Our favourite Veggie Pita spot in Amsterdam is now open daily!

If you’ve been to a Dutch food festival or the Sunday Market, you must have heard of Vleesch noch Visch. This famous veggie stand is one of those places you keep coming back for. They started off with a tiny stand on food markets and expanded over the years where they opened a kiosk in Amsterdam West, near the Westerpark. Good news for those who can’t wait for the weekend, they are now open daily from 12 till 9pm!

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The famous Greek veggie pita 

Vleesch noch Visch became famous because of their Greek veggie pita that has people queuing up for. At the kiosk they also offer other meals such as a Mi Gado pita, fries, soups and salads. Vegans don’t worry, most meals are easily turned into vegan. There are tables and benches to enjoy your favourite meal at, and you will find that people from all over the city come here for a bite. I have been a fan since the beginning but now that more people starting to embrace vegetarian and vegan meals, this place is set to be even more popular than ever.

Happy eating!

Elke

Vleesch noch Visch
Schaepmansstraat 2, Amsterdam
Website

*Header photo source: Vleesch noch Visch

5 Vegan Spots in Amsterdam you probably haven’t heard of

Amsterdam has recently become the vegan capital of Europe with a large number of vegan restaurants & snack bars. Other restaurants offer more vegan options than ever. You have probably heard of a few big names such as the Vegan Junk Food Bar, Meatless District, Dophert and the newly opened Mr. & Mrs. Watson. But I’m pretty sure you haven’t heard of these vegan spots in Amsterdam..

MKZEerste Schinkelstraat 16
This all vegan spot is kind of special. Why? Well, it’s a collective run restaurant and you can get a 3-course meal for only 5 euro! That’s right, that little green piece of paper you always buy nothing with. Okok, the food isn’t served on a Instagram worthy plate and there is no table service, but reading all the reviews, people are extremely positive about this hidden spot. You get a vegan soup to start, a big plate with vegan food and if you are lucky, the dessert is something with chocolate. Oh, and there is just one thing; you need to wash your own dishes at the end. No biggie I think, considering you practically eat for free. They are open for dinner only and you need to give them a call to book a table. 0206790712

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At MKZ you eat a plate like this for only 5 euro!

Mezebar BodrumSurinamestraat 5
Right at the end (or beginning) of the Overtoom, you will find the Surinameplein where tram 1 and 17 come together. Just over the bridge that connects the west with the center, you have a small passage with small take away joints such as Asian, Suriname and Italian food. In the middle of this, you will find this hidden vegan spot. I discovered it by chance because I walked passed and saw a sign that said: vegan pitta. I got curious and took a look inside where I spoke to a lovely Dutch lady. One of the owners has been a vegan for over 15 years and she decided to offer a full vegan meze plate to her customers. Something I haven’t heard of before in Amsterdam! They have also received a Happy Cow recommendation, a platform that is holy to all vegan’s & veggies around the world. Having their sticker stuck onto your restaurant window is like receiving 5 out of 5 on Tripadvisor in vegan land. Instagram

Mezebar Bodrum, vegan spots in Amsterdam
One of the most undiscovered vegan spots in Amsterdam!

Spirit, Czaar Peterstraat 2a
Coming from Rotterdam, this buffet restaurant offers a whole lot of vegan food that you will love! There is vegan beer, vegan wine, vegan everything! You pay by weight and trust me, you will fill up your plate! I first saw this concept in Prague where I couldn’t stop coming to this vegetarian buffet restaurant and I was hoping that something like this would come to Amsterdam. All the dishes at Spirit are homemade, organic and created with love. No bullshit, no chemicals, just pure food that you will love. www.spiritrestaurants.nl/amsterdam

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Loving HutAdmiraal de Ruijterweg 334
Tucked away in Amsterdam Old West (sounds like a Western movie doesn’t it?), you will find the Loving Hut. It’s been around in Amsterdam since 2015 but they are part of the Loving Hut chain that you can find elsewhere in the world. They have more than 200 outlets in major cities all over the world! So what do they offer? Mostly Asian dishes plus some of the famous Dutch fast food snacks you will wake up for. Burgers, “broodje croquet” and more. Yup, the Vegan Junk Food Bar isn’t the only vegan comfort food joint in tha house! At Loving Hut the food is simple, cheap and tasty. And we must admit, we didn’t know it existed since 2 weeks ago! Join us in discovering this award winning vegan spot. www.lovinghut.com

