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

21 February 2024

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 in 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 plenty 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 museums 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 february 15, 16, 17 & 18

➊ Winterlicht at Fort Pampus

Do you want to give your love something very unique this Valentine’s Day? Or has this been on your bucket list to do with friends for a long time? Dinner in a fortress on an island… that sounds fantastic, doesn’t it? From February 16 to March 16, they sail to Fort Pampus every Friday and Saturday evening from Amsterdam IJburg. They sail from Muiden on March 1, 2 and 8. Winterlicht is a culinary adventure with a touch of freedom and a lot of history. Your evening out starts on the water, on the beautiful IJmeer. An attractively lit fort and a warmly heated pavilion are ready to conquer your heart on the island. They serve the starter in the fort. Then you take a seat in the pavilion at a beautifully set table and enjoy the main course and dessert. Click here for more info >>

➋ Otemba Gyoza in de pijp is finally open

Yes, they are open! OTEMBA’s Gyoza Bar in the Amsterdam Pijp opened its doors on February the 14th. And we heard that the gyoza will be just as tasty as the popular ramen they make at the original OTEMBA. Nice as a last-minute date spot? Open every day from noon to late! Click here for more info >>

➌ Museum market at museum square

Always fun and you never go home empty handed! Even if it’s just for a tasty snack on Sunday, you don’t want to miss the Museum Market on Museumplein. This is the place for nice gifts and handmade gadgets. From 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and admission is completely free. Nice to combine with a visit to the Rijksmuseum or the Stedelijk! Click here for more info >>


➍ PINC sale for kids clothes on 16, 17 & 18 february

Do you have (small) kids? Then this is a tip for you! The new season is starting again and at PINC Sale they are ready for it! Here you can shop the spring collection of more than 30 well-known children’s brands. And this season they have even more than the previous editions. This way you can stock up on the new spring collections for your kids at very nice prices with a 50% discount. Reserve a time slot via the link (note: 1 time slot per family). Address: Postillion Hotel Amsterdam, Paul van Vlissingenstraat 9-11 Amsterdam. Click here for more info >>

➎ Coulisse x restaurant van der veen 18 + 19 february

You don’t want to miss this two-day cooking mashup from George Kataras and Mohamed Aous! On February 18 and 19, sit down in Coulisse for a very special event. George and Tim will work together to create and prepare new dishes side by side in the Coulisse kitchen. Count on a surprising and creative menu that will guide you through the different rooms in Coulisse and at the same time guarantee a lot of fun. Mohamed and Simon will also put together a unique drinks package, so this will be fun! The menu costs € 115, including a glass of champagne. Click here for more info & to make a reservation >> 

Amsterdam Bucketlist & Things to Do
(DIGITAL) ART EXPERIENCES IN AMSTERDAM:
Fabrique des Lumières
NXT Museum
STRAAT street art museum
MOCO Museum for street and modern art
Amaze, an audiovisual labyrint
FOOD EXPERIENCES IN AMSTERDAM:
Food Tasting Tour of Jordaan area
Albert Cuyp Market Food Tour
Sightseeing Boat Cruise with unlimited drinks
Pancake Cruise
Micro Brewery Beer Tasting Tour
BEST BIKE TOURS IN AMSTERDAM:
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
FIRST TIME VISIT TO AMSTERDAM – MUST SEE & DO’S:
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
INSTAGRAM MUSEUMS IN AMSTERDAM:
Discover the Instagrammable experience WONDR
Youseum
The Upside Down
DAY TRIPS FROM AMSTERDAM:
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 >>
AMSTERDAM WITH KIDS:
Visit Artis Royal Zoo
Go an a bike tour with the kids
NEMO Science Museum
SPIRNG / SUMMER IN AMSTERDAM:
Paddle board tour on the canals
Go for a kayak-tour in Amsterdam
FALL / WINTER IN AMSTERDAM:
Amsterdam Light Festival boat tour
Amsterdam Light Festival bike tour

| 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 >>

Best Hotels in Amsterdam

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Our favourite hotels in Amsterdam:
TOP LUXURY // €€€
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.
VERY VERY NICE // €€
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.
AFFORDABLE (FOR AMSTERDAM PRICES) // €
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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