Happy weekend! A weekend that starts very well for us, because we are invited a few nights on Ibiza to come and relax (without baby!) at the new Amare Beach Hotel. An adults-only hotel that has just opened on the other side of the island than where we normally go. And therefore extra fun to see something new! Although the plan is to have some quality time together, and just to ‘do nothing’ and to make a few decisions about the renovation. We will be back in Amsterdam on Sunday and then we will go to the Parade, which will be landing in Amsterdam this weekend. Did you already make plans for the weekend? In this new Amsterdam Weekend Guide for August 9, 10 & 11 augustus I have listed 10 great tips for you. Enjoy!
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10 X THE BEST TIPS FOR THIS WEEKEND IN AMSTERDAM
❶ YESSSSSS De Parade is back in Amsterdam and will be officially opening their doors this Friday at 6.30pm. And you know what that means… one of the best Friday afternoon drinks of the year, where you will run into everyone you haven’t seen in a while. Want to find out more? Check out all the info about De Parade here >>
❷ Have you already been to Sjefietshe? This weekend on the Sunday afternoon they are hosting their first event! During their La Fiesta Los Visburger you can come over and taste their new fish burger that is not on the menu yet. And of course you can come for your standard ceviche fix too! They also will be making special frozen margaritas together with Altos Tequila if you needed more reason to come. More info? Check out the Facebook event >>
❸ In the mood for a special night out? The monumental winter garden at the Krasnapolsky hotel is hosting a pop-up diner in an Arab theme. Want to learn more about this? Read all about this unique dining experience here >>
| 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 Always fun! This Sunday it is time for the Pure Markt and it’s back at the Amstelpark. With loads of great food stands to shop from or eat at the spot. More info in the Facebook event >>
❺ The Modern Hippie market is back with an open air edition. They are turning the garden over at the Tropen Cafe in Oosterpark into a bohemian market on Sunday Aug 11. Want to learn more? Check out the Facebook event for info and times >>
| AMSTERDAM TIPS: did you check out all these articles yet? Bar Hout, Redbone, Dok du Nord, Karaat, Stan & Co, Bam Boa, Cabrón, Pacific, Matcha Mafia, Sjefietshe, Meat & Greek, 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 Ruigoord is hosting their annual festival Landjuweel again until August 11. We all know that this is such a unique location on the edge of Amsterdam and believe us, you don’t want to miss this one. A must go to! Read all about the festival program in the Facebook event >>
❼ Want to go large this weekend in a culinary sense and are you also a lover of beer? Then go to the Michelin star restaurant Vermeer* for their beer brunch. Want to know more about this and make a reservation? Check out 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 Berlin night club Sisyphos is coming to Amsterdam for a weekend take-over at Bret with a winter garden (no joke). We like going to this club in Berlin so we are very curious to see what this will be like. Want to know more? Check out the Facebook event >>
❾ How cool?! The Hoxton in Amsterdam is now doing a breakfast in bed when you are NOT a guest at the hotel. How this works? Read more about this new breakfast concept in a privat hotelroom in their Facebook event. I’m writing this one down on my bucketlist!
❿ Always yummie: go to The Good Companion this Saturday to enjoy their crazy good oysters for € 1,-. Check out the times in the Facebook event >>
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YOURLBB’S SUMMER TIPS
- 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 >>
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Misschien wel het allerbeste nieuws van deze week! BH90120, mijn favoriete serie uit de 90’s, is vanaf donderdag 8 augustus terug op de buis bij FOX met een reboot. Vroeger miste ik geen enkele aflevering, was Brenda mijn stijlicoon en was ik stiekem verliefd op Dylan (R.I.P.). Deze nieuwe dramaserie geeft een kijkje in de echte levens van de toenmalige cast met hilarische terugblikken. Je begrijpt: ik zit ieder donderdag om 21.00 uur klaar of ga de herhaling kijken op zondagavond om 19.00 uur (weet je nog? De originele BH90210 avond!). Wie was jouw favoriet uit de originele serie? #BH90210 @fox_nederland #yourlbbcollab
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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
| 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:
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