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Local Dealer – A colorful Mexican food addiction

The Dappermarkt space of Amsterdam East was a spot the place dodgy guys frolicked and the place there might need been some trafficking of unlawful substances. However these days, there’s a complete new vendor ruling this neighborhood –  a vendor that provides you with probably the most addictive Mexican meals and cocktails all wrapped up […]

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Pompet – Hidden hipster haven in Noord

It’s a recurring pattern: Tough neighborhoods, the would-never-walk-there-alone-at-night sort of areas, that slowly grow to be friendlier as extra artistic companies open their doorways. Some may name it gentrification. I name it one other excuse to exit and discover a brand new a part of city. And restaurant-bar Pompet within the Noorderpark in Amsterdam-Noord is […]

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De Thuisborrel Club – Shake it up at home!

As we all know, times are hard right now. Almost all hospitality establishments in The Netherlands are closed and don’t know when they’ll be able to reopen again.  Meanwhile, we’re stuck at home, trying to stay sane and have some (COVID-19 proof) fun. So, what if I told you you could support your locals by […]

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De Tulp – Welcome to the jungle

We all know that the weather in the Netherlands can often leave much to be desired, and the gloomy weather can sometimes get me down. De Tulp is the spot I head to when I want to pretend I’m in the tropics for a few hours. It’s situated on Marie Heinekenplein, and even though it’s […]

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NDSM – Street art in all its glory

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 […]

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Brouwerij aan’t Ij – Craft beer by the windmill

“Let’s meet at the windmill, guys. As soon as you get off work!”. There has usually been a sense of urgency when we’ve met up at the windmill, as it closes at 20:00. If we got there at 18:00, we still had two hours of Amsterdam craft beer sipping by the river Ij, and we […]

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OT301 – Ping-pong night

Do I see a frowning face staring at the words Ping Pong Night? Trust me, whenever I have taken frowned faces to a Ping-Pong night at OT301 in Amsterdam, the frowns have turned to grins in a split second. Imagine thirty people around a ping pong table, beers in hand, taking turns to strike the ball until […]

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Cafe In ‘t Aepjen – The monkey bar

Once upon a time, Amsterdam was one of the most important ports in the world, a place renowned for its thriving commerce, its rough genever, and for the “ladies of pleasure” whose address was conveniently located nearby the port, at the so called Red Light District. In those days, after a sailor had had enough […]

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Puck – Europe’s first air hockey bar

Anyone from Amsterdam who likes arcade games should be familiar with TonTon Club already (check out the article). It’s one of my favourite spots to hang out at and have a good time, especially in the summer when you can sit out on the big terrace in the Westerpark. So when I heard that the […]

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Javastraat – Amsterdam’s melting pot

Amsterdam East (oost) has always been one of my favourite neighbourhoods for various reasons, and in recent years I’ve been enjoying it more and more. It’s one of the many areas in Amsterdam that has been subjected to the feared gentrification — the housing market exploded, and for a while I was scared that the […]

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