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Vegetarian Restaurants in Amsterdam

Saturday, November 6th, 2010

The legacy of the hippy movement is strong in Amsterdam for obvious reasons, and this means that the city has some great and varied veggie restaurants. These are some of the best and most interesting options.

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MKZ on Eerste Schinkelstraat is a cooperative run restaurant where it is possible to get fantastic European style food at incredible prices. It is only open in the evenings three days a week, at the time of writing this is Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday although this sometimes changes. Reservations are usually required since the restaurant is small but popular but the excellently prepared food is worth planning ahead for. The menu changes daily depending on what is available in the markets that day so expect seasonal themes which the friendly staff are always happy to explain.

For veggie Indian food try the Golden Temple on Utrechtstraat. There is a great terrace for al fresco dining in the summer months and the atmosphere is very friendly. The food is excellent and the menu wide ranging, the Indian dishes are house specialities but they also have western standards and more unusual veggie options too.  The restaurant is open each evening until ten and for lunch on weekdays. On Friday evenings they have music and chanting which guests are encouraged to join in. Reservations are not necessary unless you want to try the various raw options which do need to be booked in advance.

Bolhoed is a great vegetarian option on Prinsengracht near Anne Frank’s house so can be a lunch venue in a packed itinerary or a place to relax in the evening over a leisurely supper. The western style food comes in generous portions so you are unlikely to leave unsatisfied and the menu changes daily. The restaurant is licensed to serve alcohol which leads to a very convivial atmosphere late in the evenings. Bolhoed is open every day from noon until ten pm.

Very tasty Middle Eastern food is served at Sonny’s falafel cafe near the Albert Cuyp market. Sonny himself is usually on hand to guide you through the menu and cook everything from fresh ingredients. The falafel and humus are specialities but other dishes such as Indian or western are also available. Sonny’s serves great food throughout the year but a visit in summer is best because you can sit outside and relax in the sunshine. He also provides a useful take away service if you are in a rush.

The Estafette Organic Grocery chain is not a restaurant but will come in useful for any vegetarians self-catering in Amsterdam. There are various locations throughout the city but be aware that they are closed on Sundays.  As the name suggests, this is the place to buy a very wide range of organic food products as well as other healthy options. Ask a local for your nearest shop and then stock up on food which is both delicious and nutritious.

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Venere Travel Blog writer will joce

Will Joce is a recent graduate from the London School of Economics who has a morbid fear of working in an office. As well as travelling and writing he has worked in the UK Parliament and as a press monitor. Refusing to follow advice and get a real job he will soon be beginning a Masters degree at St Petersburg State University

4 responses to “Vegetarian Restaurants in Amsterdam”

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  1. Aaron says:
    November 10th, 2010 at 18:12

    I don’t understand, what is the obvious reason for the strength of the hippy movement in Amsterdam?

  2. Will says:
    November 12th, 2010 at 09:00

    Aaron, is that comment a joke?

  3. Amsterdam Airport Hotel says:
    March 7th, 2011 at 18:04

    Amsterdam is nice but very expensive. It’s great to be able to get veg. food but budget place to stay would be awesome.

  4. veg restaurants says:
    July 4th, 2012 at 08:54

    My Friend is vegetarian, I’ll be sure to tell him about this restaurant (he’ll be visiting in November)! Thanks for the tip! :)


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