By Mary-Margaret Ewens | March 8, 2017 |
The Philadelphia Flower Show is returning once again, this time celebrating Holland. Because the Dutch have clearly made their mark in the City of Brotherly Love—a city where just about every culture is represented—we give you a definitive guide to experience Philly's Dutch side to get you excited for the show.
Start off your morning with a visit to Frieda, the European-inspired café for some of the best pastries you’ve ever tasted (hello apple turnovers!). Getting in the Dutch-theme of things, be sure to order the Smoked Norwegian Salmon Quiche; mixed with goat cheese, onions and eggs, we think we’ve died and gone to Holland. 320 Walnut St., 215-600-1291
Is there anything more European than heading to the museum for the day to take in the exhibits and artwork on display? Luckily, locals and visitors get access to some of the greatest Dutch painters and their masterpieces—from the greats like Vincent van Gogh to his earlier counterparts including Hieronymus Bosch, Jan Steen, and Lucas van Leyden—right here in Philadelphia. 2600 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy., 215-763-8100
If there is one thing that Holland is known for, it's cheese, windmills, and clogs. At this Philly mainstay, pick up their L'Amuse Gouda (or one of the many other varieties and versions of the Dutch goodness) to take home and enjoy after your Holland-themed day. 1730 Chestnut Street., 215-665-9220
Visiting this tiny European café is like taking a step into an actual restaurant in Holland. From the little touches of Holland’s national flower, tulips adorning the window, to the numerous Dutch-inspired eats, you’ll be in shock when you step out onto South Fourth Street, instead of a Dutch avenue. Pro tip: Try the Savory Dutch Baby, a delicious hybrid between a pancake and a popover topped with smoked sausage, scallions, and powdered sugar, and cooked in cast iron. 1527 S. Fourth St., 215-755-5600
Hop on a Riverboat Tour on the Schuyklill Banks...
If you’ve ever been to Holland, you would know just how popular riverboats are. In fact, Amsterdam itself is mainly built on canals, and travel is much easier by boat than by car. Experience Philly and see the city's most popular sights from the Dutch perspective on a cozy boat ride through the Schuylkill Banks. 2501 Walnut St., 215-309-5523
...Or Ride a Bike along Kelly Drive
Biking might be the most preferred method of travel in Holland; it’s their easiest most efficient way of transportation. While our city boasts various bike routes and paths, Kelly Drive offers the best in scenery—you can catch the gorgeous skyline and historic Boat House Row. Rent your wheels at Wheel Fun Rentals, and don't forget to bring your camera. 1 Boathouse Row, 215-232-7778
With the Philadelphia Flower Show coming to town, the Pennsylvania Convention Center is hosting a Dutch Shopping Village. You'll find a pop-up beer garden (complete with Dutch beer), and a garden spa that will provide massages and DIY potpourri. 1101 Arch Street., 215-418-4700
It's safe to say that dining at the Noord is a true Dutch experience. The menu consists of traditional meals from the Bitterballen (Dutch fried pork meatballs) to the Konijn in het Zuur, a drool-worthy dish comprised of vinegar-braised rabbit leg, smoked sausage, lardons, and baby turnips. 1046 Tasker St., 267-909-9704
After a long day spent touring, biking, and eating your way through Philly, end with a delectable treat to round out your Dutch experience. Head to the Dutch Dessert food truck and order up the Bossche Bol (chocolate pastry balls) and Stroopwafel (thin waffles), two mouth-watering sweets you won't want to miss. Callowhill St., & N. 20th St., 484-436-4000
The Philadelphia Flower show runs March 11 through the 19th. For tickets and information, visit theflowershow.com