Hortus Botanical Gardens

Forming part of the Artis complex in the east of Amsterdam, Hortus Botanicus was founded in 1638 by the city to serve as an herb garden for doctors and apothecaries, and is one of the oldest botanical gardens in the world. It’s home to more than six thousand tropical and indigenous trees and plants, as…

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…

Glow golf

Glow. Golf. What’s not to love? Hidden under a pub called Noah’s Arq on the Prins Hendrikkade, this subterranean minigolf course is open until 9pm so it’s a fun way to start off a night in Amsterdam – or (I can only imagine), a very enjoyable stoned activity. It costs around 8 euros for 15…

Hire a boat!

Hiring a boat is one of our very favourite things to do in Amsterdam – especially if you’re here with a group to spread the cost. Get a load of booze and food from the Albert Heijn, hop in your boat, and cruise around the canals for a couple of hours. There really is nothing…

Westergasfabriek

Located in Westerpark, Westergasfabriek is a bustling cultural complex created out of the city’s old municipal gasworks buildings. Here you’ll find loads of places to eat, drink and be merry, such as excellent brewery bar Troost, Mossel & Gin restaurant, North Sea Jazz Club, het Ketelhuis cinema (watch out for outdoor film screenings in the…