Friesland’s provincial capital Leeuwarden boasts many excellent restaurants including several places that serve impressive selections of vegetarian and vegan dishes. To help veggies find their way in the city, Culture Trip has put together the following list of restaurants in Leeuwarden that go the extra mile when it comes to vegetarian or vegan food.
Restaurant Wannee bases its menu around classic Dutch recipes and places significant emphasis on fresh, local ingredients. The restaurant changes its menu every month in order to adapt its dishes around seasonal produce and usually centres its meals around hearty, versatile vegetables such as red beetroot or celeriac. There are usually numerous vegetarian and vegan options available at Wannee and the restaurant will modify certain items to fit dietary requirements upon request. The restaurant is located inside Stenden Hotel, which is within walking distance from Leeuwarden’s historic city centre.
This classy restaurant doesn’t disclose its menu to the public and exclusively offers surprise three to five-course meals. Even though Restaurant By Ús keeps everything hush-hush, it does encourage guests to mention whether they have dietary restrictions before ordering and will alter its menu in order to meet vegan or vegetarian requirements. The restaurant is incredibly central and lies midway between Natuurmuseum Fryslân and Blokhuispoort.
Pata Negra has branches throughout Friesland and centres its menu around small tapas dishes that are meant for sharing. Like other Pata Negras in Friesland, Leeuwarden’s branch serves around 20 cold and warm tapas dishes that are either vegetarian or vegan, including classic items like patatas bravas and platters of manchego cheese. There are also many non-vegetarian dishes available at the restaurant, which makes it perfect for groups looking somewhere that caters to carnivores and veggies alike. As Pata Negra is located inside Leeuwarden’s historic city walls, it is exceptionally close to many famous local landmarks, such as the Fries Museum and the Princessehof Ceramics Museum.
The minds behind this vegan, takeout kiosk believe that it is easy enough to make tasty and healthy food without using any animal products and they have created an enticing menu of snacks, meals and dishes that are completely free of meat, dairy and egg. There are some real gems on Dr. Plant’s menu, including many vegan alternatives to time-honed classics like hamburgers, chocolate brownies and carrot cake. Though it is small, the kiosk is very easy to spot due to its unusual, pyramidical shape and proximity to Leeuwarden’s main railway station.
Although it doesn’t exclusively serve plant-based meals, Eetcafé Spinoza is eager to accommodate veggies and has an entire menu dedicated to vegan and vegetarian dishes. In fact, the restaurant has around 15 vegetarian-friendly items and also offers vegan high tea services. Eetcafé Spinoza doubles as a folksy theatre and regularly organises playful, theatrical events such as Prohibition-era, mafia-themed evenings and murder mystery game nights, among many others.
Almost everything available inside this cosy lunchroom is made from organic ingredients and Broodje Bewust always goes the extra mile when it comes to healthy, sustainable food. Furthermore, they serve many lunchtime and breakfast meals that are vegetarian or vegan including sandwiches, soups and salads, many of which contain delicious, homemade ingredients like red beetroot hummus or veggie patties. There is also an impressive selection of fresh fruits and smoothies on offer at Broodje Bewust, which are all made from fresh fruit and vegetables.