Spirit

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De Groene Passage, Mariniersweg 9, Rotterdam, Netherlands, 3011 NB

Vegetarian cafe situated in the same complex as Gimsel health food supermarket, just outside the city centre. Renovated and expanded in 2012. Offers soups, salad bar and hot buffet. Open Mon-Sat 8:00am-11:00pm.

Categories: Vegan-friendly, Lacto, Ovo, Organic, Buffet, Take-out, Asian, European, Dutch

47 Reviews

First Review by Stevie

For dinner: yesyesyes - Edit

Already was in love with Spirit Amsterdam, so I knew what I could've expected. For dinner it was as good as I expected it to be. Bright colors, sweet, sour, savoury and other flavours.

The next day I ate breakfast here. I must say that I was a little disappointed. In my imagination there was a big buffet filled with pancakes (ckeck), sausages (check), bread (check), tofu scramble (nope), soy/coconot yogurt (nope), a variety of fruits (nope) and peanutbutter (nope). The pancakes were delicious though.

Pros: Problems with choosing? No problem =), Good wine (Pinot Grigio)

Cons: Expensive, A rather disappointing breakfast for vegans

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worth the experience, expensive - Edit

I loved loved loved my experience there. The idea of the place is simple, you pay by weight. That is an alright idea when you're going for a piece of cake or a spoonfull of rice but there are so many options that it won't be the case! The food delicious but also rather pricey. Nevertheless, definitely worth indulging once a while.

Pros: many options, clearly labeled, good food, lots of places to sit, nice atmosphere

Cons: pricey

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Very disappointing - Edit

I came here with my boyfriend with high hopes as the reviews are so good and friends have recommended this place. There are a lot of options and all the used ingredients are labeled on each food. After weighing our food (and paying quite a lot for it) we were super disappointed. The food was mostly bland and everything tasted very similar. The food wasn't really hot either. The dessert was great though, but not enough to give a better review. We will not return.

Pros: Tasty dessert, All ingredients are labeled

Cons: Expensive , Bland and cold

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Cold and basic food - Edit

Due to the raving reviews, I had decided to take a look at this restaurant.

Walking towards the buffet I was so excited. There were so many different kinds of food available. Clearly labeled when vegan as well.

However once I had sat down to eat, everything was either cold or barely heated. All the flavours were very similar too. The food ended up tasting the same.

The highlight of the evening was the vegan icecream. It is such a shame that the food was just plain bad.

If you are looking for a nice hot dinner, do not visit this place.

Pros: lots of options, great icecream

Cons: food was not properly prepared nor heated, very similar flavours, very expensive for the mediocre food available.

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One of the best vegan places in the Netherlands - Edit

This veggie restaurant was my favourite in the Netherlands. The buffet was largely vegan and had numerous choices. So much so, it is hard to choose what to put on just one plate to leave enough room for the desserts.

I love that most of the desserts (including ice creams) are also vegan.

I highly recommend this place. You will leave satisfied and not hungry.

Pros: Loads of vegan options, Vegan desserts and ice cream

Cons: Labels not in English but you can ask the staff

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You will want everything - Edit

In Spirit you fill up a plate from a buffet of vegetarian and vegan food (clearly labelled with ingredients too) and pay by weight.
This means you can make it as cheap as you like, but for hungry people like us who want to try everything it cost around €30 for two of us with drinks.
They have a lot of vegetable which is always good, not reliant on meat replacement but they do have tempah and seitan, Lots of seating inside and outside. They also have a health food store next door which is useful to stock up on snacks for later!

Pros: Lots of options, Lots of vegetables, Clear descriptions so you know what your eating.

Cons: Can be slightly more expensive if super hungry

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Amazing options! - Edit

Would highly recommend Spirit, there's a huge amount of vegan options. All clearly marked, in a buffet format. I had the Grilled Seitan, Tempah satay, vegan lasagna and then shared some vegan chocolate mousse and crumble. Delicious!

