In the mood for some turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy and stuffing? More and more restaurants are serving Thanksgiving dinner in Amsterdam. Here are a few spots where you can gobble it up. Plus a few shopping tips for those cooking at home.
THANKSGIVING IN AMSTERDAM
There are so many expats living in Amsterdam and tourists traveling during the holidays, it seems to make sense for local restaurants to host special Thanksgiving feasts. Following are some of the suppers we’ve found for 2017. Be sure to book ahead for Thanksgiving in Amsterdam, spots are limited!
The traditional Thanksgiving dinner organized for many years by the American Book Center will be held this year at Cafe Belcampo in Amsterdam West.
This grand cafe hosted Thanksgiving dinner the last few years and it has been so successful they decided to do it again. Be sure to make reservations in advance.
Wyers Bar & Restaurant
Seasons serves a super popular Thanksgiving meal over three days with multiple seatings. They host Thanksgiving lunches as well as dinners.
Staring at Jacob
Hard Rock Cafe
This American chain restaurant has a Thanksgiving party every year complete with all the fixins. And of course they show the football games too.
This Christian student organization is hosting a Thanksgiving potluck. So start baking and head on over to join the feast.
COOKING THANKSGIVING DINNER IN AMSTERDAM
Do you plan to prepare the Thanksgiving meal yourself or are you bringing one of the dishes to a potluck? Here are some ideas for places to shop for supplies and ingredients for Thanksgiving in Amsterdam.
You can purchase turkeys from several butchers around Amsterdam but you may need to order ahead. Check Slagerij de Leeuw, Slagerij Alain Bernard in de Pijp, Slagerij Siem van der Gragt on Elandsgracht or just ask your favorite neighborhood butcher. And perhaps even see if Frank’s Smokehouse might have one of his special smoked turkeys.
If you don’t feel like creating pumpkin pie, cranberry sauce or stuffing from scratch – or perhaps you just crave the flavor of the nostalgic packaged goods – there are a few shops in Amsterdam that import the items you need. My favorite place to shop for exotic ingredients is Tjin’s Toko. They are really friendly and should have what you are looking for. But act early before everyone else does their last minute shopping! They usually stock canned pumpkin, StoveTop stuffing and canned cranberry sauce as well as other American items. If Tjin’s doesn’t have it, head to Eichholz Deli on Leidsestraat. But either way be prepared to pay a premium! You can also check the shops in Chinatown and the random Lidl or Jumbo. Sometimes they have imported items like marshmallows, my Jumbo on Westerstraat often does. Take a look too at Marqt and other organic shops for fresh items like cranberries and herbs.
Happy Thanksgiving everyone!
*apologies to Canadians, I have no idea what constitutes Canadian Thanksgiving but I’m sure it is super tasty!
Here’s a little American fall color to put you in that holiday mood! 🙂
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