Spend the night in a tram cart, or rubbing shoulders with artists
If the last room you slept in was boring, we highly recommend sleeping in a tram cart, or behind a secret bookcase. Hotel Not Hotel offers those and a dozen other unique not-rooms, like the mini Spanish villa or the elevated crow’s nest, as well as an awesome food and cocktail bar called Kevin Bacon. Alternatively, head to the Wow Amsterdam hostel and rub shoulders with the dozens of resident artists trying to launch their career from Wow’s studios; inspiration guaranteed.
Watch a gig or stage performance, then dance the night away
Single-function destinations sometimes just don’t cut it. Sometimes, you just can’t put your finger on the type of entertainment you need. De Marktkantine – once a canteen for food-market workers – houses a theatre, club and restaurant, and has an excellent events schedule. You might also want to check out De School, another cultural and clubbing hub with its own strong line-up of events. There’s even a gym at De School, in case you want to get some yoga in before a night out.
Stare at people (or the clouds) from a beautiful terrace bar
For a calmer evening, consider heading to a terrace bar and quietly enjoying some good food and pedestrian action. If you’re a wine lover, Partisan has an excellent selection on offer, as well as hearty dishes and modern bistro fare. For a vintage pub vibe (plus a huge green couch) head to Bar Spek and try some fresh soup and pizza while you’re there. And just as vintage – this one is housed in a former jeweller school – but sometimes a bit louder, Lokaal Edel serves a strong line-up of burgers and tartare for your carnivorous pleasure. All three, of course, have fantastic outdoor spaces.
Eat your way through the Jan Evertsenstraat
The Jan Evertsenstraat is a great street to lose a few hours in. And when you’re done with the shopping and walking, you’ll also find several top-notch eateries to duck into. For burgers and beer, you can’t go wrong with the cosy, reasonably-priced Frits. If you’re looking for something more sophisticated, then the super-stylish Café Zurich should be your first port of call. And for just coffee – stellar coffee mind – then White Label Coffee serves up some imported beans, which you can buy by the cup or in beautiful bags.
Recharge in a neighbourhood park
Sunshine (when available), sculptures and open lakes, families, kids and pets: the sprawling Rembrandt Park is one of the top outdoor spots in the city. It’s sometimes quiet, sometimes loud, but always beautiful to walk through and perfect to relax in. The park has plenty of amenities too, including exercise areas and a very popular petting zoo. Alternatively, head to Erasmus Park to wander the expansive flower gardens and relax with a coffee in Terrasmus cafe.
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