If you’re looking for some vegan and vegetarian restaurants to try out, the Netherlands has plenty of options, whether you’re a resident or travelling. Most restaurants and cafes in the major Dutch cities have a good selection of vegetarian and vegan dishes, but sometimes there’s nothing quite like a place that specialises in plant-based food. Here are some of our picks.
AmsterdamAs you might expect, the capital city of the Netherlands has a good number of dependable vegan and vegetarian spots. Take a break from biking around Amsterdam with its beautiful canals and try one of these restaurants.
Vegan Junk Food BarThe Vegan Junk Food Bar is a delicious plant-based restaurant that has every kind of decadent junk food imaginable – all of it vegan. With multiple locations across Amsterdam – and even a few international locations – Vegan Junk Food Bar serves burgers, fries, nachos, desserts, and much more. They also have an entire gluten-free menu!
Mr. and Mrs. WatsonEver had vegan fondue? Mr. and Mrs. Watson is a plant-based cheesery and restaurant located in Duivendrecht, a suburb of Amsterdam. This place has every cheese imaginable in a vegan version, perfect for delicious cheese platters. Their Prosecco fondue is one of their most popular dishes.
Betty’sBetty’s is a vegetarian restaurant that started off selling cakes and baked goods, but now has developed a full three-course menu of meat-free delights. The menu is not set, but rather has a “surprise” element that consists of creative, seasonal vegetarian dishes, created with fresh, impeccable ingredients.
TerraZen CentreTerraZen Centre is a funky, family-run café that offers vegan Caribbean and Japanese dishes like jackfruit karrage and vegan ramen. With its convenient location in the heart of the city centre, the café is very easily accessible via public transportation.
UtrechtUtrecht is a university city in the Netherlands known for its medieval centre, canals, and of course, great food. Here are some of the best vegan and vegetarian restaurants to try in Utrecht.
GysGys is a restaurant that curates appetising, organic vegetarian food. The menu contains all kinds of dishes with everything from club sandwiches to shakshuka and Mexican tostadas. Don’t forget to top off the meal with one of Gys’s delightful desserts!
BROEIBROEI is located right outside the city centre, and it’s the perfect plant-based café for breakfast or lunch. All the ingredients used in the cooking are fresh and grown by local farmers, resulting in delectable culinary delights that change with the seasons.
Van PlantenVan Planten is a cosy vegan restaurant in Utrecht that serves delicious food, with all proceeds going to animal, nature, and environmental welfare causes. This sustainable spot has a monthly menu and serves various international dishes daily.
Life’s a PeachLife’s a Peach is a sustainable restaurant that focuses on authentic Italian bites – namely focaccia made from scratch. However, Life’s a Peach is more than a focacceria; they also serve cakes, pastries and much more, with every dish promising to satisfy your palate.
The HagueThe Hague, known for the Peace Palace and International Criminal Court, also has a wondrous amount of delicious vegetarian and vegan options for all to try. Here are the ones we suggest!
Vegane GlorieVegane Glorie, which translates into “Vegan Glory”, is a plant-based eatery that serves up organic grub with impeccable flavour. They offer a variety of dishes, from classic Dutch eats like kapsalon to international dishes like ramen and curries.
FOAM Breakfast & LunchFOAM Breakfast & Lunch is a popular vegan restaurant located just outside of the city centre of The Hague. The varied and delicious menu covers everything from pancakes and tacos to toasties and Turkish pizzas.
De Vegetarische TokoDe Vegetarische Toko is a vegetarian Indonesian eatery located near The Hague city centre that offers rice bowls with plant-based versions of traditional meats and proteins. Most of their menu is vegan with a few exceptions that are explicitly labelled.
Veggies on FireVeggies on Fire is an entirely plant-based diner, and has been declared one of the most sustainable restaurants in the Netherlands. Everything is made from scratch and the restaurant has the perfect cosy ambience for a relaxing and delicious meal.
RotterdamRotterdam is one of the major port cities in all of Europe, and it has incredible diversity and rich culture which is often reflected in its culinary scene. Here are some vegetarian and vegan restaurants in Rotterdam we would recommend.
BackyardBackyard is a vegan restaurant located right in the heart of Rotterdam, very close to the Maritime Museum. It has an extensive menu that offers hearty meals like burgers and loaded fries, making it a great option for when you’re spending a lot of time (and energy) exploring the city centre.
Leaf VegetarianLeaf Vegetarian is a vegetarian restaurant with plenty of vegan options that serves a variety of Asian dishes. Leaf is popular with local diners for its selection of faux meats, including faux fish and faux shrimp with fresh and authentic flavours.
Spirit RotterdamSpirit Rotterdam is a vegetarian buffet-style establishment that offers salads, hot and cold dishes, sweets, and much more. There are over 50 dishes, all made from organic ingredients that change with the seasons.
Gare du NordGare du Nord is an exceptional vegan experience that serves incredible food in an old train carriage in the north of the city. The unique location with great vegan, zero-waste classical Dutch food makes this the perfect treat.
GroningenGroningen is located in the northern region of the Netherlands and is famous for its medieval architecture and the University of Groningen. As a popular student city, it also has a great offering of vegan and vegetarian eateries. Here are just a few.
LustLust is the ideal place for a scrumptious burger that is entirely plant-based. With simple but tasty main dishes and sides, Lust is the spot for a juicy food craving without having to eat any meat.
MahaloMahalo is a vegan breakfast and lunch café that features homemade, organic food. The culinary delights served here are colourful and healthy, and include everything from granola bowls and smoothies to soups and salads.
AchterwerkFinding it hard to find fine dining as a vegan? Achterwerk has you covered! This vegan fine-dining spot has a five-course surprise menu that can be paired with either an alcoholic or non-alcoholic package.
Mr. Vegan FoodbarMr. Vegan Foodbar is located near the centre of Groningen and has all your junk food needs – and it’s entirely vegan! With small bites like sushi to sizeable burgers and fries to indulgent sweets, Mr. Vegan Foodbar is the best guilty pleasure.
Delicious plant-based bites in the NetherlandsThere are a plethora of choices for a vegetarian or vegan meal in the Netherlands, but these are some of the ones we recommend. Did we miss your favourite spot? Let us know in the comments below!