THESE ARE THE BEST TIPS FOR AMSTERDAM THIS WEEKEND
La Dolce Vita on the skies. Who knew that this was a thing? Well now I know first hand, since I got to experience it in Süd-Tirol in Italy last week. I highly recommend this area for foodies that also love to ski! This trip marked the end of my winter-break. For a month straight I only did the ‘necessary’, because however much fun I always might have on my trips for Your Little Black Book, it’s never a holiday in the literal sense of the word. If I’m there, I might as well share all my experiences and tips with you guys, that’s been my motto since day 1!
After the slopes I hopped into the week with New Year’s drinks, brainstorms and new hotspots. This weekend I am – finally!- going to see the Amsterdam Light Festival. Watching all the art pieces from the water with my whole family this time. Seeing the light pieces form the water definitely adds on to the whole experience and it’s just nice to focus on them, instead of cycling over one of the canal bridges and seeing one in the corner of your eye. Did you guys already make plans? I have created a list of 10 cool tips voor your perfect Amsterdam weekend. Have fun with these tips in this Amsterdam Weekend Guide for January 18, 19 and 20!
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10 BEST TIPS FOR THIS WEEKEND IN AMSTERDAM
❶ This is the last weekend you can go to the Amsterdam Light Festival! Do you love looking at the city with all it’s pretty lights? Come admire all the great art pieces, enjoyed best from the water! I am going on one of the last days with my family. Do you want to make sure you see it all too? Check here for availability on one of the boats:
- Rondvaart vanaf Centraal Station >>
- Rondvaart vanaf Leidse Plein >>
- Rondvaart met Rederij Kooij >>
- Rondvaart met Blue Boat Company >>
❷ One of my New Year’s resolutions is to take better care of myself (and my skin!). This means going for a massage more often, taking yoga once a week and visit the salon where I get my facials more frequently for some must needed me-time. Did you also make this resolution? Then let me help you keep it! Use the code YOURLBB and book a Dermalogica treatment with 20% discount, done by my skincare therapist Sylvia at Day and Night Beauty on the Gerard Douplein in ‘De Pijp’. For example: go for a body or face wax, a facial or get your eyebrows or lashes dyed. After using the discount code, a mini facial of 45 mins will cost you € 48,- and a large facial of 75 minutes comes to € 60,-. Dying your eyebrows will cost you no more than € 8.- after the discount! How to book this? Email email@example.com or book a treatment with Sylvia online via dayandnightbeauty.nl with the discount code YOURLBB. This code will be valid until februari 16, 2019. Extra benefit: you can book your treatment for the evening if you book it on a Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday. Ps. this discount is not applicable with other aestheticians and you can’t use it for the pro power Peel and the Quanis dermafiller treatment or in combination with other discounts or promotions. Click here to book a treatment with the 20% discount >>
❸ One of our favourite restaurants in Amsterdam is celebrating it’s third birthday this weekend! That’s why it’s party time on January 19 from 20.00 o’clock at the renewed bar of C Amsterdam. With a DJ, a photo booth, a menu full of new cocktails AND a free welcome cocktail when you sign up for the Facebook Event in advance (and are on time). Click here to sign up for the event and to get more info>>
❹ This Saturday it’s National Tulip Day and that means that Dam Square will transform into a giant bed of tulip flowers again, ready to be plucked by you! The event starts at 13.00 and everyone is welcome to come pick their FREE bouquet of tulips (first come, first serve), so be on time! at previous editions all the flowers were gone before 16! Read everything you need to know about the ‘Nationale Tulpendag op De Dam’ here >>
❺ Going to Hotelnacht in Amsterdam (‘Hotel night Amsterdam’) this Saturday? Then I have a couple cool tips for you (please note: you have to have a ticket for the event):
⋙ In the Conservatorium Hotel the Tunes Bar is transformed into an actual FEBO-bar. Complete with ‘snack-wall’ that will offer several FEBO snacks with a Taiko-twist. For instance, the very popular Langoustine Frikandel and Wagyu Burger from Schilo van Coevorden, but also the classic ‘kaassouflé’, sushi and truffle croquettes. Yep. you read that right. This is an event you don’t want to miss! More info >>
⋙ If you grew up during the 90’s (or earlier) like me, than there is no way you never lip synced to one of the Grease songs before. This weekend during ‘Hotelnacht’ at the Pulitzer Bar, it will be all about Grease Lightnin’. Complete with American-diner like bites, milkshake cocktails and golden oldies from all the speakers. More info >>
⋙ Not done after Hotel Night and looking for a drink and a snack? Then go to Vermeer! They are hosting a German night where you can enjoy bratwurst and beer at their pop-up snackbar. More info >>
❻ Is your closet exploding on you too? Then maybe go through it quickly and bring your nicest ‘rejects’ to Wasstraat bij De Ceuvel. For every item you hand in, you’ll get a voucher that will allow you to pick out something ‘new’ for yourself. When? This Sunday between 11.00 and 16.00, so no time to waste and go organise that closet now! Check out the Facebook event for more info on all the rules for this cool event>>
❼ Of course Sunday’s are also for Brunch! And where better to go than to the bottomless brunch at the INK Hotel? You read that right. Bottomless! So that means you’re paying € 32,- for loads of great food, a welcome cocktail and a lot of bubbles that will be topped up as soon as the bodem of your glass is in sight. The hours for this brunch are between 12.30 and 16.00 and you can make your reservation via firstname.lastname@example.org! Click here for more info and to check out the menu >>
❽ The popular Museum Market is back this Sunday at the Museumplein between 12.00 and 18.00. This will be the last time the ice skate rink is up and the market will have loads of fun art and hand crafted goods from local designers. Check out the Facebook event here >>
❾ I love to buy art when I travel. From paintings to drawings and other interesting objects. Do you want to have more art for your house too, to give it a more personal touch? De Hallen in West is being transformed into the Rembrandt Art Market this week. Come look at (and maybe buy!) some art and finish the day enjoying some nice food at the Foodhallen, or go watch a cool movie in the Filmhallen.Read more about this market here >>
❿ Feel like going to the cinema? Filmhouse LAB111 is organising their Brunch & Film again, where you can go and check out the Indie movie Lady Bird. Have brunch at restaurant Strangelove that’s part of the theatre and go watch this film after that. Want to know more about this event? Check out their Facebook account and find out how to order tickets >>
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⋙ The kind of news that makes us happy: All throughout the month of January, on Sunday and Monday, you will receive a free glass of prosecco to toast to the new year, when you make your online reservation at PARK Café-restaurant. You can make your reservations via park-caferestaurant.nl! Don’t forget to enter the promocode ‘prosecco’ in the comment section of your reservation to receive your free drinks when you enter the restaurant! Cheers to 2019!
⋙ Cheesy, but soooo much fun! The ice skate rink at ICE* Amsterdam until February 3 at Museumplein.
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⋙Do your New Year resolutions include absorbing more culture this year? Then make sure to go to 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 bucketlist. Read all about this exhibition here >> Tip: afterwards, go for drinks or a coffee at Bar Botanique, Louie Louie or Bar Bukowski!
FEED YOUR WANDERLUST, PLAN YOUR NEXT TRIP THIS WEEKEND!
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