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Amsterdam Weekend Guide for May 10, 11 & 12

9 May 2019


Slowing down… in my book Feed Your Wanderlust I already touched on this subject and how difficult it is for an entrepreneur to do this. We are always ‘on’, never completely off. Even on a holiday or a trip I’m still working… Except for last week. I definitely posted on Instagram and Insta Stories (that you can always watch back via highlights), but on the website there were no Amsterdam reviews. Next week I will be back in business. Promised! Of course there is always one article that I will make for you guys no matter what, and that’s the  Amsterdam Weekend Guide. This Sunday we are celebrating Mothers’ day, that now holds even more meaning to me. And along side the Moederdag tips, I of course have way more for you to check out over the weekend! Want to follow our adventure on Bali? Be sure to check out the Instagram stories over at @YOURLBB and @TRAVELKIDS.CO.

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❶ Do you know SurpriSeat? This restaurant platform brings a hint of adventure to your night out. You book a 2 course (or more) dinner in Amsterdam or Rotterdam for € 24,95. Where? This will remain a surprise right until a couple hours before! We have tested it out for you and arranged a discount code for € 7,50 discount on your dinner for two (code YLBB).  Read all about it in this blogpost or make a reservation for your own surprise dinner >>

❷ OH YES! This weekend we welcome two markets on Sunday. Feel like market hopping?

Sunday Market // 12.00 – 18.00 uur // Westergasfabriek // More info in the Facebook event >>

Pure Markt // 11.00 – 18.00 uur // Amstelpark // More info in the Facebook event >>

❸ It’s Mother’s day this Sunday. If you end up celebrating this or not… brunch is ALWAYS a good idea. That’s why I made you this brief overview of all the Mother’s day brunches that are going on in the city (and you don’t need to bring your kids, or a mom for that reason). All at places that I love to go myself: 

Celsius Sunday at C. Amsterdam // 3 – 5 courses and the option for unlimited mimosa’s // Check the Facebook event for prices >>

Mother’s Day Lunch Special at The Lobby op de Nes // 3-courses with bubbles and coffee // Check the dates and the price in the  Facebook event >>

⋙ Bottomless brunch at Cantina Nieuw West // big vegetarian lunch with unlimited bubbles  // More info about the menu and the price list >>

⋙ Mother’s day at Ron Gastrobar Downtown // Indonesian brunch wtih jazzy live-music // More info via the Facebook event >>

TRAVEL TIP: Ever heard of Gastein? You need to put this destination on your bucket list! Why? Read all about it here! 

❹ Have you been thinking about getting a tattoo? Then definitely stop by Wolford INK on the  P.C. Hoofstraat! Together with talented tattoo artist like Melina, Anna, Galya, Carin en Emily Malice, they recently launched the Nude 8 Tights that feel like a second layer of skin. Stop  by between 1pm and 7pm and get one of the iconic art pieces tattooed on you by Gayla Gisca.. Read more about this via  the Facebook event >>

❺ If you want to sleep underneath the softest bedding, then definitely go to the sample sale by Yumeko this Saturday May 11.  It’s at Herengracht 418. This is where I found my super soft blush think bedding last year and I still love it soooo much. More info in the Facebook event >>

 | AMSTERDAM TIPS:  Did you check out all these articles yet? Spectrum, Nazka, Baohuis, Kim Chi WowRestaurant Watergang, Hola Poke, 19 x internationale restaurants in Amsterdam, The Hoxton New YorkRon Gastrobar Downtown, NneaThe Bab, Buurthaven, Naylor’s, The Lebanese Sajeria, Aesop & Aziatische High Tea.

❻ Together with the Javakwartier, the Tropenmuseum is organising a food and story tour through te Java straat in Amsterdam Oost. You can book it for this Sunday May 12, or wait for a next edition, there will be plenty!  Read all about this event in the  Facebook event >>

❼ Are you vegan or looking to eat more plant based? This Saturday 11 and Sunday May 12, Ruigoord is organising their Funky Vegan Festival. Free admission and loads of food trucks, pop-up restaurants and more. Find out more about this via the Facebook event >>

❽ Oysters on Sunday are always a good idea! This Sunday the oyster event is back at Maris Piper with fresh or baked oysters. More info, times and prizes in the Facebook event >>

❾ Looking for a new wardrobe for this Summer? Then we have a list of fashion events that you don’t want to miss:

⋙ Sunday May 12, De Ceuvel is organising another clothing swaps between 11am and 4pm. Want to know more about the rules? Read all about it here  >>

⋙ Saturday May 11, it’s time for the Kloffie Markt at De Hallen.For secondhand designer items, beautiful vintage en other collectors items. More info and times via the Facebook event >>

❿ This weekend is the opening of the Summer season at Strand Zuid with their first edition of the well known Bierborrel (Beer drinks). Free entrance so no tickets needed!. More info about the  times and  the programme >>

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⋙ 18 X cosy terraces with heaters to have a drink and hang out 

⋙ 23 X the best beach restaurants to go to after a long walk on the beach 

⋙ 32 X brunch hotspots that are perfect for a weekend date with friends

⋙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!

  • 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.

Book tickets

  • 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 >>

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Amsterdam Bucketlist
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!)
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:
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
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.
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.

More hotspots in Amsterdam

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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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| PS: Traveling to Amsterdam with kids? My other website Travelkids.co & @travelkids.co is dedicated to family friendly travel. Check it out here >>


Anne de Buck