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As an American living in the Netherlands for a couple of years, I’ve been missing American food a lot. More of a passion project than a real project, I’ve been compiling my favorite places to buy American food in the Netherlands to help other American expats living in the Netherlands satisfy their cravings.
I’ve been living in Amsterdam and the Hague, so I’ve done my best to include other places, however please let me know if you have any other favorites for me to add to this list!
American candy and snacks
American candy is significantly easier to find than any other food item in the Netherlands. The Dutch candy chain Jamin is a good source of American candies although you can find some American candies at Jumbo. (I’ve been able to find Reese’s at Jumbo in the Hague!) I typically hold out for Kelly’s in the Hague.
American pies, cakes, and sweets in the Netherlands
For Amsterdam, consider heading to De Drie Graefjes for high tea or some sweets at this American bakery in Amsterdam. Otherwise, check out Amsterdam Cupcake Company for American-style cakes and cupcakes in Amsterdam.
Although both are not run by Americans any more, they might be enough to satisfy your craving if you don’t have the opportunity to get to The Hague or Rotterdam, where you’ll find more authentic options.
The Hague is heaven for American expats in the Netherlands. We have a lot of options for finding American-style cakes and sweets made by talented American chefs.
I can recommend American Baking Company, which is run by a Texan expat and his Dutch spouse, for their authentic pies and cakes. They even have pecan pie y’all! It almost made my husband cry. You must order in advance, so be sure to call them at least 2 days ahead. I also recommend Donuts & Co., a donut shop in the Hague run by Australians that makes delicious donuts (including vegan ones!)
For authentic style American cheesecake, head to
I recommend heading to Ugga in Amsterdam for authentic Jewish pastries. Their chocolate babka is to die-for.
American groceries in the Netherlands
If you’re desperate for something harder an ingredient harder to find here, USgroceries.NL, USgroceries.EU, Kelly’s Expat Shop are worth checking out. All deliver directly to you after you order online. For in-person shopping for American groceries in Amsterdam, I recommend Tjin’s Toko in De Pijp for a nice assortment of American foods.
I recommend visiting Kelly’s Expat Shop in the Hague or Wassenaar for the best American grocery store in the Netherlands. A readers’ tip: Amazing Oriental in Duivendrecht has a good supply of American groceries.
For some items, you can go to the Albert Heijn XL near you for better assortment than the normal Albert Heijn. I struggled to find certain ingredients, but the XL shop solved most of my issues with baking in the Netherlands.
You can find Ben & Jerry’s ice cream at almost every Albert Heijn! Another find at Albert Heijn: Frank’s Buffalo Hot Sauce for making authentic Buffalo wings (If you can’t make it to Buffalo, New York.) You can find turkey bacon in the Albert Heijn XL in the halal section.
American bagels in the Netherlands
It’s been tough finding good bagels in the Netherlands. As a New Yorker, I’m very picky about my bagels. The closest that I’ve found to New York style bagels is Tony’s New York City Bagels in Amsterdam. Although run by Dutchies, their bagels are surprisingly authentic and perfectly baked. You can also get them with other toppings.
In the Hague, I recommend heading to Brooklyn Bagel House for delicious authentic New York bagels with
I love BetterBagels in Leiden, which was as close to a decent everything bagel that I’ve found here. Prices are affordable too! Skip Bagel Alley in Wassenaar.
Next to try: Bagel Bakery in Rotterdam. I have not managed to get bagels from EastCoastbagels (only in Amsterdam) yet, however I’ve heard they’re incredible and they sell out quickly.
American food chains in the Netherlands
I can’t keep this 100% updated as the chains move quite fast in opening up new restaurants, but at the time of writing, Taco Bell, Domino’s, Pizza Hut, and Five Guys are operating in the Netherlands.
I really dislike Taco Bell,
Baskin-Robbins has just opened a shop in Utrecht if you miss their ice cream (I don’t). Similarly, Dunkin Donuts has recently started expanding all over the Netherlands. Cinnabon has started to dominate the Netherlands after opening locations outside of Rotterdam, Amsterdam, and the Hague.
Five Guys, a D.C. burger chain that is a
Tex-Mex food in the Netherlands
There’s been many debates about this in the various expat forums, however KUA in Rotterdam is considered to the best Mexican restaurant in the Netherlands by Mexican-Americans living here. (Some people say the KUA in the Hague has authentic Mexican food, but apparently the one in Rotterdam is better.)
The newest Mexican place in the Hague that is supposed to be really good is Ruiseñor. Expect high quality ingredients, experimental Mexican food, and upscale dining experience. You’ll pay for the privilege and make a reservation if you intend to go…
For Mexican street food, head to Alfredo’s Taqueria in Rotterdam. I really enjoyed their food and cocktails, however they’re not cheap and the portions are smaller. (Expect to pay 20 euros.)
