48 Tourist information magazine | Summer 2013
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Always something to experience!
The New Houdini Now: all Summer events in Amsterdam! Discover Amsterdam and its 9 Areas
Summer Special Zeedijk
Red Light District: More than Sex
This Season Food, Drinks & Nightlife
In this issue
Coverstory: Stardust The New Houdini and Cirque Stiletto 2
Zeedijk Special The most exciting events
Zaanse Schans Traditional green painted houses and windmills
In every issue City of Amsterdam Where to begin?
Discover our 9 Areas Enjoy Amsterdam
This season in Amsterdam Art & Culture, Theatre, Music and Events
Listing Museums, Stage Theatre and Sightseeing All our cultural addresses
Food, Drinks and Nightlife Where to find Amsterdam nightly entertainment
Redlight Disctrict Where to find the city’s nightly entertainment
Map of Amsterdam Find your way in Amsterdam
Chinese Acupunctuur Amsterdam Chinese herbs and acupuncture Zeedijk 65A, T. 020-4220389, M. 06-29387837 www.chinese-praktijk.nl
Our Area 1 - page 10 Jordaan
Area 2 - page 12 9 straatjes
Area 3 - page 18 museumkwartier
Area 4 - page 20 old town
Area 6 - page 30 rembrandtplein
Area 7 - page 32 the plantage
Area 8 - page 34 leidseplein
Area 5 - page 28
Area 9 - page 36
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City of Amsterdam Where to begin? That’s a good question! Amsterdam has so much to offer that it is impossible to see everything in a week, let alone in a weekend. To make things a little easier for you the Amsterdam Journal has divided the city into nine easy-reference areas for you. Each area has its own character. In the one area you will mainly find the authentic Amsterdam with its real brown (referring to the dark wood interiors) pubs (the Jordaan), in the next area you will find the most important art collections of the Netherlands (Museumkwartier – Museum Quarter), large shops or on the contrary unusual specialist shops (Centrum (Centre), de Negen Straatjes (Nine Streets) or nature combined with history (the Plantage). For those who want to go out, Amsterdam (Rem8
brandtplein, Leidseplein) is the place to be. Also modern architecture buffs can indulge themselves here (Eastern Docklands) and those who also want to see Amsterdam’s world-famous and typical side, now’s your chance (Red light district). You could easily spend a day in each area, but luckily combining the areas is also easy. The areas link up well, public transport will take you everywhere. Should you be at a loss: Amsterdammers are helpful and practically everyone speaks English. Welkom en veel plezier! (Welcome and enjoy!)
Area 1 - page 10 Jordaan
Area 2 - page 12 9 straatjes
Area 3 - page 18 museumkwartier
Area 4 - page 20 old town
Area 5 - page 28 Text: Dorien ter Veld | Photo: Amsterdam canal Lsantilli
Area 6 - page 30 rembrandtplein
Did you know that: • Amsterdammers also call their city Mokum? • Amsterdam was originally built on piles?
Area 7 - page 32 the plantage
Area 8 - page 34
• You can more or less deduce from the gables how old a canalside house is?
• Amsterdam has more canals and bridges than Venice?
Area 9 - page 36
• The Amsterdam ring of canals has been on the UNESCO world heritage list since 2010?
Enjoying authentic Amsterdam in a relaxed way that is what you do in the Jordaan. In the past labourers and craftsmen used to live in the crisscross of little streets. Now you get pleasantly lost among the local shops, antiquarian bookshops, galleries and (brown) pubs. This charming working class area is hot! Authentic working class area You can wander around through the streets and side streets in a relaxed way and enjoy the spontaneous and relaxed atmosphere. You can experience the typical atmosphere of the Jordaan, in streets like Westerstraat, Tweede Anjeliersdwarsstraat, Tweede Tuindwarsstraat and around the Noordermarkt. On Saturdays you will find the best organic farmer’s market of Amsterdam on the Noordermarkt, directly opposite the Noorderkerk (Noorder church). Pubs/Bars and shops When you walk from the Noorderkerk to the Westerkerk (Western church) – the recognizable church that has a blue-red crown on its tower - , you will automatically get to the Westermarkt. Here you will find the monument for gay people (1987), consisting of three large pink granite triangles. From here you can go straight onto Rozengracht (Rozen canal). This shopping street is very well-liked because of its diversity of nice shops.
