Romantic ideas for couples in Amsterdam
The funny date: Comedy shows
Laughter can be the best ice breaker, and sometimes it’s best to leave it to the professionals. You can see English comedy performances at several locations around Amsterdam. Just remember that sitting too close to the front can make you and your date the stars of the show.
The Saturday night at the zoo date
On Saturday nights in the summer, Amsterdam’s ARTIS Zoo is open until sunset, setting the scene for romantic encounters between the beautiful gardens, exotic animals and historic buildings. The city’s largest planetarium was made for star-crossed lovers, and the ARTIS aquarium lets you explore the ocean’s depths. Tip: Purchase the I amsterdam City Card for free entry to ARTIS Zoo along with many other attractions and free public transport.
The Ton Ton Club: Arcade for grown-ups
Assess your date’s competitive streak by taking them to Amsterdam’s arcade-bar hybrid: the Ton Ton Club. Its three locations at Amsterdam Central and the West combine delicious burgers and drinks with pinball, Mario Kart and all the classics.
The tipsy date: Wine and beer tasting
Impress your other half with your sophisticated palate at one of Amsterdam's dedicated wine bars. Wester Wijnfabriek, GlouGlou and the Barcelona-inspired Five Brothers Fat Champañaria set the right tone with a romantic atmosphere. Craft beer connoisseurs should visit one of Amsterdam’s boutique breweries to sample the local brews – don’t forget the bitterballen.
The literary date: Cosy bookstores
Head to the home of all the greatest love stories and spend an early evening browsing the shelves at the American Book Center, or Waterstones Booksellers. This part of the city, known as the Spui, also hosts a book market every Friday, perfect for finding rare editions of your favourite works in Dutch, English and other languages. And a hint for the newly entwined: you can tell a lot about a person by what they read.
The brunch date
Technically not a night, but a really nice date. Dazzle your date with the very best coffee and eggs in Amsterdam, or climb aboard G’s brunch boat, run by G’s Really Nice Place, where delicious brunch dishes and cocktails are combined with a canal cruise. Best of all, brunch gives you the choice to spend the rest of the day together, or suddenly 'remember' your lunch plans.
The upscale movie date
The date of all dates is elevated to a whole new level at Amsterdam’s boutique cinemas. Pathé Tuschinski provides Art Deco ambience to Hollywood blockbusters, while The Movies is a charmingly retro date night favourite with a focus on art house and independent films.
The date for the indecisive: Food Hallen
Choosing a restaurant that’s not too high-brow and not too casual, and food that’s not too messy and not too spicy has got to be one of the biggest date night dilemmas. Luckily, you can avoid the decision all together by choosing Amsterdam’s Food Hallen, where the world’s best street food comes together with cocktail and wine bars.
The blissfully relaxing date
Couples that spa together, stay together. Pampering is always a good idea, and often overlooked as a date night activity. Escape a chilly evening by soaking in a spa or book an indulgent couple’s massage for the most relaxing date night yet.
The weekend-long date
In the wise words of Bridget Jones, “a mini-break means true love”. In Amsterdam, you never have to travel far to be a world away from the city. Escape to sleepy fishing villages like Volendam and Zaandam, soak up the sea breeze at Bloemendaal beach or take a walk through the fields of colour in the Flower Strip.
Inspired to see more of Amsterdam? See the major attractions and make use of free public transport with the I amsterdam City Card.