The best places for vegan and vegetarian food in Amsterdam

Although traditional Dutch food can be heavy and meaty, Amsterdam’s alternative scene means there’s a growing choice of veggie friendly places to eat.

Bolenius is the place for vegetarian fine dining. It’s set among the skyscrapers of the Zuidas business district and is stylish and modern inside. Although the menu isn’t just vegetarian the chef creates great veggie food using herbs and vegetables from his garden among the office blocks.

At Betty’s on Rijnstraat, all the dishes are vegetarian and most ingredients are organic, including the wines. They offer a three course surprise menu, with dishes like Greek feta tart or vegetable tagine, and you can also have them vegan or gluten-free.

The Golden Temple on Utrechtsestraat puts an international twist on vegetarian food. Dishes are based on destinations around the world. Think Indian thalis, Mexican tortillas or Tuscan spelt risotto, with vegan, gluten-free and raw options. It’s a relaxed place where you sit on cushions on the floor. Prinsengracht’s De Bolhoed also creates Mexican, Asian and Italian inspired vegetarian and vegan dishes. Its walls are covered with artwork and there’s a little terrace by the canal.

For an alternative to restaurants you can visit Overtoom’s De Peper. It’s a non profit kitchen in a legal Amsterdam squat. The volunteer cooks make a two course, self service set menu. You only have to pay as much as you can afford but it’s a good idea to call ahead so they know you’re coming.

Amsterdam also has a good range of vegetarian and vegan cafés and food stores. Down the road from De Peper, the Alchemist’s Garden specialises in raw, vegan, organic food with a good selection of smoothies and juices. Vegebond on Leliegracht does vegan sandwiches and wraps along with raw chocolates. Or for a vegetarian snack on the go, look out for street food stalls selling frites, spring rolls or falafel.