When exploring Amsterdam’s famous canal belt, make sure you take some time to visit the most extensive municipal archives in the world, right at the Vijzelstraat, a long street where three of the old main canals converge. De Bazel, the edifice you’re heading to, is named after its architect, Karel de Bazel, who designed, in … Read more City Archives – So many treasures!
Ania and Natalia, the founders of Oko Cultural Melting Point, brought the project to daylight via a crowdfunding action which was a real success. Apparently, people living in Bos en Lommer in Amsterdam were craving for a neighbourhood cafe with home-made everything at its core and community as its spirit. The cafe / lunchroom / cultural … Read more Oko Cultural Melting Point – Home-made everything
As a Dutch citizen, I’ve visited the Amsterdam Zoo (Artis) multiple times already. In order to try something different, my boyfriend and I decided to spend an afternoon in their next-door experience: Micropia. This (first) museum about microbes is designed to inform the public about the utility and deep complexity of microscopic life such as bacteria, viruses, … Read more Micropia – Indoor Artis experience
Hopefully, by the time you start reading this article, you are already looking forward to get acquainted with Dutch theatre. If not, read this one first, because I’m about to explain you the next step in this enterprise (in case you want to make the experience lighter on your wallet). # 1 – You hop onto http://lastminuteticketshop.nl/ … Read more Last Minute Ticket Shop – Go watch a show!
Anywhere I go, I need to find a trustworthy bookstore to feel at home. In Amsterdam it was easy. You might think that Amsterdam, as the capital of The Netherlands, is not the ideal place for English language books. There is, however, a place that will defy your expectations. The American Book Centre, right on bustling … Read more American Book Centre – Three-storey book heaven
When in Amsterdam, do the following. Take the ferry behind central station. Choose the one that says NDSM-Werf. Enjoy the free 10 minute commute and the view over the river Ij (technically it’s a canal, but who cares). Arrive at the wharf. If upon walking a few meters you see a sign stating “Sexyland”, you’re at … Read more NDSM – Street art in all its glory
Strolling along the Spiegelgracht is a feast for the eyes — shops, locals, bikes, tourists. Tucked between the Rijksmuseum and the Prinsengracht, this peculiar shop stands out, with its stripped canopy and wooden boxes at the entrance. There’s nothing especially remarkable about it at first sight, until one sets their eyes on the contents of the boxes: … Read more Antiquariaat Hoogkamp – The best souvenir
There are a lot of great museums in Amsterdam, but as I mostly try to avoid the crowds and endless waiting lines, I would suggest you try an alternative to the Rijksmuseum or Van Gogh. Tassenmuseum Hendrikje is the museum of bags and purses, situated in the centre of Amsterdam. In this museum you can … Read more Museum Hendrikje – Bags and purses
After living in Amsterdam for some time, it becomes more of a challenge to organize a nice day with the family (in this case for my mom’s birthday) and also try a new and surprising activity. So, many thanks to the group behind Mystery City in helping me accomplish this! It describes itself as ‘a cross between a … Read more Mystery City – Escape room / city tour mix
I know, there’s already lots of cinemas in our list of favourite spots, so why another one? Well, Cinecenter offers something very special that will hopefully be an example for other cinemas: the Expat cinema! Dutch cinemas usually show movies in their original language with Dutch subtitles… but what if you don’t speak Dutch but are still dying … Read more Cinecenter – Expat cinema