Vegan in the Netherlands
Traveling as a vegan can be a struggle. Especially in small cities where you don’t speak the language. Luckily, I love research and making lists so I thoroughly investigated the Dutch food scene before arriving in Groningen. I quickly discovered that the Netherlands, like much of Europe, is becoming increasingly vegan-friendly. And since Groningen has a large student population, it’s impressively progressive and accommodating to young plant-based hipsters like myself.
Oatly is everywhere. Oat milk is the plant milk of choice here and the Swedish brand Oatly has fully infiltrated Dutch café culture. ‘Havermelk’ is listed as an option on almost every café menu. Vegan options are also almost always very clearly marked. So far it’s been very easy to be a vegan living in Groningen. So here are some of my favourite spots to go for an oat milk chai and a treat while I work.
When looking up vegan places, to eat Feel Good was always at the top of the list, and with good reason. The first time I went, my sister and I shared the Mangoloco smoothie and Rainbow Buddha Bowl. I went back again by myself to try the veggie sandwich, which was basically a mountain of roasted vegetables piled on bread and hummus. With beach vibes and delicious food, it’s definitely worth multiple trips.
Oude Kijk in Het Jatstraat 29, 9712 EB Groningen
Wadapartja Westerhaven might be my favourite on this list. It’s not entirely vegan, but they have oat milk, vegan brownies, carrot cake, and other clearly marked veggies options on the menu. There are two locations in Groningen but I’m partial to the one in Westerhaven, which is more of a traditional café serving coffee and brunch. It’s right on the canal and filled with plants. There’s a dining area and and an adorable couch area in the back. Overall a delicious and aesthetic place to spend an afternoon.
Pottebakkersrijge 21, 9718 AG Groningen
The second location of Wadapartja has more of a hipster basement vibe. This one also is more of a restaurant, offering a full breakfast, lunch, and dinner menu. Again, not entirely vegan but plenty of clearly marked options and amazing service. I highly recommend The Grand Canyon, an open pita filled to the brim with roasted vegetables.
Gedempte Zuiderdiep 39-41, 9711 HB Groningen
A plant-based and student-oriented cafe, Lust is a must. They have coffee, smoothies, wraps, and vegan ice cream! They also have fast wifi and special deals for students. Plus they offer yoga nights, poetry readings, and make an amazing oat milk chai.
Oude Kijk in Het Jatstraat 58, 9712 EL Groningen
This cute little shop is like a second living room — with an espresso machine and vegan pastries. So basically everything I want my living room to be. MASMAS is small, quaint, and conveniently right across the street from Lust. They also make one of the best oat milk chais I’ve ever tasted. It’s very popular with the student crowd so it’s a great place to plant yourself for a caffeine fix and productive afternoon.
Oude Kijk in Het Jatstraat 65, 9712 EE Groningen
It doesn’t get much cuter than P.S. It’s bright, it’s pink, and it even has swings. Keeping in the color palette, the vegan fruit tart is the perfect afternoon pick me up with an oat milk cappuccino.
Oude Kijk in Het Jatstraat 24, 9712 EJ Groningen