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Zest For Life raw food cafe, Van Baerlestraat, 45
More than just a raw food bat for sure! This place offers detox vacations in Turkey, juice that will clear your body and exercises that will clear your head. But let’s not talk about that. Let’s talk about the raw food cafe for a minute. At the raw food cafe they show you that raw food doesn’t have to be boring. On the menu you will find slow juices, pancakes, cakes, wraps, pizza and even a pad thai noodle dish. It’s not big inside but they have a little garden! They are open everyday till 6pm except on Mondays. www.zestforlife.nl

Zest for life, vegan spots in Amsterdam

Maybe you’ve heard of a few, but we are sure you haven’t heard of them all! Enjoy discovering!

Love,

Elke

Why vegan? Check out our first ever vegan article!

The Dutch Weed Burger Joint

You must have seen The Dutch Weed Burger at various food festivals, markets or events. If you haven’t, you should try it because it’s one of the most innovating burgers in the world right now. You could already order the special burger at many restaurants around the country but now it’s time for the venture opened it’s first vegan-seaweed-fastfood-bar in Amsterdam West called The Dutch Weed Burger Joint.

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The famous Weed Burgers Source

Sea Weed is a natural product and the food of the future

Come to this new vegan hotspot for a tasty bite with a beer in your hand and enjoy a 100% plant based menu. Besides the Weed Burger you can also order Seawharma, The Dutch Weed Dog and Wish ‘n Chips. The Joint will also serve freshly made Mylkshakes 100% vegan sweets like the Galaxy Doughnut. Sounds good!

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The new location. Source

So Why Seaweed?
The burger is made out of seaweed but don’t be alarmed, it actually taste very good plus there are a lot of health benefits. Sea Weed is a natural product and the food of the future. Sea Weed natural contains protein, omega 3 and minerals. Many scientists believe that this powerful plant could save the world if we run out of resources. It hardly needs any sweet water or space so it’s good for the environment. A win-win situation!

Dutch Weed Burger Joint
Nicolaas Beetstraat 47, Amsterdam
Open: wed – sun 11.00 – 21.30
Website

Love,

Elke

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NEW! A Vegan Ice-Cream Bar in Amsterdam

When it’s hot outside, we want ice-cream. But when you’re vegan, it’s not always that easy to find the Ice-Cream you want. If you are vegan or you’re trying to cut down on dairy, you will be happy to hear that the Juicebrothers are selling amazing vegan ice-cream flavors at their new location in Amsterdam!

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The Ice-cream bar at Juicebrothers Haarlemmerplein Source

In collaboration with Van Leeuwen Ice-Cream, they now sell delicious flavors like Black Sesam, Tumeric and even Spirulina! Van Leeuwen Ice-Cream is an organic brand that originated in Brooklyn New York. Besides their New York and Los Angeles stores, they are now making waves overseas. The vegan scoops are made with housemade cashew milk, organic coconut milk, organic extra virgin coconut oil, organic cane sugar, pure cocoa butter, and organic carob bean. 

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Van Leeuwen Ice-Cream in Amsterdam
Van Leeuwen Ice-Cream announcing their collaboration with The Juicebrothers

We’ll can’t wait to try it!

Juicebrothers
Haarlemmerplein, Amsterdam
Website

Love,

Wander-Lust

Mr. & Mrs. Watson, a Vegan Food Bar to open in Amsterdam

If you are following the latest food trends a little bit, you know that plant based food is making waves right now. Many cities around the world cater vegans and vegetarians with amazing vegan hotspots and Amsterdam couldn’t stay behind. Mr. & Mrs. Watson is going to be a vegan food bar in the heart of Amsterdam and opening this coming July!

