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30+ places to get your holiday groceries

The holidays are almost here, and if you’re anything like me then you’re in two minds. On the one hand, you are pumped! But on the other, a tiny twinge of panic is starting to sink in… maybe you promised to bring a spectacular dish to a party, or maybe you offered to host 20 people for Christmas or New Year’s dinner… If that’s you, then have no fear! I’ve scavenged the city and the internet to bring you: 30+ places to get all of your holiday food sorted.

Holiday grocery shopping in Utrecht

Note: I’ve divided this up into loose sections, but some of these places do of course offer more than just the thing I’m highlighting them for!

Ingredients for your dishes

Cooking from scratch? Here are my favorite places to go for fresh herbs, unusual spices, and hard-to-find ingredients.

Persepolis

My favorite place for fresh produce! Save money on herbs and spices by buying them here – you get larger quantities and pay less than the equivalent at a bigger grocery store.

Twijnstraat 63 & Kanaalstraat 82

Vredenburg market

This might seem like a no-brainer, but I couldn’t not include it! My tips: scope out all the stands first to identify the best deals, and lurk around about 30 minutes before closing time for even better prices.

Vredenburg | Wed & Fri 10.00 to 17.00, Sat 8.00 to 17.00, and last Sun before Christmas 11.00 to 17.00

Nieuw Slagmaat farm

Get your produce straight from the farm where it’s grown – how much fresher could it be? Make a day out of it: cycle on over to Bunnik, enjoy the lovely surroundings and pick up some fresh veggies – win, win, win. (Check out the Bread section of this list for another pit-stop to make on your trip.)

Marsdijk 5 (Bunnik)| website
Fri 10.00 to 18.00 & Sat 9.00 to 17.00

Toko Tjiau Jiang

If you’re on a budget but looking to jazz things up a bit, check out the freezer section here. I’ve yet to find a better deal on frozen shrimp! And of course, they’ve also got loads of other cool ingredients to play with – like bulk spices for all that mulled wine we’ll we making.

Achter Clarenburg 55 & Croeselaan 199-203

Amazing Oriental

This is another great one to stock up on all the spices you’ll need this holiday season! And their freezer is also bursting with seafood and other fun things to try.

Amsterdamsestraatweg 297-301 | website

Visjes Twijnstraat

Serving up seafood? Visjes is a sustainable fishmonger, so you get the pleasure of both deliciously fresh fish and reduced environmental impact. Plus they do some excellent kibbeling…

Twijnstraat 24 | website

Poelier van Leeuwen

If you’re planning to go the traditional Christmas turkey route, then check out Poelier van Leeuwen – they specialize in poultry and game meats.

Biltstraat 88 & Amsterdamsestraatweg 308 | website

Slagerij de Molen

This butcher sells a large variety of organic meats, and the shop is located in an old windmill – what’s not to like?

Adelaarstraat 30A | website

Lindenhoff Marche

For organic, sustainable, and still affordable groceries, check out Lindenhoff Marche.  At the marche you can purge the best products from meat, fish, cheese to wine. At Lindenhoff you can buy everything you need for your three-course dinner at home. Lindenhoff is not located in Utrecht but it’s a short and gorgeous route to get there and you won’t be sorry. After shopping, you can enjoy coffee and cake in the lunchroom.

Rijksstraatweg 21 | website

EkoPlaza

Another good choice if you want to know that your produce is organic or if you need gluten-free goodies. Another perk: for the plant-based among us, EkoPlaza sells lots of grains and dried pulses (think mung beans or beluga lentils) that are otherwise super difficult to find!

Twijnstraat 46, Amsterdamsestraatweg 16 & Zadelstraat 16-18 | website

Jumbo

Okay, I know what you’re thinking: “duh”. But a word to vegetarians and vegans out there: Jumbo (at least the one on Biltstraat) actually has quite a large selection of mock meat products – larger than the ones I’ve seen in other stores in the center.

Biltstraat 74 | website

The best bakeries in Utrecht

Whether you’re planning to make a nice panzanella (toasted bread salad) or perhaps hosting a holiday brunch, you’re likely to need good-quality bread and other savory baked goods over the holidays.

Bond & Smolders

The place to be for tasty bread and lovely cakes! The line starts outside of the bakery, that’s how busy it can get. And during the holidays, its only gets longer. Put in your order beforehand, so you don’t have to wait in a long line. It will save you some time in the morning.

Lijnmarkt 9

Le Perron

For hearty, crusty loaves of traditionally baked bread, head to Le Perron. They have a large variety to choose from, including spelt loaves and delicious sourdough.

Nachtegaalstraat 41 | website

Vlaamsch Broodhuys

This place only uses authentic types of wheat whose origins they know to ensure that they produce the highest-quality loaves.

Twijnstraat 34 & Nachtegaalstraat 54 | website

Vroeg

This is another lovely place to visit while you’re off on a wholesome cycling trip through Bunnik 😉 They’re a restaurant, but they also sell a variety of freshly baked artisanal loaves of bread (not to mention sweet treats!).