Tips! • Do you want to visit the Anne Frank House (Prinsengracht 267)? Be there on time and prepare for serious waiting times. • Find Dutch conviviality in one of the over 60 (brown) cafés in the Jordaan. • Visit the fabric market (Lapjesmarkt) on the Noordermarkt: Mondays 8.00 – 14.00 hours. •
Feel like going on a shopping spree? At the edge of the Jordaan you will find the Haarlemmerstraat and the Haarlemmerdijk with many contemporary and unique and edgy clothes shops.
Anne Frank house Also not far from the Westerkerk, you can take a look in the Anne Frank’s Achterhuis. Behind a closet that turns out to be a door, you will find the small house where she wrote in her diary. Very oppressive. The real pub life ‘Gezellig. This Dutch word – that can barely be translated properly -, applies perfectly to the typical (brown) pubs in the Jordaan. The atmosphere is easy-going, the people are spontaneous and speak with a very broad Amsterdam accent. You will regularly hear the sound of original Dutch music.
De ouDe wester Corner Prinsengracht 184 & rozengracht 2, phone (020) 6257502
The largest selection of sightseeing tours, canal cruises and many other activities in Amsterdam. Use promotional code: “Amsterdam Journal” and receive an extra online discount! Visiting other cities in Europe? www.barcelonacitytours.com • www.berlincitytours.com www.madridcitytours.com • www.viennacitytours.com De Oude Wester is a wonderfull cafe and restaurant right in the heart of the jordaan an can easily to be found diagonally a cross from Anne Frank house. The extensive menu offers a wide variety of dishes, from breakfast to lunch and dinner. Famous for their homemade green pea soup, dutch meals and delicious pancakes it`s certainly worth your visit.
Rozengracht 54, phone: (020) 6243681 www.coppenhagenbeads.nl Visit “Coppenhagen kralen,” the oldest and best-known bead store in Holland. In our store you will find an extensive assortment of glass beads, precious stones, silver and other essentials like thread, chain, clasps and so on. Our professional expertise is there to help you create your own jewellery. Opening hours: Mon: closed, Tue till Fri: 10.00 - 18.00, Sat: 10.00 - 17.00
Not far behind Dam Square, between the wellknown ring of canals, you will find nine small streets full of small specialist shops, boutiques and galleries. The three times three streets are situated neatly side to side and together they are a kilometre long, but make no mistake! You can easily lose yourself here for a day. Pleasant, unique and bold In former times the workshops of craftsmen could be found in Reestraat, Berenstraat, Runstraat, Hartenstraat, Wolvenstraat, Huidenstraat, Gasthuismolensteeg, Oude Spiegelstraat and Wijde Heisteeg. Nowadays the small streets are full of specialist shops. If you want to snap up something special, you are bound to be successful here. Contrary to the large shops in the city centre, nothing is standard here. Except the more easy-going atmosphere and the great amount of creativity. Vintage, chic, second-hand and everything in between The collections of the shops show that the owners are passionate enthusiasts. Many of them have made their hobby their job. If you love clothes with just something special, you can indulge yourself in the more than fifty clothes shops. No sameness here, but mainly colourful, chic, trendy, exciting, vintage or second-hand clothes. The second-hand shops in the Nine Streets are famous for vintage, chic and secondhand clothes in Amsterdam by the way. Unlike anything else All the shops really show sincere interests: shoe shops with unusual collections, a sock shop for men, specialised bookshops, a cheese shop with hundreds of different types of cheeses and have you ever seen a White Teeth shop before?
