As the days get shorter, it’s almost time for the Amsterdam Light Festival. One of my favourite times of the year. Our city is just breathtaking with all these illuminated pieces of art around the city. It will take place from November 28th 2019 until January 19th …
Visiting this cute coffee place means entering the scent of homemade pies. The owner, Léonie, has a passion for baking pies and you definitely taste it! There is lots of choice at Baksels: apple & cinnamon cake, sticky toffee cake, lemon & blueberry cake, banana …
From April 13th to July 7th, the famous international press photo exhibition, World Press Photo, can be visited at de Nieuwe Kerk on the Damsquare. It is an annual photo contest that rewards photographers for the best journalistic picture of the past year and as you can imagine, the pictures are very impressive and emotional.
More information: https://www.worldpressphoto.org/calendar/world-press-photo-exhibition-2019/37503/Amsterdam%2c-the-Netherlands
Foto: World Press Photo 2019 / Anna Boyiazis
Yerba is an inspiring, plant based restaurant and opened its doors in 2018. As they don’t want to waste food, they use whole vegetables and they care about working with local producers and farmers. Vegetables are definitely in the spotlight at Yerba, but if you …
The Amsterdam Tower (located in Amsterdam-Noord) used to be a Royal Dutch Shell office tower, but it has been transformed into a stylish destination! On the 19th floor you can have lunch or dinner at fine dining Restaurant Moon. You can choose between a three, four or five course lunch or a five, six or seven dinner menu. Since it is a (slowly) rotating restaurant, you will have a stunning 360° view over Amsterdam while enjoying your food. Really recommended! Address: Overhoeksplein 3.
Foto: Sandra Nicolai
Every year, on April 27th, we celebrate King’s Day (the birthday of our King Willem-Alexander). It was formerly known as Queen’s Day. About 1 million people are celebrating this day in Amsterdam. You will find a lot of music, food and street markets all over our city. Actually, the fun already starts the night before on King’s Night. Just go downtown Amsterdam (Jordaan or Nieuwmarkt) and you will see that there is already a lot of partying and drinking going on.
Some pieces of advice:
– don’t try to meet up with several friends throughout the day on different locations. You don’t have a clue how crowded it gets in the city! Just drink your beer, enjoy the crowd and go with the flow.
– don’t get your hopes too high on finding an absolute gem on the street markets. Most of the stuff that is sold is quite crappy like broken toys and second-hand clothes. And we Dutchies don’t even get embarrassed asking money for it…
– people tend to dress up in orange clothes (it is our national colour). So don’t forget your orange details.
– there is no public transport in the city center during the day, so be prepared for a long walk.