THESE ARE THE BEST TIPS FOR FUN ACTIVITIES IN AMSTERDAM THIS WEEKEND
WOW, how wonderful to see this week how many of you are dealing with the same dilemma as us. How do you find your dream house in Amsterdam? Or should you just relocate to the villages around the city nowadays, because it is almost impossible for starters on the housing market. We have made a final decision! Are we leaving the city, moving within Amsterdam or stripping the whole house and building an extension? You can read it in this extensive blog. Because so many of you are playing with the same dilemma, I am going to create a new series of columns around our renovation. In PART 1 I will take you through our selection process and I will also share all the tips you shared on Instagram Stories this week. Because of the hundreds of responses there, I have decided to make this ‘file’ for you. From the best addresses (in the neighbourhood of Amsterdam) for the most beautiful Moroccan tiles, to the dream kitchen for foodies and tips on how to get that pink wall and that bohemian tapestry even though the bf really doesn’t want them. I also like to share this with you as this will take up much of my time in the coming 6 months and I will be traveling less. That’s why I’m going all in this July and August and it might explain why I’m writing this from the porch of my glamping tent at Arena One 99 Glamping in Istria in Croatia. A very nice place to unwind. More about that soon! First back to the order of the day and the tips for a wonderful weekend in Amsterdam. At the bottom of this guide you will find all the links to our Summer lists! From rooftops, to city beaches, hotspots on the IJ and swimming spots.
Of course I have also listed 10 of the best events for you. Did you already make plans for the weekend? Check out the new Amsterdam Weekend Guide for July 5, 6 + 7. Happy Weekend!
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10 X THE BEST TIPS FOR THIS WEEKEND IN AMSTERDAM
❶ This weekend is the start of pop-up Summer restaurant Groovy Tables by Gin Mare. A unique dining experience that I wrote about in this blog. With a 6 course Mediterranean menu created by chef Dennis Huwaë of Daalder and cocktails with Gin Mare and a DJ that is sure to keep us dancing till way past dinner on their great rooftop. Believe me, you do NOT want to miss this one. Be sure to join on July 4, 6, 18, 19 or 20! Check here for more info & book your table >>
❷ Looking for a fun place to go for Friday night drinks? De Vergulden Eenhoorn is organising their famous Sangria Feest this Friday from 4pm. Kick back and relax with your feet in the grass and a drink in your hand. Check out the Facebook event here >>
❸ One of our all time favourite festivals is BACK this weekend! On Saturday and Sunday you can come and enjoy Ruigoord and it’s amazing Georgie’s Wundergarten. Check Ticketswap for Saturday tickets and be sure to book your Sunday tickets NOW! More info, times & tickets >>
❹ There is no shortage of parties this weekend, because we’ve heard that there are extra tickets available for de Friday drinks at Vondel Disco in the Hermitage. Score your tickets here >>
❺ Fan of the beautiful and sustainable items from concept store Sukha? Then come to their stock sale this Saturday over at bij Contact in Westerpark. Check the times and the location here!
| AMSTERDAM TIPS: did you check out all these articles yet? 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, 19 x internationale restaurants in Amsterdam, The Hoxton New York, Ron Gastrobar Downtown, Nnea, The Bab, Buurthaven, Naylor’s, The Lebanese Sajeria, Aesop & Aziatische High Tea.
❻ Go and check this out! This weekend is our last chance to go to the World Press Photo 2019 in Amsterdam. Read all about it here >>
❼ Are you a fan of Kimchi just like me? Then definitely go to the workshop for Kimchi-making at Mediamatic. I’ve done a workshop here and it was super fun! Tickets and more info via the Facebook event >>
❽This Sunday, the Sunday Market is back at Westergas! From 12pm till 6pm you can enjoy the best snacks and food and come for drinks with friends. More info via the Facebook event >>
❾ Antique Centre on the Elandsgracht is hosting their big market again this Sunday July 7, called ‘Antiek op de Gracht’ . Come here to enjoy 40 stands and get your treasure hunting game on! Starts at 11 pm, more info in the Facebook event >>
❿ Yes another weekend where you can go and enjoy the Rooftop movie nights! Enjoy movie classics and sit back with some popcorn and a drink, whilst overlooking our amazing city. Want to know more about the schedule for July 5 and 6? Read all about it in the Facebook event >>
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Yourlbb’s Summer tips
- FOODIE TIP: Last week was our second time having dinner via SurpriSeat. This restaurant platform turns going out to dinner into a real exciting event again. I highly recommend trying this out for a date night. For € 24,95 you can book a 2 course dinner in Amsterdam or Rotterdam. The restaurant you will be eating at is kept secret until a couple hours before dinner time. Want to experience this too? Use the code YLBB to get a € 7,50 discount on a surprise dinner for 2. Read more about it in this blogpost or make a reservation here for your own SurpriSeat >>
- CULTURE TIP: Ever been to the Moco? It’s one of our favourite museums in Amsterdam for modern art. From the cool work of street artist Banksy to the Moco Masters and several temporary exhibitions. Right now they are hosting an exclusive exhibition from Yayoi Kusama where a complete room is decorated all in her distinctive style. Aside from that you can also enjoy an exhibition by Daniel Arsham. Both run until September 30! Buy your tickets online with a discount >>
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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
| TIP: Buy an I amsterdam City Card. Save money on entrance fees to museums and attractions, public transport and profit from discounts on everything from restaurants to concerts. You can also skip some lines to make the most of your time in Amsterdam! You can buy a card for 24 hours up to 120 hours. Check the prices here >>
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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