After a fantastic trip to Singapore and Malaysia, I am now back with my men in Amsterdam. Did you travel with me via Instagram Stories? If you are curious how my trip was, you can always look back at the Stories Highlight of Singapore and Malaysia! During the flight with Singapore Airlines (for whom I shot a really cool campaign that you can view on the blog in January) I could only think of one thing. I want to decorate the Christmas tree! And do wintery things in Amsterdam in the coming weeks. This was my last long work trip this year, the coming weeks are all about the holidays in Amsterdam and making the latest content about new hotspots and destinations I have been to. All lists for the [category cat = “6253” text = “holidays”] coming up ASAP! But first let’s enjoy a nice weekend in Amsterdam. Do you already have plans? In this new Amsterdam Weekend Guide for November 22, 23 & 24 I have listed 10 tips for you. I’m going to decide what we are going to do last minute, so it would be nice to see you at one of the tips!
| SUNDAY is the new Saturday! Great news for all Sunday lovers, because the new FïnleySunday Guide is live! Here you can find 37 tips for activities and locations in the Netherlands for the perfect Sunday. From the coolest (food) markets to the best place for a Sunday afternoon drink and tips for that one exhibition that you must see. Click here for the November Guide >>
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10 X THE BEST TIPS FOR THIS WEEKEND IN AMSTERDAM
❶ Brands with a story. Made in an honest way. That are transparent about the chain. On Saturday, a number of these brands are joining forces for a pop-up shop. Do you want to see and feel the items from Zazi Vintage, Lovely Lane and Supernaturae in real life? Then you have to go to this pop-up. Check out the Facebook event for the locatiobn and the times >>
❷ On Sunday November 24, the Pure Market will be hosted in Park Frankendael and you can eat, shop and have a drink again at many stalls. Curious to find out what stalls are participating this edition? Check out the Facebook event for more info >>
|FOODIE TIP:Are you familiar with 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 € 26,50 you can book a 2 course dinner in Amsterdam, Utrecht 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 >>
❸ At Your Little Black Book we are a big fan of Etsy. In addition to many handmade items, you also score very special vintage items from all over the world here. This weekend Etsy and The Maker Market join forces on Saturday and Sunday in De Hallen. Want to find out more? Check the Facebook event for all details >>
❹ One of the nicest English traditions if you ask me! At The Lobby on Fizeaustraat you can join for a Sunday Roast on Sunday from 5.30 p.m. Perfect to share with the entire table. Read all about it in the Facebook event >>
| AMSTERDAM TIPS: did you check out all these articles yet? Wondr, Georgio’s Café, Oslo Beers, Fred’s Kitchen, Simon de Wit, La Fiorita, Ginger & Gems, Oeuf, Hula Hula, Bar Hout, 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, Ron Gastrobar Downtown, Nnea, The Bab, Buurthaven, Naylor’s, The Lebanese Sajeria, Aesop & Aziatische High Tea.
❺ Would you like to have a bite to eat with the kids on Sunday? Then you want to go to Jansz from 4:30 pm. Family Sundays. While the kids are playing with professional nannies in the private dining rooms, you can eat quietly. Guess where you can find us this Sunday! More info and reservations via the Facebook event >>
❻ I think it’s the weather for it! Wine with cheese. And how nice that you can taste this combo at Chateau Amsterdam after a tour of their own city vineyard? Taste four different wines with Kef’s cheeses (another favourite). Check the Facebook event for all details >>
| WINTER TIP: you can now book your tickets for the Amsterdam Light Festival with an early bird discount. Did you hear that there’s a new route? Fun to do with colleagues or friends! Score your tickets for the best time slots here >>
❼ Are you bored with your roommate? And I am not talking about your lover or friend, but about your plant? Then go to the Plant Swap Party at Hotel Jakarta on Saturday! Read all about it in the Facebook event >>
❽ They are for sure hits to do with a group of friends. Jeu de Boulen at Mooie Boules, disco bowling at Knijn and since this week you cannot curl every day on the rooftop of Floor17 this year (do you remember last year?), but come and enjoy some Old Dutch ‘sjoelen’. At 85 meters high! More info via the Facebook event >>
| TRAVEL TIP: did you know that Your Little Black Book is packed with hundreds of travel guides for all sorts of destinations worldwide? Check out all the city guides and island guides and get inspired for your next trip.
❾ Finger licking good! Are you not afraid to eat with your hands and peel crayfish during the Sunday Boil? Then you want to go to the crawfish boil from The Good Companion! More info in the Facebook event >>
❿ This weekend you can score the tastiest oysters again, starting from € 1 during Oyster happy hour. These are the 4 nicest places to slurp oysters:
⋙ Frank’s Smoke House // November 22 from 4 – 7pm
⋙ The Good Companion// November 23 from 3 – 7pm
⋙ Rayleigh & Ramsay (Van Wou)//November 23, all day
⋙ Zilte zondag bij Razmataz //November 24, from 3 – 6pm
| TIP FOR EVERYONE THAT ENJOYS A GOOD FOOD MARKET: In this blog you find a list with 18 food markets that you can visit this month!
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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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Anne de Buck