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The idea to open a plant based food bar came only natural when founders Aleid Koopal & Kirsi Rautiainen discovered that there is only 1 vegan restaurant per 1000 vegans in Amsterdam while in Berlin and New York you can find vegan restaurants all over the place. They thought this was way to less of course and with the current knowledge about climate change, they knew something had to change. Did you know that the agriculture industry is causing more pollution than the whole transport industry combined together?? (yes, this includes airplanes!) Crazy right? No wonder people – that used to love meat, become flexitarians or even vegan.


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So back to Mr. & Mrs. Watson. What will they serve and what can we expect from this vegan food bar? For a sneak peak you should check out their Instagram account! (looking goood) Expect vegan pizza’s, pad Thai, cakes, waffles, special drinks and even vegan cheese! Their mission: to make vegan food attractive and more accessible to a larger audience. They explain more in this video:

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The location will be at the Linnaeuskade in Amsterdam East photo by Mr. & Mrs. Watson

We are looking forward to this one when it opens and of course we will keep you updated!

Mr. & Mrs. Watson
Linnaeuskade, Amsterdam East

www.watson.bar

Love,

Elke

Want to know more about veganism and why it’s totally hot right now? Check our interview with vegan hottie Isabella Machiné or check where all the vegan restaurants in Amsterdam are based!

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*Header photo by Mr. & Mrs. Watson

Recipe » Vegan Pumpkin Curry inspired by India

I looove curries. Not just because they taste so damn good, but also because of the colors and the many ways you can prepare them. I have never been to India but their cooking style inspires me. They use a lot of herbs into one dish, sometimes more than 10 (!) and it can take up to 4 hours to prepare the perfect curry. But let’s face it, we live an active lifestyle and we do not always have the time. I decided to share this easy to cook Vegan Pumpkin Curry recipe with you so you can enjoy a little taste of India in just 30 minutes!

Ingredients for 4 people:
» 1 pumpkin
» 1 aubergine (I’ve added this in my recipe but you can also do without)
» 1 chopped red onion
» 1 chopped glove of garlic
» 400ml coconut milk
» 1 tin of chopped tomatoes in their juice
» 1 sachet of fairtrade curry paste
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400g of chickpeas
»
fresh coriander for garnish

Ingredients Vegan Pumpkin curry
Always go for the fairtrade option! 

Preparation:
Pretty simple actually!
1. Cut the pumpkin into small squares, remove the skin and wash.
2. Fry the onions and chopped garlic into some coconut oil until glazed.
3. Add the pumpkin and a dash of coconut milk and stir for about 5 minutes.
4. Add the rest of the coconut milk and the curry paste. Add the tin of tomatoes, bring to boil and let the whole bunch simmer for about 20 minutes.
5. After 20 minutes you add the chickpeas. Leave for another 5 minutes and turn off the stove.
6. Add a bit of salt, pepper and coriander if you like to.
7. Serve it with rice, couscous or quinoa (I know, that’s not Indian, but hey)

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Voila! You’ve got yourself a vegan pumpkin curry! For the best flavor, you let it cool down, add the pan into the fridge and enjoy it the next day when all the flavors are even better.

This recipe will cost you around 6 to 8 euro’s and it’s sooo easy to make!

Love,

Wander-Lust

The First Ever Vegan Food Court Will Open in New York

We love New York because it’s constantly evolving and discovering new trends. Food is a big thing over there and even though New York is a big city with lot’s of pollution, it’s also becoming more conscious about sustainability, health and animal welfare. We were happy to hear that the big apple will open the world’s first vegan food court!

vegan food court. Photo: danielle-macinnes

Unfortunately we need to wait a while before we can all enjoy this vegan walhalla because they are planning to open in early 2019. The food court will be named Home Food Hall and will be the first permanent food hall serving totally plant-based foods. They are now looking for 15+ vendors from all over the world to take part in the first vegan food court. Some of the vendors are already signed up and among these are the popular Beyond Sushi and Cinnamon Snail, both based in New York.

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Beyond sushi will be one of the vendors in the first ever Vegan Food court.

Besides the food they will also open a boutique fitness space hosting yoga, pilates, dance, meditation, kickboxing classes and more. They will also rent spaces where you can host get-togethers, events or private screenings. Home Food Hall will be established in Midtown East.

