THESE ARE THE BEST TIPS FOR FUN ACTIVITIES in AMSTERDAM THIS WEEKEND
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But let’s talk about the weekend! Did you already make plans for brunch? Or are you feeling like a dinner in the middle of the night? In the new Amsterdam Weekend Guide for February 22, 23 & 24 I have listed 10 tips for fun stuff to do in Amsterdam. Happy weekend!
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10 BEST TIPS FOR THIS WEEKEND IN AMSTERDAM
❶ OOH YES! One of my favourite webshops opened up a pop-up store in Amsterdam. The Femme & Fierce pop-up is open until February 24 at the Huidenstraat 13 in the always cosy ‘Negen Straatjes’. In this pop-up they are selling the new Spring/Summer 2019 collection. What to expect? A lot of colour and statement prints. In the Femme & Fierce pop-up you can find brands like: Stine Goya, Custommade, Storm & Marie, Gestuz, Baum und Pferdgarten, Coster Copenhagen and Co’couture. PS: BYOB (bring your own bag) and payments only by card! These are the opening hours of the Femme & Fierce pop-up: Thursday 11am – 7pm, Friday 10am – 6pm, Saturday 10.30am – 6pm and Sunday 10.30am – 5pm. More info in the Facebook event >>
❷ My prediction is that the hotpot will be the new food trend that will take over Amsterdam. During my trip to Bangkok recently, I sas this food everywhere. This Japanese version of fondue is more popular than ever, so I think it’s super cool that our friends over at the Chin Chin Club are organising their Hotpot Party every Sunday. YES, dip it low! Dip their thinly sliced black angus beef or vegetables or even home made dumplings in the hot water pot and stick around for some dancing after they clean out the tables and make some room for the dance floor! It is good to make reservations in advance. Check out the Facebook event for more info >>
❸ Whenever I pass a restaurant where you can dine after midnight on the Van Baerle , I remind myself that my lover and I still have to do that one night. Just because it’s possible! This weekend, during the Night Before the Night (Nacht Voor De Nacht) on February 23 and 24, you can visit a whole lot of fine restaurants for a nightly dinner. I have gathered a couple of them here, where you can (now) reserve:
⋙ Jacobsz – click here for Facebook event
⋙ Ron Gastrobar – click here to make reservation
⋙ Stork – click here for Facebook event
⋙ Restaurant C. – click here for Facebook event
⋙ Restaurant DS (bij De School) – click here for Facebook event
❹ Fan of the Oscars? Then this is your chance to attend them! Not in America, but just in our own Amsterdam. At De Balie, on February 24, you will walk along the red carpet for a full evening program with a glass of champagne in your gala-pyjama. You will attend the pre-première of Vice (with 6 nominations) and then watch the Oscars. Do you have a Cineville pass? Then the entrance is free. Click here for more info and tickets >>
❺ Fancy an indoor festival? Then go to the ‘Grote Fiasco at Casco’ on February 22 and 23. A creative festival for young and old (kids welcome until the start of the evening). It promises to be a pleasant (un) organised chaos that you can enjoy during this winter weekend. Think: music, food, drinks and more. It is difficult to describe what kind of event this is, so definitely check out the Facebook event!
❻ For a great brunch experience this Sunday, we have found more than enough options! Let’s look at a few of my favourite picks:
⋙ Fancy some chicken & waffles? The golden combo in my book! Order your plate of this delicious dish, with a great cocktail on the side, this Sunday at the Rum Punch Brunch at Libertine Comptoire de Cuisine in the Berenstraat. More info in the Facebook event >>
⋙ This Sunday at Jansz it’s time again for their Family Sunday. Book a table for the whole family to enjoy this lunch experience! More info & reservations >>
⋙ Want to celebrate the Brazilian Carnaval in style? Go to the Supreme Brunch at Izakaya. Reservations and more info >>
⋙ This Sunday it is time for yet another edition of the Mad Hatter’s bottomless sparkling wine brunch. Read all about it here >>
❼ We are always in the mood for a cool weekend market! This weekend, the Maker Market returns on Saturday and Sunday in De Hallen in West. Curious to see what stands will be here for this edition? Check out the Facebook event for the line-up >>
❽ I must admit that I haven’t been here before, but Fortune Flea immediately drew me in. A vintage furniture store that only opens it’s doors twice a month on the Zeeburgerpad. Here they sell carefully selected items from France and Belgium. I will definitely be checking this store out this weekend! More info about the store in the Facebook event >>
❾ Oyster season is still going strong! This weekend we can enjoy this lovely savoury dish at two spots in the city:
⋙ Walter’s – De Walter Woodbury Bar Sunday February 24 (Javastraat) – check the times >>
⋙ Rayleigh & Ramsay Saturday February 23 (Overtoom & Van Woustraat) – check the times >>
❿ Always fun: go to Amsterdam Noord for some food and drinks at one of their great and fun restaurants. Stick around, because Noorderlicht is hosting their mega fun Stille Disco (Silent Disco). Read all about it here >>
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⋙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 >>
- Foodies definitely want to see the new exhibition in FOAM! Very relatable, since I am always photographing my food wherever I go. Are you also a foodie and into photography? Then you really want to check out ‘Feast for the Eye’. All about the history of food photography!
- Going outside in cities to spot street art is super cool, but let’s be honest, super cold right now. 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.
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