Amsterdam Mamas: Everything you need for a Dutch Thanksgiving
Whether you're American or not, who can resist a Thanksgiving turkey feast with all the trimmings? Here's a list of restaurants serving Thanksgiving dinners, or tips on where to find ingredients to cook your own.
For many Americans, Thanksgiving is the most important holiday on the calendar. Being away from home during the Thanksgiving period can be tough for some but thankfully there is plenty happening in Amsterdam to celebrate Thanksgiving in full style.
Regardless of your nationality or beliefs, it's hard to resist a Thanksgiving turkey feast with all the trimmings, side dishes and desserts. So whether you choose to dine out, pick up some treats or cook your own Thanksgiving feast, this helpful guide should have you feeling right at home.
Thanksgiving feasts in the Netherlands: Dining out
- American icon the Hard Rock Cafe will serve a full traditional Turkey dinner with all the trimmings: corn chowder, pumpkin pie, turkey and the NFL on television. Reservations are required.
- Seasons Restaurant will offer a four-course Thanksgiving menu with two seating options for dinner or an option for lunch. Reservations are required.
- ABC Treehouse will host a Thanksgiving potluck – they make the turkey, dressing, vegetarian main and sides, and guests bring a starter or dessert to share. Reservations are required.
- Amsterdam Marriott Hotel will be hosting their annual Thanksgiving buffet and also have a take-out service if you want to celebrate at home but don't want to cook.
- Homemade Goodies, an American bakery and cafe in Purmerend, is serving a traditional Thanksgiving dinner buffet with all of the trimmings. Reservations are required.
DIY: Make your own Thanksgiving feast
If you live in Amsterdam — and have a big enough kitchen — then getting all the ingredients will be your main concern. It could be daunting, but not impossible. The following locations should help you find what you need.
Ordering a turkey in the Netherlands
- Fred & Yolanda de Leeuw (Utrechtsestraat 92) can source the best French Bresse poultry for your big event.
T: 020 623 0235
- Chris Kip (at Albert Cuypmarkt) sells all manner of fowl including turkey. Order from an array of sizes, whether serving five or 25.
T: 061 652 0494
- Slagerij Arie van de Raa is in the Gelderlandplein shopping centre, near Amsterdam Zuid. You can order a turkey up to 10kg!
T: 020 644 1486
- Slagerij Alain Bernard (Albert Cuypstraat 133) is a French butcher who knows his turkeys. Place an order to get your turkey.
T: 020 662 4572
- Natuurslagerij Rob Rijks (Huidenstraat 11) in the Jordaan offers a great selection of organic meats. Place an order in advance.
T: 020 627 9132
- Marqt supermarket will have some organic birds in stock but they recommend you talk to the butcher about size requirements and have them order it in for you.
T: 020 422 6311
- Hergo, the retail butcher chain with stores across Amsterdam, can order a turkey for you.
- De Hoenderspecialist Paul de Wit offers wild turkeys at the Haarlemmerplein Market on Wednesdays and Zuidermarkt on Saturdays. He can also be found at the Grote Markt in Haarlem.
Where to find Thanksgiving trimmings
- Cranberries (veenbessen) are not as elusive as you think — cranberries are grown on the Dutch island of Terschelling. Ask at your local greengrocer.
- You can also try health food stores De Tuinen, Natuurwinkel or Ekoplaza for organic cranberry jam and syrups.
- Pumpkin pie filling, sauces and gravy mixes can be bought at Kingsalmarkt in Amstelveen.
T: 020 643 3751
- Eichholtz Delicatessen on the Leidsestraat stocks Stove Top Stuffing mixes, pie filling, jelly and more.
T: 020 622 0305
- Dirk, Super de Boer, Jumbo and C1000 supermarkets often stock marshmallow fluff and root beer.
- Tjin’s Toko in the Pijp carries many American products; check there for marshmallows, stuffing mixes and other holiday treats.
T: 020 671 7708
- Sligro and Makro are wholesale supermarkets, and if you know someone with a business account you can easily pick up all the ingredients you need: sprouts, cranberry relish and many alternatives to turkey, including pheasant, duck or hare.
- If you can't make it to the shops on time, try ordering from USfoodz for pumpkin pie filling and other American treats.
Thanksgiving cooking equipment
If you have decided to cook but you don’t have a roasting pan, a turkey baster, thermometer or the required number of pots and pans, then you may want to stop by one of the bigger kitchenware stores in town.
- Kookwinkel Divine & Delicious is a long-term supporter of Amsterdam Mamas and has grown along with us over the years. If you can't find it here, your kitchen probably doesn't need it.
- Duikelman in de Pijp is a large store full of great equipment and accessories.
- De Pittenkoning in the middle of the Albert Cuyp market is smaller but packed with useful tools.
- Studio Bazar has trendy, colourful and quirky items in their two centrally located stores.
- Deksels on the Haarlemmerdijk 129 is a tiny spot packed from top to bottom with all things related to cooking.
This article was originally reproduced with permission from I amsterdam but has been updated each year by Amsterdam Mamas.
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