THESE ARE THE BEST TIPS FOR FUN ACTIVITIES IN AMSTERDAM THIS WEEKEND
Are you also looking forward to more sunshine? To go for coffee at a cute patio without getting rained on, or to go for a bike ride outside the city to the Japanese blossom park in the Amsterdamse bos? This weekend is extra special for me, because my son Manuel is turning 1. It’s crazy how time really does fly by! I’m really proud to say that, with some extra organisational skills here and there, we can still pretty much do everything we did before we became parents. From travel to dining!
My lover and I are celebrating the birthday with a dinner at Spectrum (previously Librijes Zusje**) where I’m definitely going to talk to Chef Sidney Schutte to get some of his best Hong Kong tips for our upcoming trip! On the actual birthday we are taking the family out for lunch at Jansz in the Pulitzer Hotel in Amsterdam. A great spot to have a celebration, doesn’t matter if it’s a babyshower, a 21 dinner, a birthday or an anniversary, they got you covered! Saves you so much time and mess at your house and just a very cool and chill way to celebrate with loved ones.
Of course I have rounded up some great tips for you in this Amsterdam Weekend Guide for March 29, 30 & 31. Have fun with the 10 best things to do in Amsterdam this weekend!
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10 BEST TIPS FOR THIS WEEKEND IN AMSTERDAM
❶ The ‘Pure Markt’ (the best food weekend-market in Amsterdam if you ask me) is back with their very first market of the season. The location is the amazing Park Frankendael, and you can go here this Sunday March 31 from 11am – 6pm for drinks with friends and some good and tasty shopping. More info about this edition and about who is selling? Check out the Facebook event >>
❷ After the ‘Pure Markt’ you can head down to Family Sundays bij Jansz! Between 4.30pm and 6.30pm you can gather your whole family here for an early dinner, kids included of course! There will entertainment for the little ones and a kids menu with many dishes to pick from. This edition they are doing a cool collaboration with Banwood Bikes and Lidor World and you can win a beautiful gift when you make your reservations on time. Read all about the Family Sundays in the Facebook event >>
❸ Oh yes! For all your Korean food cravings, go to Karakter in Amsterdam West this Sunday between 12pm and 5pm. Here they will host their amazing Korean BBQ and Asian G&T brunch. Check out the Facebook event to learn more about the menu >>
❹ This tip is for the meat-lovers. This Saturday, The Roast Room is hosting their special Côte de Boeuf Night from 6pm till past midnight. What to expect? 400 gram Côte de Boeuf with fries, sauce and salad for € 40,-. Reservations and more info via the Facebook event >>
❺ Fancy a cosy drink on the Friday afternoon? Check out the spots that you can pick from this week!
⋙ Edelwise is back on Friday March 29 in Het Sieraad. Tickets available at the door. More info & times in the Facebook event >>
⋙ FRITS! is back this Friday at the Amstelhotel. Try and score a last minute ticket via the Facebook event or via Ticketswap. Check the Facebook event here >>
⋙ Saint Tropics is the new ‘vrijmibo’ (Friday afternoon drinks) at De Tropen at the Oosterpark. Like we always say: peak early so you can still enjoy the weekend the next morning ;) More info, times & tickets via the Facebook event >>
❻ It’s time for the yearly King Crab event this Saturday from 6pm at Frank’s Smoke House! The whole menu is loaded with the most delicious crab dishes (yum), but you can also just go here to enjoy a whole King Crab with friends (up to 5 kilograms!). More info about the menu and how to make a reservation in the Facebook event >>
❼ Amsterdam Noord will have a mega sample sale this Saturday and Sunday. Several showrooms will be open for business: Another Label, Komono, Cheap Monday, Kings of Indigo, Catwalk Junkie and many more. You can sign up for a free ticket at the website and also find more info there about the brands and locations: Go directly to the website of this sample sale >>
❽ Are you a lover of Indonesian food, just like me? Then you don’t want to miss the pop-up kitchen in the Kopstootbar. Sergeant Pepper will be cooking here till the end of April, so you can enjoy several Indonesian delights and a 3 course dinner for € 21,-. Dishes like: (vegan) curries, butter chicken and samosa’s. Sounds good right? Read all about it here >>
❾ Feel like going to a party this weekend? The Warehouse Elementenstraat is hosting Multigroove, which will be one hell of a rave. The event is sold out, but tickets are being put up for sale on Facebook and Ticketswap. Tip! More info via the Facebook event >>
❿ A weekend without oysters doesn’t really count as a weekend… does it? I listed all the best spots for you to go and enjoy this delicious dish:
⋙Sunday // Razmataz // € 1,- // More info & times >>
⋙ Saturday // Rayleigh & Ramsay // € 1.- // More info & times >>
⋙Sunday // The Good Companion // € 1,- // More info & times >>
⋙Sunday // Maris Piper // 3 raw for € 5,- or 3 baked for € 7,50 // More info & times >>
⋙ Sunday // Walter’s // € 1,- // More info & times >>
| BONUS TIP: Did you check out all these articles yet? 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.
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⋙ Chateau 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? Find all details in their Facebook event >>
⋙This weather is perfect for museum days and checking out new exhibitions. 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!
- 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, but let’s be honest, super cold right now. 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.
- A must see: The Hilton in Amsterdam is hosting their new photo exhibition (until March 31) all about the famous Bed-in for Peace by Beatle John Lennon and Yoko Ono. This week marks the 50th anniversary for the historic event of the iconic duo locking themselves into the Amsterdam hotelroom as a protest for world peace. The most special pictures by Nico Koster, Cor Jaring, Bert Sprenkeling, Govert de Roos and Claude Vanheye are on display. Free entrance! More info via the Facebook event >>
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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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Anne de Buck