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

31 May 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.

Have fun!

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Weekend in Amsterdam: 5 tips for june 1, 2, 3 & 4

➊ Go to the bottemless Brunch at Celia

Calling all brunch lovers! On Saturday and Sunday there is only one place you want to go for the ultimate weekend feeling and that is the Bottomless Brunch at Celia. Brunch is one of the favorite meals of the week for a reason. As far as we are concerned, this pampering combination of breakfast and lunch can last all afternoon! Escape the hustle and bustle of the city and imagine yourself in Palm Springs with the 70’s design of fresh citrus colors and Celia’s Californian brunch menu. Add the bottomless option to that, and voila! Let the brunch party begin. Join us between 12.30 and 3.30 pm and taste the delicious new brunch menu. Whether you go for the egg royal, crispy chicken sandwich or the beloved cinnamon bun french toast, Celia has something for everyone – all with a table full of cocktails. You can also go for fresh salmon and breakfast bagels, refreshing kale salads, and airy blueberry pancakes. Those who want to go for the boozy option can enjoy themselves for 90 minutes with unlimited prosecco, mimomas and bloody marys from the menu. All dishes can be ordered à la carte. The bottomless option is € 25,-.


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Timo de Beurs is a former chef and owner of the widely acclaimed Slagerij de Beurs. Raving reviews in all the major newspapers of the city made him the puff pastry king of Amsterdam. Unfortunately, Slagerij de Beurs was not granted a long life and closed its doors at the beginning of this year due to the corona measures. Now Timo is back with various pop-ups under the name ‘Labattoir de Timo’ and we are all very much looking forward to tasting his pâtés again. After 2 successful editions at Kikkie van de Prinsensluis and Wijnbar Compartir, it is now the turn to the originally largest pop-up restaurant in Amsterdam, BAUT. On Sunday 4 June they present: BAUT x Labattoir de Timo. Back-to-back, the chefs cook a 4-course menu and you will be surprised with a snack and shot to break the ice on this Sunday afternoon. Naturally, Timo de Beurs will serve his famous pâté en croute as an intermediate dish and he will be responsible for the dessert. BAUT is responsible for the starter, main course and the atmosphere on this Sunday afternoon.Expect a dynamic afternoon with fantastic food and fine wines. At Mooi, lunch is served on the terrace. Reservations are possible between 13:00 and 14:00.  Click here for more info >> 

➌ New rooftop bar at Pillows Maurits at the park

The opening of Fitz’s Rooftop Bar in the new Pillows is a fact! Here you go for a nice cocktail with a beautiful view over the city and the Oosterpark. Fitz’s Bar serves drinks with a story. Located in Pillows Grand Boutique Hotel Maurits on the Park, you can imagine yourself in a luxurious rooftop bar in London or Paris. The five-star feeling is extended to the bar, which is certainly worth a visit inside. A nice place for the office drinks this week? Also great for date night ;) Click here for more info >>

➍ The Pulitzer garden is open again

Pulitzer Garden is tucked away amidst all the bustle of the city; a green retreat surrounded by the characteristic canal houses of Pulitzer Amsterdam with a view of the iconic Westertoren. With the long sunny days approaching, doors to the gardens have reopened. At the picturesque Pulitzer Garden you can imagine yourself in an idyllic hideaway with a typical Amsterdam character and ditto decor. The garden with a sunny terrace is surrounded by the 25 canal houses that make up Pulitzer Amsterdam and forms the lively heart of the hotel. The Mediterranean-influenced menu includes dishes such as eggplant parmigiana, lobster spaghetti and pistachio cannoli. There is an easy-going atmosphere and the comfortable garden settings invite you to take a well-deserved break from the busy daily life. Pulitzer Garden is open every day from 7:00 AM to 10:00 PM. Click here for more info >>

➎ Sunday Pika market at westergas

Because it’s finally summer this month, the Sunday Market on June 4 is all about hot and tropical. In the special Pika Fest corner, the Dutch chilli community offers you the tastiest hot sauces, snacks and drinks and of course spicy music. You can also go shopping at the many beautiful stands and many live performances. The Markttheater is there with a nice performance and at Music at the Westerpark various bands will perform all afternoon; from jazz to salsa. You can also have your face painted, follow workshops and of course enjoy all the goodies from the different kitchens and old-fashioned commotion. Sunshine will be the finishing touch! From 12:00 to 18:00. Click here for more info >>

more Amsterdam tips

Amsterdam Bucketlist & Things to Do
Fabrique des Lumières
NXT Museum
STRAAT street art museum
MOCO Museum for street and modern art
Amaze, an audiovisual labyrint
Food Tasting Tour of Jordaan area
Albert Cuyp Market Food Tour
Sightseeing Boat Cruise with unlimited drinks
Pancake Cruise
Micro Brewery Beer Tasting Tour
Fatbike e-bike tour (also to Amsterdam North)
Rent a bike by yourself and explore like a local
Outside of Amsterdam: windmills & Zaanse Schans
3 hour biketour: backstreets & hidden gems
Private Canal Boat Tour
Rijksmuseum with the Dutch masters
Van Gogh Museum, a staple in Amsterdam
Stedelijk Museum for modern art lovers
Canal Cruise in the evening
Discover the Instagrammable experience WONDR
The Upside Down
Get out of town and into the Dutch country side of Giethoorn
Drive-it-Yourself Tulip Fields GPS Audio Tour
⋙ Catch a direct train from Amsterdam to Antwerp, Brussels, London or Paris, starting at € 20,-! Check tickets & prices >>
Visit Artis Royal Zoo
Go an a bike tour with the kids
NEMO Science Museum
Paddle board tour on the canals
Go for a kayak-tour in Amsterdam
Amsterdam Light Festival boat tour
Amsterdam Light Festival bike tour

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Best Hotels in Amsterdam

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Our favourite hotels in Amsterdam:
Pillows Maurits at the Park: this newly opened hotel is all about luxury.
Pulitzer Amsterdam: on the canals at the border of the Nine Streets and the Jordaan.
L’Europe: recently renovated, this hotel has the best spa with a view in Amsterdam.
Conservatorium Hotel: located in one of the most beautiful buildings in town.
Waldorf Astoria Amsterdam: if you have something to celebrate this is the one.
W Amsterdam: with lively restaurants and a posh rooftop bar with swimming pool.
The Hoxton: favourite lifestyle hotel right on the canals with great all day bar.
Hotel Jakarta: the most sustainable hotel ánd great value for money with a spa.
Hotel V: with two locations and a great restaurant, in the city center and East.
Sir Adam: with the coolest view over Amsterdam from the North side.
Sweets: a unique stay in former bridge houses.
Hotel Dwars: small scale and around the corner of the trendy Utrechtsestraat.
Hotel Mercier: pretty new hotel in the cosy and historic Jordaan district.
INK Hotel: lifestyle hotel in the heart of the city by MGallery.
Morgan & Mees: boutique hotel with restaurant in Amsterdam West.
Conscious Hotel Westerpark: in a beautiful building at the industrial Westergas area.
Ruby Emma: eco design hotel with a great skybar near Amstel station.
Generator Hostel: the best poshtel of the city located in a park.
The Social Hub budget proof in trendy East district close tho the subway.
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 several locations in Amsterdam.

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I really hope you enjoy your time in Amsterdam! On my Instagram account @yourlbb and @yourlbb.amsterdam you can find more recommendations and new hotspots in town.

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