Tips! • On de9straatjes.nl/uk/ you can see the amount of specialised shops • Most shops in the Nine Streets are also open on Sundays, after 12.00 hours. • There are various small cafés in the Nine Streets that sell healthy sandwiches, smoothies, cheesecake and other goodies.
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The 9 shopping in the Streets Moscow by Pure Brands
Runstraat 8 | 1016 GK Amsterdam www.purebrands.nl
Huidenstraat 11 | 1016 ER Amsterdam www.purebrands.nl
Moscow by Pure Brands presents a luxurious and comfortable female style in a breath take. In this boutique located in the hart of the shopping center, you will find a unique combination of the most beautiful Dutch brands like Moscow, Braez, 10Days and Circle of Trust.
The Dutch brandstore of Liebeskind Berlin located in the nine streets. Liebeskind is known for her distinctive design. Thanks to bags, belts and accessories made from fine, naturally finished leather in casual looks, Liebeskind Berlin is one of the most popular brands of this time. In the Liebeskind shop you will not only find hand bags, shoulder bags, shoppers, clutches and laptop bags but also leather wristbands, purses, mobile phone cases and clothing perfectly complete the range... and make choosing a favourite very hard.
Monday 13.00 - 18.00 hrs. Tuesday - Saterday: 11.00 - 18.00 hrs. Sunday 12.00 - 17.00 hrs.
Monday 13.00 - 18.00 hrs. Tuesday - Saterday: 11.00 - 18.00 hrs. Sunday 12.00 - 17.00 hrs.
Mint Mini Mall
Lifestyle items Accessories - Gifts Runstraat 27 | T 020-6272466 www.mintminimall.nl A marvelous new place in town for lifestyle items, trendy accessories & spot on gifts for him, for her & for the little ones. Monday: 12.30 - 18.00 hrs Tuesday - Saturday: 10.30 - 18.00 hrs Sunday: 12.30 - 17.00 hrs.
Beauregard Ibiza Style
Runstraat 29 | T 020-5287222 www.beauregard.nl Beauregard means â€œbeautiful to seeâ€? and that is exactly what we want you te be. Monday: 12.30 - 18.00 hrs Tuesday till Saturday: 10.30 - 18.00 hrs Sunday: 12.30 - 17.00 hrs
The 9 shopping in the Streets Architect of time
Available at Amsterdam Watch Company Reestraat 3 020 3892789 www.awco.nl
Runstraat 13 | 020 6265791 www.lustamsterdam.nl
As a Bauhaus student of Walter Gropius, Max Bill intuitively understood how to apply the pursuit of constructive clarity and precise proportions to his work. The collaboration between Junghans and Max Bill began in 1956 with the design of a kitchen clock. The design of the face cascaded directly into the design of wristwatches in 1961.
Restaurant Lust is an all day round place that serves PURE GOOD FOOD in a trendy atmo sphere. The lunch menu offers a great variety in sandwiches, salads, burgers and shakes. At night the place transforms to a more classy restaurant with nice wines and good service. The dinner menu is international, inspired by Mediterranean cuisine. For just a salad or an extensive night of dinning, Lust is a place to be.
Chronoscope automatic € 1.595,-
The vintage watch shop Reestraat 3 | 020 3892789 | www.awco.nl
SAS Design ‘Tame tomorrow... beautiful today!’ Gasthuismolensteeg 1 | 020 4271999 www.sasdesign.nl SAS Design has brought an elegant combination of oriental, antique and contemporary jewellery to the Amsterdam neighbourhood of the Nine Streets. This romantic boutique offers you a beautiful collection of handmade jewellery of their own design. The pieces are produced by a small team of gold smiths from the Indian Thar desert in first class silver, gold plated silver and gold with the use of precious stone. The store is open seven days a week. Open: Mon. 12-6pm, Tue. – Sat. 11am-6pm, Sun. 12-5pm
Amsterdam Watch Company is specialized in sales and restoration of vintage watches from makes such as Omega, Rolex, Jaeger-LeCoultre, Cartier and Patek Philippe. There’s also a large selection of watch straps and other watch relatedaccessories available as well as handmade watches from the Netherlands as Christiaan van der Klaauw and Roland Oostwegel. We say Bring back a piece of time!
