For various reasons the first half of the year saw quite a few vegan restaurants closing! The aftermath of corona, staff shortage as well as increased costs of energy and supplies took its toll, and perhaps vegan restaurants are more vulnerable for that. But still eleven new vegan places opened up. Happy Cow currently lists 574 vegan and vegan-friendly locations in Amsterdam, of which 67 are fully vegan.
Furthermore we see an ongoing presence of vegan products in the supermarket. Attention for the interests of animals in media and exhibitions. Dedicated activists allover the country continuously spending their time for the freedom of other animals. Still relatively small in numbers, but veganism and animal rights are no longer a fringe issue. Read more
The corona lockdown period feels like a long time ago and Amsterdam horeca came back to life. Like last year, this year we also gained 15 new vegan places in town (including second locations or existing omnivore restaurants switching to vegan)! And all so different from eachother, shows that veganism is really for everyone these days.
The Amsterdam Happy Cow page currently shows a total of 531 vegan and vegan-friendly addresses, of which 72 are vegan. Just to say, only three years ago that number of vegan addresses at Happy Cow was 39 so it almost doubled since then! Read more
What’s not vegan about vegetables you ask? At farm Zonnegoed, located in Flevoland, they do things differently compared to other vegetable farmers. Joost van Strien is growing his vegetables without the use of any animals in the production chain. For example, instead of commonly used animal manure, he is using green manure, made by fast-growing crops which are dug into the soil. Another important factor in his company, he is leaving the soil alone by not plowing or tilling. Those are just some of the regenerative farming techniques they practise at Zonnegoed.
Van Strien has been growing organic vegetables for almost 25 years, and since 2019 fully plant-based. The farm is the first one in the Netherlands to receive the international Biocyclic Vegan quality mark. They also got awarded as Agricultural Entrepreneur of the year 2022 in the Netherlands!
New since this month, these vegetables are available in Amsterdam! You can order a box and pick it up on Fridays at a location in Oud-West. Alternatively you can also get them delivered at your doorstep. Each box comes with a recipe for a vegan dish you could make with the veggies. Read more
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
Now that many shops and all restaurants are closed due to corona, many small food businesses are struggling to make ends meet. A few initiatives have been set up in the past few weeks which offer a box filled with vegan food and sometimes with some other products as well. Check ’em out. Read more