This ecological pastry shop opened its doors less than 3 months ago, just around the corner from the Vondelpark. All the delicious cakes and treats are homemade and do not contain any artificial colourings. Decorated with a wall made of pink tiles and recycled furniture, the interior is sustainable and trendy. Have a look at the wall that is made of furniture that they received from various neighbours! Sticky Fingers opens its doors at 7am for the early birds who like a yoghurt & granola breakfast while they watch the city wake up. Address: Amstelveenseweg 3.
On February 11th and 12th, 60 professional dealers of interior design objects from all over Europe will come together at the Kromhouthal in Amsterdam-Noord. During these two days you can buy design objects from several famous designers like Charles & Ray Eames to Mies van der Rohe. The entrance fee is 10 euros on Saturday and 5 euros on Sunday. More information: www.design-icons.nl
Ed van der Elsken was one of the biggest photographers and documentary filmers of the 20th century in The Netherlands. He looked for colourful personalities and beautiful girls in the streets of cities like Paris, Tokio and Hong Kong and cared for making a personal connection with them. You can see the largest overview of his work in 25 years at the Stedelijk Museum. More information: www.stedelijk.nl
Jeroen Swolfs wanted to visit every country in the world to take pictures of local daily life. It resulted in the project Streets of the World, which consist of 200 street pictures of 200 countries that show us a positive view on the world. A refreshing response to all the negative news that the mass media focuses on. You can visit the exhibition for free from Monday to Friday 9 AM – 6 PM at Felix Meritis.
From December 1st until January 22nd Amsterdam lights up for the Amsterdam Light Festival. You can see more than 35 artworks from various international artists in the streets and canals. The artworks are found alongside two routes (a walking tour and a boat tour). See more at: www.amsterdamlightfestival.com
From November 16th to 27th, Amsterdam will transforms itself to the international documentary capital of the world. This event, IDFA (International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam), welcomes some 2.500 international documentary professionals in Amsterdam during eleven days of films. It is unique for the presence of many filmmakers, the variety of genres, its debates, workshops and much more. Tickets and program: www.idfa.nl
Until January 1st 2017, you can find a pop-up bar at Westerpark, Mooie Boules Bar, where you can play jeu de boules with your friends. The perfect entertainment on a rainy day or night. If you don’t feel like actually playing, you can enjoy the (live) music while having some French food or cocktails and just watch all the hipsters. On Friday and Saturday night there are open until 3am. No entrance fee. http://www.mooieboules.nl
From November 3rd to November 5th, you can taste an endless amount of wines at De Hallen Studio’s. More than 150 wines are served by the winegrowers themselves who will tell you everything about the wines they produce. The bar will open on Thursday at 5pm. The entrance fee is E7,50, including a glass of wine. More information and tickets: https://www.grapedistrict.nl/degrootstewijnbar
On an old marine wharf in the city center of Amsterdam a new brewery has opened: Homeland Brewery. The greatest thing about this brewery is that it hasn’t been discovered by tourists yet! Its interior is not fancy: with its vinyl floor and old furniture it rather looks like a canteen in a retirement home, but that’s exactly what makes this brewery so charming. The beers they produce are pale ale and spelt beer. In summer you can sit outside on the terrace and you will have a lovely view over the historic centre and port of Amsterdam. http://www.homeland-brewery.nl
Again we have a specialty beer festival in Amsterdam, the 2nd edition of BierWest at Rembrandtpark. On Saturday you can visit the Festival edition (18 years and older), on Sunday the Family edition (kids welcome as well). There will be artists, food (burgers, steaks, pizzas, oysters), games and of course many, many specialty beers from national and international breweries. Only in Amsterdam, we already have about 35 breweries! Specialty beers are a real trend in our city; people are willing to pay more for a beer, as long as it is a beer with a story. This is a good chance to taste a couple of beers that are brewed…