The 9 shopping in the Streets
De Witte Tandenwinkel Dental Care and Oral Hygiene Products Runstraat 5 | 1016 GJ Amsterdam | 020 6233443
Nielsen Lunch Café
De Witte Tandenwinkel (The White Teeth Shop) sells a well figured out selection of dental care products, not easily to be found elsewhere. No, they’re not fanatics, but they like to convey the idea that dental main-tenance need not be an annoying plight, but a way of caring that can even be pleasant. They offer solid and practical advice and are not obtrusive with that. They are there for the customer who needs a package of simple toothpicks, safe toothpaste that really whitens, wire brushes of 6,3 millimetres wide or the best electric toothbrush there is. Open: Mon.: 1-6pm, Tue.-Fri.: 10am-6pm, Sat.: 10am-5pm
Berenstraat 19 020 3306006 At the delightfully informal lunch café Nielsen, where fresh flowers put you in a summery mood whatever the weather, you are spoilt for choice from a delicious breakfast menu. Furthermore, do they have a very attractive lunch card, with scrumptious club sandwiches and home made cakes. All ingredients used are fresh and ecological friendly meat is used. They have many vegetarian and vegan dishes on the menu. All the dishes are home made, of course. Especially recommendable is their multiple prize-winning club sandwich. A true family business with a passion for fresh, honest and tasty food. 17
There are a number of things you cannot get round in Amsterdam. Culture enthusiasts cannot go home before they have admired a number of masterpieces in Holland’s most important museums with their own eyes. Where to begin? Rijksmuseum (National Museum) In this impressive monumental building dating from 1885 you will find the famous masterpieces of Dutch and Flemish painters from the fifteenth up to and including the nineteenth century. Here you will also find Rembrandt’s world-famous Night Watch (1650). Other masters to be found here are: Jan Steen, Frans Hals and Johannes Vermeer. After a long renovation project the Rijksmuseum has been open again completely since April. Van Gogh Museum When you walk through this museum you clearly see how this painter developed. As sombre as the paintings are that he made in the Netherlands, so colourful and vivid are the works that he made on French soil. You will also find works of contemporaries like Monet and Gauguin in the museum. Stedelijk Museum (Municipal Museum) The Stedelijk Museum, established in 1874, has a large collection of classical, modern and contemporary art. The museum owns about 90.000 objects from practically all important 20th and 21st century schools.
Tips! • If you don’t like waiting, you just order your Museum tickets online. • During the concert season (mid-September to the end of June) a free lunch concert is given in the Concertgebouw on Wednesdays: between 12.00 and 12.30 hours. • High Society shopping: parallel to Museumplein you will find the most stylish and most expensive shopping street of the Netherlands: P.C. Hooftstraat. • Diamond lovers visit the Diamond Museum Amsterdam (Paulus Potterstraat, opposite Museumplein))
Concertgebouw (Concert building) In 1888 the first concert took place in this famous Concert building. The acoustics in the building are extraordinary. In 2013 the Concertgebouw is celebrating its 125th anniversary. Every month of the Jubilee year a different period from the history of the Concertgebouw are central. Browsing around in antique shops Together with the adjacent Nieuwe Spiegelstraat, Spiegelgracht (opposite the Rijksmuseum) makes up the heart of the Spiegelkwartier; an area with many antique shops and galleries.
