Thanksgiving is just around the corner and for the thousands of Americans living in Berlin, you’ll be pleased to know that a number of places in the city will be celebrating with you!
You can go out for a traditional dinner or have one delivered straight to your door. And we’re not just talking about turkey, several establishments in Berlin are making all manner of pies and cakes to mark the event.
We highlighted some of the places providing the goods this Thanksgiving season, from food to music to a nighttime run in the cold – you’re welcome.
Serving Thanksgiving dinner has become something of a tradition for Jared and Rebecca Basoff, the owners of Estelle Dining in Prenzlauer Berg. With their focus on local, seasonal produce, Estelle Kick things off on Wednesday lunchtime with a hearty pumpkin soup served with chestnut dumplings and turkey confit. On Thursday evening you’ll be able to get a traditional Thanksgiving dinner, complete with Brussels sprouts and apple pie pizza. You can even continue the celebrations right into the weekend, with special festive items being added to the brunch menu.
- Estelle Dining, Kopenhagener Str. 12A, Prenzlauer Berg, details
Fraulein Kimchi is again bringing Thanksgiving with a South Korean twist to Berlin. “Kimchified” Brussels sprouts accompany a traditional Thanksgiving dinner, both when you order from the home delivery service or pass by their pop-up at Mr Susan in Mitte. Limited seating will be available at Mr Susan from 5 pm on November 23rd, and you must book if you want to bag a slot. Vegetarian options are available, as well as desserts such as a whole pumpkin pie. The online shop can deliver on Wednesday and Friday, or you can swing by their kitchen in Weißensee to collect your delicious goods the very same day you order them.
- Fraulein Kimchi, Gürtelstr. 10, Weißensee, for online shop, details
- Mr Susan, Krausnickstr. 1, Mitte, Nov. 23, 17:00, for pop up, details
Are you craving a Thanksgiving dessert in the warmth of your own home, but can’t quite muster the courage to get out the baking equipment? Do not fear, Barcomi’s in Bergmannkiez has got you covered. The cult coffee roastery that also specialises in homemade baked goods is this year selling a special pumpkin cheesecake, plus a selection of pies, all available for purchase from their online shop. You can either have them delivered straight to your door or come and pick them up onsite on Bergmannstr.
- Barcomi’s Café & Kaffeerösterei, Bergmannstr. 21, Kreuzberg, details.
Run n Rave Thanksgiving Run & Späti party
Run n Rave, the group behind Berlin’s latest trend of early morning runs accompanied by DJ sets is collaborating with the legendary Späti Party series for a Thanksgiving special. The first thing to be thankful for is that this one is in fact not in the morning. They’ll be meeting at 5 pm on Ohlauerstr. and going on what they promisingly describe as a “light jog”. This is followed by a mobility workout and rounded off with a festive celebration of pie and drinks.
- Meet at Ohlauerstr. 27, Krezuberg, Nov. 25, 17:00, details
A hub for American expats in Berlin, The American Church in Schöneberg is hosting a Thanksgiving benefit dinner and concert, with all proceeds going to charitable projects. For 29€ you will receive an entirely vegetarian incarnation of the traditional Thanksgiving feast, complete with pumpkin soup with roasted seeds, stuffing and gravy, as well as a choice from an array of desserts. You can warm both your stomach and soul while listening to the joyful sounds of the ACB Voices of Gratitude, who will be performing a concert that spans genres. This is a great opportunity to both come together with and give back to the community.
- The American Church, Dennewitzplatz 1, Schöneberg,Nov. 25, 18:00, details
Of course, you could always cook the traditional meal yourself. There are plenty of places across Berlin where you can purchase everything you need, from the pumpkin to the cranberry sauce. The renowned Rogacki in Charlottenburg is the place to go for your Turkey. Or you could try a butcher shop such as Fleischerei Bünger in Wedding or the KaDeWe food hall. Remember to get in early and order as soon as possible. For those uniquely American specialities, there are several specific shops in the city that stock American produce, for example, Americanfood4u, in Alexanderplatz and Kurfürstendamm, or American Lifestyle in Tempelhof.
Whatever you decide to do this festive season, we hope you spend it merry, thankful and full.
- Rogacki, Wilmersdorferstr. 145-6, Charlottenburg, details.
- KaDeWe food hall, Tauentzienstr. 21-24 (6th floor), Charlottenburg, details.
- Fleischerei Bünger, Müllerstr. 156A, Wedding, details.
- Americanfood4u, Dircksenstr. 97, Mitte, details; Kurfürstendamm 224, Charlottenburg
- American Lifestyle, Attilastr. 177, Tempelhof, details.
Thanksgiving wouldn’t be the same without the annual NFL games, and Berlin-based fans of the sport don’t have to miss out on this important part of the tradition. Belushi’s sports bar in Mitte is showing the NFL across the festive period, accompanied by Thanksgiving food served at 6 pm on the 23rd. Why not head down, eat some turkey, and let loose some classic, festive competitive spirit?
- Belushi’s Berlin, Ziegelstr. 28, Mitte, details
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