to be something both unique and sustainable, hence they concluded to go for a vegan restaurant! From travelling and cooking themselves they developed a passion for the Asian cuisine, so this further shaped their concept. The name ‘Veganees’ is a reference to Chinese restaurants in the Netherlands. They opened August 2021. Read more

A LOT of vegan snacks on the menu at Cafetaria Nefertiti

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No shortage of vegan junkfood in town that’s for sure… But traditional snackbars still have not much more to offer besides fries with vegan mayo or falafel. Not at Cafetaria Nefertiti though!

At this Egyptian owned snackbar (Nefertiti is the name of a queen in ancient Egypt) in Bos en Lommer they offer a whole range of typical snackbar snacks, but vegan. Many people in the neighbourhood were asking for it! But the friendly owners eat vegan themselves also for a good part of the year. As Coptic Christians they are regularly fasting, in these periods they don’t eat any animal products.

Rectification Oct. 8 2021: one of our followers found out that some of their snacks are presented as vegan, but are in fact vegetarian (like the frikandellen). So ask to see the package to be sure.

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Everything homemade at all vegan Flower Burger

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Flower Burger started in 2015 in Milan and gradually branched out to other Italian cities. Besides Italy and the Netherlands they are also located in France and England. This is not the first location in the Netherlands however, you might know them from their Rotterdam restaurant, but it closed in 2020 alas.

What makes their burgers different from all the other vegan burgers in Amsterdam (nowadays there’s a LOT) is that they’re relatively more healthy. No processed fake meat but the burger patties are made from real ingredients: chickpeas, red kidney beans, lentils, seitan, tofu etc. They also don’t use a deep fryer: the potato wedges come from the oven. Read more

The restaurant at nightclub / cultural venue RADION became all vegan!

 

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At the very beginning it was just meant to be a restaurant space, at the giant ACTA building, a former dentist school. But when they saw the potential of a huge unused space also in the building they decided it should have a club space as well! Radion started in 2014 and grew into an experimental art venue, hosting club nights, art expositions, arthouse movies, workshops and much more.

Corona made them reflect on their values and objectives, and they decided to switch to a 100% vegan menu for the restaurant. “Since we think that vegan is the way forward, we completely overhauled our menu and went green” so they announced on social media! Read more

‘I Can Do Better’: vegan alkaline healthfood restaurant and store

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When Ly was dealing with general bad health and overweight a few years ago, he stumbled upon the teachings of a Dr. Sebi. By following his dietary guidelines Ly was able to heal himself two years ago. Being convinced of the benefits of the diet, he decided to open up I Can Do Better together with a partner. “If I can heal myself, you can do it, that’s why we’re called I Can Do Better.”

Herbalist Sebi (1933-2016) advocated the alkaline diet, which basically holds that by correcting the pH balance from the body from acid to alkaline, we can improve our health and reverse many diseases. Note, these claims are disputed by traditional medicine.

Ly differentiates between plantbased food made by man, and plantbased food made by nature. We should eat the latter he tells me, clean foods, instead of the processed foods one can find in most stores. “The supermarket isn’t there to promote your health.” Back to the basics in a radical way: even some vegetables such as broccoli or carrots are to be avoided, as they are hybrids, created by man. Read more