Artist Mark Raven
and his Contemporary City Impressions
Text: Sarah Saarberg
It is obvious that the artist Mark Raven loves his birthplace by each and every work he has made of Amsterdam. This city never ceases to captivate and inspire him. Mark’s work is modern and wayward, but is unmistakably connected to this versatile and interesting capitol of ours. If Marks Raven’s father had had his way, Mark would have become a journalist. At the time, he followed his advice and went to the school for journalism. But he clearly was destined for other things. The artist explains his chosen medium: “The image, as means of communication, is far more appealing to me than text. Moreover, an image is universal. Everyone understands it.” And so, Mark installed himself as a street artist on a rug in the tunnel underneath the Rijksmuseum to capture the city in every way. “I love the city. But I love people too. I immediately want to show them what I make.”
Rembrandt and Escher Over the years, the art he has made, developed from highly detailed pen-and-ink drawings to a wilder and more suggestive play with lines. In his early days, Mark worked in the tradition of Rembrandt’s etchings and M.C. Escher’s graphic work, but gradually generated his modern touch. Mark combines traditional etching techniques with painting and modern graphic and digital techniques. All in a style that appeals to a lot of people. And not just tourists. Many Amsterdammers have a Mark Raven hanging on their wall.
Accessible for every budget Kiosk on Museumplein Mark’s work was liked right from the beginning. So much even, that the city council helped him to a studio right on the Museumplein in the form of a rebuild flower stall. “One of the busiest places in the city, so I am still amongst my people.” The stall is still there. Mark wanted his art to be accessible for everyone, and so he began to print t-shirts and posters with his work. “I would like it if everyone could enjoy my view of Amsterdam,” he simply says.
Nowadays, apart from the kiosk on Museumplein, he has a gallery slash shop on Nieuwezijds Voorburgwal, a fabulous location right behind Dam square next to Magna Plaza. On the ground floor you can buy t-shirts, posters, postcards and other articles, all with the recognizable Mark Raven art. Upstairs, you can find original prints, some printed in a limited edition, others not. This is for the reason that, despite his enormous success, Mark Raven wants to be attainable for every budget. “My boxes with coasters are very popular with backpackers. I like that: in this way, my view on Amsterdam will spread all around the world.”
Store and gallery
(Near Dam square, behind Royal Palace) Nieuwezijds Voorburgwal 174, Amsterdam Open daily from 10.30 - 18.00 hrs
Kiosk at Museum Square
Paulus Potterstraat 3b - Amsterdam Open daily from 10.30 - 18.00 hrs Phone (020) 330 08 00, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.markraven.nl 19
Area 4 Anyone who has been in Amsterdam, will get inevitable questions about the Red Light district. In the Netherlands prostitution is legal. Although not appreciated by everyone, a tour through the Red Light district will certainly be an interesting experience. It can be combined well with a visit to and a good meal in adjacent ‘China Town’. The Zeedijk and China Town Close to Central station you will find one of the oldest streets in Amsterdam: the Zeedijk. The place is swarming with restaurants, cafés and Indonesian shops (tokos). The Zeedijk is the centre of China Town; the Peking ducks hang behind the windows and a large Buddhist temple colours the street scene. From midday you will increasingly smell aromas that make your mouth water. Pull up a chair in one of the smaller Chinese restaurants. This is where Chinese Amsterdammers (or Amsterdam Chinese) eat too. Is there a line somewhere? Then the wait is very probably highly worthwhile! Red light district The Red Light district covers the area between Zeedijk and Warmoesstraat. As soon as dusk falls and the shining red light greets you, the atmosphere is loose and laid back here. The ladies behind the windows wink playfully are friendly and wave to the merry passers-by. Do you want to get your breath back for a moment from all the impressions? There are plenty of pubs to recover while enjoying a beer. Oude Kerksplein (Old Church Square) The Oude Kerksplein is special place in the heart of the Red Light district. The 14th century church is the oldest building still standing in Amsterdam. There’s a bronze statue on the square in honour of the prostitutes who have been active in this area for centuries. This lady is called ‘Belle’.
