Vegan Surinamese restaurant at Reigersbos, Amsterdam Zuid-Oost. They offer traditional Surinamese dishes, but prepared vegan, and as healthy as possible.
Opened March 2020, Yemayá is the first vegan restaurant in Amsterdam Zuid-Oost! Started by brothers Martin and Merrel and Merrel’s wife Sharon, who all have a Surinamese background. Martin and Merrel have a business in home furnishings but for a while were dreaming of taking a new step where they could benefit the community more. When a real estate agent contacted them and offered a good deal on an empty store space, it was like it had meant to be. They started to make plans for real.
Martin tells me he has been vegan for about 20 years, and felt a growing urge to contribute to the well-being of the planet. Opening up a vegan restaurant for the local community is for them the first step in making a difference. Martin:”We want to show people that eating vegan is also possible, you don’t always need to eat meat.”
They offer traditional Surinamese dishes and favourites like piza or shoarma, but prepared vegan, and as healthy as possible. Their regular menu features various stuffed pita’s, but also soups, grill dishes, smoothies and sweet dishes. They also offer an always changing dish of the day on Saturdays.
The name Yemayá comes from the African-Caribbean goddess of the sea, and is a symbol of connectedness. They want to empower the community and in the long-term have plans to broaden the scope of activities of Yemayá to selling farm boxes, sustainable non-food products etc.
Yemayá is located at shoppingcentrum Reigersbos at Amsterdam Zuid-Oost. Metrostop Reigersbos is at walking distance.