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Why Amsterdam?
The ASEED office has been based in Amsterdam for many years. Because of this, we have more connections with the local/city network. In an ideal world, we would have time and capacity to explore and get to know more about these kind of networks in other places in the Netherlands as well as other countries. Unfortunately, for the time being, we can only provide you the following information. However, we are open to develop and grow this page in the future, so feel free to contact us with any ideas!

Amsterdam alternatives

In Amsterdam, all sort of non-commercial alternatives have developed over the years in the areas of living and working, but also concerning food consumption and distribution and our relationship with nature and the environment. Underneath, we have given a number of these alternatives. Many are run by volunteers and we think they deserve a mention! Throughout the city, you can find volunteers who are involved in their neighbourhoods, improving the quality of life there and throwing up barricades against the total commercialisation of public life. The more public services in Amsterdam are sold off and privatised, the more necessary it becomes to take grassroots initiatives ourselves if we are to prevent Amsterdam becoming a sterile business, entertainment and park city, solely for the benefit of tourism and big business. We advise everyone to come and take a look at the different alternatives and to make your own contribution. It makes life a lot richer, the city more beautiful, ensuring that it continues to be for everyone.


We have not named any shops in this list, but we probably don’t have to tell you all about the evils of Albert Heijn, Jumbo, and even big organic chain stores, which are not generally interested in where their unsprayed products come from. If you have the income to spend on locally and ethically produced food products, go for it at your local farmers market or neighborhood health food store. Of course, most people don’t, and you’ve got to do what you’ve got to do to eat. Center class consciousness in climate and food struggles! Hopefully this page at least provides some viable alternatives to expensive, commercial food. 


Where to eat with others for cheap or for free (community kitchen / volkskeuken):
Community kitchens have often started off in squats and/or community centers as places where people could eat low priced, tasty meals while meeting their neighbours and friends and finding out what was going on in the area. Luckily, Amsterdam is full of them! Most community kitchens make vegan or vegetarian food, sometimes from organic ingredients and, in general, prices waver around a 5 euro donation. Some examples:


  • Joe’s Garage (Oost) — (19:00) Joe’s Garage is a squatted social center (18 years!) that has a packed programme every month. Find their events on Different groups cook vokus almost every Monday and Thursday. If you or your group wants to cook a voku, contact them to ask for dates.
  • De Sering (Sloterdijk) — (18:00 – 21:00) De Sering is a volkskeuken and cultural venue. They serve a donation-based meal Monday-Friday, and often have evening events. They also have an experimental vegan kitchen project — TestTafel — where you receive a seven-course vegan meal on a sliding scale price from 35 euros. The money they earn from TestTafel goes to fund the volkskeuken (and keeping its prices low). 
  • Buurtbuik Amsterdam Oost — (Elthetokerk, Javastraat 118, 17:00 -18:00) Buurtbuik is an organization which rescues food and cooks meals — completely free — to be served in various neighborhood centers. 


  • Molli Chaoot (de Pijp) — (19:00) Molli is a legalized squat and social center, check their events on Suggested donation 5 euro.
  • De Sering (Sloterdijk) — (18:00 – 21:00)
  • Buurtbuik Amsterdam Noord — (19:00-20:00, Buurthuis van der Pek, Heimansweg 33) 


  • De Sering (Sloterdijk) — (18:00 – 21:00)
  • Vrankrijk (Centrum) — (19:00) Vrankrijk is a legalized squat and political cafe. Every so often they have a Wednesday voku for 5 euros, check 
  • Molli Chaoot (De Pijp) — (19:00) Vegan snackbar night! 
  • Taste Before You Waste at the Dokhuis Gallerie (Centrum / Oost): (19:00) Taste Before You Waste transforms rescued food into meals on donation price.
  • Buurtbuik Amsterdam Zuidoost — (17:30-19:00, Zuidoost United, Karspeldreef 505)


  • De Sering (Sloterdijk) — (18:00 – 21:00)
  • Joe’s Garage (Oost) — (19:00)
  • Nieuwland (Oost) — (18:00) Community center which hosts an Extinction Rebellion community dinner every Thursday. They prefer that you reserve via a link before 16:00 on the day of.
  • MKZ (West) — (19:00) MKZ is the Binnenpret’s community kitchen. It started life as the Bollocks café, but grew too big for its boots. They recommend reserving by phone (020-4122954) from 15:00 on the day of.





Where to eat for a medium price:
Accessible prices for the general public at lovely places.


  • Robin Food: Vegan cooperative kitchen that serves a three course meal for 14 euro. Entree at Frederik Hendrikstraat 111, via de Nieuwe Anita, 18:00.



  • Robin Food
  • Dokhuis Donderdag: Every Thursday, the Dokhuis hosts a three-course meal for 10 euro donation. There is often an evening program afterwards. 


