The last weekend of August. Traditionally the weekend of the Uitmarkt that gives the go-ahead for the next season. The stores are slowly packed with Teddy coats and boots. I love the seasons, but this weekend I definitely have mixed feelings about it. Another summer that has flown by. As if the sun feels it too, we will be rewarded with tropical temperatures this weekend. To enjoy the last weekend of August even more. Maybe with a picnic in the park, a late evening with a dinner on a terrace or on one of the rooftops in the city This weekend is also a weekend of many last chances. The last time ZOOmeravond in Artis, the last weekend of the Amsterdam Forest Theater and De Parade. Secretly I am looking forward to a new season. A season full of restaurant openings, new hotels and events. But first enjoy summer in the city for one last time! Do you already know what you are going to do? In the new Amsterdam Weekend Guide for August 23, 24 & 25 I have again listed 10 favourite tips for you. Lots of fun!
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10 X THE BEST TIPS FOR THIS WEEKEND IN AMSTERDAM
❶ From August 23 to 25 you will get a taste of the new cultural season during the Uitmarkt. This year you can find the Uitmarkt on Museumplein and Leidseplein. Check the Facebook event for the complete line-up>>
❷ A few years ago I was already tipped about Het Hem. A kind of NDSM yard-like site in Zaandam. I was a little skeptical, but I’m all in now. At Het Hem they opened restaurant Europa now, where you can eat an 8-course dinner (but secretly more) in an old shed omakase style at a bar overlooking the kitchen. I have your attention huh? Want to know more? Check it out here >>
❸ On Saturday, ‘Tropical East’ (Tropisch Oost) will be organised for the second time and the gardens of Hotel Arena Amsterdam, Generator Hostel Amsterdam, De Tropen and the KIT Royal Tropical Institute will be transformed into a mini festival with live music, good food and lots of tropical vibes. Admission is free! Check the line-up and the times in the Facebook event >>
| WEEKEND TIP: Did you know they have a great farmer’s market in Almere? Read all about it in this blog and 20 more tips that will surprise you about Almere >>
❹ Have you been to the pop-up restaurant of the Amsterdam city vineyard Chateau? Every weekend from Friday to Sunday open for a nice drink with tasty snacks. Want to know more? Check the Facebook event for all details >>
❺ Sunday August 25 between 3 and 7 pm it is time again for Zilte Zondag. You know what that means. Oyster slurping for € 1,- at Razmataz! Check the address in the Facebook event >>
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❻ Fancy an extensive lunch with very tasty food? If you have not yet been to Ron Gastrobar Downtown, do it at least once for sure. I think it is one of the nicest places to have an long lunch at the weekend with delicious Indonesian food. This Sunday with live performances! Check out the Facebook event for all info >>
❼ Another nice lunch on Sunday, at another address that we keep returning to, is Celsius Sunday at C. Amsterdam on the Wibautstraat. This time in a Spanish atmosphere and also 4 or 5 courses on the terrace. Want to know more? Check the Facebook event >>
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❽ Pssssst … a new pop-up restaurant has opened in Amsterdam that sounds very promising. Restaurant Rust (named after chef Bobby Rust who, among other things, cooked at Bridges and Ron Gastrobar) is opening a pop-up in Restaurant Czaar. Want to know more? Go to the Facebook event >>
❾ This weekend, the Pure Markt lands in Park Frankendael with a lot of stalls full of goodies. To take home, or to eat directly at a picnic or drink in the park. Check out the times and the location in the Facebook event >>
❿ This is the last weekend of the open-air film festival Pluk de Nacht at the Stenen Hoofd. If you ask me, this weekend will have the perfect weather to catch a movie from a lazy beach chair. Check out all the details here >>
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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
COMFORTABLE // €€
☾ 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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