Just a stone’s throw from the hubbub of central Rembrandtplein lies one of Amsterdam’s oldest vegetarian and vegan restaurants.
With its 30-year history, Golden Temple – named after the Sikh temple in Amritsar, North India – prides itself on promoting unity of body and mind, not just through its dishes, but also through meditation and yoga lessons that are on offer in the space above the dining area. All dishes are vegetarian and there is a generous selection of vegan options. Some new additions to the menu include a vegetarian tikka masala served with vegetables and tofu, Japanese vegetable skewers, some new pizza ideas and a couple of Mexican dishes. All the old favourites are still on offer too. As for drinks, there is a wide selection of Indian, Japanese and Dutch beers as well as organic Spanish and French wines.
Do not forget to cast your eyes over the colourful wall art. Amsterdam artist Marileen Arbouw spent two years painstakingly decorating the interior, with free-flowing ideas andmuch patience. Golden Temple can seat about 65 70 guests on two levels in a super relaxing atmosphere. For example, you will find comfy Arabic-style sofas on the upper-floor lounge area. The owners are very open to your personal preferences too. On Fridays, there is live music, and be sure to check the website for yoga and meditation classes.