De Culinaire Werkplaats (Culinary Workshop)

If you’re looking for something a little different from your evening meal while in Amsterdam, then may I suggest giving De Culinaire Werkplaats a go. Located on a quiet side street near Westerpark, this rather special little restaurant  is hard to describe without sounding a bit pretentious, but I’d say that ‘interactive dining laboratory’ comes…

Stedelijk Museum

The building that looks like a giant bathtub on Museumplein (next to the Van Gogh museum) is the Stedelijk – Amsterdam’s museum of modern art and design. Perhaps our favourite Amsterdam museum – or the one that we visit the most frequently in any case – the Stedelijk is a must visit for anyone with…

Zevenlandenhuizen (houses of seven countries)

If you find yourself in or nearby Vondelpark, don’t miss the chance to see the Zevenlandenhuizen – a unique row of seven houses built in the architectural styles of seven different countries. The houses were built in the 1890s to a commission by a wealthy politician with a love of faraway places, and designed by…

CT Coffee and Coconuts

Put a lime in the coconut at this funky hangout in the heart of De Pijp. It’s housed in a hollowed-out art deco cinema from the 1920s, which makes for a guaranteed ‘woweeee’ moment when you first enter the building and look up at all of those criss-crossing mezzanines and staircases. I’m still expecting to…

Amsterdam Light Festival

If you’re lucky enough to visit Amsterdam in December or January, then you absolutely have to take in this magical winter spectacle. Now in its fifth year, this annual festival of light turns the city into a living art gallery of light installations by international artists, which can be viewed by boat or walking tour….

Brouwerij ‘t Ij

DRINK BEER UNDER A FREAKIN’ WINDMILL!!! This was all I wanted to write, but Jayne told me my journalism needed a little more detail… so yes, here goes. When we first moved over we were enchanted by this tasty beer with a curious ostrich on the label and wondered why we were feeling so bladdered…

Waterkant

Tucked under a multi-storey car park on the outer edge of the Jordaan, this tropical little waterside shack has one of the best terraces in Amsterdam, as well as great beers from local Amsterdam breweries, yummy Surinamese food and fun party vibes late into the evening. The huge terrace is partly covered by the car…

Sunday Market

Taking place at Westergasfabriek on the first Sunday of the month, the Sunday Market is a monthly gathering of Amsterdam’s finest makers, artists, caterers and designers. More than just a market, the event features delicious food stalls, bars, live music and more, and is a wonderful place to mooch around and enjoy some tasty treats….

Edel

Housed in a magnificent 1920s building called Het Sieraad on the border of Oud-West and De Baarsjes, Edel is a charming restaurant bar with a beautiful wraparound terrace and a friendly, welcoming atmosphere. We used to live just around the corner so would come here a lot – especially on sunny days when the terrace…

Dum Dum Palace

This is a new little eatery on the lively Zeedijk in the Red Light District, and it’s absolutely brilliant. Serving small plates of contemporary Asian street food as well as a few larger plates if you don’t like to share (what’s wrong with you), it’s a fun, friendly and ever-so-trendy-but-not-intimidatingly-so  choice for a lively evening…

Cafe Marcella

This is truly my happy place. Never am I more content than when I am snuggled under a blanket and a heater outside Cafe Marcella, sheltered from the wind, covered from the rain and drinking a nice Affligem beer.  Located on Amstelveld – one of the prettiest little squares in Amsterdam – Cafe Marcella is…

Bloemenbar

Open until 5am at weekends (4am during the week), this lively bar from the same team behind Hannekes Boom guarantees a brilliant night out with excellent DJs and a fun, friendly crowd. Decorated with floral wallpaper and chintzy furniture, it’s a great spot for late night drinks and a bit of a boogie. Bloemenbar’s sister…