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Amsterdam Weekend Guide

Amsterdam Weekend Guide for May 4, 5 and 6

3 May 2018

25 tips for liberation day and more in this amsterdam weekend guide

So we just survived Kingsday, and now we already have to get ready for the next festive day… yes, Liberation Day! And it’s such a big plus dat May 5th is on a Saturday this year, isn’t it? Everybody has the day off, and the day after… A true win-win situation if you ask me ;-). We’ve lined up the 7 x Best tips for May 5th 2018 for you! But no worries, the rest of the weekend in Amsterdam doesn’t have to be boring at all. For example, there’s a pop-up store with vintage items by the most exclusive brands. But also the Pure Market is back again on Sunday, and we can score some oysters here and there. What are you doing this weekend? Check out the 25 best tips in this Amsterdam Weekend Guide for May 4, 5 and 6. Enjoy!


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 25 tips for things to do this weekend in Amsterdam

  1. Lucky usMay 5th or Liberation Day 2018 is on a Saturday this year, so everyone has the day of and you don’t have to work the next day! What are your plans? We’ve lined up the 7 x Best tips for May 5th for you.
  2. Yes, this Sunday the Badplaats Summer Sessions are back at the Volkshotel. So bring your swimswuit, dive into one of the jacuzzis and enjoy the view. There’s also a small sauna and they took care of some live music. Check out the Facebook event here.
  3. New York New York! If you’re a fan of the Big Apple you’ll want to see this exposition. You can visit it up until June 30th 2018 in the gallery of Eduard Planting in the Jordaan. Photographer of the series, Richard Koek, lives in Brooklyn and Amsterdam and wants to show his love for New York through his photos. Click here for more info.
  4. The sun will come out – if we’re set on believing the weather forecasts – this weekend. And that’s enough of a reason for a Summer BBQ at The Roast Room. Several kinds of meat from the BBQ with everything included – and for the kids they have a special price! Click here for the Facebook event.
  5. This Sunday you can surround yourself in some French vibes. At The French Connection they’re celebrating Le Dimanche – A Sunday in France. That means that Chef Jef van den Hout is preparing a special five course dinner. They also serve several cocktails en there’s live music. Check out the Facebook event with more info here.
  6. On this Sunday Ketel One has organized yet another Let There Be Brunch, this time at Café de Paris. Starting at 11.30AM they’re ready for you with an all inclusive brunch, Bloody Marys, Espresso Martinis and live music. Click here for the Facebook event.
  7. Want to celebrate May 5th in Mexican vibes? That’s possible at Arriba Arriba. This Saturday they’re celebrating Cinco de Mayo, also known as the day that the Mexican army defeated the French army. And they’re celebrating that with live music, food and many cocktails! Click here for the Facebook event.
  8. New hotspot Box Sociaal is hosting their Sociaal Roest every Sunday. Every week they’re serving different kinds of meat that they’re throwing on the BBQ, and there’s always a vegetarian option and tasty side dishes! Check out the Facebook event here.
  9. Do you already have tickets for Taste of Amsterdam? Check out our blog to have a chance of winning 10 x 2 tickets >>
  10. Nice: The World Press Photo Exhibition in De Nieuwe Kerk is still in full swing. Have you already been there? Check the Facebook event here.
  11. Up until May 6th you can still stop by de Merkenwinkel in the Gerard Doustraat to visit the pop-up store by UNQ. Brands like Chanel, Louis Vuitton and Balmain, with discounts up until 80%! Check the Facebook event here with more info and all the brands.
  12. This Saturday you can stop by Studio 191 in the West of Amsterdam and participate in a Vinyasa yoga class, followed by a happy hour with biologic wine. The class is suitable for every level, so a nice combination if you’re into yoga and wine ;-). It starts at 3.30PM. Check the Facebook event here.
  13. Poesiat & Kater is organizing a Liberation dinner / barbecue this Saturday. Nice: the entrance is free including a Surinamese barbecue! Drinks have to be paid for. There will also be (Surinamese) live music. Click here for the Facebook event with more info.
  14. This sunny weekend asks for a visit to a rooftop bar. And HOPP has just opened its doors! What are you waiting for?
  15. Oysters for € 1,50 at Bar Fisk this Sunday, but the other bar bites can also be ordered for a special price! Like sashimi, scallops or shrimps… yum! Click here for the Facebook event.
  16. Is the Veggie Festival already noted in your schedule? June 15 till June 17 2018 this festival is held on the NDSM wharf.
  17. Saturday Pllek is all about the Brazillian vibes! It starts at 5PM, and nice detail: the entrance is free! from 7PM the dinner starts and after that it’s time for (Brazillian) dance. Click here for the Facebook event.
  18. Zaterdag is Pllek in de Braziliaanse sferen! Het begint om 17.00, en leuk: de entree is gratis! Vanaf 19.00 begint het diner en daarna is het tijd voor (Braziliaanse) dans. Klik hier voor het Facebook event.
  19. YOU’LL WANT TO SEE THIS: The “My Name Is Prince” exposition can be visited up until June 8th in the Beurs van Berlage. Read all about this unique exposition on the life of pop legend Prince here >>
  20. The Pure Market is back again this Sunday, and this time it’s in the Amsterdamse Bos. Very nice for a picknick here, but you can also easily combine it with a walk through the forest. Like we’re used to at the Pure Market you can find all kinds of (non) food items, they have the carousel and live music. Check the Facebook event here.
  21. Feel like dancing on Sunday evening? Then Madness in the Mad Fox is the way to go. It is recommended to take the day after off, because it can – and will – get out of hand here ;-). Click here for the Facebook event.
  22. Brunch combined with a fit lifestyle? Totally possible this sunday at Drovers Dog at the Wibautstraat. Starting time is 10.30AM, after which you can run – or walk – 5 or 10 kilometers with a group. Afterwards it’s time for brunch! Check out the Facebook event here.
  23. Do you already know which Food Festivals you’re going to attend this year in Amsterdam? Check out our ultimate Food Festival Guide of 2018!
  24. Gin Tonic lovers beware! At the W Hotel is Gin O’Clock every day between 5PM and 7PM. That means that all the G&Ts are € 10,-. If we’re a little lucky we can enjoy them on the terrace and catch some sunlight, as the G&T definitely tastes at least a little better then ;-). Check out the Facebook event here.
  25. Vegans won’t want to miss this festival on Sunday: the Vegan Amsterdam Festival in OT301 at the Overtoom. You can visit readings here, participate in workshops, of course find lots if vegan food, live music and stands with great products. Check the Facebook event here.
  26. Would you like to stay up to date of all the spots that are opening soon? Then keep an eye on our ‘Coming Soon‘ list!
  27. Feel like meeting up with friends this weekend? How about: one of these best coffee bars in AmsterdamOr at one of these nice wine bars?