Tips! • Try turning onto Spooksteeg from Zeedijk and cross the bridge for a fantastic ‘keyhole’ view of Amsterdam • There is lots to see and do around Zeedijk too. There are some great Asian stores on Geldersekade and Nieuwmarkt is bursting with life. • Short on time? Zeedijk is an ideal place to start and end a day in Amsterdam. • The Chinese temple is free to visit and is open every day.
a proper neighbourhood with its own personality
Zeedijk lies in the historic centre of Amsterdam, within five minutes’ walk of Amsterdam Central Station. As soon as you turn the corner, you will taste the history and be tempted by special little shops and the smells of delicious fresh food coming from every direction - particularly at the Chinatown end of the street.
Stories straight from the heart You will be able to see how strong the bond is between shop owners, restaurateurs and café owners and Amsterdammers in the expressive film which will be shown in cafés and shops all over Zeedijk until midOctober. ‘Favourite customers’ each get two minutes to explain what keeps them coming back to Zeedijk - to their favourite shop, café or restaurant. The stories come straight from the heart and are all interesting, endearing, moving or hilarious. Anyone who spends a day on Zeedijk will inevitably get to see and hear a lot of the stories. 21
Text: Dorien ter Veld | Photo: Paul van Wijngaarden
Zeedijk used to be right at the heart of Amsterdam’s port area. Sailors would come here to find a bed for the night, food, drink, company and other amusement. Today’s travellers and tourists also enjoy spending a day on Zeedijk. And who can blame them? With its unusual shops, great eateries, nightlife and, of course, Chinatown, there’s always something to experience! Zeedijk is absolutely part of Amsterdam’s historic centre. One place where you can get a sense of that lively history is Zeedijk 1, in café In ’t Aepjen. This wooden building dates back to 1544 and supposedly inspired a well-known Dutch saying, ‘In de aap gelogeerd zijn’, which means to be staying at the aap or, less literally, to be up the creek without a paddle. Another ‘brown café’ with its own story is Het Mandje, Amsterdam’s very first gay bar. Chinatown In the 1950s, Amsterdam’s Chinese population began to settle on and around Zeedijk in numbers. The first Chinese were brought to Amsterdam in 1911 as cheap labour. Forced by the economic crisis of the 1930s and the arrival of motorised ships, they went looking for other sources of income. Amsterdam’s Chinatown owes its Chinese specialist stores, Chinese health shops and authentic Chinese kitchens to these developments. Plus, of course, there is its splendid Chinese Buddhist temple. A neighbourhood with personality The 1970s and ’80s were turbulent times for Zeedijk. The port activities had shifted to the west of Amsterdam and the neighbourhood was now swamped with heroin dealers. It was even officially declared an emergency area. These days, there is no sign of that anymore. On the contrary! Thanks to the fact that local
people tackled its problems together, Zeedijk has developed into a particularly pleasant street with a real sense of solidarity among business owners, residents and visitors, many of whom are regulars. Eating and drinking Each one of the cafés, lunchrooms, tearooms and restaurants has something special about it, in terms of both the interiors and the menus: if you like personal, small-scale, homemade and fresh from the oven food, you’ll find it hard to make a choice. Fortunately, Zeedijk is open for business from breakfast to dinner and from high tea to dessert. Night owls, too, are well catered for: the nightclubs and cafés keep their doors open until the early hours. Something to see everywhere The shops all have their own look and stories too. This makes a Zeedijk a miniature heaven for lovers of craftsmanship, collectors of special products and everyone who enjoys feasting their eyes. It is a case of taking your time and keeping your eyes open as you stroll around, otherwise you will miss a lot. Those who do this will be rewarded by the many specialist shops offering everything from designer toys, special underwear and cool trainers to fetish clothing, comic books from all over the world and designer fashion. You have been warned: the risk of ‘system overload’ is ever present!