Follow The Home Food Hall on Instagram or Facebook to follow the updates.

Love,

Wander-Lust

Strong Food » a Healthy Hotspot in East Amsterdam

I found Strong Food by chance because I was visiting a friend who lives around the corner of the Javastraat. I was looking for something to eat and in between the shops and exotic supermarkets, I found a cute new healthy food joint that caught my eye.

Having lived in East Amsterdam for 2 years back in 2012, a lot has changed and the Javastraat has flourished. Next to the Turkish, Moroccan and Suriname supermarkets, you will find trendy hotspots, shops and bars. The Javastraat is ready to embrace new, healthy and sustainable food. Strong Food has all those ingredients. The store has a Scandinavian look but a middle eastern feel to it. There are bags of grains, seeds and dried fruits on the floor across the kitchen where everything is freshly prepared. Upstairs you will find some tables and chairs where you can enjoy coffee, tea and delicious healthy bowls.

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Pure and honest
Strong Food believes in pure, non-processed food. Processing happens in a natural way like drying or pressing. They sell Almond, Hazelnut and Cashew milk instead of cows milk. They mainly prepare vegan foods because they believe it’s good for the body but also the planet and I couldn’t agree more. They use ingredients like nuts, superfoods, grains and seeds and from those basics they create delicious To Go meals like soups, vegan harira, hummus, salads and sweetness. You can also buy a lot of products like proper corn, honey, oils, seeds and tea. 

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Some of the products you can buy at Strong Food

I ended up leaving with a Hummus/Feta sandwich for just €2,95 and I found that all the To Go products are sold at a very reasonable price. This proves that healthy food doesn’t always have to be expensive. I highly recommend you to pop into this healthy new hotspot!

Strong Food
Javastraat 30, Amsterdam
Facebook / Instagram

Love,

Elke

The Poke Bowl, how does this trend affect our planet?

This article might raise a few discussions but I feel it’s important enough for it to be ignored. Recently I have seen a few trends, hypes that are clearly turning a blind eye to our environment and we must ask ourselves the question, is it all worth it? Take this new trend; The Poke Bowl. A bowl with rice, sashimi, avocado and other vegetables. It’s a hit on Instagram and new businesses are playing into this. It’s certainly working as I recently seen an advert on Facebook promoting this new Poke Bowl restaurant in Amsterdam and the post already got more than 500 likes and hundreds of comments from people saying they cannot wait for it to open. But what most people don’t realize is that there are almost no fish left in the oceans for us to fish. Ocean overfishing is simply the taking of wildlife from the sea at rates too high for fished species to replace themselves. If we continue in the rate we are going, there won’t be any left in about 40 years! That’s soon people!

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Gaining popularity; The Poke Bowl

Our supermarkets are chock-full of cod and salmon and shrimp and tuna and every other big, slimy, underwater delicacy. Sushi restaurants are multiplying exponentially. To arrive at the conclusion that there will be no more fish by 2048, Check this article posted by HowStuffWorks.com. It basically comes down to the fact they discovered that more than 90 percent of of the original water-dwelling species in those waters have lost at least half of their populations. 

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Some scary facts


So what about farmed fish?
The problem with breeding fish is that it’s not happening as proper as it should be. Meaning that fish will grow in small water tanks giving them skin damages and health issues so farmers must add antibiotics and other chemicals into the water. Not great for the oceans/lakes and our health..

Not mentioning the polychlorinated biphenyls (PCB’s) These are man made Chlorinated industrial chemicals that are highly toxic if eaten in high proportions. Based on the available data on PCB concentrations in fish, different organizations recommend that we have a limited intake of certain species of farmed fish. Ever wondered how your fish get’s that lovely pink or red color? That’s because farmed fish is added with synthetic pigment. Great.

