THESE ARE THE BEST TIPS FOR FUN ACTIVITIES IN AMSTERDAM THIS WEEKEND
As I am writing this we are staying at the Bingin Cliffhouse on Bali. A villa that feels like a tree house, built against a high cliff in Uluwatu. This house just breathes freedom. My cell phone doesn’t have reception here, there is no tv or wifi. Only the sounds of the ocean and it’s wild waves crushing into the ‘impossible beach’ rocks. At the end of the week we are moving out of here and into the civilised world again. Just in time to post this new Amsterdam weekend guide for you guys. A weekend guide where a different sense of freedom will be they main focus. A celebration that is very close to my heart and that I hope we will be celebrating for many more years to come. Want to follow our adventures on Bali? Be sure to check out the Instagram stories over at @YOURLBB and @TRAVELKIDS.CO. Enjoy your weekend!
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10 BEST TIPS FOR THIS WEEKEND IN AMSTERDAM
❶ It’s important to celebrate our freedom and that’s why this weekend guide starts with the best May 5 festivals:
Het Amsterdams Verbond // Tuinen van West // More info & tickets >>
ZeeZout presents Liberté Liberté 2019 // Basisweg 63 // More info & tickets >>
Bevrijdingsdagfeestje free entrance // Homomonument // More info about the line-up >>
Mossel & Jajem hiphop tunes on Liberation day // Mossel & Gin // More info & line up >>
❷ As you guys know, I’m a sucker for a good flea market! On Sunday May 5, the Olympic Stadium is the place to be. With up to 300 booths and free entrance! Want to know more? Check out the Facebook event >>
❸ All throughout the city, they will be hosting freedom meals on May 5. Vrijheidsmaaltijden as we call them. Join a long table and get to know new people. This initiative is all about making connections and bringing people together. From very simple dishes to big meals. Check out the Facebook event for all locations >>
❹ Want to kick off the weekend in style? Then go to Borrelen Boven Mokum on Friday May 3. THE place for drinks on a Friday afternoon in Amsterdam, and at a very high altitude in Amsterdam at Juniper & Kim. Starts at 5pm! More info & location >>
❺Chateau Amsterdam, our very own city vineyard in Noord, is hosting a tasting and a tour every Saturday.Join them for a tasting of 4 different wines, paired with 4 different cheeses for € 19,50. Want to know more and make a reservation? All details in the Facebook event >>
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❻ A different take on the classic high tea. Come by Rayleigh & Ramsey on Saturday or Sunday for their high wine! Enjoy their delicious blini’s, crostini’s and homemade scones, including a glass of crémant de Loire. Find out more about the high wine event on Facebook >>
❼ Put on your dancing shoes this weekend at Noorderlicht in Amsterdam Noord. They are hosting their Silent Disco again on Saturday May 4, with 3 different channels that play different tunes. Check out the Facebook event for times and more >>
❽ Sunday brunch time! Be sure to join for one of these delicious brunchen this weekend:
⋙ Mad Hatter’s Brunch with free flow of bubbles // Bluespoon // More info & prizes >>
⋙ Run & Brunch for everybody that really wants to earn their brunch by running 5k or 10k first // Drovers Dog Wibautstraat // More info >>
⋙ Vegan Boozy Brunch withKetel One Bloody Marys // Meatless District De Pijp // More info & reservations >>
❾ Thuishaven is a household name in Amsterdam. This weekend they are celebrating their 6th anniversary on Sunday May 5, with a day and night program. It’s completely sold out, but they will be selling 300 tickets at the door. Tip: be sure to check out Ticketswap for a last minute trade! More info, line up and the schedule in the Facebook event >>
❿ Did you miss all the oyster events that we normally post for you guys on here? Well, we are back with a short list!
⋙ Friday // Alex + Pinard // € 1,- // More info & times >>
⋙ Friday // Frank’s Smoke House // € 1,- // Moreinfo & times>>
⋙ Saturday // The Good Companion // € 1,- // More info & times >>
⋙Sunday // De Ysbreeker // € 1,- // More info & times >>
⋙Sunday // Visbar Beet // € 1.- // More info & times>>
⋙ Sunday // Maris Piper // 3 raw for € 5,- or 3 baked for € 7,50 // More info & times >>
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⋙Going to a museum before or after your lunch date is always a good idea. 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!
- The last few months I have been collection art for the house. I spotted a cool exhibition that I want to share with you guys! The Hoxton is hosting the exhibition of Anne Mei Poppe through the middle of May, where you can check out her ‘one line drawings’ plus purchase them from the artist herself. Want to know more? Read all about it here >>
- 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 >>
- Going outside in cities to spot street art is super cool, and the weather is definitely getting better for that, but we have some pretty amazing exhibitions in our city that I feel like would be a shame to miss out on. 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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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
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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