BBROOD Bread, coffee & canals Zeedijk 66, T. 020-6262919 www.bbrood.nl
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Evolution Art kiosk Stadhouderskade t.o.12 Evolution Art 1054 ES Art Amsterdam Evolution kioskkiosk across the Marriott Hotel
Stadhouderskade t.o.12 Stadhouderskade t.o.12 020ES 638 3210 1054 Amsterdam 1054 ES Amsterdam usually open 12-8 across Marriott across thethe Marriott HotelHotel everyday 3210 020020 638638 3210
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Evolution Art shop Zeedijk 34 A Evolution Art shop 1012 AZ Amsterdam Evolution Art shop Zeedijk nearZeedijk central station 34 34 A A 1012 open AZ Amsterdam usually 13-8 1012 AZ Amsterdam near central station closed sunday andstation monday near central
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Visit our cosy bakery for: Breakfast & Lunch Sandwiches & quiches Coffee Home made pastries and daily specials …
50 special beers 8 on draught lots of single malt whisky’s and a couple of bourbons. Café ZILT Small and intimate café Zeedijk 49, T. 06-25277244 www.cafezilt.nl Monday - Thursday Friday - Saturday Sunday
17.00 - 03.00 hrs 17.00 - 04.00 hrs 17.00 - 03.00 hrs
DeMasK Rubber & Leather Emporium Zeedijk 64 www.demask.com
Accomplish your Biggest Bizarre Fetish-Fantasy Dreams... Monday - Saturday Thursday Sunday
12.00 - 20.00 hrs 12.00 - 21.00 hrs closed
Gojoker Comics & Strips
Zeedijk 31A, T. 020-6205078 email@example.com Monday Tuesday - Saturday
14.00 - 18.00 hrs 11.00 - 18.00 hrs
Patta Streetwear Boutique
Zeedijk 67, T. 020-3318571, www.patta.nl
Sugar & Spice Bakery Cosy bakery
Zeedijk 75, T. 06-15618495 www.facebook.com/sugarspiceamsterdam Monday Tuesday Wednesday - friday Saturday - sunday
closed 11.00 - 18.00 08:30 - 18.00 10:00 - 18.00
Proeverij De Roode Laars It’s finally back! Zeedijk 17, T 020-3542799
www.amsterdamoudestad.nl/cafes1 Patta is Amsterdam’s most famous streetwear boutique roodelaars100x70_jun13.indd proeflokalen-clubs/roode-laars providing the people with exclusive sneakers, apparel, accessories and Patta’s own collection. Sociability and nostalgia while enjoying a good glass of wine, Monday - saturday 12:00 - 19:00 draft beer and old Dutch Liqueur. Only a 5 min walk from Thursday 12:00 - 21:00 Central Station. Sunday - Thursday 12:00 - 1:00 hrs, Sunday 13:00 - 18:00 Friday and Saturday 12:00 - 3:00 hrs. 25
Imagine a very quiet courtyard with olive trees in the mid of the Zeedijk. Hidden behind a gate at Zeedijk 43 you can enjoy lunch or dinner. Or come and take a look in our tea shop. Photo: Fridtjof Versnel
Café ’t Mandje Fun & Respect since 1927
Hofje van wijs Teatime
Monday Tuesday - Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Famous spot for lunch and dinner in a hidden courtyard. Kitchen open up to 23.00 hrs. Dutch cuisine. We brew Blonde Poes. A blond beer with white tea. Take also a look in our tea and coffee shop.
