King’s Day is coming up and we want to make sure that you’re ready for The Netherlands’ biggest party of the year. When we say King’s Day what we’re really saying is King’s night, day and then night again – maybe even a little King’s day after, if you’re really ready to get into it. A celebration of this magnitude is one that you want to be prepared for, and one that you want to go into with a plan, more than that, it’s also a party that you’re going to need a recovery plan for, because we all know you’re going to feel a little under the weather the day after.
Amsterdam is famous for its's cultural attractions, bike lanes, liberal policies and lack of sunshine hours. The Dutch Capital manages a total of 187 rainy days a year, so it pays to know some sheltered local spots to hangout on a rainy day. We have compiled six of our favourite spots to keep you busy for a rainy day or two in Amsterdam.
Jam-packed with attractions, it's easy to see the appeal of Amsterdam. While most visitors don't leave the cities boundaries, a day trip from the city can prove rewarding with culture and beauty, only the Dutch countryside can provide.
Join us this season for the biggest party of the year! All-inclusive party travel from Amsterdam to Oktoberfest.
There are some languages in the world that are pretty damn beautiful to listen to (French, Italian or Spanish, for starters). Nederlands (which you may have heard referred to as "Dutch" in more casual settings) does not fall into this category. Very throaty, pretty blunt, and kinda abrasive, its main redeeming feature is how linguistically close it is to English. That being said, Amsterdam is one of those cities you simply HAVE to visit, and there's nothing like really immersing yourself in the culture by using the local lingo. So, if you're too lazy to download an app and learn it properly, just brush up on these phrases that are essential for any trip to the Netherlands.
BTW, take the phonetic pronunciation with a grain of salt...
This would have to be one of my favorite spots to hit up when looking for a change of scenery and an escape from the hustle and bustle. It's huge, well signposted, beautifully green and in the summer, bustling with activity!
As a year-long expat in Amsterdam, a host of many guests to the city and an avid smoker, the most frequently asked question I receive by far is "which are the best coffeeshops to visit?". What you'll find below are reviews of the five of the best coffeeshops, where they're located and when they're open. Happy smoking.
Summer's here so we thought we'd chuck together a list of our favorite canal front hangouts for 2016. Fill the boat or jump on your fiets and head down to one of these local spots this summer for a few cold one's in the sun.
5. Amsterdam Roest
Amsterdam Roest. A new love, creative city oasis, café and bar, town beach and cultural sanctuary.
5. Get on a Bike
Life's too short to walk. It's also too short to drive a car and ride the metro! You're only here for a while so get among a special part of the culture that is whizzing through the city's ancient, cobbled streets on a fixed speed bicycle.
Visiting Amsterdam and don’t feel like shopping at the mainstream shops like H&M and Zara? Then the “9 Straatjes” (9 little streets) are for you.
Visiting Amsterdam and don’t feel like shopping at the mainstream shops like H&M and
Zara? Then the “9 Straatjes” is something for you. 9 picturesque shopping alleys in the
middle of Amsterdam is the ideal neighbourhood to get to know Amsterdam in all its
variety and richness of shopping. This area provides the beautiful architectural style of
Amsterdam, but also offers specialized and authentic shops. Are you interested in fashion, shoes & bags, vintage, antiques and housewares, then definitely go and check out the 9 straatjes!
Don't get me wrong, I love meeting new people. Especially in an environment as diverse as Europe which welcomes every second a multitude of different nationalities. There is however a certain inkling of uncertainty that tugs at the roots of my awkward New Zealand upbringing when meeting somebody of an unfamiliar nationality. How do we greet in a culturally neutral way without looking and feeling like fucking idiots?
What's a Stokie you ask? The backpacker on a budget, the student with some study abroad holidays to burn, the gap year gapper with a gap in their galavanting, the solo traveler looking for some soul mates or the group travel group!
Started by a bunch of expat mates running a muck abroad, Dam Essential quickly evolved from a loose pack of animals roaming the streets and into a network of expats, travelers, local businesses and fun loving criminals chasing good times in Amsterdam. Whilst blazing a trail of glory through Amsterdam's cobbled streets and winding canals (You like what we did there?) we discovered tonnes of epic shit, some not so epic shit, and we too, fell sucker to your typical tourist traps.
Above: The winner of €1000 at Awesome Amsterdam Event.
