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Het Ketehuis cinema Westergastheater in Westerpark
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Weekend Guide (24-26 March)

Spring is here, and the city has woken from hibernation once more. This week we’ve prepared a selection of restaurants for those observing the Ramadan fast, street markets bustling with food and fashionable finds, our favourite clubbing events, festivals, and family-friendly outings. It’s fair to say this weekend will be a full one!



Kas Keerweer interior
Image from Kas Keerweer
  • Located amongst the budding trees of Park Frankendael, Pure Markt, is the most wholesome place this Sunday to enjoy snacks, drinks, beautiful greenery, and unique craft and foodie stalls. Entrance is free, and guess what? Your dog(s) and your kid(s) are invited to join! 
    Pure Markt | Sunday, 26 March | Park Frankendael
  • Nothing beats a Sunday market stroll! Head down to the Oude Turfmarkt at Rokin for Sunday Market. Partake in a little shopping, soak up the beautiful city centre views, and catch up with friends. There will be plenty of opportunities to find a snack and drink.
    Sunday Market | Sunday, 26 March | Oude Turfmarkt
  • In need of a spring wardrobe update? Head down to De Baarsjes for a Saturday rummage at Kas Keerwater’s Second Hand Clothing Market. Meet the locals and find a bargain amongst the various stalls all laid out inside this cosy greenhouse. The market will be ready and running from 10:00.
    Second Hand Clothing Market | Saturday March 25 | Kas Keerweer, Admiraal de Ruijterweg 19

Clubbing picks

BRET club party
Image from BRET

Get your sweat on as you dance your way into spring. This weekend, The Breakfast Club takes over The Other Side in Houthavens for their 13th birthday party with a four-hour set by Donato Dozzy, and many others. It's Het Weekend at De School (DJ Leoni, Jennifer Lovelessl, Batu, Tasha, Ciel, Alex Kassian) and there’s a handy new timeslot system to reduce the dreaded ‘when should we queue?’ dilemma. Finally, Lente Kabinet will be throwing a Vakantieland pre-party at Sexyland World, which promises to be full of hype and surprises.


De Prael Houthavens
Image from Marion Golsteijn

Get ready to immerse yourself in a colourful palette of jazz sounds as the city bursts with outstanding live performances this weekend. Indulge in mermerising tunes in Amsterdam Noord on Thursday at De Ceuvel, where Lise Van Dooren's jazz Trio will captivate your senses. On Sunday, check out Breugem Meeting Point (formerly the de Prael brewery) in Houthavens and indulge in some beer and bitterballen while grooving to some soulful blues. Looking for something funkier? Then don't miss Café Kobalt's last jazz event of the year, where you can let loose to some incredible live music.

Café de Ceuvel | Thursday 23 March, 21:00 – 22:00 | Korte Papaverweg 4
Breugem Meeting Point | Sunday 26 March, 16:00 – 19:00 | Nieuwe Hemweg 2
Café Kobalt | Sunday 26 March, 17:00 – 20:00 | Singel 2A


Iftar with poems: Noor

2022. Motamedi. Mohammad Motamedi en Rembrandt Frerichs Trio. Rembrandt Frerichs, Tony Overwater en Vinsent Planjer.

Photo: Allard Willemse (naamsvermelding verplicht)
Image from Allard Willemse

It’s Ramadan, and what better way to mark its arrival than with an evening of Islamic poems with Persian singer Mohammad Motamedi. This Thursday at  ITA, embark on a spiritual journey through ages and poets.

Noor | Thursday, 23 March | ITA, Leidseplein 26

Iftar in Amsterdam

Streetiftar IJpromenade
Image from Streetiftar IJpromenade

For Ramadan, many restaurants in Amsterdam have adjusted their opening hours to offer delicious iftar meals the moment the sun goes down. Here are a few participating restaurants:

  • The Ramadan menu at Restaurant Mozo includes harira, tagine with couscous, fries or rice, and, of course, dates.

  • Lebanese restaurant Sallora in Osdorp offers a Ramadan menu including dates, milk, soup, a main course and dessert.

  • Hayran Shawarma takes advance orders to ensure your meal is ready for iftar.

  • Lezz restaurant in Osdorp has a special Iftar menu and welcomes all within their atmospheric wooden interiors that transport you straight to the banks of the Bosphorus river.

Roze Film Dagen

This year's edition of the LGBTQ+ film festival Roze Filmdagen (Pink Film Days) opens with Joyland (2022), directed by Saim Sadiqand - winner of the Cannes Queer Palm. The programme encompasses an incredible selection of more than 152 LGBTQ+ films from over 40 countries, all in different genres, screened at Ketelhuis Cinema for 11 days. Many films will be having their world premiere during this event.

Roze Film Dagen | 22 March - 2 April | Ketelhuis and Westergasfabriek


Free Sand Art Workshop for Kids

Kids playing with exhibit at Museum Schokland
Image from Michel Klooster

Enjoy a family Sunday brunch at Kanteen25, where the kids can participate in a free sand art workshop. The children will get a chance to experiment with painting patterns and drawings on backlit sand for an hour-long artist-guided workshop: plenty of time for the adults to recharge. A special brunch offer is valid for all participants. Online reservation is required and don’t forget to mention your registration for the workshop in the comments!

Free Sand Art Workshop for Kids | Sunday, 26 March | Kanteen25, Kattenburgerstraat 5

Sleeping Beauty Family Performance

Frontview of the Concertgebouw at the Van Baerlestraat.
Image from Jan de Ridder

Grab the little ones and head to the Concertgebouw this Sunday for a family performance of Tchaikovsky’s Sleeping Beauty. With Charlene Sancho as the narrator, the experience is sure to prove magical for kids and adults alike. At just over an hour in duration, the concert is the perfect length to keep up with the attention span of kids (6+), so come and wander into the Sleeping Beauty fairytale.

Family performance Sleeping Beauty in the Children's Music Week | Sunday, 26 March, 11:00 to 12:00 | Concertgebouwplein 10

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