Eat well, deliciously
Overhauling your diet after all the festive indulgence is a familiar ritual for many. But the good news is, Amsterdam makes it effortless to treat your body like a temple (or at least offset the bitterballen). The city is brimming with health-conscious restaurants, juice bars and garden-to-table dining concepts that sacrifice nothing in flavour. And if you want to experiment with going vegetarian or vegan, you’ve come to the right place.
Before you lock yourself into an expensive gym contract, consider Amsterdam’s excellent spots for running, or sign up for the TCS Amsterdam Marathon, outdoor activities – from paddleboarding to bootcamps, or take your leisurely cycle to the next level with our suggested cycling routes. Residents can also meet friendly faces by joining one of Amsterdam’s huge selection of expat sports teams.
Being environmentally conscious is nothing new to the Dutch, and Amsterdam has a reputation for putting sustainable ideas into practice. Every neighbourhood is home to sustainable shops and restaurants, such as those that tackle food-waste and promote sustainable fashion. There are fantastic initiatives that provide employment for disadvantaged youth and a chocolate brand that’s committed to ending slavery.
Venture beyond the city
In Amsterdam, it can often feel like you have everything on your doorstep, meaning many of us are missing out on the impressive sights and attractions to be found in the greater Amsterdam region. Make 2019 the year that you photograph the charming windmills of the Zaanse Schans, explore 17th-century country estates and castles, or dip your toes in the North Sea (maybe wait a few months for that one).
Most of us only scrape the surface of Amsterdam's impressive literary and artistic heritage. 2019 marks 350 years since the death of Rembrandt, one of the Netherlands’ most esteemed painters. A series of exhibitions and events in Rembrandt’s honour give you the perfect opportunity to learn about his legacy. Knock out two resolutions at once – culture and exploration – with a visit the world-renowned art museums in Haarlem. There are also artistic gems waiting to be discovered in Amsterdam’s lesser known (but fascinating) niche museums. Buy an Amsterdam City Card and plan a weekend of museum-hopping to tick the big-hitting masterpieces off your bucket list.
Looking for more inspiration? See the 30 most anticipated events of 2019 in Amsterdam.