EYE Film Institute

That weird spaceship shaped building you can see across the IJ behind Central Station is the EYE Film Institute; a beautiful cultural centre housing an arthouse cinema, exhibition space and an airy cafe restaurant with views across the water. The EYE hosts regular exhibitions, film events and special screenings alongside their normal cinema programme, but…

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…

d&a hummus bistro

In case it’s not clear from the name, this is where you’ll find the hummus. A lovely little restaurant in the heart of the Jordaan, hummus bistro is perfect for a relaxed lunch or dinner. It serves a range of middle eastern dishes, with lots of hummus varieties and topping combos, as well as shaksuka, salads,…

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…

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…

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…

Manamana

I think this might genuinely be my favourite restaurant in Amsterdam. Located in the heart of De Pijp, this tiny Middle Eastern eatery is a true hidden gem in Amsterdam. So don’t tell too many people about it, ok? They serve an excellent selection of modern Lebanese and Israeli dishes, with a strong focus on…

De Hallen

Located just behind Kinkerstraat in Oud-West, De Hallen is a former 19th century tram depot that’s been lovingly converted into a beautiful cultural complex housing an arty cinema, independent stores, a hotel, restaurants and the very excellent indoor food hall, Foodhallen. Indoor food hall in Amsterdam In the Foodhallen you’ll find around 30 street food…

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…

Hannekes Boom

Aah. Lovely Hannekes. One of our favourite places in Amsterdam to while away a summer afternoon and evening, Hannekes Boom is a colourful shack style bar by the water behind Nemo (that big green building that looks like a ship). The bar has a massive outdoor terrace with a beachy vibe which gets packed in…