Amona Foodtruck: falafel and other Jordanese dishes at Waterlooplein

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Not all falafel in Amsterdam is the same obviously. There’s the mediocre falafel at doner shops and late night snackbars, at least always a safe vegan option. Then there’s the better quality falafel, often to be found in dedicated falafel places. Maoz is of these perhaps the most known, serving vegans since the beginning of time, when vegan restaurants were rare in town! But they serve the falafel in pita bread. Personally my favourite way is to have ’em rolled up in a Lebanese flatbread, with salads and tahin sauce. This is exactly the way it’s served at Amona Foodtruck. They are located at Waterlooplein and thus offer a quick vegan option right in the centre of town!

Amona started by Majdi Samahah, who is originally from Jordan (the country, not the neighbourhood). He specialises in various dishes from the Middle-East, including some meat but also several vegan options. Legumes like lentils and chickpeas play an important role in the Arab cuisine. Read more

Wild & The Moon: new vegan healthfood concept from Paris

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The first Wild & The Moon restaurant opened in Dubai, by Parisian entrepreneur Emmanuelle Sawko. This became such a success that more restaurants in Paris followed. So far they have 10 locations in Paris, some include seating, others are just take-away. The idea behind Wild & The Moon is to offer ultra-healthy food to people. All their food is vegan, organic, gluten- and sugar-free.

When Dutch entrepreneur Nick Peperkamp visited one of the Paris locations, he was immediately impressed by the concept, and proposed to branch out to the Netherlands. So eventually Wild & The Moon Amsterdam opened January 2022. Read more

The animals around us: taking care of Amsterdam’s city pigeons

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Being the most common bird in Amsterdam, probably you’ve seen pigeons walking around with great difficulty, as some toes or even the whole foot is missing. I never thought much about it and assumed that this individual had an unlucky accident. But they are not isolated cases and it’s actually very common among city pigeons. It’s caused by little strings, threads or human hair from the city streets which get wrapped around the toes and feet, eventually can lead to those body parts dying off. This is known as stringfoot.

In Amsterdam a group of people is determined to help them and are checking on pigeons on a regular basis. Many pigeons can be helped by just catching them and cutting the strings with a small scissors. I’m talking to animal rights activist Billie Savage, who initiated the project. Read more

This Amstelveen sandwich shop is offering 25 different vegan broodjes!

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Honestly, there are few places in Amsterdam offering interesting vegan sandwiches. If you don’t count all the hummus sandwiches (the effort is appreciated though) there is not that much left! There’s one business which understands what it’s about though: at sandwich shop Vers van Gijs they are offering no less than 25 different vegan broodjes, with quality fillings and at good prices. They are located in Amstelveen however, probably why you didn’t hear about them before! Read more

Wild Sage: local food products and minimal packaging

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The two owners of Wild Sage met while working at a multinational corporation years ago. Both coming from countries with rich culinary traditions (Greece and Portugal) they are passionate about good food. And even more passionate about cooking and sharing food with others!

In Amsterdam they experienced a difficulty in getting local quality ingredients in a convenient way. At Wild Sage they want to create one space to find all that, as well as bring people with a love for food together. Read more

The year 2021 in review: record amount of new vegan restaurants!

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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

Vegan Vietnamese foodtruck ‘Chay’ at Albert Cuyp market!

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In her experience, most vegan dishes at Vietnamese restaurants in the Netherlands are not actually vegan, as they’ll often contain chicken stock or fish sauce. Being vegan herself, that’s how she ended up having her own vegan Vietnamese food truck!

Ha Bui-Versteeg is originally from Vietnam herself. She has been cooking since she was 10, for family. The first time she tried eating vegan/vegetarian for a while was when her grandfather was sick. According to Vietnamese Buddhist superstition, if you eat vegetarian for a month it will bring good luck. Her grandfather became better and she also quite liked eating vegetarian. She knew one day she wanted to go vegan.

She moved to the Netherlands and eventually became vegan when she moved in with her vegan husband. Since she loves Vietnamese food but got disappointed in Vietnamese restaurants she developed the ambition to cook Vietnamese food, but truly vegan. That’s how Chay originated. ‘Chay’ means vegan/vegetarian in Vietnamese. Read more

New! All vegan Mexican restaurant Madre

A few years ago, Suzanne van Huuksloot decided to start her own restaurant. Inspired by the motto ‘world peace starts in the kitchen’ and vegan herself it had to be a vegan place. Still thinking about the concept, she went to the U.S. for some exploratory conversations with a plant-based chef/entrepreneur. It was there that she visited L.A. restaurant Gracias Madre, and immediately fell in love with the place. A very nice, big and bustling Mexican restaurant serving only vegan food. The fact that they don’t advertise it as vegan also appealed to Suzanne. “I thought this was very cool. It helps to normalise it, not too label it as a distinct vegan place.” She could picture a place like this in Amsterdam as well.

The owners of Gracias Madre were not interested in collaborating as in fact they were trying to sell the restaurant, so Suzanne decided to set up her own project, loosely based on what she appreciated about Gracias Madre. In fact she was not a complete stranger to Mexican food, as she used to work in a Mexican restaurant for some time.

Of course the corona pandemic added some additional challenges, but after she found a dream location eventually Madre opened October 2021. Read more

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