Happy weekend! Last week I was working from Doha in Qatar, but at this destination you are so immersed in luxury, that it almost didn’t feel like working. We stayed in the new Mandarin Oriental and in the Kempinski and while I’m making this weekend guide, I am lying on a beach bed with ocean view. In the coming weeks I will make the last trips of this year. For example, I am leaving for Singapore, Kuala Lumpur and Penang next week and will be going to France for a cool project. But … the more the days are getting darker, the more I like being in Amsterdam. It’s just extra cosy to hang out with family and friends, to enjoy a drink by the fireplace, see the Christmas lights in the city and to enjoy dinner at one of the restaurants that were on my food bucketlist this year and where I have not yet been. In short: I LOVE November and December. Precisely because there are so many fun things to do in Amsterdam during those months and every week is buzzing with fun events. Of course I’ve collected the best tips for you in this new Amsterdam Weekend Guide for November 8, 9 & 10. Enjoy!
| FÏNLEY SUNDAY GUIDE: Great news for all Sunday lovers, because the new Fïnley Sunday 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 Good news for wine lovers, because the Ribera del Duero wine region will open a pop-up wine bar in the heart of Amsterdam for two weekends, where you can order 40 wines by the glass. Immerse yourself in Spanish atmospheres this weekend! Read more about this cool pop-up wine bar here >>
❷ Anyone who loves Italian food just like me, should remember the name TOZI. This new Italian restaurant will open the doors next to the Vondelpark on Friday November 8 and take my word for it that the food there is SO delicious. Via the Instagram post below you can win a fully catered dinner for two here! Are you in?
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Goed nieuws voor iedereen die van Italiaans eten houdt: ik mag 2 volgers blij maken met een compleet verzorgd diner bij @toziamsterdam! Dit nieuwe Italiaanse restaurant naast het Vondelpark opent officieel de deuren op vrijdag 8 november, maar wij mochten alvast gaan voorproeven. Je kunt alle foto’s bekijken in de carrousel. Mijn favoriete gerechten? De ravioli met king crab, de Tonnarelli “Cacio e Pepe” en natuurlijk alle gerechten met truffel. Wil jij kans maken op dit diner voor 2? Tag degene met wie je wilt gaan eten in een comment op deze post. Het team van TOZI zal de winnaar rond 15 november kiezen en bekend maken! _______________________________ #toziamsterdam #italianfood #amsterdamcityguide #amsterdamfood #parkplaza #yourlbbcollab
| 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 The Hoxton has something new! Starting now, they will be organising a pop-up market every month where local makers and products can be found. For this special occasion, webshops are transformed into ‘stores’ and the market will have a different theme every time. This weekend will be the minimalist edition, with slow fashion, sustainable products and natural cosmetics. Curious about the brands that will be participating on Saturday November 9? Check out the Facebook event >>
❹ To get into the sunny Bali mood, you should come to Mama Makan for a brunch on Sunday. Enjoy your favourite all you can eat Balinese dishes from € 45. Reserve a table to be sure of a place! Find more info via Facebook >>
| 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 Always nice to shop at a sample sale! Certainly if there are different brands present. Shop brands like American Vintage, Aaiko & Freebird on Saturday, November 9 with discounts of up to 70%. Check out the Facebook event for times and location >>
❻ 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:
⋙ The Seafood bar (Spui) // November 8 from 11pm – 3am
⋙ Frank’s Smoke House // November 8 from 4pm – 7pm
⋙ The Good Companion// November 9 from 3pm – 5pm
⋙ Rayleigh & Ramsay (Van Wou)//November 9, all day
| 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 Always tasty: a roasted chicken! At Razmataz you can sit down this Sunday from 4 pm for chicken, fries and apple sauce during Chicks On Sunday. Want to know more? Check out the Facebook event >>
❽ Do you also love to stroll a cozy market at the weekend? This weekend the November edition of the Pure Market can be found on the Rokin. Curious which participants can be found with a booth here? Find more info in 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 Feel like a party this weekend?
⋙ Go to Claire one more time, before they close the doors for good! Check out the line-up in the Facebook event >>
⋙ Or go to the opening of the winter season at Thuishaven on Saturday or Sunday! Tickets & more info >>
❿ On Saturday and Sunday you can do a lot of vintage shopping during the Amsterdam Autumn vintage kilo weekender. An entire weekend full of vintage treasure hunts. Check out the Facebook event for more info and the location >>
| 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