Some tips to ensure you have a great weekend in Amsterdam

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Amazing city, it´s very picturesque with canal houses, house boats, canals and bridges, a city with a village-like charm. It’s easy to walk everywhere or rent a bike and join thousands of locals navigating the streets of Amsterdam.

Best time to visit is in the summer months, as soon as it get´s warmer the locals enjoy every minute outdoors. and the streets will be covered with terraces, the parks full of outdoor sports people and families, and the canals will be bustling with boats. Amsterdam offers a great dining and nightlife scene, a great variety of museums and art gallery´s, and it´s only 15 minutes by bus to the famous Cheese, tulips, clogs and fish villages. Find some amazing flight deals here


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Things to do
  • Bike tour, the best way to explore Amsterdam. Bike city also suitable with small children.
  • Canal boat tour, discover Amsterdam by boat and learn about It´s History 
  • Anne Frank house, see the hiding place behind the large bookshelf where Anne Frank and her Family use to live during the world war 2
  • Visit the 9 Streets,  This delightful neighborhood with unique shops, charming eateries and great ambiance, There are many Hotspots to be found here and it’s very popular with Locals.
  • Day trip to VolendamMarkenZaanse schans, Only 15 min out of A ´dam, those beautiful villages where you find Windmill´s, Cheese farms, fish harbors, traditional clothes and clogs. 
  • Broek in Waterland, a beautiful village with old dutch charm just out of the city, rent a small motor boot in Overleek teahouse   or  boat rental in Broek in waterland (no licence needed)and enjoy the beautiful surroundings finished of with a High tea

 


  

Where to eat and drink
Cafe Panache, Amsterdam West

Fantastic place for dinner or drinks in Amsterdam West next to the new indoor food market ‘De Hallen’.  The restaurant use to be an old warehouse and is converted into a fun and vibrant place with a New York loft style look. The majority of the food is cooked over a charcoal grill, and the BBQ shell-fish is absolutely delicious , also perfect as a sharing platter. The ambiance is casual smart and perfect for any occasion, it’s the place for a romantic dinner, a group of friends or just a drink at the bar after work.

 

 De Hallen, Amsterdam west

The foodhallen in Amsterdam West, The perfect place for a fun and casual get together with friends or colleagues. The foodhallen is a converted tram station with different street food stalls, a central bar and regular live music. A great spacious  hangout when it’s raining. There is enough choice to please everyone, sushi, pizza, burgers, vegetarian bites, amazing Vietnamese springrolls at ‘Viet View’ and much more and if you like something a bit more relaxed and sophisticated there is also a fantastic a la carte restaurant ‘Meat West’.


  

Meat West

 

 Momo, Amsterdam Center

High-end dining

Restaurant bar & lounge MOMO in Amsterdam, delicious dishes in a nice Oriental atmosphere.

MOMO restaurant, bar & lounge blends the flavours and colours of the Far East with the style and sophistication of the West, bringing an exciting new concept to Amsterdam.

Boca’s, Amsterdam Center

Different kind of tapas

A great place for casual dining, great when catching up with friends. It’s a Trendy and  modern cafe specializing in gourmet sharing plates of snacks and tapas, sandwiches & desserts. This place is in  one of the nicest neighborhoods of Amsterdam and  very popular with locals.


Hannekes boom, Amsterdam Center

bohemian waterfront restaurant-bar

I love this place,
A waterfront cafe, with live music and  DJ nights, this restaurant-bar is located very close to the central station . It has a trendy and bohemian  feel and it looks like a  an old beach hut with recycled furniture. The large terrace  with picnic benches on the waterfront is a great hotspot in summer. Although its close to the central station it is hidden and of the tourist track, so you a guaranteed to mix with the locals. They serve fish, meat, salads and tapas.


    

For more trendy Restaurants, Bars and child friendly hotspots in Amsterdam have a look here

Amsterdam Where to Stay
Hotel V Nesplein 
This 4-star designer hotel is in the historic center of Amsterdam. It offers stylish rooms with free Wi-Fi and a restaurant. The reception and staff are extremely helpful and friendly. Price from about 160 € p.n

  


 Where Do i like to stay
I normally Like to stay 1 week or more, so my preference goes out to Airbnb or  Homeexchange , and i always choose a canal house or houseboat. it´s the best way to enjoy a nice glass of wine after a day of sightseeing and watch Amsterdam go by.

 
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House boat
live like a local in Amsterdam
 Lovely houseboat right in the center, next to Anne Frank house and the famous 9 streets. in my opinion the best way to experience Amsterdam. price from 250 € p.n
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Art´Otel Amsterdam

A place where music, art and food fuse together, The location is perfect, right next to the central station. 

If it´s peace and quite you are after then i would not suggest this vibrant and stimulating hotel. Price from 200 € p.n

 
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Double tree by Hilton

A new modern hotel fantastically  located next to the Central Station with a sky lounge and roof terrace that has spectacular views over the city, definitely  a  Hotspot in Amsterdam.

SkyLounge Amsterdam: The SkyLounge at Doubletree by Hilton Hotel with rooftop terrace is a stylish meeting place with baristas, cocktail experts and a live DJ daily. From the top floor, guests have a breathtaking 360-degree view of the city skyline and historic old town.

SkyLounge Amsterdam: The SkyLounge at Doubletree by Hilton Hotel with rooftop terrace is a stylish meeting place with baristas, cocktail experts and a live DJ daily. From the top floor, guests have a breathtaking 360-degree view of the city skyline and historic old town.

SkyLounge Terrace: During the day, the lounge is the perfect spot for all your appointments, both business and private. Enjoy a cup of Buscaglione coffee or a dish from our sophisticated lunch menu.

SkyLounge Terrace: During the day, the lounge is the perfect spot for all your appointments, both business and private. Enjoy a cup of Buscaglione coffee or a dish from our sophisticated lunch menu.

Executive Guest Room: With access to the Executive Lounge, guests can enjoy spectacular views over the historic city center, complimentary breakfast, access to an Apple iMac PC/TV and free WiFi

Executive Guest Room: With access to the Executive Lounge, guests can enjoy spectacular views over the historic city center, complimentary breakfast, access to an Apple iMac PC/TV and free WiFi

 

Kings day, use to be Queens day
on the 27th of April every year is the biggest celebration in Holland.
Amsterdam attracts many visitors from all over Holland and other countries on that day. Nobody works on Kings day (unless you work in a bar) and the center of Amsterdam is Traffic free for the whole day, making it one big playground. Enjoy the best DJ´s on the big squares or roam the streets, enjoying street food, homemade goods, live music on every corner or listen to kids playing their instrument making an amazing amount of pocket-money.
Gay’s in Amsterdam
The place to be is the Reguliersdwarsstraat, here you find some fantastic restaurants, bar dancing and clubs.
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