Happy weekend from Australia. What a special country with vast nature, delicious restaurants and the best concept stores. You can travel with me this week via Instagram Stories! This week I spotted kangaroos and koalas in the wild, but like every week I also went looking for the best things to do in Amsterdam. Have fun with the 10 tips from this new Amsterdam Weekend Guide for October 4, 5 & 6. Enjoy the weekend!
| NEW: Sundays will never be the same, starting this week! In the Fïnley Sunday Guide you will find 29 tips for activities and locations in the Netherlands for the perfect Sunday. From the coolest (food) markets to the best place for a Sunday afternoon drink and tips for that one exhibition that you must see. Click here for the October Guide >>
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10 X THE BEST TIPS FOR THIS WEEKEND IN AMSTERDAM
❶ Fashion alert! This weekend the New Market Sample Sale is back at a new location in Amsterdam. And believe me, this sample sale is really worth it, with brands like: Baum und Pferdgarten, BLANCHE, DANTE6, LEÏ 1984, Leon & Harper, Modström, Notes du Nord and Sessùn. On October 4 & 5 you can shop the new spring collection 2020 from these brands with a discount at the Parq Studios in Amsterdam-West. Read all about it in the Facebook event >>
❷ Have you ever been to Brasserie Carstens? If not, do it quickly! And take the kids with you on Sunday October 6, during the family-proof brunch ‘Aan Tafel‘. I can’t wait for Manuel to be a little older so he can participate in this. While parents enjoy a fully catered lunch, children learn to discover various products based on taste, smell and play. The small groups of children will be learning all this with the guidance of Maik Kuijpers (former Chef at De Librije ***) and his team. Read all about ‘Aan Tafel’ in the Facebook event >>
❸ Have you ever heard of the artist JR? Maybe not, but when you see his work I am sure you will recognise it. There is now a JR room in the Moco Museum, where you can see three of his high-profile works of art for the first time in the Netherlands. Click here to see if you recognise any of the art pieces by JR >>
| AMSTERDAM TIPS: did you check out all these articles yet? Wondr, Georgio’s Café, Oslo Beers, Fred’s Kitchen, Simon de Wit, La Fiorita, Ginger & Gems, Oeuf, Hula Hula, 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, Ron Gastrobar Downtown, Nnea, The Bab, Buurthaven, Naylor’s, The Lebanese Sajeria, Aesop & Aziatische High Tea.
❹ If you ask me, Pompet is one of the nicest hidden gems in Amsterdam Noord. And on October 5, it’s time for the dinner of the month with a different French classic on the menu. This time you can come and enjoy Cote de Boeuf. Reservations and more info via the Facebook event >>
❺ Crazy about vintage? Then you want to come to the pop-up Zolder47 event on October 5 & 6 in Hotel de Hallen. Shop a retro design cabinet, flower painting or oversized trench coat. Want to find out more? Check the Facebook event for the times >>
❻ Loads of oyster happy hours this weekend, with oysters € 1,-. Time to list the best ones for you again:
⋙ Frank’s Smoke House // October 4 from 4pm – 7pm.
⋙ The Good Companion // October 5 from 3pm – 5pm.
⋙ De Ysbreeker // October 6 from 3pm (limited stock).
⋙ Visbar Beet // October 7 from 4pm – 6pm.
❼ Like nothing better than wandering around markets during the weekend? Then you should go to Westergas for the Sunday Market this weekend. Always cosy and super fun! Check out the times and the locatie in the Facebook message >>
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❽ Have you ever joined a breakfast session at The Morning? Every month a 3-course breakfast and get together with a changing and inspiring theme. This 19th edition on Sunday October 6 is all about “inclusiveness and diversity”. Want to know more and score one of the last tickets? Check the Facebook event >>
❾ Do you want to live more sustainably? In the Kromhouthal the Sustainable (‘Duurzame’) Woonbeurs is being organised for the first time this weekend on October 5 and 6. Here you will learn everything about how you can make sustainable choices in your interior and what the trends are in this area. If, like me, you are busy planning a renovation, you will certainly find this interesting! Check the Facebook event for all info >>
❿ This weekend the IJ-hallen market is held again on October 5 and 6 at the NDSM wharf. You now know what this means: shopping pre-loved items at more than 700 stalls. Check the times in the Facebook event >>
PS: Are you a lover of food markets? In this blog I listed the best food markets in the Netherlands
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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
COMFORTABLE // €€
☾ 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