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PostPosted: Thu Jan 30, 2014 8:34 am 
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hello all,

i'm coming for a visit to Amsterdam beginning of April, and I would like your recommendations regarding b&b/hostels, vegan places to eat or shop and generally anything that is worth exploring.
would anyone like to meet up for dinner or show me something?
I'll be coming from Dusseldorf/Germany and I do speak Dutch.

thanks,
uli


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How long will you be in Amsterdam?


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from the Fri 4th to the 6/7/8th (Sun/Mon/Tue) of April. Undecided yet if i want to extend my stay until the 8th because I don't know how expensive a hostel or b&b might be. Are the museums open on Mondays? I know about the shops being closed on Mondays in the Netherlands.


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Most shops are open on monday from 13.00. Don't really have tips for you. Hope you enjoy your stay here!


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When I visited Amsterdam in 2012, I enjoyed:
-Anne Frank House
-The Botanic Gardens
-The Tulip Museum (seriously; definitely worth the €2 entrance fee!)
-The Cat Museum
-Cycling round the city, which I did for hours - so many parks, canals and beautiful places
-The Brouwerij 't IJ Pub
-I went to an amazing free jazz concert at the Bimhuis one night

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Most museums are closed on Monday. You should definitely check out Vegalife on the Singel and de Vegetarische Slager on the Rozengracht (although be aware that not all the VS products are vegan). Amsterdam is not great for vegan restaurants. Terrazen is totally vegan but the quality of both food and service can be iffy. De Bolhoed has some vegan options that can be ok but aren't really exciting. Avoid the Vliegende Schotel, which just got a rightly scathing review in the Dutch papers. There are a few squats that are supposed to be really good, but I've never been to them. I've heard good things about De Peper on the Overtoom. Recently, Cornelie posted about a new cafe with vegan options on the Frederick Hendrickplantsoen, but I don't remember what it's called.

I don't really have much info on places to stay, but I've heard the Stayokay (IH) Hostel in the Vondelpark is pretty nice. If I still lived there, I'd have loved to meet for lunch/coffee/dinner.

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PostPosted: Sat Feb 01, 2014 9:35 am 
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thank you all for your tipps. especially the ones for where to eat, lepelaar. i will start reading my guide book this weekend so i'll know more about what areas are nice, what i want to see etc. thanks for the leads, imogen.

have a great weekend,
uli


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HappyCow is also a great resource for finding vegan food around the world if you don't use it already, and there are loads of places listed under Amsterdam: http://www.happycow.net/

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PostPosted: Sat Feb 01, 2014 10:18 am 
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imogen, i know happy cow. thanks for pointing it out!

lepelaar, forgot to say, yes it would have been nice to meet up...


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My friends own the place on the Frederik Hendrikplantsoen! Their vegan plate is delicious, especially if you like focaccia. There are a ton of amazing Ethiopian restaurants (all of which understand vegan, since vegan = fasting food for them). If you want specific Ethiopian rec's, let me know. I've been to 3-4 of the 12+ in Amsterdam. Check the museum websites, too. I'm not sure lepelaar is right about being closed on Monday's. That's true where I live, but I remember investigating it once and being surprised that the opening hours were different in A'dam.

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I went about four years ago and really enjoyed it. It's such a beautiful city.

The only thing I really recommend that hasn't been mentioned already is the Torture Museum! It was fascinating, if you're into that sort of crazy thing.

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My friends own the place on the Frederik Hendrikplantsoen! Their vegan plate is delicious, especially if you like focaccia. There are a ton of amazing Ethiopian restaurants (all of which understand vegan, since vegan = fasting food for them). If you want specific Ethiopian rec's, let me know. I've been to 3-4 of the 12+ in Amsterdam. Check the museum websites, too. I'm not sure lepelaar is right about being closed on Monday's. That's true where I live, but I remember investigating it once and being surprised that the opening hours were different in A'dam.


Huh. I just checked the Rijks, Van Gogh, and Stedelijkmuseums and you're right! They're totally open daily! Why did I think most of the museums were closed on Monday? That may be a change in recent years, because I remember having out of town guests and the only museum being open on Monday was the Tropenmuseum, but that was a bunch of years back.

