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Sunday 7: Ridzert Beetstra, the guy behind Buiten Westen

3 May 2015

7 questions to Ridzert Beetstra, also known as DJ Some Chemistry!

It seems like years ago that I studied at the UvA together with Ridzert. Now he’s one of the  guys behind Buiten Westen festival which is back in Amsterdam July 18. But did you know he’s also DJ Some Chemistry? Beside Buiten Westen he organises events like Next Monday’s HangoverPRISMAPixel and De Zon. This music fanatic and partygoer tells all about his Amsterdam in this Sunday 7.

Tip: Ridzert can be found on Facebook and Instagram via @somechemistry!

My perfect Sunday
“Usually I’d go watch Ajax by simply taking the train to the Arena. If they’re playing elsewhere you’ll probably find me at my usual pub Onder de Ooievaar with friends, having some meatballs along with some IJ Zatte beers. I used to end up in Trouw on my Sundays, but sadly that’s not possible anymore.”

Drinking coffee…
“At Concerto, Utrechtsestraat. Black. Then after that I’ll look for a nice record at the store.”

Favourite neighbourhood
Amsterdam East, that’s where you can find the perfect mix of haute couture and gangster. It is also the neighbourhood where you can find restaurants with so many different cuisines. For example De Biertuin, Volkshotel/Canvas or Brouwerij ‘t Ij.”

Shopping in Amsterdam at…
Charlie + Mary at Gerard Doustraat! I used to live on a floor above them for a couple of years, they’re awesome and have a super nice shop! Other than that, I always get really happy with record stores such as Rush Hour.”

Hidden gem
The rooftop from the Ramada Hotel (Floor17), we organised a pop-up rooftop party there last year for Buiten Westen. Amazing view over the whole city and a great atmosphere. It got a little out of control, but in a good way. I plead for more rooftop parties!”

Favourite restaurant overseas?
“Don’t have one, just a good ol’ BBQ in every corner of Argentina, Bolivia or Brazil. Un asado con sal y limon por favor!”

Favourite tracks:

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