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Weekends in Amsterdam Guide: 5 X local tips for this weekend

2 February 2023

Better days are coming, they’re called Saturday and Sunday! So it’s time to think about how to spend a perfect weekend in Amsterdam. Are you a last-minute planner, or do you prefer to look further ahead? Weekend in Amsterdam will never be the same with the weekly updates tips from this local Amsterdam Weekend Guide. To make sure you’re completely up to date within minutes, I’ll share the best weekend tips with you every week. Besides tips about the best events for this weekend in Amsterdam, I will also share my favourite seasonal tips to help you plan great weekends at Amsterdam.

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As a local I can tell you, that spending a weekend in Amsterdam is never dull. There’s just too much going on and new hotspots open the doors every week! I have collected a lot of tips for you for the perfect weekend break in Amsterdam. Decide on the restaurants in Amsterdam that you are going to try. And reserve your tickets for the best musuems in Amsterdam or finally plan that (food) tour that is on your Amsterdam bucketlist.

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Every 1st and 3rd Saturday of the month, local entrepreneurs and sustainable artisans offer their products at the always fun Buitenmarkt of NoordOogst, at Meteorenweg 280 in Amsterdam North. In addition to tasty food, you will also find many natural products and recycled materials that all carry a special story. The entrepreneurs at the Buitenmarkt want to share these stories with you so that you go home with lots of inspiration and goodies afterwards. Take a tour of the entire NoordOogst site and discover this special place on Saturday from 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM. They kick off the new year with a performance by the Ruigoord Rebels and of course all the delicious local products! There is also an organic restaurant on site (Pof) for coffee or lunch and there is a nature playground for kids.? Click here for more info >>


Jansz. family Sundays are back! A pleasant afternoon dedicated to the children, so that the parents can enjoy themselves. Fast service, an extensive children’s menu and spending quality time with your loved ones. The kids can play under supervision in the Copper Rooms on the first floor, so that you have time to catch up with family and friends. More  info & reservations >>


We had to miss it for a while, but this Sunday, February 5, the Sunday Market will be back on the Westergasterrein as usual. This time the cozy market is all about Valentine’s Day. So come to the Valentines Market for shopping, theater, live music, stuff for the kids and enjoy a romantic glass of bubbles or oysters. Love is in the air! More info >>

➍ go see sora by unfold.art at Westergas

This special exhibition can only be visited until February 5th! So be sure to visit this weekend if you haven’t been yet, because this is the last weekend it’s possible. SORA is a moving installation that takes you on a meditative journey of light and sound. At Unfold.art art, technology, new media and music are fused together to deeply stimulate and enchant your senses. Don’t miss it!
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Friday February 3 it’s time for Frits Friday’s big winter drink at Strand Zuid. Always fun and now in many places in the Netherlands an evening that you don’t want to miss. Did you manage to get tickets for you and your friends? Have fun! If you miss out, a new edition is already online in the beautiful Hermitage, for which you can already score tickets. So be quick! More info >>

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To sum up: theSE are the Best attractions in Amsterdam

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

| TIP: Buy an I amsterdam City Card. Save money on entrance fees to museums and attractions, public transport and profit from discounts on everything from restaurants to concerts. You can also skip some lines to make the most of your time in Amsterdam! You can buy a card for 24 hours up to 120 hours. Check the prices here >>

Our favourite (and the best) hotels in Amsterdam

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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| PS: Traveling to Amsterdam with kids? My other website Travelkids.co & @travelkids.co is dedicated to family friendly travel. Check it out here >>

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