Pros: Huge amount of options, Linked to lovely supermarket next door

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very tasty buffet - Edit

They've labeled the dishes. Many vegan options. It's a buffet. You pay for the weight of your plate. Usually I end up with too much food on my plate. Would really recommend this place!

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Grab and go - belly full with good food - Edit

This is a nice place and the food is tasty. And the atmosphere was a little too hectic for me and so I found my-self eating the food quite quickly. But it seems like a grab and go sort of place - not an easy relaxed get in touch with your beingness type place. If I needed to grab and go I might head back. I thought it was quite expensive as it is by weight.

Pros: Easy and quick, Delicious food

Cons: Hectic atmosphere, Expensive

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Easy buffet - Edit

This is perfect if you're looking for a fast and healthy meal, signs with al the allergies information is provided.
Enough choices and delicious!

Pros: Information signs, Buffet style, Lot's of choice

Cons: Surrounding, Self service, Place may be noisy

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great variety - Edit

Buffet style vegan food. Lots of choices, fresh Ingredients, vibrant atmosphere.

Pros: good food, quick service, friendly staff

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Believe the hype - Edit

Spirit has got to be one of the most known places in Rotterdam when it comes to healthy/vegetarian/vegan/super foods. And for good reason.
The selection is pretty big and the difficult part is deciding on what to eat. The sides like beans, roasted veggies, purees, and salads were some of the tastiest I've ever had.

Most of the things are vegan and I stuffed my plate proudly!
They even have vegan waffles which I decided to have for dessert. Pretty sweet!

Pros: The variety, The location, The quality of the food

Cons: The price

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We love spirit! - Edit

Spirit is nice for a quick lunch, a piece of pie or a nice dinner :) there are always enough options to choose from and we love the vibe that's around in Spirit.
The buffet changes every now and than and there's always something you like. Would recommend it!

Pros: buffet and always something you like, you pay for what you get on your plate, a good vibe

Cons: could be very crowded sometimes

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overall good - Edit

A variety of vegan options but little gluten free ones. Always very full and the staff is not very nice.

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Delicious - Edit

It was delicious, most excellent vegetarian buffet restaurant. All vegetarian and a lot of vegan things. So many types of food to choose from and they were all delicious. You pay per weight and it's not that expensive. If I lived here I'd go every day... Best veg. restaurant in The Netherlands!

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Great buffet style restaurant for vegetarian and vegan food - Edit

This is a great place for lunch. Bright and airy location right next to the biggest health food store in Rotterdam. The food is served buffet style: you fill your plate with however much you want of everything, and then pay for the weight of your plate. Everything was delicious. They also serve various cakes, baked goods, smoothies and juices. Staff was also friendly.

Pros: Lots of options, Friendly staff, Nice location

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Great place! - Edit

Large choice, delicious and good price!
The place is also neat and pleasant.

Pros: Lots of vegan options

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Organic awesomeness - Edit

I go here often and the only time that I was disappointed is when I went for breakfast. The main dishes for breakfast were eggs and pancakes, which were both not suitable for vegans. I heard they have vegan pancakes now, but haven't checked them out. What I do love about this restaurant is that you pay for the amount of food you take, so people are encouraged to finish their food. I do a lot of cooking myself and I like going somewhere, where they prepare food that I couldn't easily make myself. The smoothies and desserts are also fabulous! For a self-service place it's on the pricey side though. Finally, I still prefer completely vegan places...

Pros: 100% organic, Pay for the amount, Awesome food

Cons: Pricey, Breakfast options are limited, Gluten free is not guaranteed

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loads of options! - Edit

the vegetarian buffet here is huge! (which can also make it hard to decide what to put on your plate!) downside is that it's quite expensive, especially for self service but the taste makes up for it.

Pros: great food, lots of choice, good atmosphere

Cons: expensive , selfservice

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Veggie hotspot - Edit

This is the veggie hotspot of Rotterdam. Vegetarian and non vegetarian people come together here. Wide arrange of options on buffet and nice atmosphere. Next to an eco-supermarket and fair trade shop in one of the nicest neighborhood in the city.

Pros: Fresh, many options, good drinks

Cons: little expensive, crowded sometimes

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Superb buffet-style! - Edit

We've been to Spirit many times over the years and it just keeps getting better. Not super cheap but quite affordable given the quality, choice and selection. Every day for lunch and dinner there will be at least ten main dishes and 20 or more sides. Sold by weight, you can have as much or as little as you like. Some standouts:
- Tempeh dishes; Dutch tempeh is the best I have ever had, probably due to the large Indonesian population in the country, and Spirit always has at least one great tempeh dish
- Deserts; not all vegan ( but all vegetarian), usually some great apple or chocolate cakes
- New since last year, serve yourself vegan ice cream / 8 flavors and all were great (you can serve yourself a little of each to try them all)

Pros: fresh, choice, very high quality

Cons: so much choice, so little space in my belly!

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Excellent - Edit

Well, it doesn´t get cheap to eat here, I think I took food twice, hot and cold dishes, and I paid maybe 13 and 14 euros... even though I only took a little bit of yeah, just about everything, as the majority of the buffet was vegan. Delicious it was too, you could tell that a lot of effort is put into each combination of ingredients. I topped it all off with a few scoops of ice cream, they had some 8 flavours all of which were vegan.
In addition, staff were quite friendly and they even offered me to "borrow" an umbrella in view of the tremendous storm that took place after my meal. I said no, but it was a nice gesture for sure.
By the way, the Green Passage is certainly not your average shopping mall, it's just a few shops with green ambitions under the same roof, so to speak.

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Exeptional food! - Edit

I ate here twice, and both times I was astonished by the variaty and the special taste of all the food. It is a pretty big restaurant and it has a buffet so you can choose what and how much you want. You paid for the weight of your food. All the food looks and tastes delicious! I can definitely recommend this. Although it is pretty expensive and the atmosphere could be better (if you go upstairs, you can sit nicer than downstairs).

Pros: Very tasty food, Good concept with the buffet

Cons: Pretty expensive

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Very good vegan options - Edit

I love this place..... It's not very cheap but the quality is amazing.......and you can choose whatever you like and how much of it you take.. Great food, sometimes it can get a bit noisy indoors.

Pros: great food

Cons: could be expensive, can be a bit noisy

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Excellent place in Rotterdam with a great variety - Edit

One of my favorite places in Rotterdam to visit when you are looking for vegan food. Right in the centre and only a few hundred meters away from the stunning Markthal, which is a must see.

The food is served in a buffet style and with every dish you'll see the ingredients listed, which makes it an excellent visit for people with food allergies.

As this is one of the most popular veggie places in Rotterdam you'll notice that it's always quite crowded (it's also located next to an organic supermarket), but in a pleasant way and because of the buffet style the turn around of tables is quit quick. This last bit if also the only downside. It's not a great place if you're aiming for a long dinner night in a cozy setting.

Pros: A lot of vegan options, Ingredients listed, Next to an organic supermarket

Cons: Take away style, Not open on Sunday

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Awesome - Edit

Spirit is great - lots of choice for vegans, a pay-by-weight buffet syle operation with a range of cold and warm dishes and desserts, the only problem is choosing how much to pile on your plate. Indoor and outdoor seating available. Takes debits cards or cash, NOT credit cards.

Pros: Pay by weight, Outside Seating

Cons: Does not take credit cards

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Fantastic quality food! Really spoilt for choice! - Edit

Well on my trip to Rotterdam I went here breakfast, then had lunch, & dinner both days and (takeaway breakfast and desserts (of course))! The choice was so extensive, and all of it tasty! Very original and creative...and fresh!!! The chef was cooking in sight and kindly made extra pancakes when I arrived and they had ran out on the buffet. There were raw cuisine items too. I cook a lot so it always a treat when I find things to eat that I don't make at home. Great desserts too...I'll be back! Very easy to get to, nice set up and such a laid back atmosphere, friendly staff.

Pros: Great food, Quality , Location

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