From its cool hybrid arts space to its quirky cafés and inspiring pop up shops, Amsterdam is a city that deserves to be explored off the beaten track. As the tulips bloom, there’s no better time to explore the alternative side to the Dutch capital. Here are the top 5 local things to do in Amsterdam.
- Discover Amsterdam’s vibrant art scene
Amsterdam has long been known for its vibrant arts community and the city is filled with cool hybrid spaces. Culturally curious travellers can experience the recently opened Sexyland, a temporary club boasting a different theme each day – from art exhibitions to sports events, gangster rap concerts to dinners in stroboscopic light. Visitors can also escape from the hustle and bustle of the city in a secret underground bunker located in the picturesque Vondelpark. The Vondelbunker hosts a variety of cultural happenings from live music, cinema nights and art exhibitions. For contemporary art lovers, why not try the Stedelijk Museum to discover innovative modern art and design.
- Enjoy the city’s quirky café culture
This March, Amsterdam welcomed The Avocado Show – Europe’s First Avocado Restaurant – amongst its countless quaint foodie spots. The restaurant will serve all avocado dishes including the Avo Bun Burger and of course there will be avocado smoothies too, sure to satiate the appetite of any avocado fan. For a slightly more indulgent treat, Miss Louisa, a walk-up window at the upcoming luxury boutique hotel Kimpton De Witt, is serving up Beignet – a delicious hybrid between the Dutch favourite ‘poffertjes’ and the classic doughnut. Served with both sweet and savoury toppings, they are a taste of Amsterdam itself and are not to be missed – open from 7 a.m. to midnight.
- Browse the city’s new hip pop up stores
Amsterdam is filled with an ever evolving scene of pop up shops and independent boutiques. This spring, fashionistas should check out The Pelican studio for the hippest of clothing as well as visit the De Hallen, an arts and crafts market set in a former tram depot,to discover ‘off radar’ designers.
- Explore Amsterdam’s favourite tipple
In May, Amsterdam welcomes a festival celebrating one of the nation’s favourite tipples. On the weekend of Friday 19th – Saturday 20th May, the Amsterdam Gin Festival returns for a second year welcoming some of your favourite mixes in more than 60 booths. Hop on the Gin Boat from Central Station to Amsterdam North and taste the finest gin, genever and mezcal Amsterdam has to offer.
- Stay at the city’s latest chic boutique hotel – Kimpton De Witt
Kimpton De Witt, the first European luxury hotel from the leading US boutique brand, Kimpton® Hotels & Restaurants, will open its doors in the heart of Amsterdam this spring. Located steps away from the Centraal train station amidst the independent art galleries, antique shops and courtyard gardens of the Jordaan neighbourhood, the 274-room Kimpton De Witt will feature a complimentary hosted Wine Hour as well as bikes to explore the city in true Dutch style.
leading US boutique brand, Kimpton® Hotels & Restaurants, will open its doors in the heart of Amsterdam this spring. Located steps away from the Centraal train station amidst the independent art galleries, antique shops and courtyard gardens of the Jordaan neighbourhood, the 274-room Kimpton De Witt will feature a complimentary hosted Wine Hour as well as bikes to explore the city in true Dutch style.
For more information please visit www.iamsterdam.com/en/visiting