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Amsterdam Weekend Guide for January 17-19!

16 January 2014

Amsterdam weekend guide for January 17, 18 and 19!

Amsterdam is on full speed again with so many cool events this weekend. I’m a weekly guest with Your Little Black Book on English Breakfast Radio (local radio 99.4 FM). Every week I create an Amsterdam weekend guide with only the best handpicked things to do in Amsterdam. It’s hard to choose what to do and where to go. I’m going for dinner to the Culinaire Werkplaats and pop-up restaurant Repère this weekend. What are your plans?

Food & Drinks

– This is one for the guys! January 17 and 18 you can join the Whisky Weekend in Amsterdam. At the Posthoornkerk it’s all about Whisky. Tip: Another great bar in Amsterdam with a huge selection of whisky is Bar Brouw in Amsterdam West.
– This weekend I’m finally going to try and test pop-up restaurant Repéré. Here it’s all about food at a beautiful location at the Prinsengracht. More coming soon in a blog!
– Foodie alert! Sla opened SLA Lab and you can nog sign up for the first workshop about superfood detox on January 26. € 15,- sign up via
– The Culinaire Werkplaats is open again! With a brand new tasting experience with the theme ‘Moscow Design’. Until March 2. I’m going to try and test it on Friday so more info on the blog soon!
– What about a cocktail this week? Here are some of my favourite cocktail bars in Amsterdam: Dvars, Bar Franklin, Hugo’s Bar & Kitchen, Vesper, HPS.

Out & About 

– Last weekend! The Amsterdam Light Festival is great to check out at night in December! Magical with all the light. Until 20 January you can see light sculptures all over town. More info in this blog post!
– It’s Fashionweek again! With first on the 17th the downtown programme and on the 24st 5 days of shows at the Westergasfabriek district. Find out all about the Fashionweek here!
– This weekend is perfect to go on a staycation in Amsterdam. It’s the Amsterdamse Hotelnacht (Hotel night) and most hotels have a special agenda and host cool parties till late! Here are some of our favourites for de Amsterdamse Hotelnacht:
* Totally Pyjamas at the Novotel is a huge Pyjama party. So put on your onesie and dancing loafers and hit the party!
* The Skylounge from the Doubletree Hilton is a skilounge this weekend!
* At the church of the Renaissance hotel you can join the Hotelnacht at the Bal Masqué with DJ Dimitri. Woop woop! Do I see you there?
– If you haven’t been to the cool vintage store Kaufhaus yet… this weekend is your last chance for super good bargains at the final sale event on January 18 and 19.
– Vintage furniture collector Rob opens up his warehouse in Amsterdam North for a Vintage Furniture sale of his unique items. There’s also a bar where you can enjoy a drink! The warehouse is open between 11-23 on Saturday January 18. Check out the Facebook page for pictures and more!
– We always love the exhibits at the Eduard Planting Gallery and I have good news.. they have a new exhibit opening this weekend! From 11 January – 8 March 2014: ‘Arte e Eleganza’ – fashion photography by Gian Paolo Barbieri.
– New fashion exhibit at the Rijksmuseum about the history of the coat. From 1630 to 1940! Until June 8 2014.
– I LOVE the ice skating rinks in the winter! The one at Leidseplein is now open until January 5. Perfect for a corny date ;-).
– In FOAM there’s a new exhibit by William Klein from until March 12 2014.
– Fashion icon Fong Leng is honoured with an exhibit about her life at the Amsterdam Museum. Until March 16 2014.
– Last weekend! The Amsterdam Light Festival is great to check out at night in December! Magical with all the light. Until 20 January you can see light sculptures all over town. More info in this blog post!


– If you’re into beautiful stationary the Misc store is the place to be in Amsterdam. What started as a successful webshop is now one of the coolest stationary stores in Amsterdam.
– January is THE month if you like to shop for bargains! All the major stores in Amsterdam have a sale. Like the Taschen store in Amsterdam that has a super sale on slightly damaged books up to 75%. I can’t wait to go and shop there! Check out YourLBB’s favourite stores here.
– Click here for an overview of the best shops in Amsterdam that opened the doors last 6 months.
There are many more new hotspots that opened in Amsterdam last months. Check them out here:
– Our favourite salad bar SLA opened a second location at the Westerstraat last week. So start the new year with a healthy salad! They are also going to do workshops at SLA LAB this year so stay tuned for more info on that.
– Click here for an overview with the best new restaurants in Amsterdam
– YES! The pop-up store at the Jan Evertsenstraat in Amsterdam West is open again. With more than 14 vendors with unique items. Almost like Artists and fleas in New York! Jan Evertsenstraat 4-8.
– Click here for an overview of the best new shops in Amsterdam.

Enjoy this great weekend in Amsterdam!

PS: more hotspots are in the Amsterdam Little Black Book. A city guide to Amsterdam with the best restaurants, shops and things to do. Always new addresses coming up so check out your online Little Black Book daily for the latest hotspots in town!

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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Anne de Buck