• Dutch herring with onions and pickles

    Eating herring (haring) in Amsterdam

    Eating herring is very popular in Amsterdam. Most people think we eat it raw, but it is a legal requirement to freeze the fish for at least 24 hours before consumption (to kill parasites). According to the owner of the herring stall at the Albert Cuyp market it is an old Jewish tradition to cut the fish into bite-sized pieces, that’s why the fish is sold this way in Amsterdam. It is garnished with onions, pickles and a cocktail stick with a small Dutch flag. The best herring is called ‘Hollandse Nieuwe‘. It is the first herring of the season and it contains at least 16% fat. It is caught between mid May and the…

  • Canal Parade Amsterdam

    Amsterdam Gay Pride

    This Saturday, July 23rd, the Amsterdam Gay Pride will start. Since it is the twentieth edition, the event will be extra big this year. It is one of the nicest events that occur yearly in Amsterdam. During two weeks (usually it is only one week) there will be debates and parties that attract several hundred-thousands of visitors from all over the world. The absolute highlight of the Gay Pride is the Canal Parade which will take place on Saturday August 6th, when 80 beautifully decorated boats sail through the Amsterdam Canals. More information and full agenda: www.amsterdamgaypride.nl 

  • Over het IJ festival Amsterdam

    Over het IJ Festival

    From July 8th to July 17th, you can enjoy theatrical plays at Over het IJ Festival in Amsterdam North and on the NSDM-wharf. The plays will take place on various locations,  inside as well as outside, so even when it’s raining you will have enough to see. Of course you can enjoy drinks and food and there is a special kids programma as well. There are pieces performed in English. More information: http://overhetij.nl/en/home-english/