best outdoor places to watch the World Cup in Amsterdam

1352_fullimage_locaties terras_560x350It’s great to see the orange decorated houses, café’s, shops and complete streets. Amsterdam is fully prepared for the World Cup tournament. Tonight is the first match for the Dutch team and we will watch it together with friends, family and complete strangers, preferably outdoors.
If you are in Amsterdam the coming month and interested in football I would advise you to experience the World Cup Feeling the Dutch way.
These are the best places to do so:

Museumplein
If you like crowds, go there. Expect about 100.000 people. Expect gigantic screens. Expect music and party and no other colour than orange. The Dutch matches will be shown here, at least the first 2. After that, check beforehand, the location may have changed.
Entrance: free

Marie Heineken Plein
The international experience you’ll find over here. There’s Barça the place to be for the Spanish supporters, O’Donnell’s the Irish Pub is inviting the Britisch supporters, Café Marie says it’s offering refuge for German fans and Caffe Parma welcomes Italians. Of course all other nationalities are welcome too. These bars and most of the other bars will have several TV screens and centrally on the square there will be big screens.

North Sea Jazz Club
Pazzanistraat 1
Inside the no-nonsense approach: great quality and sound, no fuzz.
Outside it’s the opposite: they had tribunes build, for the real stadium feeling.
After party with DJ’s – even when loosing the game.

Westergasterras
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A screen of 7 x 7 meters! Thousands of football fans will join to watch the match here. Waiters bring trays and pitchers of beer to the public, so you don’t have to miss a second of the match.

Oranjehaven
Watch the match from your own boat or from one of the large Orange boats that you can get on for free. A fleet of boats will leave for the Oranjehaven at 18.00 from the Europarking in the Marnixstraat. If you don’t own a boat you can take the large Orange boat, it’s free. Food and drinks are for sale of course. And don’t think of leaving early: after the match the party just begins.
Admission: € 5,-

Vondeltuin
Beautiful location: terrace in the famous Vondelpark. Good equipment: 2 large and 4 smaller screens, extra beer taps and a BBQ.  All ingredients for a great experience.
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Hannekes Boom
Large screen, terrace at the waterside, waiters serving pitchers all the time.
Only the Dutch matches!
Dijksgracht 4

Roest
One large screen and 68 (!!) small TV’s to watch the matches. Extra advantage: Roest has a small city beach.
Bad weather scenario: Roest is next to a beautiful old factory hall, where the match can be watched on the large screen with hundreds of people. Czaar Peterstraat.

Pllek
Pllek is the city’s most beautiful city beach, at the IJ river. They show the Dutch matches on big screens.
TT Neveritaweg 59

Brandstof
2 large screens and a caipirihabar!
Korte Marnixstraat

Remember: wherever you go – wear orange!

back to the sixties in Amsterdam – photo’s by Ed van der Elsken

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Photo: Ed van der Elsken – Oudezijds Achterburgwal, Amsterdam 1961

Ed van der Elsken is famous for his photo’s of people in the streets of Amsterdam in the 50’s and 60’s. He used to wander the streets all day long and photograph the daily life of the ‘ordinary’ people in Amsterdam. Nowadays his pictures give a lively and detailed impression of what life was like in those days.
Vintage prints and new material that has never been published before will be exhibited this summer in the Stadsarchief Amsterdam.
Dont miss it! This exhibition is a must do, even when you’re not a fan of photography.

Amsterdam! Ed van der Elsken, vintage photo’s 1947-1970
June 6 – September 14, 2014
Stadsarchief Amsterdam
Vijzelstraat 32
1017 HL Amsterdam
Tickets: € 6,-

hidden gem in Amsterdam

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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.

Open:
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
020-4650222

What happened to Queens Day?

Photo: Nieuws.nl

Photo: Nieuws.nl

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We used to have Queen’s day in the Netherlands – at April 30st.
Now that we have a king, we have King’s Day – officially at April 27th.
But this year (2014) Kings Day was at April 26st because the 27th is a Sunday.

It’s complicated. That’s why yesterday April 30st, several tourists, beautifully dressed up in orange, were spotted in Amsterdam. Wondering where that great Queen’s Day street party was happening.

I feel sorry for them. They missed it all.
To make sure nobody comes to Amsterdam on the wrong dates next year:

King’s Day 2015: April 27th
King’s Night 2015: the night of April 26st
Queen’s Day: no longer exists

foodies heaven in Amsterdam: 3 festivals this May

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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.

have a comedian as your guide through the Rijksmuseum

FancyJust one chance: Sunday May 4th at 14.00 hours. Fancy Meeting You Here organizes a tour through the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam. The comedians have previously led audiences on unique comedic tours through the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco, the British Museum and the National Gallery in London. It’s been said to be one of the “must see” shows at the recent San Francisco Sketchfest comedy festival.
Sounds like fun!
The tour takes about 70 to 80 minutes.
It will be sold out soon I guess, so make reservations here.

Holland Festival Amsterdam 2014 – tickets now available

war-horseJune 1 to 29 of this year the 67th edition of the Holland Festival will take place in Amsterdam. The festival is the main performing arts festival in the Netherlands, known for it’s groundbreaking experimental work as well as great versions of ‘classics’.

Check the trailer for inspiration and book your tickets (online or here) while you still can, cause the shows are ususally sold out quite fast.