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Example of farmed fish

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Bycatch.The result of overfishing, killing several species like turtles, dolphins and sea lions

So what now?
Yes, wild fish is a lot better for our health as it contains 20% more protein and 20% less calories than captive bred fish. That kinda sucks right? The only solution is to eat less fish or no fish at all. I started by cutting fish out my diet except shellfish. I hardly eat shellfish and I’m pretty sure I will stop eating it all together but it takes some more time to adjust I guess. (I used to be a Sushi addict so it’s already a big leap for me) Step by step we need to change the way we consume fish, meat and dairy to save our planet. This doesn’t mean everybody needs to become a vegetarian or vegan but eating a lot less would help. As consumers we are the only ones way to make a change.

To find out more about overfishing and what you can do, please visit Greenpeace or check the redlist to see which fish are most endangered.

Love,

Elke

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These are the best vegan spots in Amsterdam

I have been getting several request from our followers and readers about where the best vegan spots in Amsterdam are. Yes, eating less animal products is becoming somewhat of a trend and Amsterdam is one of those cities that is quick to respond. More and more restaurants are giving you the vegan option. Just to be clear; A Vegan (or plant-based) diet means that you are not consuming any animal products like meat, fish, milk, eggs, cheese and yes, even honey. For the people who live a plant-based lifestyle, it’s not always easy to go out for dinner but Amsterdam is thankfully becoming more adapt to those who seek the vegan option.

Here are the best places to find your vegan luck:

YAY Healthstore and more
I recently worked with YAY and they catered at my Green Up Your Life event.
Everybody was super enthusiastic about their delicious pumpkin tarts and vegan sushi. They are one of the best vegan spots in town.
I’ve written a blogpost about them a few months back so for more info, check here.
Albert Cuypstraat 101 – 103, Amsterdam
www.yayamsterdam.nl/en Unfortunately they have closed but they promised to be back at a new location.

One of the best vegan spots in Amsterdam. YAY Healthstore
One of the best vegan spots in Amsterdam

Hummus Bistro D&A
The name should give it away, they serve a whole lot of hummus! Although the also serve meat, they have a lot of vegetarian and vegan options.
You can choose up to 5 different kinds of humus (I didn’t even know they existed!) You can share or go for the, somewhat special all day breakfast. Just ask them if they can make your meal vegan and they will accommodate you. Tip: order the roasted cauliflower! 
Hummus Bistro is open for breakfast, Brunch, Lunch and Dinner from Mon – Sun.
Westerstraat 136, Amsterdam
No website but check their Facebook

Hummus Bistro vegan spots
Hummus galore! 

Vegabond
I love this store and their location. It’s in the middle of Amsterdam and looks really cool from the outside.
When I came round I had a tasty tempeh wrap and a coffee with coconut milk. Happy Elke. But besides their food and drinks, they sell different kinds of products like vegan cheese, wine, sauce, pizza and chocolate. I must admit that although this place has the full potential to be hip and happening, it still attracts a stereo type vegan-audience. And there is nothing wrong with that of course but I hope that a broader community will find out about this place so I can say to my friends; “Let’s have a coffee and Vegabond instead of Starbucks today!”.
Leliegracht 16, Amsterdam
www.vegabond.nl

Amsterdam's finest vegan spots, Vegabond
Source: Vegabond

Dophert
I recently discovered this vegan spot in Amsterdam-west near the Westerpark. Writer Lisa Steltenpool had her second book presentation here.
They are open for lunch until 5.30 pm (closed on Monday & Tuesday) but every 3rd Thursday of the month they open for a special burger night including sweet potato fries and (plant-based) milkshakes! The’re also open on the 1st Thursday of the month and offer a set menu that changes every from time to time.
Spaarndammerstraat 49, Amsterdam
www.dophertcatering.nl

vegan hotspot Dophert in Amsterdam
Hip and delicious Dophert

“These vegan spots are just the beginning of a new food era”

Golden Temple
This place is great for dinner! Situated in the “Utrechtse Straat”, it’s one of the oldest vegan friendly restaurants in Amsterdam.
They don’t use any meat, fish or eggs in their meals but some dishes contain dairy products so check before you order.
Try their daily soup option or one of their main meal salads or Indian dishes. The music might be something to get used to as they play mantra music sometimes. (the same tune over and over again) They have a nice seating area at the window where you sit on cushions and can enjoy the view of people walking past.
Utrechtsestraat 126, Amsterdam
www.restaurantgoldentemple.com/en

