Please phone the restaurant to check if they are open before you go there as many squat restaurants close for a month in the summer.

 

Squat restaurants have a special place in Amsterdam.  Many buildings were squatted in the 70s, 80s and 90s because they were empty and and abandoned.  The communities that squatted the buildings often run an informal restaurant, all done  by volunteers and not for profit.  De Peper is a lovely exaple of one of these and you can see the philosophy behind the place in the photo above.

The food is vegan and organic.  For the starter and main course you pay between €7 and €10, depending on what you can afford, you decide.  Dessert costs €1.50 and beers are €2.50.  When I went the food was delicious, the starter was a white miso and light vegetable soup and the main course was a seitan and pumpkin pie with white beans and mushrooms and salad (pictured).

You need to ring them between 16h00 and 19h00 to book a place and food on the day you are going.  The bar is open from 18h00 and they serve food from 19h00 until 20h30.  You take your own plates to the sink to be washed up and share tables with people if necessary.

Open: Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Sunday

Phone: 020-4122954

Address:  Overtoom 301

Getting there:  Tram 1 to the Jan Pieter Heijerstraat, which is on the edge of the Vondel Park

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De Peper website