Amsterdam Weekend Guide December 12, 13 & 14


Amsterdam Weekend Guide for December 12, 13 & 14!

12 December 2014

Amsterdam Weekend Guide for December 12, 13 & 14!

It’s almost Christmas. Only a few weeks left. I have to admit I’m a sucker for Christmas. Especially the weeks before. There’s so much to do in town! LOVE the Christmas markets in Amsterdam and all the great bargains in the stores. Not to forget the mulled wine ;-). This new Amsterdam Weekend Guide is full of cool things to do. And get in the weekend mood with our new Happy Weekend Playlist. Enjoy!

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PS: Every Friday around 11.45 am I share some of my favourite things to do on Amsterdam FM.

– UPDATED GUIDE: Do you have plans for New Year’s Eve yet? Check out the best parties in Yourlbb’s shortlist here >

– New hotspot for coffee lovers: the Koffie Academie in West.

– New foodbar in Amsterdam Old South: meet 63 graden foodbar’.

– The best weekend markets for gist shopping and food and drinks this weekend:
* Local Goods Market (Saturday)
* Sissy Boy Christmas Market (Saturday)
* Indoor Christmas Market (Saturday)
* Mercator Markt (Saturday)
* Food Christmas Market (Sunday)
* Pure Markt at Amstelpark (Sunday)
* Sunday Market at Westergasfabriek (Sunday)
Pekmarkt in Amsterdam North
>> Click here to check out all the Christmas-ish markets in Amsterdam >>
– Hotspots that just opened the doors:
Crazy Kreeft
Le Coq
Holy Ravioli
The Breakfast Club
George Bistro
CT Coffee & Coconuts
– Brasserie Bar Breitner
The Cold Pressed Juicery

– Some foodie proof lists to make your life easier! Did you check them yet?
* 5 spots in Amsterdam for Italian coffee
* 5 favourite hotspots for hot coco
36 great coffee bars in Amsterdam
* 18 best cocktail bars in Amsterdam!
* 8 spots for free wifi, good coffee & lunch 
20 of the newest restaurants in Amsterdam
* 9 best places to drink G&T’s in Amsterdam
* 10 restaurants where parking your car is no problem
* 20 new places for coffee and lunch 
20 new restaurant hotspots
10 favourite healthy spots
* 5 Saturday food markets 

More foodie proof recs that are around every weekend:

Brunch is hot in Amsterdam!
* Here’s a link to all the brunch spots in Amsterdam Yourlbb loves.

– Have you been to pop-up cocktail bar Mercato Campari yet? Or check out these 2 pop-up restaurants in Amsterdam! Foyer (LOVE this place!!), Henk (until December 2014)!


– Sustainable and trendy! That’s GeitenWollenWinkel at the Utrechtsestraat.

– Tip for sneaker lovers! Size? opens the first store in Amsterdam (Kalverstraat 128)! With a special sale this weekend.

– This weekend it’s the IJ-hallen Flea Market again! Saturday and Sunday at NDSM Wharf.

– Saturday December 13 there’s a pop-up Pandasale at KU Kitchen. For stylish brands and vintage!

11 cool concept stores in Amsterdam to shop for Christmas!

– Need to shop a Christmas gift for your boyfriend? check out these 6 concept store guys >>

– Did you see the pop-up store of Etsy sellers yet? Until December 24 at the Nieuwezijds Voorburgwal.

– Pop-up store Gekaapt is a cool hotspot at the Bilderijkstraat. With indie brands: Nikki Namasté, Doing Goods, Cup of Jo & others. More info & photos here >>.


– Did you see our newest list with 21 cool events in December?

– There’s a classic coming to town. Opera La Bohème. Until December 28.

– If you’re close to the Museumplein this weekend check out the beautiful Christmas tree at the Rijksmuseum. A 7 meter high hologram by Studio Droog!

– Ice skating in Amsterdam: Zell Am Rembrandt at Floor 17 is the petite ice skating rink at 85 meters high. Also check out: Jaap Eden Schaatsbaan & ICE Amsterdam.

– The Amsterdam Light Festival is on! Beautiful light sculptures all over town. Discover them here >>

– Do you like street art? Discover the best street art in Amsterdam and book a tour. Check out our blogs about Street Art Amsterdam tours. Also very cool if you live in Amsterdam!

– Do you like street art? Check the new expo at the Go Gallery on the Prinsengracht for “Spread Your Wings”. Two artists, two styles! Until December 31.

– Dinner and a movie at De Filmhallen at De Hallen in West. Tip for the pre-movie dinner: De Foodhallen, Remise47Halte 3 or Meat West before the film starts!


– NEW expo in the beautiful Hermitage in Amsterdam: “Portrait Gallery of the Golden Age”. Tip: go for lunch or drinks to Neva afterwards!

– Check out this new expositions at photo museum FOAM:
Vivian Maier, Street Photographer | until January 28

– Marlene Dumas x Stedelijk Museum until January 4.

Modern Times photography expo x Rijksmuseum until January 11.


POP at Radion! Movies and dancing all night long.

– We Eat DJ’s for Breakfast! Saturday afternoon at Paper Planes.

– My favourite clubs in Amsterdam for techno: Studio 80, Canvas & Club Trouw.

>> TRY to get some last minute tickets for the last weekends at Club Trouw!! >>

– A bit older crowd, great tunes and good vibe: Disco Dolly.

– Always fun: cocktails and dancing at Chapter21!

My long list of hotspots that I’ve been to recently or that are top of my mind!

– VOLT at the Ferdinand Bolstraat is totally renewed. New design, new menu and a great vibe! Perfect for afternoon drinks.

Graceland BAR-B-Q the new hotspot at De Marktkantine in Amsterdam West. An American style roadhouse restaurant.

– NY chic: Americano Bar & Kitchen is open at the Amsteldijk.

– Thrill Grill at the Gerard Doustraat for the best burgers.

– Rijks is the new fancy restaurant at the Rijksmuseum by Chef Joris Bijdendijk. Discover Rijks here!

– Have you been to the new &Other Stories shop in Amsterdam yet?

– Miuse is a new concept store at De Pijp for a collection of beautiful labels for ladies. Gerard Doustaat 80.

The 20 new hottest restaurants in town in one list.

De Foodhallen are open! I’ve been there 3 times already and I love it there. Many food stalls with great food, a bar for drinks and a nice crowd who likes to food too.

– Have you been to Remise47 yet? Also located at De Hallen but then at the design hotel. Nice spot for dinner and cocktails.

– New bar in town! Bar Jones at the Nes. Just a laid back place for drinks with a vintage interior.

– Sotto is a nice pizza place who now has a second location at the Roelof Hartstraat. Pizza, like pizza is supposed to be!

– Back to Black is a new coffee bar in the heart of Amsterdam. At this cool concept everything is for sale. More about Back to Black here.

– Psssst… did you know that the Marie Stella Maris archive has a cute coffee and water cafe in the basement? Just saying ;-).

– Betty Blue is a cool new pastry store in the city center which is all about sweet stuff. Yum!

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.
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.

More hotspots in Amsterdam

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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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