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Amsterdam Weekend Guide for May 30 + 31 & June 1 + 2

29 May 2019


This week I might be cheating a little bit… I’m writing the Amsterdam Guide from New York City! This is the first time we are here with Manuel and it’s making me look at the city in a different way. Same same, but different! The only thing that is a bit sad, is that I’m missing de best food festivals of the year this weekend in Amsterdam. As you may have noticed, I gave my chef’s table tickets for Taste of Amsterdam away on Instagram this week to a lucky winner. This weekend is packed with fun things to do, and for many of you it’s actually an extra long one, due to the national holiday. So check out the new Amsterdam Weekend Guide for May 30 + 31 mei & June 1 + 2. I have listed the 10 best tips for you. Enjoy!

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❶ Going to Taste of Amsterdam? The best restaurant festival of the country is back in the Amstelpark until June 2. Want to know what is happening here? Read this blog with the 7 best tips Tickets available at the door!

❷ Attention all sneakerheads, this weekend (June 1 + 2) the coolest sneaker event in Europe is back in Amsterdam Noord! Want to find out more about Sneakerness? Find more info about the hours and what to expect right here  >>

❸ YES, many of us are celebrating an extra long weekend! On Thursday you can go to the NDSM-werf to party at Hemeltjelief!. Starts at 11am and the schedule has something for everyone! Kids included. And then the grown ups can party until deep in the night. Check out the Facebook event for the line-up and more info >>

 | TRAVEL TIP: the festival season officially kicked off and that’s why we created a packing list for you, with all the items that you need for a multiple day festival. Check out here what 22 items to pack for a festival  >>

De Kloffie Markt in De Hallen is a very popular event! This Saturday they are transforming the main hall again, from 12pm, so you can come and shop your special vintage finds and other fashionable items. Free entrance! Want to know more about this? Read more in the Facebook event >>

❺ Love streetfood? Then be sure to go to Rollende Keukens at Westergas this weekend! Hundreds of food trucks sell all their best bites and this is a great place to come and hang out with friends and enjoy some drinks. It runs until Sunday June 2, and starts every day around 1pm. Want to know what food trucks are participating this year? Find the complete overview in the Facebook event >>

 | AMSTERDAM TIPS: Did you check out all these articles yet? Bam Boa, Cabrón, Pacific, Matcha Mafia, SjefietsheMeat & Greek, 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 Want to start of the weekend with drinks with your friends? Then come to Edelwise on May 31in Het Sieraad in West. Tickets are sold at the door, so perfect for last minute plans! Find out more about this in their Facebook event >>

❼ Did you know that De Prael in the Houthavens is the perfect spot to listen to live jazz music every Sunday from 3pm til 6pm? They also serve the perfect craft beers. Check out their Facebook event >>

❽ Pop-up restaurant Luca’s is back at the Koopstootbar this summer! From 5pm (except on Sunday) you can come here and enjoy the most delicious pizza and pasta, made by Luca (near Leidseplein).  Want to know more about this pop-up? Read more about it here >>

❾ Good news for the oyster lovers out there. There are several oyster happy hours happening in the city this weekend!

⋙ Friday // Frank’s Smoke House // € 1,- // More info & times>>

⋙ Saturday // Rayleigh & Ramsay // € 1,- // More info & times >>

⋙ Sunday // Visbar Beet // € 1.- // More info & times >>

⋙Sunday // Maris Piper // 3 raw ones for € 5,- or 3 baked for € 7,50 // More info & times >>

❿ Feel like partying this weekend? Then be sure to check out Ticketswap for those last minute tickets for Amsterdam Open Air! Saturday June 1 and Sunday June 2 in the Gaasperpark. More info? Check out the Facebook event >>

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  •  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 30Buy your tickets online with a discount  >>



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The perfect present for yourself or someone that loves travel just as much as you!

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.

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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