THESE ARE THE BEST TIPS FOR FUN ACTIVITIES IN AMSTERDAM THIS WEEKEND
We are finally getting some sun this weekend in Amsterdam. Can’t wait! I’m gonna stop by all the new hotspots that opened their doors recently in the city. After my workation in Bali I have a lot of catching up to do! Did you read the latest articles about Bam Boa, Cabrón, Pacific, Matcha Maffia, Sjefietshe and the second location for Meat & Greek? Yup, plenty of hotspots have joined us in the city! Did you make any plans yet for this coming weekend? In this new Amsterdam Weekend Guide for May 17, 18 and 19 I have listed the 10 best tips for you. Enjoy!
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10 X THE BEST TIPS FOR THIS WEEKEND IN AMSTERDAM
❶ Ok, ok. Officially it’s not the start of Taste of Amsterdam this weekend, because Taste actually runs from May 31 till June 3. So why include it in the Weekend Guide? Because until May 19, I can give you an exclusive discount for this culinary restaurant festival. Via this link and the button below, you can buy 2 tickets for € 18,50 (in stead of € 25,-).
❷ Ever been to the Moco? It’s one of our favorite 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 >>
❸ The area of the Westergasfabriek is now officially called ‘Westergas’. And they are celebrating this new name this Friday May 17 with a big party. All the restaurants and bars are joining in on the celebrations, with workshops, an audiotour, exhibitions and a special menu that you can order for € 15,- at several restaurants. Want to know what is going on there this weekend and what kind of food there will be? Read all about it in the Facebook event >>
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❹ This Saturday is a great day for beer lovers, during the Oost Tapt Festival. A super cosy beer festival at the Jaap Edenbaan in Amsterdam East. Starts at 1pm with special beers and good bites from various food trucks. Check out the line-up of the Oost Tapt Festival >>
❺ Vegan or not, you want to go to bar Karakter this Sunday May 19 for a great brunch with vegan bao buns and dim sum. Starts at 12pm and first come first serve! Want to find out more? Read all about the menu here >>
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❻ Are you a ‘tr(e)ashure’ hunter? Great news! The IJHALLEN market is back his Saturday and Sunday at NDSM, with their mega big flea market. Outdoors and more than 750 booths. Check here for the exact times >>
❼ All fans of Kwaku-festival, this one is for your. Sunday May 19 it’s time for Kwaku Summer Festival Downtown edition Vondelpark. With live music, and of course also loads of good food. Starts at 2pm at the Openluchttheater. Read all about this event here >>
❽ It’s going to be lovely weather, so grab your bike this Sunday and head over the Amsterdamse Bos for the Pure Markt. You will find 60 craftsmen and women selling their stuff in the lanes near the Bosbaan and the Boswinkel. The route and more info via the Facebook event >>
❾ Strolling through all the treasures in your own pace, and then paying by the kilo. YES! This Sunday May 19, the Vintage Kilo Sale in Amsterdam is back at Radion in New West. All details about the times and the location in the Facebook event >>
❿ Is the Eurovisie Song Festival your guilty pleasure? You are not the only one in Amsterdam. That’s why hotel Kimpton de Witt is hosting their big Eurovision party in the Wyers Bar from 8pm this Saturday. With loads of glitter and extravaganza. Want to find out more? Check out the Facebook event! And if you secretly want to watch it from the comfort of your couch, that is obviously also allowed.
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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