Broaden your horizons in Amsterdam

The Amsterdam Area has plenty of opportunities to offer for those that would like to learn something, broaden their horizons or get creative. We’ve delved into the world of workshops and courses and come up with some lists to give you a taste of what’s out there. Don’t speak the local lingo? No problem, all these workshops are held in English. If you are interested in learning Dutch, however, find more information here. Alternatively, check the events calendar if you're looking for events catering to internationals.



  • Speech, Speech! Toastmasters International run courses to help you brush up on your public speaking and leadership skills.

  • The JCI Amsterdam International are dedicated to uniting ambitious young professionals aged between 25 and 40 up for some serious networking.

  • The rush and bustle of corporate life getting you down? Come to yourself with a Tai Chi workshop.

Food and drink

  • The acclaimed Wijninstituut gives English language wine courses introducing wine-lovers to the magical world of grape appreciation. Five evening courses spread over three months cover all the basics. Alternatively, Singel wine shop The Library hosts regular English language wine tasting classes in a relaxed and informal setting. Keep an eye on their Facebook page for upcoming events.  

  • The Wynand Fockink distillery in the heart of Amsterdam has been producing Dutch spirits for over 300 years. Book a tasting and learn the ins and outs of the craft – and of course, sample what’s on offer!

  • Peter Pan cookery studio offer cooking classes at their location in Amsterdam Noord, where guests are invited to pick their own fresh herbs from the garden to use in their culinary creations. 

  • De Kookfabriek (website in Dutch) guarantee to have you cooking like a Michelin-starred chef in no time.

  • More to Italian cooking than throwing a frozen pizza in the oven? Of course! A workshop at Pinsa’s Italian cooking school will show you how.


  • ACCESS Netherlands run a number of courses to help expecting parents prepare for what’s in store.

  • Learning some basics of Dutch can stand you in good stead in all aspects of life in the Netherlands. Check out our list of language courses in Amsterdam.

  • What to do if...? The Amsterdam Red Cross run handy first aid courses in English to prepare you for medical misfortune (website in Dutch).

  • Buying a house can be a daunting at the best of times. Regularly held Expat housing seminars will guide you through the minefield so you can take the mortgage leap in confidence.