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thank you again for your replies. i have now decided to postpone my trip because hotels and hostels are so expensive over the weekends. I'll do it in the summer and come during a week so it's cheaper when i next go to utrecht.

thanks so much for your help,
uli


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Amsterdam is getting a little more awesome for vegans all the time! Last weekend, a small veg*n grocery store opened in the city centre: Vegabond on the Leliegracht. And then yesterday, a vegan lunchroom/take-away called 'Dophert' opened in the west part of town.

Sadly, we may be loosing TerraZen soon, since the municipality decided that street has 'too many restaurants' and told them they have to close. (It's a weird place, but completely vegan, so it's really sad)

I try to update the Happycow listings every time there are new interesting eats, so that should help you get around.

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^hey nice, the new openings seem pretty neat. I'm back in town next month, so I'll have something new to investigate :)

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For anyone living in or visiting Amsterdam, last year me and some other vegans created a website on everything vegan related in Amsterdam. Restaurant and shop addresses, news, events, a supermarket guide and vegan Dutch recipes. Check it out at www.veganamsterdam.org or visit www.facebook.com/VeganAmsterdam


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I'll be visiting Amsterdam from the 5th to the 9th August.
Looking for ideas about where to eat- I'm a bit overwhelmed by the choices on Happy Cow!

Are there any all-vegan restaurants or cafes apart from Terra Zen? (from some reports it sounded like a place to avoid, and up-thread it sounded as though it might close, but it still has an active web presence so seems to still exist)

I'd like to try Ethiopian food, but it sounds as though it is often very spicy and I can't cope with food that is too spicy- are there some cafes who can easily make it less spicy?

I'd like to visit De Vegetarische Slager but I don't think our hostel has self-catering facilities- is it possible to buy cooked food containing his products in shops or in cafes?

Are there other ready-to-eat items which can be bought from shops, so that we don't have to have every meal in a cafe or restaurant? Do they still sell Time Out Robuuste Koeken in most supermarkets?
Oh, and can you buy the little (250ml) cartons of Alpro chocolate soya milk easily? I find them so handy when out and about, or as a comforting treat!

I've been having a look at Cornelie's site https://gewoonvegan.nl/ and it looks like I should find an Albert Heijn and maybe try some satébroodjes.

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Oh, Vegabond on Leliegracht looks like a good option for lunch-y things, cakes and maybe icecream.

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I'm going on the 11th! I went to Vegabond last year. It's like a health food shop which sells sandwiches, sausage rolls and amazing raw brownies! There is a little seating area but it's quite pricey. I think I'm going to try the falafel place called Maoz this time.


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I'm going on the 11th! I went to Vegabond last year. It's like a health food shop which sells sandwiches, sausage rolls and amazing raw brownies! There is a little seating area but it's quite pricey. I think I'm going to try the falafel place called Maoz this time.

Hmm. I do like falafel but saw a lot of reviews of Maoz on Happycow which say it is unsanitary, and that puts me off.

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Eghh! Didn't know that. Thanks, may give up it a miss then!! Just found out about this place. http://www.veganjunkfoodbar.com
I don't really like burgers that are meaty but if you do this place looks great.
Let me know what you recommend when you get back. Have a great time.


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By the way, several reviewers said that Maoz in other cities was better/ differently organised, so I wouldn't be put off the whole chain. One also said they didn't know why anyone would go to them as there were better + cheaper falafel places, but unhelpfully didn't say where those were.

Oh wow, I'll have to go to the junk food bar! I do like a bit of junk food every now and again. It will be interesting to get my omni partner's opinion of the burger as well.

Yeah, I'll let you know. I'm looking forward to it. (Less so the early morning flight after working two twelve hour shifts on the two days prior to it, but I'm sure the canals will look romantic in a haze of tiredness and Mr Well Rested; on Three Weeks Holiday promises to steer me safely through the airport)

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So I'm back and had a good trip. It was sunny for the first three days, which helped, and only slightly rainy (and very humid!) on the last day.
I spent way more on food than I usually do (usually self cater and eat simple food) but it was good.

