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…

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…

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…

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…

Happyhappyjoyjoy

Yum. We love this place – and not just for the Ren & Stimpy reference. Serving Asian streetfood in small sharer dishes, Happyhappyjoyjoy can always be counted on for a fun, informal atmosphere and delicious food, with friendly staff (a rarity in Amsterdam).  Go with friends and order a bunch of dishes to share, and…