  • ADM Noord: Every Friday, there is a three course vegan dinner at ADM Noord for 10 euros from 19:00. This is (as far as we know) the only organic people’s kitchen in Amsterdam! Some produce is sourced from their own garden.


Food Cooperatives

  • Vokomokum: food cooperative in Amsterdam located in the same building as ASEED; the Dokhuis. By working collectively, members have access to high-quality, fairly-priced and local products from transparent sources.Good quality organic, vegetarian food at almost wholesale prices. To become a member you need to attend an orientation. These take place on the last Friday of the month.
  • Food Coop Amsterdam: association that makes it possible to buy directly from organic wholesalers. It’s a food cooperative; a social and often organic alternative to the supermarket and other common consumption places. Every three weeks they organize a Co-op Day at De Havelaar community center in Oud-West.
  • Food Coop Voedlink: food cooperative in Amsterdam Oud-West. The pick-up takes place once a month at Budapest, in the WG-terrein. The cooperative occasionally organise activities lectures,
    workshops and film screenings on alternatives to the food industry.
  • Food Coop Nord: food cooperative in Amsterdam-Noord. Weekly project where the members can order seasonal, fresh, organic products. As a collective, they buy it directly from the farmer in the neighborhood.Check in this link the list of their suppliers .

Food related organisations
Some other places where you can find information and contacts about food, the environment and related subjects:

  • Milieudefensie, the Dutch Friends of the Earth National website with well documented files about environmental issues related to the food chain such as megastables or soy imports from South America. Also see the website Wet wat je eet (“Know what you eat”) about pesticide levels on fruit and vegetables.
  • Jongeren Milieu Aktief Is a youth environmental organisation affiliated to Milieudefensie, which organises various activities for young people about environment and sometimes also handles food-related topics. Organises regular organic cooking courses.
  • XminY Solidariteitsfonds Left wing Amsterdam funding organisation that sponsors all sorts of activities and initiatives and conducts an international campaign against genetic modification technologies.
  • Milieucentrum Amsterdam & Groene agenda All the environmental and nature organisations in Amsterdam are members of this group. You will find a lot of news about nature and environment in the city as well as the Green Agenda on their website. The Green Agenda is an overview of activities around these themes.
  • Goede Waar & Co. Organisation promoting people and planet friendly consumption patterns. Has lots of news and research into food, fair trade, gene technology, organic food, etc. its magazine has studies on food and drink, taste tests and the Ware Watchers (a tv program) that investigates the origin and production of goods. Together with the Vegetarian Society, Goede Waar also came up with the V model, a list of essential food types necessary for a healthy diet that did not include meat.
  • Platform Biologica Biologica is a policy and promotion organisation for organic agriculture and food. On their website there is all sorts of news about organic farming and food in the Netherlands, with lots of information for consumers and an Eco guide with addresses of places selling organic produce. Each year in June, Biologica organises open days at organic farms in the Netherlands. It is only a pity it mainly promotes large scale organic agriculture and doesn’t support local food initiatives.
  • Slow Food convivium Amsterdam International movement to defend the right to enjoy good food and drink. The Slow Food movement was set up to challenge the standardised fast food that is taking over everywhere. Slow Food promotes local specialties, biodiversity and the preservation of taste and culture. The members sometimes have dinners and organise tasting events a few times a year in Amsterdam.
  • City Plot – a collection of urban growers, permaculture designers and educators who encourage city dwellers to grow their own food, herbs, flowers, fruit and berries, and who give them the tools to do so.
  • Toekomstboeren – an organisation who support future farmers and provide a network for people interested in farming to meet each other, exchange ideas, grow together. Linked to La Via Campesina.


Sites about vegetarianism, etc.

  • Nederlandse Vegetariersbond Interest group for vegetarians, produces Leven magazine, a vegetarian restaurant guide and organises an annual vegetarian day.
  • Vegatopia Good veggie food for everyone! Website about vegetarian cooking and food, cookery workshops, restaurants, discussion forum, etc. Lots of delicious recipes and tips.
  • The Happy Cow International online communities of vegans, vegetarians and people into healthy and sustainable lifestyle. You can find a long list of restaurants and shops in the Netherlands on their directory page.


Neighbourhood centres
Every district in Amsterdam has a neighbourhood center. These are not community centers where people come to play cards or take painting lessons, but are more action-focussed places where action groups work together on matters like rent laws, housing scarcity and urban decline, green in the city, etc. Neighbourhood centers work together with residents to create pleasant and lively neighbourhoods. In the area of environment and nature, they are actively involved in managing neighbourhood gardens, water gardens, pavement gardens, protecting animals, giving information about environment friendly practices and much more. Most neighbourhood centers organise a green day around these themes a few times a year. Neighbourhood centers (Wijkcentra) are a good way to become active in your neighbourhood and to get to know people. A number of active neighbourhood centers:

