Your Meat-free guide to Amsterdam

It’s no secret that I love food. I mean I LOOOOVE food.  So eating, for me is a very important part of travel.  One of my favourite cities in the World is Amsterdam and I have been there a number of times, but my most recent trip was a bit different. I travelled with my best friend who is Vegan and I decided to try on a plant based lifestyle for the weekend. I knew that vegan might be a bit of a stretch, so instead I committed to a meat-free trip.

As it turns out Amsterdam is packed full of options for vegetarians and vegans and we actually only got to try out some of the places that we had hoped to dine. Still, here is a little sample of the veggie treats that await you on a trip to Amsterdam.

The Avocado Show

On this trip we did the most Millennial thing ever. We queued for an hour to eat Avocados. Not only that, but we found the restaurant as a result of a video that went viral on social media… what has the world come to?

We arrived at the restaurant to be greeted by a huge queue. You can’t book a table in advance, but luckily we were able to put our name on a list and head off for a walk.

The Avocado Show

The Avocado Show specialises in (you guessed it) avocado dishes and has managed to cram in starters mains, deserts and cocktails, all featuring the hallowed fruit. There are an abundance of vegetarian and vegan options on the menu so we went for a delicious toast with beetroot hummus, crowned with a delicate avocado rose and a vegan poke bowl as the main event.

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We followed this by sharing some avocado and blueberry pancakes and an avocado martini. In hindsight……that is a lot of Avocado! We loved this place for being so quirky and instagrammable, and also for its vegan friendly options – not sure about the long wait though.

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Vegan friendly frites mayo

You can’t go to the Netherlands without gets Frites. It’s simply impossible and there is no point in getting chips without the creamiest Dutch mayonnaise. Vegans are in luck however, because Smullers has developed a delicious veganaise sauce. What’s even better, is that they are available in Amsterdam Centraal Station, so you can get them as soon as you arrive! The famous Mannekin Pis chain also do veganaise, but we decided not to brave the queues!

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Ivy and Bros

My friend had recently come across this café while visiting with her husband and loved it so much that she wanted to go back. That kind of testimonial was good enough for me, so we wandered along the canal to find it.

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The interior was almost industrial, so I was pleasantly surprised to see the refinement of the food presentation. I had a huge portion of a quiche with peas, side salad and more avocado and my friend opted instead for salad. The food looked good, tasted good and to top it all off, the coffee was divine.

Pizza

Ok, so vegetarian/vegan food is not always “healthy”. One of my big weaknesses is pizza and my friend found a popular pizzeria for us to try. We found the restaurant off a side street and were surprised to find lots of Italian people inside, which we knew was a good sign.

The pizza here was one of the nicest pizzas I had ever eaten (and I have eaten a lot of pizza!). The base was thin and crispy and the toppings were flavoursome. I would definitely recommend it, if you can find it!

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We had so many more places that we wanted to try, but on this flying visit we couldn’t eat anymore. But with Amsterdam being but a short hop across the water, I have a sneaking suspicion that I will be back for more!

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