For home cooks DIYing their own Mexican food, La Doña in Rotterdam is considered to be best Mexican supermarket in the Netherlands although DeliMexico.com is another good option.
For Tex-Mex in Amsterdam, I recommend Los Pilones or Los Feliz for margaritas and Mexican food. For Mexican food, expect to pay the price if it’s good (and even so if it’s not). In Utrecht, Lucy Lou’s comes recommended by another American for Tex-Mex and margaritas.
For hot sauce, I recommend El Jefe, a locally made hot sauce that is really good. You can now find it at some Albert Heijn supermarkets as well as other specialty stores (including Marqt).
For quick Tex-Mex to-go, I personally like Salsa Shop, an affordable Dutch burrito chain that reminds me a lot of Chipotle. Their salsas are decent and you can find their locations all around Amsterdam (the first location is next to the Heineken experience). They recently opened a branch in the Hague and Utrecht and there will soon be another in Utrecht.
Thanksgiving & American turkey in the Netherlands
Having spent every Thanksgiving in the Netherlands since I moved here, I’ve been looking for different options for finding American-style turkey in the Netherlands.
Last year, we ended up going to Brody’s Beer Bar in the Hague, a nice American bar in the Hague, for a free Thanksgiving dinner with reserving our spot ahead and paying for drinks. We’ll see if they do the same again this year.
The first year, I ended up buying a pre-made turkey in Amstelveen (outside of Amsterdam) for around 50 euros. You can buy a cooked turkey in Amstelveen (outside of Amsterdam) at Slagerij G. Stronkhorst on Amsterdamseweg or Traiteur Wagenaar Poelier en Wildhandel on Lindenlaan. We got ours at Stronkhorst and it was delicious! In Amsterdam, you can also order Turkey from the Andaz, Hergo, or the Marriott. A readers’ tip: You can also get a cooked and dressed turkey at Slagerij de Leeuw in Amsterdam.
The best way to get your Thanksgiving Turkey in the Netherlands? Make it yourself. We ended up going to our local butcher to request a turkey that was cleaned out with the giblets placed in a tidy bag inside. I ordered the turkey about one week in advance specifying the weight.
Beyond that, you can simply ask your neighborhood butcher whether the turkey is free-range or organic (it will be extra). Most butchers don’t stock an entire turkey without it being pre-ordered, so be sure to plan ahead.
For up to six people, you’ll want 3kg although 5kg is enough for 10-12 people (with leftovers). It was far cheaper than ordering it premade and baking the turkey was surprisingly easy.
I followed this recipe for making the turkey although we had to buy a thermometer from Blokker. We followed this recipe for the stuffing and it turned out incredibly. We ended up spending less than the fifty including all the ingredients for the turkey (meant for 10+ people), sides, and apple pie from a local shop.
I definitely recommend DIYing yourself and inviting friends over to enjoy Thanksgiving potluck style. Jacob’s mother helped us with the cranberry sauce a few days beforehand, which she made using something similar to this recipe. We made vegan gravy using a similar recipe to this one. Much of it will keep, so it’s best to prepare most of it beforehand and to ensure that your bread is ready for the stuffing.
A lot of American side dishes are very easy to make here, besides cornbread, so you can expect to easily make corn, sweet potatoes, and green bean casserole if you’re into that. Kelly’s carries everything that you need for pumpkin pie!
Other American style foods in the Netherlands
American-style Chinese food in the Netherlands
A lot of people miss American-style Chinese food in the Netherlands. I grew up in New York, so although I definitely ate standard American-style Chinese food, I also had the good stuff from Flushing.
For authentic Dim Sum in the Netherlands, I recommend Full Moon Dim Sum in the Hague for authentic Dim Sum and hot pot in the Netherlands, however this requires paying buffet prices. (I usually don’t eat for 24 hours before going there…) I also like Woeng Kee for higher quality dim sum that isn’t buffet-style.
Chinatown in the Hague is bigger than the one in Amsterdam, so I recommend coming to the Hague for Chinese food. My husband’s parents liked New Sing Kee for Cantonese food. They have wonton soup, which was really tasty, as well as more simple chicken/veggie dishes like you’d find at an American-style Chinese food place. Otherwise, you always have the average chains like Walk2Wok.
Cajun/Texan food in the Netherlands
Real Deal Leiden will deliver you everything that you need for Cajun-style crawfish and Gumbo with authentic spices as part of a meal delivery service. Otherwise, you can order crawfish at your local fish market For a Cajun restaurant that comes recommended from Texans, consider visiting De La Soul in Leiden.
Kosher delis in Amsterdam
Sal Meijer comes highly recommended by a friend of mine if you’re missing having a Jewish deli near you.