Coming soon to a tree near you, TreeWiFi. Yes that's right, a WiFi router lodged into a bird house that hangs from a tree. And yes, it's free! Founded by the bright spark Joris Lam, this initiative just took away first place and a €1000 prize at Awesome Amsterdam (a foundation to make the city more awesome). Not only do these birdhouses lay down strong WiFi beams fit to turn your regular router green with envy; but also test the air quality of the area and offer this information online as a comparative tool to incentivise air cleanliness between Tree WiFi locations.
As our Californian counter-parts are coming down from their weekend in Coachella, the Dutch are coming up as we enter the European festival season. As our mates back home wake up early and race to the computer to lock in their Tomorrowland tickets, you could've slept in knowing there's a bunch of equally epic festivals next door in the Netherlands. With the European summer quickly approaching and with the Dutch affinity for high quality ecstasy, it's time we bring to light some of our must-do Dutch music festivals for 2016.
Beginning in 1993, Mysteryland is one of the longest running dance festival's in the world playing host to many top Dutch and world renowned DJ's. The festival focuses on electronic music, art, culture, talent, and sustainability. Mysteryland has been awarded by Julie's Bicycle with a “3 Stars Green Industry Certificate” which is the highest designation for sustainability within the creative arts, music, and theater industries. That means you can feel clean and green as you and your friends rave holes in your shoes.
This year, Mysteryland is celebrating a multi-day edition for the second time on the former Floriade Terrain in Haarlemmermeer. Extended international editions of Mysteryland take place at the foot of the Andes in Chile, and the legendary Woodstock '69 site of Bethel Woods in New York, USA. Mysteryland is a concept of ID&T.
This years festival will be held Aug 27 - Aug 28, 2016 at Paviljoenlaan 1, Haarlemmermeer.
For more information and ticket sales visit www.mysteryland.com
Above: Welcome to Albert Cuyp Markt.
Spring has arrived in Amsterdam! More time is being spent outdoors, in parks, by the canals and on cosy terraces. Why not spend some of this time on grocery shopping as well? I’m sorry Albert Heijn, we are letting you go.
Above: Cappuccino & Matcha Latte
Feeling hungover? We know the cure, and it’s spelled B-R-U-N-C-H. Not an early bird? Head out for an afternoon brunch at Bakers and Roasters! A Kiwi café located in De Pijp and Centrum, with a menu offering you nine different kinds of eggs, stacks of blueberry pancakes with mapel syrup and amazing coffee. Not to mention, afternoon cocktails.
Above: A wide selection of craft beer on tap.
People from near and far flock together to sample the wares of Amsterdam's most talented food and beverage merchants. Introducing De Foodhallen (that's The Food Hall if you can't quite piece that together). An old tram depot converted rustic eatery is one of the city's most popular venues to kick back and enjoy a cold drink (or five) and some tasty food.
Not that you were thinking about it, but the going rate starts at 50 euro for 15 minutes and probably wont be the most romantic experience you’ve had. Just like all major cities across the world, prostitution exists here in the Netherlands, but with a difference. Amsterdam's liberal and open culture has fostered the world's oldest profession and is now infamous for it's Red Light District (Known as De Wallen to the locals). There's something for everyone here, and we're not just referring to the wide variety of shapes, sizes, colors and blue lights (Transgender prostitutes). Maybe leave the kids at home for this one.
If a firsthand experience isn't your thing, there's plenty of other options for debauchery in the Red Light. €2 Peep shows, strip clubs and live sex shows just to name a few. Theatre Casa Rosso being one of the most prestigious and well known in this line of work, will provide an opportunity to see things most people would usually only ever see behind a computer screen. If you're lucky (or unlucky) enough, you might even have the chance to eat a banana out of a you-know-what on stage. Yes, you read that right.
Every once and a while we stumble across a wee treasure; and today was one of those days. Nestled in an industrial area, among a derelict, rusty shipping yard lays Cafe De Ceuvel.
People seen mooring their Sunday boats alongside the cafe's unofficial dock and stepping inside to satisfy their thirst. A sunny day, a popular choice seemed to be one of Amsterdam's most popular craft beers, Browerij.
Dutch Countryside Bike Tour. What you're in for...
Starting with an entertaining safety briefing, meet and greet and then a roll through the city avoiding the local cyclists and toward the serenity of the Dutch countryside. Along the way you'll be filled in on a little Dutch history like how Amsterdam came to be and why the houses all look like they're falling over.
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