Amsterdam Oud-West

This neighbourhood is where we first laid our hats in Amsterdam, and will always hold a special place in our hearts. Little did we know when we panic-signed the contract on our first apartment shortly before moving over that we’d lucked out in one of the loveliest parts of the city – a gorgeous district…

Kanarie Club

Eat, drink, work, play and possibly swim at this newish hotspot in Oud-West. Taking up a sizeable chunk of the De Hallen complex (go through the Foodhallen, or access directly from Bellamyplein), Kanarie Club is all things to all people from morning to night. Go there for breakfast, brunch, lunch, coffee, dinner or drinks. Take your…

This weekend in Amsterdam

I’ve started writing a weekend guide for the I amsterdam blog, which might come in handy ahead of your visit to Amsterdam. The blog is published every Thursday, and contains five or so hand-selected (by me!) ideas of things to do this weekend in Amsterdam. If you need more ideas – Facebook is your friend. You’ll…

De School

Many of you will have heard of De School as the successor of legendary Amsterdam club Trouw. But it’s much more than just a nightclub. The former school building way out in Amsterdam West is also a restaurant, bar, cafe, concert venue, exhibition space and a gym. The 700 capacity subterranean club is located in the…

Ton Ton Club West

Calling all arcade nerds! Ton Ton Club is one of Amsterdam’s funnest (is that a word?) places to spend an evening, with good food, good music and all of those retro arcade games you remember from childhood. There are two locations – one in the Red Light District and a bigger one in the Westergasfabriek…

Meneer Nieges

Located on the waterfront in the Westerdok area to the west of Central Station (just far enough away from the centre to be off most tourists’ radars), Meneer Nieges is a restaurant and bar from the team behind Hannekes Boom and Bloemenbar, and lovely place to hang out in all seasons. One of its biggest…

De Oranjerie

This is our current local, and honestly one of our favourite pubs in Amsterdam. Tucked away on a pretty Haarlemmerbuurt side street between Brouwersgracht and Haarlemmerdijk it’s the kind of place where everyone knows your name (or they will do by the end of the evening), and they’re always glad you came. The epitome of…

Glouglou

A wine bar with the relaxed atmosphere of a pub, Glouglou is a wine-breath of fresh air in a city dominated by beer. In the heart of the wonderful De Pijp neighbourhood, Glouglou is the kind of place you can spend an entire evening, sipping your way through the selection of only natural wines – no…

Bar Botanique

A gorgeous , jungly spot in Amsterdam East, Bar Botanique is all your Instagram dreams come true. Big, bright and green, the tropical themed bar is a delightful spot for breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinner or cocktails. Or maybe all of these things. There’s a pleasant terrace for sunny days, and DJs  at weekends. Eerste van…

Buurtboerderij (Neighbourhood farm)

We discovered this special little place during a bike ride last summer and fell immediately in love with it. Located just north of Westerpark, the Buurtboerderij is a charming little farmhouse surrounded by fields and horses, with a lovely relaxed restaurant and pretty garden with lots of secret nooks and quirky seating areas. It’s thankfully completely off…

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…

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…