Achterdijk 1 (Bunnik) | website

Specialty Stores in Utrecht

Kazerij Stalenhoef

What says party like cheese, am I right?! You’ll smell this place well before you see it, and that’s a good thing. They’ve got a tremendous selection of cheeses to whip up the perfect cheese plate or to use as an ingredient.

Twijnstraat 67 | website | review

Oil & Vinegar

There’s tons to see here beyond the store’s namesakes, but I love to pop in for truffle oil, infused olive oils, white balsamico, and delicious kinds of vinegar. It’s amazing what an unusual vinegar (like rosé vinegar, for instance) can do for an otherwise simple salad dressing!

Lijnmarkt 8 | website

Margaret Wines

This wine shop right in the heart of the city boasts a fantastic collection of wines in a great range of prices – perfect for all needs and occasions.

Oudkerkhof 10 | website

Wijnhandel van Berkel

Besides specializing in wines, van Berkel also houses a large selection of hard liquors – think whisky, port, vodka, all that good stuff to really get the party going. Two of our Explore teammates swear by this place!

Groeneweg 80 | website

De Bierverteller

The walls here are literally lined with beer! And with specialty beers and lots of local picks too, you’re sure to find something to suit everyone’s fancy.

Twijnstraat 47 | website

Delicatesse & catering

If you’re not big on cooking, here are some places to check out for prepared food to serve this holiday season – whether it’s a whole meal or the makings of a great finger food spread!

Gastmaal Traiteur & Catering

Gastmaal is offering up lots of delicious Christmas meal options, like mushroom risotto, salmon en croute, crab bisque, and apricot-saffron mousse. Yes please!

Griftstraat 1 |website | review

Dado

If you like a bit of Mediterranean flair, check out Dado! They’re offering special dishes for Christmas, from steak in truffle sauce, to pickled pumpkin salad and Utrecht cheese soufflé.

Nachtegaalstraat 38 | website

Bigoli

Besides their usuall assortment of Italian goodies, Bigoli has put together some fun Christmas packages, like an antipasti package. And of course they’ve got that festive favourite: panettone!

Schoutenstraat 12 | website

Peek & van Beurden

Head here for freshly baked bread, olives, patés, tapas… all the goodies you could want with a drink in your hand.

Nachtegaalstraat 56 | website

Familie van Rijk

This gem on the Amsterdamsestraatweg is basically a one-stop shop for an awesome appetizer platter: olives, cured sausages, fine cheeses, aged balsamico… they’ve got it all, and then some!

Amsterdamsestraatweg 379 | website |review

Sweet Treats

Don’t feel like making dessert? Or maybe looking to give some sweet edible gifts this year? These shops have got you covered.

Sector 3

I could spend ages and a small fortune in here… My favourite treats are their macarons (go for salted caramel!) but everything else is delicious too. Plus they usually have cute seasonally themed goodies – who could resist that? Certainly not I.

Twijnstraat 7 | website

Banketbakkerij Theo Blom

This traditional bakery sells some of the more classic Dutch and Utrecht treats, like Domtorentjes (a chocolate bonbon with a creamy chocolate filling – need I say more?), but also a wide assortment of cakes and baked goodies.

Zadelstraat 23 |website

Stach

For aesthetically pleasing chocolate, Stach is a great contender. Their own brand of chocolate comes in tons of fun flavours (think stroopwafel or lemon poppy seed!), AND as a bonus, each bar is wrapped in beautiful paper. A win-win!

Twijnstraat 1, Choorstraat 42 & Bilstraat 59 | website

Koekfabriek

This is not only a great place to buy cookies, but also an awesome initiative – all sweet treats are freshly baked by people with intellectual disabilities.

Scoutenstraat 7 | website

Cacao

For high-quality, traditionally made chocolate, check out Cacao. All their products are created right there in the store, and you can actually watch the process as it’s happening – quite cool!

Oudegracht 179 |  website

Hop & Stork

This is another winner for all things chocolate. Their treats are delicious and so beautiful they could pass as art – perfect to end a dinner with a bit of a wow factor.

Lijnmarkt 1 | website

Header Photo: Daniel Versteegh

About Sophie Boisvert-Hearn

Sophie is een freelance redacteur met een master in Media Studies. Ze komt oorspronkelijk uit Toronto maar heeft inmiddels in Groningen, Leiden en Den Haag gewoond. Nu noemt ze met trots Utrecht haar thuis. Behalve eten, denken aan eten en het kopen en bereiden van eten, zijn haar hobbies o.a. reizen en schrijven. Een perfecte dag in Utrecht is voor haar heel veel kofie, een vriend(in) of vier, grote hoeveelheden gebakjes en een wandeling langs Utrecht haar prachtige straten en grachten – met als kers op de taart natuurlijk drankjes op het terras. Weet verrassend veel over kaasstengels.

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