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Amsterdam Bucketlist
Canal Cruise by day or in the evening
A bike tour through Amsterdam OR Rent a bike by yourself
The best view over Amsterdam from the A’DAM Lookout
Visit Artis Royal Zoo
Rijksmuseum with the Dutch masters
Van Gogh Museum, a staple in Amsterdam
Stedelijk Museum for modern art lovers
MOCO Museum for street art
Photography museum FOAM
Amsterdam Light Festival (during winter months)
Cruise like a local with your own boat (great with good weather!)
Discover the Instagrammable experience WONDR
Red Light District tour
Get out of town and into the Dutch country side of Giethoorn

| TIP: Buy an I amsterdam City Card. Save money on entrance fees to museums and attractions, public transport and profit from discounts on everything from restaurants to concerts. You can also skip some lines to make the most of your time in Amsterdam! You can buy a card for 24 hours up to 120 hours. Check the prices here >>

Our favourite hotels:
Generator Hostel: the best poshtel of the city located in a park.
The Student Hotel: budget proof in trendy East.
Het Volkshotel: affordable and with a cool rooftop bar.
CitizenM: all you need is that XL bed (location near Amstel is great).
Motel One: budget design hotel with locations at
Hotel V: with two locations and a great restaurant, in the city center and East.
Sir Adam: with the coolest view over Amsterdam.
Sweets: a unique stay in former bridge houses.
Park Plaza Vondelpark: located next to Vondelpark and beautifully renovated.
Hotel Dwars: small scale around the corner of the trendy Utrechtsestraat.
Pillows Anna van den Vondel: great hotel close to Vondelpark.
Hotel Mercier: new hotel in the cosy and historic Jordaan district.
INK Hotel: lifestyle hotel in the heart of the city.
The Hoxton: favourite lifestyle hotel right on the canals.
Morgan & Mees: boutique hotel in Amsterdam West.
Conscious Hotel Westerpark: in a beautiful building at the industrial Westergas area.
QO Amsterdam: eco design hotel with a great skybar.
Waldorf Astoria Amsterdam: if you have something to celebrate this is the one.
Pulitzer Amsterdam: on the canals at the border of the Nine Streets and the Jordaan.
L’Europe: this hotel has the best spa with a view in Amsterdam.
Conservatorium Hotel: located in one of the most beautiful buildings in town.
W Amsterdam: with great restaurants and a rooftop bar with swimming pool.

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