ORGANIC OPTIONS IN AMSTERDAM

Browse the list below for a selection of restaurants that offers organic and/or sustainable options for eating (in no particular order):

  1. Restaurant De Kas in Amsterdam’s Watergraafsmeer neighbourhood is all about pure ingredients, most of which have been grown in their own greenhouses, gardens, or farm. The exquisite menu focuses on unfussy preparation, so the ingredients shine. Expect only foods that are seasonal, mostly local, and sustainable grown or raised.
  2. Hemelse Modder prepares pure, honest and utterly delicious food, with a menu that changes occasionally to keep the focus on seasonality. Ingredients are organic and sustainable, sourced locally from the Amsterdam area as much as possible.
  3. Restaurant As may be hidden near one of Amsterdam’s business districts, but location isn’t everything. Sustainable and artisanal ingredients are beautifully prepared – homemade crusty bread, locally made pancetta with slow-roasted vegetables – and served in a former mod-church setting with chickens sometimes clucking in the back yard.
  4. The name of Restaurant Spelt refers to the ancient wheat that is naturally durable and delicious. And with that inspiration, the owners source naturally delicious products from the Netherlands, and focus on presenting pure, clean, Dutch flavours. A creamy soup made with homemade mustard and Dutch cream makes an excellent starter.
  5. At Burgermeester, you might have to look at a picture of the cows you are eating (hung artfully on the wall), but at least you know where your meat comes from. It’s top quality raised in the Netherlands, with lamb from Texel, and fish MSC-certified. Burgers are all available in slider (mini) size, too.
  6. Eating is art at Proef Amsterdam on the Westergasterrein, and organic, seasonal ingredients become the paint on a canvas in artful presentations ‘designed’ by Marije Vogelzang. The industrial space is made warmer with long wooden tables and wood cut outs on the walls.
  7. De Culinaire Werkplaats (The Culinary Workshop) is a novel cooking and eating experience located opposite Amsterdam’s Westergasfabriek. It blends design, restaurant, and gallery to create contemporary vegetarian meals and snacks with a focus on pure, sustainable, and fair. That applies to prices, too: guests are asked to leave what they think is a fair amount for their meal.
  8. Meaning ‘from the market’, the name VandeMarkt says it all for this Amsterdam restaurant. The restaurant focuses on fresh, seasonal products to create sophisticated yet simple dishes that let the ingredients shine. There’s no a la carte menu, but instead several a range of fixed price menus.
  9. With typical Dutch candour, the folks at Beter & Leuk cafe in Oost tell guests to ‘stop eating s*&t and eat good food!’.  Thankfully, they also give you the option to do so with fresh dishes utilising organic, seasonal, and local produce. There is plenty of vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free items on the menu.
  10. At restaurant Moes, the owners take sustainability seriously. Not only are the products mainly from the region and always in season, but the decorations also use reclaimed materials, such as tractor wheels, to stylish effect. Keep an eye out for special dinners, such as the Dinner of Unwanted Animals, which includes Schiphol Geese and racehorse.

About Marcos Kosma

Working as Porter at the Intercontinental Amstel Amsterdam and photographer.

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