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Best of 2013! Top-5 hotspots of April

26 December 2013

The 5 most popular hotspots of April!

Can’t wait till it’s April again and the first beautiful days on the terraces will be there again (hopefully!). April is also the start of the festival season and of our first Kings day next year! But let’s look back at the best hotspots of last year’s April.

5 favourites of April 2013

1. Stadscafé Van Mechelen
Located on the border of Amsterdam Old South and Amsterdam West Stadscafé Van Mechelen is a neighbourhood gem where locals love to go for drinks and bites with friends. The food is simple and pure. I love the interior design and how they turned this former car garage in an industrial restaurant hotspot!
Click here for the full blog about Stadscafé Van Mechelen
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2. Ron Gastrobar
When we went to Ron Gastrobar for the first time we already thought that he would get a Michelin star… and indeed… Ron Gastrobar has its first start within a year. The food is so lovely and all the plates look like beautiful still life paintings.
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3. Franklin Bar & Kitchen
Just like Ron Gastrobar, Franklin Bar & Kitchen is located at the Amstelveenseweg. At Franklin Bar & Kitchen it’s fun to go for drinks on Friday or Saturday afternoon. They have great cocktails and bar bites.
Click here for the full blog about Franklin Bar & Kitchen
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4. Little Collins
One of my favourite hotspots at De Pijp for brunch is Little Collins. It’s a super small restaurant and wine bar where expats like to go for a Sunday brunch. Food is great, vibe relaxed!
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5. Jacques Jour
Another gem to go for brunch or lunch is Jacques Jour in Amsterdam North. This is the day concept that houses in the same restaurant as Cafe Modern. I always like their Flammkuchen!
Click here for the full blog about Jacques Jour

What were your favourites in April? Remember these and have visited them?

Missed the favourites of the earlier months?
– Click here for the top-5 hotspots of January
– Click here for the top-5 hotspots of February
– Click here for the top-5 hotspots of March

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
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
FAVOURITE MUSEUMS:
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
SEASONAL:
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