it’s the most wonderful time of the year! Hello christmas tree
Sint and his helpers took the boat back to Spain and that means only one thing for all the Christmas lovers: the Christmas tree may be decorated! So go go go, to the attic or storage, because those lights and ornaments from last year must still be somewhere. And now that the moment is finally there, we won’t do any half work. No tree from the supermarket or garden center, but a real Christmas tree that you get at the old-fashioned Christmas tree farmer or flower-turned-into-Christmas-tree-shop. You won’t find those cozy Christmas vibes anywhere but here. Therefore, a tribute to the authentic Christmas tree dealer!
9 x places to buy a real Christmas tree in Amsterdam
Van Eeghenstraat / Van Baerlestraat: Who often cycles along the Van Baerle probably knows this pearl. In this flower shop you can find beautiful flowers all year around and now Christmas trees as well. And of course, ice skating on the Museumplein just around the corner is the perfect way to start your Christmas tree hunt in Amsterdam ;-)
Willem de Zwijgerlaan / Admiraal de Ruijterweg: It’s the flower shop that’s open every day (!) of the year and the place where grandfather, father and son will help you find the perfect Christmas tree. Feeling hungry? Next to all the Christmas tree you find the donut (and oliebollen) stall!
Cornelis Troostplein: Also on the Cornelis Troostplein in De Pijp you find the golden combination of Christmas trees and donuts. Flowerist Klaas helps you to get in the Christmas mood and decorates the square with cozy lights.[cityguide_cta]
Eerste Constatijn Huygensstraat / Bosboom Toussaintstraat: Kind people, beautiful Christmas lights and lots of Christmas trees. That’s what you find at the Christmas trees in Old-West market. In short: the place where you will find your Christmas spirit;-)
Haarlemmerplein: Every year again the flower stall on the Haarlemmerplein transforms into a Christmas tree stall where many Amsterdammers buy their tree. From the Spaarndammerbuurt to the Staatsliedenbuurt, this is where they go.
Nieuwmarkt: Behind the Waag on the Nieuwmarkt the Christmas trees are lined up waiting for a new home. From small ones to huge ones!
Westerdoksplein: the men of kerstbomen.nl sell their Christmas trees not only online this year, but also on the Westerdokplein where you can park very well, on the Vijzelgracht (in the center) and on the Stadionplein.
Extra tip from a loyal follower: there’s also a Christmas tree stand at Marie Heinekenplein that sells beautiful trees!
Do we miss your golden tip for a real Christmas tree in Amsterdam? Let us know in a comment!
TIP: discover more Amsterdam and travel tips in my books THE AMSTERDAM CITY GUIDE & WANDERLUST!
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
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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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