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10 X tips for this weekend in Amsterdam

15 August 2019

Welcome to the weekend! And to be fair, the weather out there gets us in the mood for long Netflix marathons and not really for anything else… BUT I still gathered the top 10 tips for you with activities in Amsterdam for this weekend. I will mostly be busy organising my closet and getting rid of stuff before we have to move out for the renovation. My mornings will be filled with this and then we will go out for the afternoon because there is a lot going on in the city that we don’t want to miss. Want to find out what? In this new Amsterdam Weekend Guide for August 16, 17 & 18 augustus I have listed 10 great tips for you. Enjoy!

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❶ Always fun: watching a movie outdoors! The Pluk de Nacht film festival is going on till August 25 and like previous years, it’s at Stenen Hoofd. Check out the program and reserve your beach chair here >>

❷ Saturday August 17 it’s time for the yearly Prinsengracht concert and believe me, this is a big happening! The concert will be held in front of the Pulitzer hotel and is completely free, but if you want the best spot, come early. Read all about it in the Facebook event >>

❸  Feel like treasure hunting at the IJ-hallen? This weekend the biggest flea market in Europe returns at the NDSM-grounds on Saturday and Sunday. More info via the Facebook event >> 

| FOODIE TIP: Last week was our third time having dinner via SurpriSeat. This restaurant platform turns going out to dinner into a real exciting event again. I highly recommend trying this out for a date night. For  € 24,95 you can book a 2 course dinner in Amsterdam or Rotterdam. The restaurant you will be eating at is kept secret until a couple hours before dinner time. Want to experience this too? Use the code YLBB to get a € 7,50 discount on a surprise dinner for 2. Read more about it in this blogpost or make a reservation here for your own SurpriSeat >>

❹ YESSSSSS De Parade is back in Amsterdam! So this means drinks with friends and lots of cool shows to go and watch. Want to find out more? Check out all the info about De Parade here >>

RAUW by Razmataz returns this Sunday August 18. And if you know what this means, then you know that you will be enjoying the best steak tartare here starting from € 10,-. Want to know more? Check out the Facebook event >> 

 | AMSTERDAM TIPS: did you check out all these articles yet? Bar HoutRedbone, Dok du Nord, Karaat,  Stan & Co, Bam Boa, Cabrón, Pacific, Matcha Mafia, SjefietsheMeat & Greek, Spectrum, Nazka, Baohuis, Kim Chi WowRestaurant Watergang, Hola Poke, 19 x internationale restaurants in Amsterdam, The Hoxton New YorkRon Gastrobar Downtown, NneaThe Bab, Buurthaven, Naylor’s, The Lebanese Sajeria, Aesop & Aziatische High Tea.

❻ The Pure Market is back at the Amsterdam forest this Sunday! Go for a nice walk first and then come here for drinks and snacks. Check out the location and times in the Facebook event >>

❼ Perfect for rainy weather: a high wine over at Rayleigh & Ramsay on the Overtoom. With a glass of crémant and great bites for € 17,50 p.p. More info via the Facebook event >>

 | TRAVEL TIP: did you know that Your Little Black Book is packed with hundreds of travel guides for all sorts of destinations worldwide? Check out all the city guides and  island guides and get inspired for your next trip.

❽ Winehouse SOMM is hosting their Sunday Aperitivo this Sunday from 4pm where you can come and enjoy a glass of wine and some shared dishes. Want to be sure you get a table? Make a reservation! More info via the Facebook event >>

❾ After the success of their ‘crab fest’, Frank’s Smoke House is hosting their ‘lobster fest’ this Sunday between 12pm and 6pm. With loads of dishes that have lobster as their leading ingredient. Read all about it in the Facebook event >>

❿ Brunch with unlimited bubbles? Come over to the Bottomless Brunch at ‘Ons Huis’ in the beautiful hotel Mercier in the Jordaan. Find out all about this brunch >> 

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  • CULTURE TIP:  Ever been to the Moco? It’s one of our favourite museums in Amsterdam for modern art. From the cool work of  street artist Banksy to the Moco Masters and several temporary exhibitions. Right now they are hosting an exclusive exhibition from Yayoi Kusama where a complete room is decorated all in her distinctive style. Aside from that you can also enjoy an exhibition by Daniel Arsham and let’s not forget about the pink palm trees in the garden that are totally the new Insta hotspot!  Buy your tickets online with a discount  >>
  • How often do you think about the future of food and what will be on your plate in 2015? Last week I attended the event  ‘Voedsel van morgen’ in the new De Studio at Nemo Science Museum. A great exhibition that really gives you food for thoughts. Food in powder form made from your own DNA? What? Click here for more info and opening hours >> 



TIP: going on a holiday soon? You will find over 100 guides on Your Little Black Book for destinations all across the world.

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.
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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 | PS: Traveling to Amsterdam with kids? My other website Travelkids.co & @travelkids.co is dedicated to family friendly travel. Check it out here >>

With love,

Anne de Buck