What I ate in Amsterdam! (Vegan)
I want to start off this post with a bit of advice. If you are looking for places to eat vegan while traveling, you should always do some research before you leave. You don't have to plan every place you are going to eat but looking up some vegan/vegan-friendly restaurants before you leave will help. Bookmark the websites for the restaurants you want to try on your phone or computer so they are easy to find while you are one your vacation. If you feel like putting in extra work, see how far some of the restaurants are from your hotel or major attractions. I like to do this, that way I don't have to stress while I'm on the vacation. Some cities are more vegan friendly than others but these days there will always be an option or two. Amsterdam may seem like a let down if you are looking for vegan only restaurants but the city has absolutely no shortage of vegan options and I loved everything I ate there.
De Hummus House: No pictures of the lovely first meal we had in Amsterdam. Probably because we were way too tired and hungry to worry about taking a picture. This was where we were first introduced to just how small every restaurant we would eat in would be in this vertical city. The menu here is fully vegetarian with a lot of vegan options. I had the basic plate of hummus which was served with two fresh and fluffy pita breads. I added some eggplant to the top to make it a bit more hearty and it was more than enough to satisfy my need for dinner. It was probably my least favorite place we ate dinner at for the whole trip but that isn't because it wasn't good, it just got so much better from there.
Bagels and Beans: This is actually a chain restaurant, which we found out after a quick walk around the city (and seeing them everywhere). This is not a vegan restaurant but the amount of vegan options is incredible. Probably why we had breakfast here every single day. How heartwarming is it to see a chain restaurant with lots of vegan options! The things I ate in no particular order: The Avocado Bagel with hummus instead of cream cheese, the Veggie-chicken bagel (which was probably my least favorite), The Dutch Weedburger Bagel (pictured above and DISCLAIMER: no marijuana, just seaweed and probably my favorite. I had it twice), the Hummus bagel which comes with the best sundries tomatoes I have ever had. Plus, everyday I had a matcha latte with soy milk and have since ordered my own matcha tea so I can make them myself. They also have loads of fresh juices, salads, etc.
Mastino: Real Italian people making real Italian pizza in Amsterdam and they had four (yes, not just one but four) vegan pizza's to choose from. The owners of this establishment were also so nice. Right after we walked in they had got an order for 40 pizza's and were going to have to close for about an hour so they could fill the order but they kindly made our pizzas for us first. And we were so gratefully because both my boyfriend and I were ravenous. I ordered the Vegan Full Moon which had tomato sauce, pine nuts, arugula, cherry tomatoes, vegan cheese and a I believe a homemade vegan cheese with pesto, all on a authentic Italian pizza crust baked in a proper wood fire pizza oven. This pizza was so damn tasty we went back on our last day to have pizza again. This time I got the Fancy Brie (pictured above) made with vegan cheese, caramelized onions, arugula, vegan brie and, if I'm remembering correctly, truffle oil. This one was even better than the first pizza I had. I may have to go back to Amsterdam one day just to eat this pizza again. Phenomenal! Five Stars! Two Thumbs Up! An absolute must in Amsterdam!
Pho 91: I had Pho, I swear! At the time I wasn't planning on making a post like this otherwise I would have taken better/more photos. But take my word for it this time. The menu they have online isn't as big as the one in the restaurant. I made sure to ask the waiter what all their vegan options were and he was very helpful and pointed out everything. I had a vegetarian pho that could be easily made vegan by taking out the egg, we also got these vegan dumplings and edamame pictured above. They had a lot of sake also on their menu so we tried some warm sake but it wasn't really for me.
Fou Fow Ramen: No picture, sorry. I think I found this place on Happy Cow if I'm remembering correctly. In my opinion this ramen was better than the pho we had at Pho 91 however I wasn't impressed with the mushrooms in their vegan ramen. They were pretty chewy and an overall bad texture. The tofu on the other hand was perfect and I wish I had more tofu to take place of the poor mushrooms.
Jackets: Only one of those potatoes pictured above is vegan, my boyfriend isn't vegan but he is very supportive of my decision to be vegan and will always try my vegan food and often times order it for himself. That being said, this was better than it sounds. I love baked potatoes but something about having them out seems like a bit of a waste at times. Since they are so easy to make at home. But these potatoes were big, cooked perfectly and mine was topped with an amazing vegan green curry and served with a side of hummus. This was probably my second favorite thing I ate the whole time we were in Amsterdam. Absolutely amazing. I wish we had more days so I could have eaten there again.
Vegabond: Although there is a bit of fresh food and bakery items here, the main reason I stopped by Vagabond was to check out there vegan groceries. From my understanding, everything in this place is vegan! That is crazy to me, maybe since I live in a small Norwegian town with little options in the way of vegan treats. I was specifically on the hunt for stroopwafel. This seemed to be everywhere in Amsterdam but most versions had egg and milk. To me this seems a bit unessisary since it's essential just a waffle sandwich cookie with syrup in the middle. I know I've made vegan waffles many times so someone had to have made them vegan and of course I found many varieties of vegan stroopwafel in Vagabond! I bought these maple syrup ones which were super tasty. As you can see I at them with a bit of vegan latte from Starbucks. The one problem with this product was that there 6 or 8 in the pack (can't remember of course) but what I do remember is that I only ate two right away and the next day the syrup seemed to be a really strange consistency and all the ones that were left got really soggy. So maybe plan on sharing them with people so you can eat them all right after opening or try selling them in an airtight bag to preserve the freshness.