tailor made guide through Amsterdam

Image: Deli Amsterdam

Image: Deli Amsterdam


Deli Amsterdam is a new website that produces a tailor made guide trough Amsterdam, based on personal preferences. Just answer a few simple questions and your guide pops up.
I tried it a few times; the guide may not be as tailored as you expected, but it surely comes up with some great places to visit, including brand new hot spots.
Try it!

hidden gem in Amsterdam


Yes, this in in the city of Amsterdam

Hidden in the Flevopark in the eastern part of Amsterdam, is the Distillery ‘t Nieuwe Diep. Unknown by tourists; but the average Amsterdam citizen has no idea of it’s existence either. And that’s a shame, because the distillery is located in a monumental former water pumping station, at an idillic location on a lake in a park and most important: the distillery produces authentic jenevers and liqueurs that are surely worth a try. What about Dutch Dynamite – a 20% liqueur with a licorice taste, must be Dutch! That’s just one of the many genevers and liqueurs they produce and sell in the distillery. For anyone interested: they do serve coffee, tea and soda’s too.

Spring and summer: Tuesday – Sunday 15:00 – 20:00 hours
Fall and winter: Tuesday – Sunday 15:00 – 18:00 hours

Distilleerderij ‘t Nieuwe Diep
Flevopark 13, Amsterdam

foodies heaven in Amsterdam: 3 festivals this May


Taste of Amsterdam

The first of the 3 Food Festivals this May in Amsterdam is the Food Film Festival, offering much more than just films about food. What about these workshops: learn how to make a mean Swedish smörrebröd with Rikard Andersson, cook a perfect egg with Michelin star chef Chris Naylor and hear from Ben Reade, the Nordic Food Lab’s culinary R&D man, why we could soon all be eating insects. In addition to that there are events, discussions, a food market, parties, and of course a restaurant.
Food Film Festival from May 9 to 11 2014, at the Westergasfabriek.

The following weekend Taste of Amsterdam in the Amstelpark is the place to be for the culinary foodies. It’s the most sophisticated (or shoold I say posh?) of the 3 festivals. If you like to try the signature dishes from Dutch top restaurants and top chefs, attend workshops and demonstrations, visit the fine food exhibition and the farmers market, or visit Boom Chicago’s Comic show about wine tasting: be there.
Taste of Amsterdam: May 15 to 18, 2014, at the Amstelpark, entrance € 9,50.

The final Festival is: Rollende Keukens. It’s like a huge pick-nick, with the advantage of not having to bring your own food. It has a bohemian feel and this one is great for kids too. Whatever you like, you can get it, from snacks and finger food to exquisite luxury food and everything in between, all for a reasonable prices so you can try several dishes. All food will be cooked in kitchens on wheels. They are an exhibition in itself, these mobile kitchens and food trucks.
Music and other entertainment is programmed all day and movies (about food) at night.
Rollende Keukens, from May 28 to June 1, 2014 at the Westergasfabriek, entrance: free.

New Year’s Eve parties, where to go?


At New Year’s Eve many people party outdoors, but Amsterdam has it great fame for parties and events: here is the complete list, and this one might do as well. Prepare well, because many of the events may be sold out. Don’t know where to go? Then there is always Chinatown (Nieuwmarkt area). Have fun and stay safe. Wanne read some other relevant tips & ideas for New Year’s Eve? Read here. Happy New Year!

best burger in Amsterdam

De Biertuin Amsterdam

De Biertuin Amsterdam

Amsterdam’s main local newspaper ‘Het Parool’, recently tried and tested over 30 hamburgers in restaurants in Amsterdam. You would expect the best hamburger to be found in a specialized hamburger restaurant, but it was served in ‘De Biertuin‘ (the Beer Garden).
De Biertuin is a cafe/restaurant that has more than 40 beers on the menu, many of them authentic special beers from the Netherlands and Belgium and 13 of them are on tap. And they have a large terrace/garden (heated in winter) stuffed with long tables where you can sit-drink-eat. (That’s what the name comes from.) The hamburger they serve is one of the 6 dishes on the diner-menu. They also serve lunch, snacks, etc.
While being very popular already, the number 1 rated burger will make De Biertuin even more famous. So if you plan to visit, be prepared for a nice, crowded, party-like atmosphere.

How to get there:
Take tram 9 – the tram stop: ‘Eerste van Swindenstraat’ is very close to De Biertuin

Magneet festival: Amsterdam’s one and only bohemian hippie festival


Photo: modernehippies.nl

Magneet Festival is often compared to the Burning Man Festival in the Nevada dessert, but it has it’s very own style.  “No spectators, only participators” has always been the “Magneet philosophy”. It’s the first crowd sourced festival in Europe: anyone can pitch his idea for an activity/show on the website. If you get enough votes, the festival will facilitate the initiative. The festival offers lots of music, theatre, installations, poetry, arts and activities for kids. And of course many food stalls/trucks, restaurants (vegetarian too) and bars with cocktails, fruit juices and the usual drinks.

Most special is the festival’s atmosphere. The bohemian feeling is all around and it gives you a relaxed holiday feeling mixed with the energy of exciting things happening. The location adds to it. The festival is located at an artificial island, created to build a new part of Amsterdam, but at the moment it is just an enormous heap of sand. A bit of a Nevada dessert experience after all.

August 23 through September 8, 2013 on Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Tickets in presale are €12,50, tickets at the door are €15 (if not sold out)
Location: Oostpunt, IJdijk 10, Amsterdam-Oost
Public transport from Amsterdam Central Station: Tram 26 (direction IJburg),
stop: Zuiderzeeweg (near Piet Heintunnel).
Follow the signs to Magneet Festival from the tram stop.