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Nacho’s with homemade guacamole and a lentil soup

Koffie ende Koeck
This vegan lunchroom is also very close to the Westerpark just like Dorphert. The menu is a 100% vegan and includes homemade cakes, sandwiches, soup and breakfast. The offer a high Tea but make a reservation to avoid disappointment. 020 737 2731
The owner is a young woman called Maartje. She’s a qualified vegan chef who is even better in baking cakes!
Haarlemmerweg 175, Amsterdam
www.koffieendekoeck.nl

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Some of their amazing assortment. Pictures from Instagram Koffie ende Koeck

De Culinaire Werkplaats
Wow, this is kind of amazing. This is a restaurant where food is treated as a form of art and let’s be honest, it totally is!
They only use vegetables and fruits but with a twist. They focus on animal welfare, organic farming, fair trade and personal health.
Take look at their impressive cocktail and drink list, it’s really good. You can cook yourself in the workshops they offer and get tasty inspirations.
Another nice touch is that at the end of your meal, you can decide what would like to pay for it!
They are open for food on Mon, Thu, Fri and Sat from 7pm to 11pm.
Fannius Scholtenstraat 10, Amsterdam
www.deculinairewerkplaats.nl

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They treat food as an art in this vegan spot.

Beter en Leuk
A menu full of vegetarian and vegan dishes! Located in east-Amsterdam, this breakfast & lunchroom is great for chilling out.
Besides the nice coffee, they also serve the infamous Dutch Weedburger! Workshops are hot right now and Beter & Leuk offers a vegan sushi workshop and a vegan brunch workshop. You can also buy jewelry, clothes and healthy food items. Sounds like a great place right?!
They also deliver via Foodora and Deliveroo
1e Oosterparkstraat 91, Amsterdam
www.beterenleuk.nl

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Healthy and nutritious Source: Beter en Leuk

Lavinia Goodfood
Pure, honest, nutritious vegetarian and vegan foods at Lavinia Goodfood. It’s a great looking spot in Amsterdam that’s been around since the beginning of 2014. Lavinia has a deli where you can choose your daily freshly prepared dishes from. Take away or enjoy this nice place for a few hours.
Kerkstraat 176 & Amstelveense Weg Amsterdam
Facebook

Lavinia Goodfood Amsterdam. Vegan spot
Super cute, Lavinia Goodfood

Mastino V
Vegan pizza galore! They have just opened their doors and you can bet that these vegan pizza’s are just as good as the real deal. They are also glutenfree so no worries what so ever!
Bilderdijkstraat 192, Amsterdam
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More vegan hotspots will be opening such as a Vegan Junk Food Bar and the Dutch Weed Burger Shop.

Also worth mentioning:
Go with the Glow, not a hotspot but a monthly vegan brunch hosted my the beautiful sisters Machinè. More info here. I interviewed Isabella before Metro and Vogue online found out about her vegan lifestyle. (yes, yes) Read the interview here.
De Peper, they are a creative non-profit collective that throw vegan dinner parties about 4 times a week at a very low price. www.depeper.org
The Alchemist Garden, raw and vegan food but I’m not crazy about the service here and their prices are extremely high. Facebook
The Cropbox, Lazy afternoon? No worries! This amazing vegan friendly lunch delivery service is the healthiest you can get! www.cropbox.nl

The Vegetarian Traiteur, It use to be the Vegetarian Butcher but they changed it into a deli where you can buy anything but meat! Vegetarian, vegan of flexing? This is the place for you. Amaze your friends and offer them with look-a-like meat or fish that pretty much taste the same but no animals were harmed! http://www.vegetarischetraiteur.nl/
SNCKBR, not fully vegan or even vegetarian but they do offer the option! Bonus: they serve vegan ice-cream from Professor Grunschanbel! Article.

Vegan galore
Go With the Glow, Vegetarian Traiteur and Cropbox. Source: Facebook

Enough choices I would say! I’ve got 99 problems and protein ain’t one!
Did I miss a vegan hotspot you think should be in the list? Comment below!

Love,

Elke