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
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
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
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
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.” 🙌
Yes fur farming is by now finally illegal in the Netherlands, which is a huge victory. But selling fur is still allowed, just have a look in the streets and you will notice quite a lot of people wearing jackets with fur collars. A group of local animal rights activists decided something needs to be done about it! The rest of the winter they will be doing actions in front of shops selling fur – to put pressure on the stores and to reach out to people passing by in the street. I catch up with activist Tim Reysoo during one of these. Read more
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
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
Used to be Nude Burger Club (non-veg) but changed to all vegan Virgin Burger end 2020. Why? Probably more out of commercial reasons than their slogan ‘eat beans, not beings’ suggests. But selling vegan burgers instead of animal meat burgers is a good thing of course, more places should follow!
Virgin Burger could finally open for real June 2021, when the second corona lockdown ended. From the same owners as Mr. Stacks, which also went fully vegan some time ago. Read more
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.