It’s time for a new Amsterdam Weekend Guide. We’ve gathered the most fun events, hotspots to visit and things to do during upcoming weekend. And this is a special one. Since it’s Thanksgiving, we’ve gathered the best places in Amsterdam to enjoy a traditional thanksgiving dinner. Enjoy!
Over the years the thanksgiving tradition has gained popularity in Amsterdam, with cafés and restaurants all over town hosting special thanksgiving brunches and dinners. We’ve gathered them all, so you know where to go for some festive meals and beverages.
3 days of Thanksgiving at Seasons Restaurant
At Seasons Restaurant they go all the way, offering 3- and 4-course Thanksgiving style dinners from 21 to 23 November. Their menu includes dishes like sweet corn soup, mashed pecan & marshmallow potatoes and sugar snaps with miso & almonds. The hero: Slow Smoked Turkey, will be prepared with cornbread stuffing and gravy. With all this deliciousness and pumpkin pie for dessert, we’re sure you’ll have a wonderful thanksgiving celebration here.
Address: Herenstraat 16
Four-course dinner at Café Belcampo
On Thursday 22 November you can head over to de Hallen where Café Belcampo is located. They have been hosting traditional thanksgiving dinners in Amsterdam for years now, serving classic dishes like mashed potatoes, gravy, dressing, sweet potatoes and corn. What’s special about this one is that attendees are asked to bring a starter or dessert, that will be shared with all other guests.
Dinner takes place between 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. and can be reserved via their website.
Thanksgiving Feast at Wyers Bar
Wyers restaurant and bar will host a thanksgiving feast on Thursday 22 November from 5:30 until 10.00 p.m. Prepare for a four-course meal with a Roasted Butternut Squash Soup and Duck Confit Salad before you head on to the family style main course. And if you think that’s all, you’re wrong. Their pastry team will prepare an amazing dessert station filled with traditional sweets and delights!
Address: Nieuwendijk 60
Family affair at Staring at Jacobs
Staring at Jacobs is a New York Brunch Bar serving classics like Chicken ‘n Waffles, Buttermilk Pancakes and Banana French Toast during a normal day. This year they’ll host a family style thanksgiving feast on the 22nd of November. Make sure to reserve your spot in advance, since places are limited!
Address: Jacob van Lennepkade 215
Hard Rock Café
Of course, the all-American Hard Rock Café has something special prepared for you. On November 22, they’ll serve both lunch and dinner Thanksgiving style. You can choose between a 2- or 3-course meal with all the traditional dishes and delicious pumpkin pie for dessert. (Reservations are advised)
Franksgiving at Frank’s Smoke House
Frank’s Smoke House has an actual smoke house for their meats and fish next to the restaurant. For Thanksgiving 2018 they’ll organize a festive lunch buffet on Sunday November 25 from 12.00 to 5.00 p.m. Of course, the turkey will be the highlight, but you can expect there to be a lot more food involved. With over 10 traditional dishes like sweet potatoes, fresh beans and a pumpkin pie, you’ll be in for a treat. Perfect for an afternoon with family and friends. More to love: the buffet is unlimited. Let the stuffing begin!
Address: Oostenburgervoorstraat 1
Bacchus Wine Festival
From 23 to 25 November it’s time for the indoor edition of Bacchus Wine Festival. This is the place to be if you love wine, lots of wine! At Bacchus Amsterdam wine shops come together to present over 300 different wines, available by the glass or per bottle. And where there is wine, there is food. You can either go for a full 4 course meal or head over to one of the food trucks for a juicy burger to go with that delightful Merlot. Live music will be provided by DJ’s throughout the day, playing a relaxed blend of hip-hop, house and classics.
Address: Centrale Markthallen Jan van Galenstraat 4
Amsterdam Art Weekend
22 November marks the start of Amsterdam Art Weekend: the place to be for people who want to see emerging talent before anyone else. All over town galleries, museums and other spaces will host special art events with over 100 exhibitions, lectures and debates. Young artists, such as painters, photographers and sculptors, get to show their work and show their unique talents. Amsterdam Art Weekend not only encourages you to admire all that is shown, but to actively join in and learn about the world of contemporary art as well.
Last chance: IDFA International Documentary Film Festival
This weekend is your last chance view one (or more) of the documentaries selected for the extensive IDFA 2018 program. The International Documentary Film Festival is an an international event where producers, directors, critics and lovers of documentaries meet and celebrate new works. Next to film, you can expect debates, workshops and talks. There are films shown in every category imaginable, for both adults and youngsters.
Etsy x The Maker Market
This edition of the Maker Market promises to be a good one. The market will take place on 24 & 25 November at the Hallen Amsterdam in collaboration with Etsy Netherlands. Half of the market will be hosted by Etsy makers, offering a wide variety in hand made products. The other part will be filled with stand from a variety of craftsmen and designers in the fields of fashion, jewelry and interior amongst others. This is a place where you can get to know the story behind the wares you’re buying from the maker itself. And to keep you entertained during your shopping spree, there will be workshops, live music and interactive installations. A fun afternoon guaranteed!
Address: Hannie Dankbaarpassage 47
Winter terrace at Mr. Porter
This weekend marks the start of the winter terrace at restaurant Mr. Porter located on the top floor of the five-star W Hotel. They have transformed their rooftop terrace into a winter wonderland offering you warmth and coziness with an exceptional view over Amsterdam. Enjoy one of the new cocktails from the winter menu under their heaters. How about the Black Fox with Amaretto or the Winter Glow with Granny Smith Apple? You’ll be glowing inside and out!
We hope you have a great weekend in Amsterdam using our Amsterdam Weekend Guide. For more on things to do and places to go browse through the website, from the best places to have cocktails to 18 attractions not to miss!
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