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16 X ideas for the perfect first date in Amsterdam

8 January 2019
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Do you have a first date in Amsterdam coming up, but no idea where you’re going to take your date? No worries, we got this! We know like no other than a first date can be very exciting and nerve-wracking, you obviously want to give the best impression. That’s why we put the best ideas for a first date in Amsterdam on a list. From things to do to the best restaurants with the tastiest snacks. Have fun!

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Pllek: Pllek is a place that has everything. In the summer you can have a drink together on the sand, have a bite to eat in the restaurant, check out the exhibition, go to a party in the evening, or take a yoga class together the morning after!

Rayleigh & Ramsay: At this wine bar you decide yourself how full the glasses are going to be. Better said: the perfect date! Even when you don’t like your date it’s perfect, just pour  more wine in the glasses so you’ll be home soon.

Beer breweries: Who doesn’t like beer? Take your date to one of these 11 awesome beer breweries in Amsterdam and try some local beer. Try something new and see where it leads too ;-)

© Pllek, Amsterdam

G’s: Not brave enough yet to meet your date for an evening date? Go to G’s for a boozy brunch in the Jordaan or in the Pijp. The vibe is super laid back and the french toast with bacon is to die for! The cocktails are by the way also amazing.

Café van Mechelen: Do you and your date both like special beers? Start off your date at Cafe van Mechelen in Amsterdam South. Here you can both enjoy some beers and try a nice beerplatter with cheese! Is the night going well? Stay and try the hamburgers, which are also really good!

Cocktail Bars: Tipped by Mr. Cocktail, here’s a list of 5 cocktail bars that you probably didn’t know yet. Explore these unknown territories together!

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(Food)festival: The market and (food)festival is upon us. Keep an eye on the agendas to see if there’s a nice festival you guys can go to together. The vibe is always great, so it’ll definitely be a successful date.

De FoodHallen: Take your date to the FoodHallen in Amsterdam West and stroll past the foodstands and order the tastiest snacks to share. Everything going according to plan? Stop by the neighbors (FilmHallen) and catch a movie.

Libertine Café: Libertine Café is our favorite all day spot in the Nine Streets. The atmosphere is always good, just like the food. Had enough to eat and drink? Have a nice walk over the canals, Amsterdam is so romantic at nighttime! 

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Libertine Café

Concerten: Every weekend there are so many concerts that are perfect for a first date. Keep an eye on the Weekend Guide to see what’s coming up!

Picknick: Something that stays romantic is having a picknick in the park. Via foodora you can order several picknicks, perfect if you don’t have the time or energy to go to the store yourself. That’s why we selected our favourite picknick to order spots. Don’t forget the glasses!

Amsterdam Bucketlist: The Amsterdam Bucketlist is the ultimate guide for your date. Whether you want to do something during the day or in the evening, do an activity or eat something, there will definitely be something on the list that you both want to do. Like the over the edge swing on the rooftop of A’DAM Toren!


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Pop-ups: Keep an eye on the several pop-up restaurants and events in the city. Think of our favourite ceviche pop-up; Sjefietshé or Zomerlicht on the island Pampus where you need to go by boat. Nice if you want to do something different!

Not in the mood for drinks or to go for dinner? Go to the movies together, or a museum. We put our favourites on a list!

Have fun!

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.

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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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With love,

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