  • Wijkcentrum Ceintuur – in De Pijp, Gerard Doustraat 133, tel. 0206764800, website, email:
  • Wijkopbouwcentrum Vondelpark-Concertgebouwbuurt – Amsterdam-zuid, Hendrik Jacobszstraat 4-6, tel. 66 28 237, website, email:
  • Wijkopbouworgaan Zuid-West – Achillesstraat 85, tel.: 020 662 03 89, email:, website
  • Wijkcentrum D’Oude Stadt – Nieuwe Doelenstraat 55, tel. 020 638 22055, website :
  • Wijkcentrum Jordaan en Gouden Reael, Elandsgracht 70, tel. 020 7192371, website :,
  • Wijkcentrum Oostelijk Binnenstad – Kleine Wittenburgerstraat 201, tel 0206223879, e-mail :, website :


Farmers markets
There are lots of markets in Amsterdam — as we update this page more, we will add more. For now we have included the main organic / biological markets.

  • Noordermarkt – Saturday organic farmer’s market in the Jordaan until 16:00. Some farms around Amsterdam sell their own produce here, and there are stands from local independent food producers. This market is typically more expensive than other markets where you can buy produce for cheap, like the Dappermarkt or the Albert Cuypmarkt. At one stand on the Noordermarkt, the Lindegaard, there is often a small section of what is not good enough to sell for 1 euro/kilo. Sometimes there is a good selection, sometimes not.
  • ZuiderMRKT – Saturdays 10:00 – 17:00 in the small square on Jacob Obrechtstraat and Johannes Verhulststraat close to the Concertgebouw on Museumplein.


Farms and CSA’s (Community Supported Agriculture) 
If you thought that Amsterdam is far removed for the countryside, think again. From the city center, you can be on a farm within 20 minutes. Try it sometime – go cycle in rustic North, along the Amstel, in Spaarnwoude or the Haarlemermeer. Within the city limits, there are still a few functioning farms, but they are under threat from encroaching property development. Some still survive because they combine farming with other activities. We’ve named a few here:

  • De Buurtboerderij – in het Westerpark, Spaarndammerdijk 319, tel 020-4865500 Threatened old farm under the smoke of Sloterdijk station, squatted by neighbourhood residents to keep it from being knocked down to make way for a petrol station, lots of public activities, dinner at 18.00 on Mondays, Friday and Saturday. Pancakes for children on Sunday afternoons.
  • De Boterbloem – in Osdorp, Lutkemeerseweg 262, tel. 020-6100821 Small organic vegetable farm in the threatened Lutkemeerpolder just outside Osdorp, which sells vegetables and fruit at the farm in spring, summer and autumn. People can come take a look at the fields, vegetable garden and orchard or to buy fresh vegetables, except on Tuesday. Farmer Trijntje Hoogendam enjoys telling visitors about the farm. The farm is under threat from plans to build a business park for Schiphol airport. The Boterbloem is fighting these plans and have set up a donor system for people who want this unique natural area to remain. You can support the farm donating €10 per year.
  • De Stadshoeve – in Zunderdorp, Zunderdorpergouw 29, email: BD farm with cows and sheep under the smoke of North Amsterdam, just oustide the ring road. Facilities for children, school programs and open days for public.
  • Pluk! Groeten van West – located at the beautiful Fruittuin van West in Amsterdam and provides an inspiring model for sustainable farming and circular living. You can become a member and self -harvest your own veggies from April-November. Volunteers and interns are very welcome.
  • Mijn Stadstuin – interested in growing your own food? Mijn Stadstuin is a 4 hectare-do-it-yourself food supply in West Amsterdam. They provide space, knowledge , support and resources for  you as you enjoy the experience of growing your own food.
  • De Stadsgroenteboer – Set up and run by Wout, this CSA allows you to become a member and self-harvest your own veggies, or have them delivered fresh to you. Situated in West Amsterdam.
  • Noord Oogst – Urban agriculture project in the North of Amsterdam. Open to all to come and be inspired to work with food consciously.  Various projects ranging from food gardens, greenhouses, cafes and beekeepers.
  • Tuinen van Hartstocht – CSA in Gein, Zuid-Oost Amsterdam. Become a member for the year and enjoy the experience of self-harvesting your own food.


Other projects
Rarely busy with food, but they are promoting or creating DIY alternatives:

  • Squatnet – Website with info on squatting and related matters, including radar, an alternative events agenda which can be searched according to theme.
  • Independent Media Centre Nederland – News website where everyone can post news about politics, actions, info evenings and much more.
  • De Vrije Ruimte – Organisation to support and promote cultural free places like the Plantage Doklaan where ASEED Europe is based.
  • Nieuwland – A community project combining a living collective, workplaces and a social-political neighbourhood centre in Dapperburt. They host non-commercial, volunteer- run activities based on solidarity and self-organisation.


Radar – On the digital agenda Radar you can find a lot of political, social and cultural events in Amsterdam and outside Amsterdam