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Amsterdam Markets

Mushrooms at Nieuwmarkt

Amsterdam Markets test Only on Sundays Markets The Sunday markets in Amsterdam tend to be quite good. They are more than flea markets and include a lot of crafts too as well as items produced by local designers. Westergasfabriek on the 1st Sunday of the Month This is an extensive market with plenty of art,…

Things to do in the Jordaan

Pianola Museum in the Jordaan

Things to do in the Jordaan The Jordaan district started its life as the workers’ district when Amsterdam expanded in 1614. So it’s been around a while! Today it’s pretty mixed neighbourhood, there are highly gentrified canals like the Egelantiersgracht but there is a huge amount of social housing in the tucked away streets as…

Indonesian Restaurants in Amsterdam

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Indonesian food in Amsterdam My aim with this post is not to try and cover all Indonesian restaurants in all areas but to give a cross section from fancy dining to take away that I have tried a few times and think are great. With the restaurants I always try the ‘rice table’. This is…

Amsterdam Museums

Inside Amsterdam Royal Palace

Amsterdam Museums Everyone knows about the main Amsterdam museums, the big three, the RijksMuseum, Van Gogh and Anne Frank House. I’m including  a bit of practical info about them at the end of this post so that you see the less visited museums first. These are often overlooked and are great places to visit. If…

Things to do in Amsterdam East

Cheeses at Dapper Markt

Things to do in Amsterdam East In this post is a random collection of tings to do in Amsgterdam East. Here is a quick list of what is below: Street market –  The Dappermarkt Small Museum – ‘t Kromhout Snacking – The Best Kebab in Amsterdam Drinking – The Brewery by the Windmill Eating –…

Cool Squat Restaurants In Amsterdam

COOL SQUAT RESTAURANTS IN AMSTERDAM Squat restaurants have a special place in Amsterdam. Many buildings were squatted in the 70s, 80s, and 90s because they were empty and abandoned. The communities that squatted the buildings often run an informal restaurant, all done by volunteers and not for profit. DE PEPER De Peper is a lovely…

Top 5 Amsterdam Views

House Reflections in the Canal

Top 5 Amsterdam Views Every canal corner has a top Amsterdam view and there are various church towers that are sometimes open that have great views. But what I’ve done here is chosen places that are always open, and tried to get a balance of street views and panoramic views. I hope you enjoy them…

Top 5 Amsterdam Beer Bars

Brouwerij 't IJ Beers - Top 5 Amsterdam Beer Bars

Top 5 Amsterdam Beer Bars I love beer. IPAs get me through the summer and Autumn Bok Beers get me through the colder months. Amsterdam has a great selection of beer bars and a growing number of microbreweries. This list is really my favourite 5 in the city but really I could make a list…

Top 5 Amsterdam Coffeeshops

The Cannabis College a place to find the top 5 Amsterdam coffeesghopsinfo centre

Amsterdam Coffeeshops  Sure, coffeeshops in Amsterdam serve coffee but their primary function is to sell cannabis, either grass or hash, both loose and in pre-rolled joints. If you’re looking for a shop that sells fancy coffees but not soft drugs then you should rather look for a place advertising itself as a “cafe”. A Bit…

The Frozen Fountain – Dutch Design

Design store in Amsterdam

For lovers of contemporary design, The Frozen Fountain is an inspiring space filled with furniture and objects from the weird to the wonderful and much in between. There are various rooms that are laid out with large innovative pieces. This furntiure is, unfortunately, never going to grace my appartment as it is way too expensive,…

Dead Bikes of Amsterdam

Abaondoned bike on a canal bridge

  People often ask how the city deals with dead bikes. By dead bikes I mean bikes that are locked in a public place with no apparent owner. There are a lot of bikes in Amsterdam. The figure that does the rounds is that there are about 1 million bikes owned by the 800 thousand…