Let’s celebrate the year of the monkey with traditional dances, fireworks and delicious food in Amsterdam’s Chinatown. Check out our guide!

Chinese New Year in Amsterdam’s Chinatown

The Chinese New Year, or Lunar New Year as it is also known, is celebrated on the 16th of February 2018. Celebrations in Amsterdam typically take place on the Friday and Saturday closest to the date of Chinese New Year.

The celebration takes place on and around Nieuwmarkt in the center of Amsterdam. The parade starts at the Fo Guang Shan Buddhist Temple on Zeedijk at 13:00, and continues along the Geldersekade to Nieuwmarkt. Look for the traditional lion and dragon dances.


Fireworks are not officially allowed, but we expect (hope!) to see some anyway.

Before or afterward head to one of the tasty Asian restaurants in the neighborhood. Keep in mind places will likely be busy so make reservations if you can.

Here are some of our favorites: 

  • Dim sum at Oriental City will make your tummy happy. On Saturday and Sunday you may have to wait in line for a bit.
  • Nam Kee is the classic choice when you are going for Chinese food in Amsterdam. The menu is super extensive and the portions are huge. We really like their Mihoen Singapore.
  • Try out Tibetan food at Tibet Restaurant. If you like it hot and spicy, order some of the Sichuan dishes.
  • At A-Fusion you should be able to find something for everyone in your group. They serve a good mix of modern Chinese Asian fusion dishes.
  • Thai food is always a popular choice and the food at Thai Bird or the snackbar across the street hits the spot.


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