I thought that Vegan and Rotterdam would go quite well since I’d heard Rotterdam was a modern, up-coming and cool city. It turns out that that’s exactly what Rotterdam is but it’s vegan options are a bit sparse at the moment still.
I arrived in Rotterdam on the hunt for some awesome vegan cafes and honestly, I didn’t find much. Over the course of a few days however I did come across quite a few cafes and restaurants that were vegan friendly or offered one good vegan option at least. Including the main, and very cool market hall.
So to save you searching round the city wondering where all of the Vegan cafes and restaurants are, here are some places I would recommend going to that are Vegan Friendly in Rotterdam.
Op Het Dak
This cafe is pretty cool! It’s an eco-friendly rooftop cafe with an outdoor area. It’s in a pretty central location too.
I expected them to have more vegan options available than they did however there were 2 good options for breakfast and lunch, plus a good amount of vegetarian options and drinks.
If you go to just one place in Rotterdam for brunch or lunch, vegan or not, I would really recommend Op Het Dak!
Spirit is 100% vegetarian and 100% organic. They offer breakfast, lunch and dinner as really cool buffet style with lots of healthy choices. Although they do serve food with dairy in it seems they do cater for Vegans well as well.
It’s got a really bright, modern and cool interior with outside seating too which is perfect for those sunny days. It’s a little bit of a walk from the main city centre but definitely worth it!
SUE is a great place to go when you’re vegan in Rotterdam and you fancy a sweet treat! There are a few locations of the cafe in the City and they offer sugar-free, gluten-free, lactose-free and Vegan slices with flavours like Tiramisu, Matcha Latte, Apple Crumble, Banana Bread. They also offer a range of drinks and the cafes are really modern and bright.
Poke Bowl in Rotterdam offer one vegan option but one option is good enough as their bowls are so nice!! You can choose from a rice or salad base, choose a protein (tofu for veggies and vegans), chose your additional salads (think mango, avocado, edamame beans), choose some toppings and then a sauce.
I was so glad I came across Poké Bowl and I would recommend it for lunch or an informal, quick dinner.
Bagel Bakery is by no means a vegans dream however they do have one vegan option on their menu which looks nice and its a really cool cafe on the edge of the ‘Cool District’ of Rotterdam. If you’re with friends and looking for somewhere to go for brunch or lunch and somewhere that everyone can eat, including you as a vegan then I would visit Bagel Bakery in Rotterdam.
Bagels and Beans
The same applies for Bagels and Beans. This is a chain with a few locations throughout Rotterdam and The Netherlands. I thought they might have more options than they did however they do have a menu on hand which details what is vegan and what isn’t to make it easier. All but one of the doughs for their bagels are vegan and they have a bell pepper ‘cheese’ type spread which is vegan. It’s a good place to visit for a quick breakfast or lunch where you know you will be able to eat something at least.
If you are in the centre of Rotterdam close to the shopping and commercial area and need to grab something quickly and something thats healthy then head to Sappi. It is a juice bar offering juices, smoothies, and shots but also salads and sandwiches including vegan options.
This is a Vegetarian Asian style restaurant. It’s just across the road from Spirit so it’s slightly out of the centre but Vegetarian Asian food can be a great combo for Vegans and they offer a variety of Vegan friendly options.
It’s only open for dinner, it is a little bit outdated and not one of the ‘cool and modern’ places I have mentioned but if you’re craving some Vegan Asian food in Rotterdam then head to Evergreen Veggies!
Finally, the market hall or markthal as it’s called in Dutch! No visit to Rotterdam is complete without visiting the market hall because its so cool and so unique. I’ve never seen anything like it before! I was worried there would be nothing to eat in here as a vegan as there is a lot of cheese, meat and cakes but luckily I found a few stalls in the markthal of Rotterdam that will cater for vegans. These include:
Sally’s Salad – Make your own salad.
Lekker Vers & Gezond – Salad and Pasta options.
Bram Ladage – Fries with Ketchup, just say no to the mayo.
Ban Tuma – Moroccan Food with options.
Salad Box – Make your own salad.
Brazuca Coffee – Acai bowl and juices.
I hope this helps you find some cafes and restaurants in Rotterdam where you can eat as a Vegan. Let me know if this has helped you in the comments below or on twitter @wandering_quinn.
I know you came here looking for Vegan Food in Rotterdam but if you are looking for somewhere to stay, I stayed at King Kong Hostel and would really recommend it, here’s my write up:
If you’re currently travelling around Europe as a Vegan, I have a few more Vegan posts which you can check out here:
If you’re going to other places in The Netherlands after Rotterdam these posts may be of interest: