It’s always such a treat to visit an all vegan store. It’s not everyday us vegans have the chance to walk into a shop and turn off the part of our brain that’s usually making a guess about whether or not a product contains animal ingredients and judging if it’s worth flipping over to read the label. In a vegan store, we can shop for food without examining the fine print and get excited about spotting cute shoes without having to worry about the possibility of leather insoles. Everything is fair game. And it’s such a lovely feeling! This is why we made a special trip to Vega-Life, Amsterdam’s all vegan store.
Vega-Life turned out to be a very small shop packed with vegan goods. Unlike the other vegan stores I’ve visited, they had a small grocery section and the majority of the space was dedicated to clothing, footwear and accessories like belts and wallets.
They stocked vegan shoes made by Vegetarian Shoes and Macbeth, and t-shirts by Element, Bamboo Clothing, Ecolution and more. For the ladies, they had a small section of organic cotton underwear by Peau Ethique.
In addition to vegan and eco clothing, they had a shelf full of books about vegan cooking and animal rights. There were some books I’d never seen before but they were all in Dutch, with one or two English exceptions.
There was a section filled with vegan cosmetics, body products and vitamins.
The food section was tiny, and we walked away with just a few treats in hand. Our loot included two flapjacks by granoVita, one with chocolate chips and another with pumpkin. We also bought a bag of Chunkies jerky-style soy snacks and an Infinity Foods vegan organic hazelnut nougat and dark chocolate bar. They had some other chocolate and snack bars in stock but we’d already tried a lot of them at this point and just stuck to new items. The flapjacks were great but the other two weren’t that exciting. Maybe the nougat bar would have been better if it wasn’t totally melted and destroyed by the time I got to it. Oops!
Vega-Life isn’t the best place to stop in for a vegan snack, there are several well stocked health food stores in the city, but is worth checking out if you’re in the market for some new vegan and eco friendly clothing. It would have been nice to splurge on some new duds but our travel budget just doesn’t allow for those kinds of expenses.
If you’re in Amsterdam, be sure to show your support and visit Vega-Life. You can also checkout their online store.