At the end of the fifteenth century, the city of Leiden was the largest in the county of Holland. This was mainly due to the international cloth industry. In the sixteenth century came a time of reforms and persecutions. In 1572 Leiden joined the Dutch Revolt. The beautiful city was besieged by the Spaniards twice.
124,077 people currently live in the Key City, Leiden. The Key City is known for, among other things, the old city center with canals, courtyards and monumental buildings. In addition, Leiden is a real student city with 4 colleges and 1 university.
In this blog you can read our top 5 of the best hotspots in Leiden, including the vegan hotspots of Leiden!
5x The best hotspot Leiden
I Scream Coffee
You can find I Scream Coffee at Haarlemmerstraat at number 181. At this specialty coffee bar you can not only enjoy excellent coffee, but also a varied selection of the tastiest vegan pastries. The living room vibes ensure that you immediately feel at ease.
In addition to the fine coffee, you will also find nice goodies from small entrepreneurs. Shop for ocean-inspired artwork or handmade jewelry, for example. The cozy coffee bar is open daily from 10 am to 5 pm, only on Sundays this coffee spot closes half an hour earlier.
Lot & the Whale
Lot & de Walvis should not be missing from the list of the 5 nicest hotspots in Leiden. You will find the restaurant at Haven 1. This spot is open Monday to Thursday from 9 am to 1 am, Friday and Saturday from 9 am to 2 am and Sunday from 10 am to 1 am o’clock at night.
You can go to Lot & de Walvis for breakfast, lunch, drinks and dinner. How about a vegan bounty pie with your cup of coffee? The menu also includes a veggie platter, vegan curry and the crispy taco. The kids are also thought of. For example, there are smaller – and more well-known dishes. So something for everyone!
Restaurant Logica focuses on creating the tastiest vegetarian dishes with organic ingredients. Their motto: (H)honest vega(n) eating out in the region! It is not for nothing that this restaurant is on our list of the best hotspots in Leiden. The menu includes a vegan grilled cheese sandwich with minced seitan, vegan cheese and chili sauce, seitan doner kebab and vegetable tandoori.
Logica has the Green Key label: the largest sustainability label for the tourism industry in the Netherlands. So you know for sure that you are in the right place for honest food! You will find restaurant Logica aan de Still Rijn at number 11: eating with a view of the water! You can go there from Tuesday to Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Catootje at the market
Catootje aan de Markt is a favorite from our top 5 hotspots in Leiden. The special thing about Catootje is the focus on ‘Shared Dining’ or eating together. So on the menu are all kinds of small dishes that you can share with each other. The restaurant has a new vegan menu in its dinner box every week, containing unique dishes such as miso soup with shiitake, spring onions and puffed wild rice as an intermediate dish and roasted cauliflower with celeriac cream, hasselback potato, trompettes de la mort, and green asparagus with fresh truffle sauce.
Want to try these surprising vegan dishes yourself? You can find this hotspot at Kaasmarkt 10. The opening hours are from Wednesday to Saturday from 5.30 pm to 10 pm.
The Slaughterhouse: not really the name you would expect at a vegan hotspot in Leiden.. But this lunchroom slash bakery is completely vegan! Here you will find snacks, cakes and even ingredients for the ultimate summer (or if you can handle the cold: winter) picnic. Do you want to enjoy the tastiest vegan cakes even longer? Then you can also go to the slaughterhouse for workshops so that you can make your own birthday cake from now on! Not a fan of sweet? Then choose one of the hearty dishes such as a crustico rendang, sauerkraut sausage or jackfruit cubanos.
The slaughterhouse is open Tuesday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and on Sundays from 12 a.m. to 4 p.m. You will find the lunchroom at number 1 Meelfabriekplein.