Amsterdam Weekend Guide for July 18, 19 & 20!

18 July 2014

Amsterdam Weekend Guide for July 18, 19 and 20!

The sun is shining, it’s finally warm weather… but I’m feeling really sad today. Sad because of the terrible incident with MH17 yesterday. As an urban travel blogger I’m a frequent flyer. I fly at least 4 times a month and the idea that things like this can happen nowadays in the world frighten me.

My thoughts are with the family, friends and co-workers of the passengers and crew of flight MH17. 

Every Friday I’m a guest on Amsterdam FM where I share my favourite things to do in the Amsterdam Weekend Guide. I wish you all a nice weekend with your loved ones!

– 10 hotspots that are perfect for super hot summer weather. From urban beach to rooftop. Check them here!

– New pizza studio in town! Pistache is the new restaurant concept at the location where the Lobster House used to be.

– Coming soon:
* George Burger Bistro
* Waterkant
* De Foodhallen

– A great experience for cocktail lovers: Copper Kettle Serve. After New York and London you can enjoy this experience at some of our favourite cocktail bars in Amsterdam: Hugo’s, Franklin, Dvars, Vesper and Tales & Spirits.

– Going for lunch or coffee this weekend? Check out our top picks of 20 new places that opened the last few months!

– Spend the Sunday afternoon on the patio at Trouw. From 4 pm you can enjoy the pizza club there for dinner!

– Officially open: brasserie style restaurant Nacional by Casper Reinders. Read our full report here!

&Samhoud Places has a new foodie concept on Sunday! Feel Good Sunday between 12 and 5 pm. Cocktails, oysters, burgers, seafood, Live Music and DJ Beats. Check the Facebook page here!

– Last week I blogged about 20 new restaurant hotspots in Amsterdam. Plenty of inspiration for your next dinner date.

– Always great for some good healthy food on Saturday or Sunday: my 10 favourite healthy hotspots here.

– Do you have your own boat? Check out Bluespoon on Board for the best take out on the Prinsengracht!

Vuurtoreneiland is back! You can now book your dinner at this very special restaurant at an island near Amsterdam.

Two tips for a great weekend brunch. Brunch is hot in Amsterdam!
* Saturday and Sunday you can book your spot on G’s (former G&T’s) brunch boat! Sailing at 11 am or 13.30 pm. Reservations via
* Bennys and Marys are back at Struik this weekend on Saturday and Sunday. More info here.

– 3 pop-up restaurants in Amsterdam! Foyer (LOVE this place!!), Henk (until December 2014) and InStock. ENJOY!

– Best oyster happy hours in Amsterdam! Every Saturday and Sunday between 3 – 7 pm at Hugo’s Bar & Kitchen. All oysters for only € 1,-! Great deal right?! And soooo NY ;-).

– Nothing better than shopping at the weekly farmers markets in Amsterdam. Our Saturday favourites!


– Have you been to the pop-up shop of Ace & Tate at Hôtel Droog yet? You can try on all the frames of this cool eyewear brand that’s usually only available online. Read all about the pop-up here.

Anna + Nina, one of my favourite concept stores in Amsterdam opened a 2nd location. More info here.

– Not new, but newly discovered by me ;-). Cosmania at the Herenstraat for beautiful beauty brands. Check out the blog to win Cowshed products.

– At the Thuyskamer all products are for sale. And the good news is that everything is made from re-used materials. Great concept.

– Gekaapt at the Kinkerstraat is the latest pop-up by the guys from the Jan Eef.

– Four of my favourite vintage shops in Amsterdam:
* Trash to Treasure at the Van Baerlestraat 97.
* Tatski & Kar at Koningsstraat 27a.
* Libertine is a gallery slash store for vintage curiosities at the Prinsengracht.
Kaufhaus is a cool vintage clothing and furniture store at the Sweelinckstraat 21 in Amsterdam.

– I blogged about many other cool stores that opened the doors this years. Discover 5 other new stores in Amsterdam here.


– This Saturday the Tolhuistuin goes Africa with the African Homecoming! From 4 pm to 4 am there are many events with a neo African twist. From a market with afro centric designs, fashion and art to DJ’s.

– Are you going on a date soon? Why not check out one of the summer sessions at North Sea Jazzclub in Amsterdam West?

– Live concerts at the Amsterdamse Bos. All summer long at the open air theater in the forest! Yay :-).

– Every summer one of my fav things to do! The ZOOmer avonden at Artis.

– New expo at the Stadsarchief. Vintage Amsterdam photos by legend Ed van er Elsken. Until September 14.

– Floor 17 does Rooftop Movie Nights! Imagine watching a movie at 85 meters high. Tickets include popcorn and a drink. Make sure to check the schedule if there’s a movie playing this weekend.

– The Vondelpark Openluchttheater (open air theater) is back in business every Sunday! Check the website for the latest artists.

– Have you been to the new theater show about the diaries of Anne Frank yet? Beautiful stage and great to see the story at Theater Amsterdam (Dutch speaking).

– Get your cultural fix at the new pop-up at Felix Meritis! Felix & Foam is a cooperation of Foam, Frame and pop-up restaurant Foyer. Open for 6 months! Read the blog about Felix & Foam here.

– If you like photography check out the new expo at the Tropenmuseum: Masters of Photography with the best pictures from National Geographic photographers. Until October 19.

– Two new expositions in photo museum FOAM:
* Larry Clark – Tulsa & Teenage Lust – until September 12
* Don’t Stop Now: Fashion Photography Next – until September 7

– NEW photo expo at Felix and Foam! 5 years of talent is all about the young photography talents from The Netherlands. Until September 30.

– Did you know that the Van Gogh Museum is open till late every Friday? To me it feels very NY where the Guggenheim museum hosts cool parties during the weekend nights.


– Festival update: Buitenwesten (Saturday), Milkshake (Sunday) both at Westerpark. Cruise and Dance (Saturday).

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

Club Odeon has a cool new club night on Friday: Nachtdieren!

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

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

– Porter Bar & Kitchen is the newest hotspot in Amsterdam Old South. From lunch to dinner!

– Salad bar SLA opened a 3rd location in Amsterdam. SLA Zuidas serves you lunch and breakfast during business hours. Yay!

Check the overview with 20 new restaurants that opened the last 3 months here.

– Rooftop bar and restaurant Canvas opened the doors again last week! Beautiful view over Amsterdam East and delicious dishes.

– New summer hotspot in Amsterdam North! Cafe De Ceuvel is crowd funded. How cool! Another great summer spot in Amsterdam North is De Tolhuistuin.

– Some of my fav restaurants I always go back to: Rijsel, De LuwteAan de Amstel and Wilde Zwijnen.

PS: more hotspots are in the Amsterdam Little Black Book. A city guide to Amsterdam with the best restaurants, shops and things to do. Always new addresses coming up so check out your online Little Black Book daily for the latest hotspots in town!

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Anne de Buck

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