DopHert had some tables outside and a lovely space inside. I was really annoyed that we got lost and didn't make it there for brunch the first day (and they're closed Mondays and Tuesdays), as I want to try most of their brunch menu. The tofu scramble was good but not amazing. It had little bits of tempeh in, which was a nice addition, but no vegetables, and came on two small slices of toast.
I wish I had tried the carrot lox on cream cheese bagel. They also offer a stack of blueberry pancakes on weekends.
When we eventually got our bearings and found DopHert on Saturday afternoon, we had the NoTuna Sandwich- it was an open sandwich and tasted good, though I'm not sure it was very tuna-y.
The TIRAMISU was amazing- I love tiramisu and hadn't had any for at least 7 years and this was so good.
http://dophert.amsterdam/

We found a place (part of a chain) called "Wok to Walk" and got takeaway to eat next to a canal. I got the mixed vegetable base, but looking at their website, most of their noodles, rice etc are vegan if you specify 'no egg' (for my order they printed **NO EGG** on the slip they handed to the cook). Their tofu is vegan and they have a selection of vegetables. The vegan sauces are: Tokyo (Teriyaki, sweet soy sauce), Hong Kong (sweet & sour), Hot Asia (spicy soy sauce) & Bali (peanut sauce)
http://woktowalk.com/eat/

We found a vegetarian cafe called Bolhoed, which I think was open noon to 9.30pm though I can't remember which days. Every day they have a vegan special, which has 5 components. The special on the day we went looked great, but they had run out as we visited quite late. Most of the standard menu had vegan options- we had a noodle stirfry and enchiladas, both good. There were vegan desserts as well. However, there was a cat wandering around, so if you are allergic it would be a place to avoid.
https://www.facebook.com/pages/De-Bolho ... 1034381519

We went to Vegabond for breakfast twice. Although it is apparantly really busy later, in the morning it was fairly quiet and we had seats with a nice view over a canal. I had an open sandwich with cashew riccotta, pesto and cherry tomatoes which was lovely- the bread was warm and the tomatoes fragrant. I had a tofu sausage roll the second time which was not great. P had a wrap with hummus and salad both times and said it was really good. I also had cake (despite it being breakfast time) because it looked so good- a very chocolatey gluten-free hazelnut cake which was so wonderfully rich that a small slice was almost more than I could manage. It was quite brownie-like with a goey inside and crispy top. The second time I had a traditional Dutch cake (can't remember the name) which was a thin layer of pastry, a very thick layer of thick custard, another thin layer of pastry and a layer of bright pink icing. Again, it was very nice and very rich. They had chai lattes (soya milk or a slight extra charge for other plant milk) which I had been wanting to try for a while.

We also went to the Vegan Junk Food Bar. The original burger was loaded with toppings and was quite nice. We got a portion of fries to share, which were good but a fairly small portion, while I had asked for mayonnaise with them and the amount of that we got was huge! They also serve bitterballen and I wish now I had tried those as well.

The hostel reccommended a restaraunt called "Sla" for dinner. They do salads- some contain meat but most are vegan (no seperate lacto-ovo-veggie options). I had the falafel salad and was a little surprised that the actual falafel were cold (as was every component of the salad). It was good though. P had bibimbap and enjoyed it (he really enjoyed the tempeh!) but said the kimchi was very spicy. They also serve herbal teas with free refills and make fresh smoothies.
http://ilovesla.com/contact/

We popped into an ice cream shop because P wanted an icecream and I was surprised that they had four flavours of sorbet, which the server said had no milk or egg or other animal product in. They had little tubs you could get the ice cream in instead of cones. I had meoln sorbet which was really good. Unfortunately I can't remember the name of this shop or where it was! (It was fairly central.)

There was soya milk in Abert Heijns supermarket, including forest fruits flavour Apro, which was weird- like milky Ribena- but P, who usually moans about plant milk, liked it so it is obviously a matter of choice. They also had a selection of Trek protein flapjacks and Nakd bars, and fruit salads in tubs.

Hope you have a great trip, Chickpea!

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Wow! Thanks! What a great review, I'll definitely use your recommendations again.
I was only there for the day as I do a whale, dolphin and porpoise survey over on the ferry. So, I went to the vegan shoe shop, which was shut last year, and got some new sandals. Then round the corner to Vegabond. We got lots of spinach and cheese pasties and spicy tofu pasties which were fab. The rest of the team kept going back for more, much to the amusement of the staff. Also got a snickers bar but that was just ok... not as good as the raw brownies last year, and we also treated ourselves to some almond Brie which had the exact texture I remember Brie having but an almond after taste.
I'd love to have gone to the place with tiramisu, but ran out of time. Next year...


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