Compassionate food choices

The Rotterdam vegan food scene is on the rise, and attitudes are changing, giving way to innovative and charming vegan-friendly restaurants. This local’s guide features a snapshot of the best places the city has to offer. Whether you’re looking for some tasty grub or a romantic evening out, each spot provides a unique balance of taste and atmosphere.

Backyard
Korte Hoogstraat 14
Mon & Tue 9 AM – 6 PM
Wed-Sun 9 AM – 9 PM

Nestled in the bustling heart of the city centre, Backyard delivers a complete trifecta: tasty food, fabulous drinks and a stylish urban decor. Park yourself in an upcycled armchair under hanging plants, ring in Friday afternoon with a cocktail, and prepare for a culinary adventure. Order something from the intercontinental all-day menu, such as the vegan take on traditional bitterballen or the Beijing ‘noduck’ Bao (lightly spiced oyster mushrooms infused with spring onion and sesame). Choose options from the three-course set dinner menu, such as tempeh satay with peanut sauce or the exquisite Blueberry No Cheesecake (the delicate bite of its nutty base with creamy cashew and blueberry filling is testament to the kitchen’s sorcery). There are some clever ideas here, but unlike many overstated vegan alternatives, Backyard welcomes meat-eaters and herbivores with a subtle aim to inspire sustainable living through the love of damn good food.

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