THESE ARE THE BEST TIPS FOR FUN ACTIVITIES IN AMSTERDAM THIS WEEKEND
Weekend! And that means time to unwind after a busy week. When I’m writing this weekend guide, the weather reports show that it will be a very nice weekend with loads of sun. Can’t wait to chill on a patio of some nice restaurant downtown, or walk around in my summer jacket and visit a cool market. After a couple insanely busy weekends, this wil be the first weekend where I have absolutely nothing planned. And boy does that feel good. I highly recommend keeping one weekend per month completely free of plans, so you have time to relax, make spontaneous plans and just wander around through the city with no agenda. Big chance you will find us at one of the tips from this week’s weekend guide. In this new Amsterdam Weekend Guide for April 5, 6 & 7 I have 10 great tips for you for fun activities this weekend in Amsterdam with friends or your lover. Enjoy!
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10 BEST TIPS FOR THIS WEEKEND IN AMSTERDAM
❶ Sundays are for brunch with friends! And this Sunday April 7 you can do that at Meneer Nieges during their Spring edition of Let There Be Brunch. The ultimate lazy brunch with the most delicious Ketel One Bloody Mary’s & Espresso Martini’s. For just €25,- you get a 3 course brunch, including a Ketel One Bloody Mary or an Espresso Martini! There are games and music too. Want another cocktail? You can order one extra Bloody Mary or Espresso Martini for € 5,-. They will be working with two shifts: from 11.30a, – 1.30pm and from 2.30pm – 4.30pm. Want to book a table? Buy your ticket via this link or send an email to email@example.com. More information about the Facebook event >>
❷ If you love Scandinavian brands, then you want to go to the New Market sample sale in the Diamond Factory this weekend. With brands like: Baum und Pferdgarten, Dante 6, Modström, Sessùn, Leon & Harper, Notes du Nord and LEÏ 1984 will have huge discounts on April 5 & 6. Check out the blog with additional information >>
❸ 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 >>
❹ We think that this might be the last weekend that the beautiful Sakura in the Amsterdamse Bos will be blooming. The Japanese cherry blossom is in full bloom right now and if you ask me, is really a bucketlist thing to see in Amsterdam. In this blog you can find out all about these trees and where to find them >>
❺ Last week we had dinner at Spectrum** (previously know as Librije’s Zusje) for the first time and that was so A-MA-ZING. They opened their doors a few weeks ago with their new concept and I wrote a big blogpost all about this special night that you can now book at Spectrum. Click here for the review >>
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❻ Feel like going to a market this Sunday? The Sunday Market is back on April 7 april at the Westergasfabriek with their Spring edition. Between 12pm and 6pm you can go here to shop at all the stands, have drinks with friends, get some fresh air after a long night out or just to enjoy the Spring sunshine in Amsterdam. Learn more about this market via their Facebook event >>
❼ Another cool thing for the Sunday, because on April 7 Cantina Nieuw West is opening their Summer season where they will open the doors 6 days a week again from breakfast till 7pm. A hidden treasure where you want to go to relax, and enjoy their special dishes straight from their garden. Read all about this new spot here >>
❽ Vintage lovers and tr(e)ashure hunters can go all out this weekend at the IJ-hallen. Hundreds of boots will be ready to sell all their stuff this Saturday and Sunday, during the first outdoor edition of the year at the NDSM-terrein. Check for opening hours and location>>
❾ One of the best pre-loved fashion markets is back this weekend with their lovely Spring edition in De Hallen. Saturday April 6 between 12pm and 6pm you can come and score your next festival outfit, at the Kloffiemarkt XL. Read more about the market and it’s participants >>
❿ Because 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 // Frank’s Smoke House // € 1,- // More info & times >>
⋙ Saturday // Rayleigh & Ramsay // € 1.- // More info & times >>
⋙Saturday // The Good Companion // € 1,- // More info & times >>
⋙ Sunday // Maris Piper // 3 raw ones for € 5,- or 3 baked for € 7,50 // More info & times >>
⋙Sunday // Ysbreeker // € 1,- // 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!
- 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.
- A must see: The Hilton in Amsterdam is hosting their new photo exhibition (until March 31) all about the famous Bed-in for Peace by Beatle John Lennon and Yoko Ono. This week marks the 50th anniversary for the historic event of the iconic duo locking themselves into the Amsterdam hotelroom as a protest for world peace. The most special pictures by Nico Koster, Cor Jaring, Bert Sprenkeling, Govert de Roos and Claude Vanheye are on display. Free entrance! More info via the Facebook event >>
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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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Anne de Buck