Do yoga and eat flowers on a green rooftop
Spectacular city views, lush planters (with edible flowers) and homemade drinks in mason jars: NEST is a beautiful, green café and bar on the Hotel Casa rooftop. Every Thursday (so long as it’s not raining) you can head there for a relaxing morning of yoga with other early birds. Occasionally, you can even pitch a tent there and spend the night stargazing. The rooftop’s availability is weather-dependent, so check out their Facebook page for actual opening hours.
Eat, pay or haggle in a street market
If you’re a fan of street markets, you’re in the right city (and a great neighbourhood). The Dappermarkt on Dapperstraat is a great place to pick up everything from fresh produce to beautiful fabric. You’ll also often find good fish or cheese, and the occasional sushi wrap. As with all street markets, the goods on offer and crowd-sizes vary greatly from day to day; best way to find out is to head there.
Check out a festival at Oosterpark
Oosterpark is home to a busy schedule of events, and some great festivals. The Keti Koti (Surinamese for broken chains) festival celebrates the abolition of slavery with a busy, colourful festival complete with performers and a parade. The Amsterdam Roots Festival is filled with song, dance, acrobatics and kid’s activities. Expect to find some fantastic food and shopping stalls throughout both. And there’s a lot more throughout the year, so keep an eye on the park’s Facebook page for the latest.
Discover the up-and-coming food scene
Oost is a beautifully diverse neighbourhood, and a trip there wouldn’t be complete without a meal at one of the many local favourites. If you fancy some New York comfort food or a pancake breakfast, then head to the cosy Eastside on Sumatrastraat. Prefer some seafood instead? The nautical Walrus & The Carpenter will satisfy that craving entirely. The green Bar Botanique on Swindenstraat is here for you if you’re in a French-Mediterranean mood. Finally, for a South American take on bar food, the beautiful Bar Louie Louie is the easy choice in the neighbourhood.
Catch an arthouse film, or ten
Films large and small find their way onto the Studio/K schedule, a homey arthouse cinema, café and club on Timorplein. Some 50 dedicated students painstakingly put the schedules together, so expect the best in classics and new releases whenever you visit. If you’re in the city in August, you’ll not want to miss one of the indoor or open-air shows from the World Cinema Amsterdam Festival either. Festival screenings will be held at different times and across the city, so the website is your best bet for staying current.
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