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…

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…

Vondeltuin

Located at the southern tip of Vondelpark, this gorgeous garden bar is a magical summertime hangout and one of our favourite places to go with friends on a sunny afternoon or balmy evening. Choose from a range of quirky seating areas amongst fairy lit trees, and enjoy some yummy food (I’d recommend the flammkucken!) and…

Toki

A lovely little daytime hangout (they close at 6pm) on a quiet Haarlemmerbuurt side street, Toki is the place to go for long leisurely coffee breaks. Simply furnished, serving quality produce from around the world with a smile, Toki’s motto is ‘Go slow’. So pop in, slow down, and recharge with some great coffee (or…

The Jordaan and Nine Streets

The Jordaan is probably Amsterdam’s most famous neighbourhood – and with very good reason. An historic area of cobbled lanes, canals, tumbling houses and secret gardens, the Jordaan is the quintessential picture postcard image of Amsterdam. It’s officially classed as the area to the west of Prinsengracht (see map below!), although many people also include…

Mediamatic Eten

Yeah! This place is great – and a bit of a hidden gem. In fact, I sort of don’t want to tell you about it… but I’m gonna. Located on the waterfront next to Hannekes Boom (make your way through the urban garden to get there), Mediamatic Eten is the restaurant of the forward thinking…

Amsterdam Roest

Located in the Eastern Docklands, Roest is a complex of disused industrial buildings converted into a bar, restaurant, event space and huge city beach – and it’s totally brilliant. The big brick building in the middle is where you’ll find the excellent bar – an eclectic space which serves a top range of beers, cocktails…

Artisplein and de Plantage

Over in the east of Amsterdam, De Plantage is an elegant, leafy 19th century neighbourhood that feels a world away from the canals and cobbles of the centre. It was designed as a sort of pleasure garden for Amsterdam’s rich residents, so it’s full of charming squares, leafy boulevards and beautiful gardens. Things to do…

Cafe Toussaint

This lovely little neighbourhood cafe holds a very special place in our heart. We used to live around the corner from it, and have spent many a cosy evening there. Enjoying a leafy location in one of the prettiest parts of Oud West, Cafe Toussaint is completely charming, understated and honest, with a delightful heated…

Noorderlicht

Noorderlicht means ‘Northern lights’, and this lovely greenhouse hangout on the shores of the IJ in NDSM Wharf is just as magical as its name suggests. Enjoying a prime spot by the water, with a grassy garden that ambles down to the shore, Noorderlicht is a hub of creative energy and lovely beer, and a…

NDSM Wharf

Hop on a free ferry from behind Central Station and in 15 minutes you’ll find yourself at NDSM Wharf – a former shipyard turned creative haven on the banks of the IJ. NDSM Wharf is a post-industrial landscape of cranes, warehouses and shipping containers. Some years ago the artists started to move in, and the…