THESE ARE THE BEST TIPS FOR FUN ACTIVITIES IN AMSTERDAM THIS WEEKEND
By the time you are reading this, I am in Parijs. I’m here with my lover for HIS job for a change. This weekend we are finally (!) staying at The Hoxton Paris and as you might understand… I can’t wait for it. Of course you can follow everything via my Instagram Stories at @YOURLBB and @TRAVELKIDS.CO! When are you going on your next weekend getaway? In case you are looking for some inspiration, then definitely check out my STAYCATION book with 22 guides for the coolest cities in the Netherlands and Belgium., but also for places like Texel. For fun stuff, you don’t have to leave the city at all. I really love this time of the year when the sun shows it’s face much more and our activities are moving to the outdoor. We have a couple of extra long weekends to look forward to and of course let’s not forget Kingsday!
In this new Amsterdam Weekend Guide for April 12, 13 and 14 I have listed the 10 most fun tips voor you guys, so you are certain of yet another great weekend in our favourite city!
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10 BEST TIPS FOR THIS WEEKEND IN AMSTERDAM
❶ Movie fanatics and cinema lovers can go all out this Sunday, because during the Parool Premièredag you can go to the exclusive pre-premieres of 5 quality movies in Tuschinski. The films have been handpicked by the editors of the Parool newspaper and a ticket for the whole day is € 30,-. Curious to find out what movies they are showing? In this article you will find out all about this super cool event >>
❷ Last weekend we were at the Sunday market at Westergas and I hereby officially declare the start of the festival season! this weekend it is time to visit one of my other favourites, because the Pure Markt is back with their amazing outdoor food market. Come and explore all the stalls between 11am and 6pm. Read all about this edition of the Pure Markt >>
❸ Great news for lovers of vintage clothing , because this weekend Vintage Per Kilo is back in the Posthoornkerk in Amsterdam. Not just one day, but BOTH days of the weekend you can come here to score some treasures. And yes, you pay per kilo. 18 euros per kilo to be precise! Free entrance! Want to know more? Read all about the event here >>
❹ Noord is still one of my favourite areas of Amsterdam. Have you not traveled with the Noord-Zud line yet? Then this is your reason to do so this weekend! Because on Saturday April 13, there are loads of fun things to do during 24 Hours Noord. A lot of entrepreneurs and restaurants will host a special event at their place. Like what I hear your ask? Read all about it in the Facebook event >>
❺ One of the exhibitions I try to go to every year is World Press Photo. From April 13 – July 7, the new World Press Photo is back in Amsterdam in de Nieuwe Kerk. More info and where to score a ticket? Check it our here >>
| BONUS TIP: Did you check out all these articles yet? Spectrum, Nazka, Baohuis, Kim Chi Wow, Restaurant Watergang, Hola Poke, 19 x internationale restaurants in Amsterdam, The Hoxton New York, Ron Gastrobar Downtown, Nnea, The Bab, Buurthaven, Naylor’s, The Lebanese Sajeria, Aesop & Aziatische High Tea.
❻ West On Wheels is a new food festival that is held on Sunday April 14 at the Bos & Lommerplein. Come check out the different food trucks between 11am and 5pm and also be sure to join in on the activities on the square. Read more about this festival in their Facebook event >>
❼ It’s officially asparagus season and that means that you can visit Envy till June 3 for their special asparagus dinner. The kick off will take place this weekend, where you can come and be the first to taste their new dishes. Want to join? Make your reservation via the Facebook event page >>
❽ Green in your house and garden is good for you! Can’t wait for your garden or balcony to be on fleek? In this blog I share 9 tips for the perfect Staycation and you can also win my book at Intratuin. For everyone with (wannabe) green fingers: the Klaproos is hosting a cool event this Saturday, from 1 till 6 pm. With workshops and a plant market with all organic plants for inside and outside. Read more about this green event here >>
❾ The Family Lunch is back at the Lloyd Hotel this Sunday (did you know they redecorated the place btw?) For € 20,- you can enjoy a 3-course lunch and because they have such a relaxed setting, it’s perfect here for kids, grandpa’s and grandma’s or just to come hang out with friends of course. Read more about this lunch event here >>
❿Because you guys seem to love all the oyster events so much (based on all the click-throughs!). Here are the events for this weekend:
⋙Friday // Alex + Pinard // € 1,- // More info & times >>
⋙ Friday // Frank’s Smoke House // € 1,- // More info & times >>
⋙Saturday // Bar Kantoor // € 1,- // More info & times >>
⋙Saturday // Rayleigh & Ramsay // € 1.- // More info & times >>
⋙ Saturday // The Good Companion // € 1,- // More info & times >>
⋙Sunday // Razmataz // € 1,- // More info & times >>
⋙Sunday // Maris Piper // 3 raw ones for € 5,- or 3 baked for € 7,50 // More info & times >>
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⋙ Chateau Amsterdam, our very own city vineyard in Noord, is hosting a tasting and a tour every Saturday.Join them for a tasting of 4 different wines, paired with 4 different cheeses for € 19,50. Want to know more and make a reservation? Find all details in their Facebook event >>
⋙This weather is perfect for museum days and checking out new exhibitions. And of course I rounded up the coolest ones for you to go and check out! I have the annual museum card which allows you to visit most museums in the Netherlands ‘ for free’. Don’t feel like waiting in long lines? Book your tickets online!
- The last few months I have been collection art for the house. I spotted a cool exhibition that I want to share with you guys! The Hoxton is hosting the exhibition of Anne Mei Poppe through the middle of May, where you can check out her ‘one line drawings’ plus purchase them from the artist herself. Want to know more? Read all about it here >>
- Did you already check out Cool Japan in the Tropenmuseum in Amsterdam? A recommendation for everyone that has been to Japan (you will see a lot of memories flash by) or that wants to go here soon to scratch this great country of the bucket list. Read all about this exhibition here >>
- Going outside in cities to spot street art is super cool, but let’s be honest, the weather isn’t always great for that. That’s why you should go to the MOCO museum. With lots of pieces by the famous Banksy, but they are also hosting a new exhibition with work by the New York artist Daniel Arsham.
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THINGS TO DO:
⋙ 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!)
ONE OF A KIND:
⋙ Discover the Instagrammable experience WONDR
⋙ Red Light District tour
⋙ Get out of town and into the Dutch country side of Giethoorn
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Our favourite hotels:
AFFORDABLE // €
☾ 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
VERY VERY NICE // €€
☾ 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.
TOP LUXURY // €€€
☾ 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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I really hope you enjoy your time in Amsterdam! On my Instagram account @yourlbb you can find more recommendations and new hotspots in town.
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