Zeedijk 63, T. 020-6225375 www.cafetmandje.nl
Closed 17.00 - 01.00 16.00 - 03.00 15.00 - 03.00 15.00 - 01:00
Zeedijk 43, T 020-6240436 www.hofjevanwijs.nl
Outland Designer Toy Store & Art Gallery Zeedijk 22, T 06-29347215 www.outlandstore.com Daily Monday Sundays
11.00 - 19.00 Store Closed 12.00 - 18.00
Restaurant De Kroonprins Restaurant De Kroonprins Amsterdam Amsterdam
Midden in het centrum, t.o. het Centraal Station van Amsterdam, het ideale punt om uw bezoek aan Amsterdam smakelijk te omlijsten. Wij bieden u verschillende mogelijkheden, zoals een kofﬁetafel, pannenkoeken, à la carte lunch of uitgebreid diner. Voor grotere bieden graag aantrekkelijke korDet.o. Kroonprins Haven van Texel Midden inRestaurant het gezelschappen centrum, hetwij Centraal Station van Amsterdam, Asia Station tingen op onze groepsmenu’s. Wij staan u graag te woord om een Dutch restaurant puntinvulling om uwvanbezoek aan Amsterdam smakelijk teWith omlijsten. a beautiful waterfront terrace persoonlijke uw wensen te geven. The one stop shop for asian trendshet ideale
Zeedijk 98-100, T. 020-6260198 www.asiastation.nl
Prins Hendrikkade 55, T 020-4286280 www.restaurant-dekroonprins.nl
Sint Olofssteeg 11, T 020-4270768
Restaurant De Kroonprins Prins Hendrikkade 55 1012 AC Amsterdam www.havenvantexel.nl Wij bieden verschillende zoals een kofﬁetafel, telefoon &ufax. 020 - 428 62 80 mogelijkheden, firstname.lastname@example.org pannenkoeken, à la carte lunch of uitgebreid diner. This characteristic restaurant serves the best dishes and
In summer: The first ever Asian trend store in The Netherlands. We launch specialties from the Dutch cuisine. The restaurant is part of Every day 12.00 - 01.00 new trends, products and gadgets from China, Japan, Korea, and located next to the cheerful hotel Prins Hendrik. Voor grotere gezelschappen bieden wij graag aantrekkelijke korIn winter: the Filippines, Taiwan, Indonesia, Malaysia, Vietnam and The kitchen is open daily until 10pm. tingen op onze groepsmenu’s. Wij staan u graag te woordEvery om day een 16.00 - 01.00 Cambodia. Open: every day from 12.00 - 22.00.
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Restaurant De Kroonprins Prins Hendrikkade 55 1012 AC Amsterdam telefoon & fax. 020 - 428 62 80 email@example.com
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Restaurant-Theatre Zeedijk 24 | 1012 AZ Amsterdam | 020-6255685 www.casablanca-amsterdam.nl Show us this add and you’ll get 2 glasses of wine for free at a dinner and show in our little theatre. You can enjoy a 3 course menu from € 26,50.
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Queen’s Head Zeedijk 20 | 1012 AZ Amsterdam | 020-4202475 www.queenshead.nl One of the best known gay pubs on the Zeedijk, this friendly bar is characterised by fifties glam kitsch and has picturesque canal views from the back window. The Queen’s Head is home to the infamous Drag Bingo nights and DJs spin a variety of tunes at weekends.
Gallery PR2 Zeedijk 73 | 1012 AS Amsterdam | 06-48516885 www.gallery-pr2.eu Gallery PR2 is specialized in oilpaintings of professional “Plein-Air’ artists and covers the studio of Natalia Dik from St. Petersburg, Russia. She paints “layer upon layer” with freehand in the lightflooded still-lifes; cityscapes; figure paintings and portraits in highly realistic style.
Perfumes, skincare & make-up Zeedijk 68-70 and Damstraat 27-29 www.parfumerie.nl (24/7 Online shopping) Parfumerie Marjo is the premium adress for excellent service and internationally renowed cosmetics. We welcome you to discover our wide and exclusive collection of perfumes, skincare and make-up: Amouage, Bvlgari, Chanel (Damstraat only), Dior, Hermès, Shiseido, Clarins, Lancôme, Parfums De Marly, Tom Ford, Viktor & Rolf, Reminiscence, Van Cleef & Arpels, Narciso Rodriguez et al. Zeedijk 68 - 70 Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday 9.00 - 18.00 Thursday 9.00 - 21.00 Saturday 12.00 - 18.00 Sunday closed
Damstraat 27 - 29 Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday 9.00 - 18.00 Thursday & Saturday 9.00 - 21.00 Friday 10.00 - 21.00 Sunday 12.00 - 17.00
A five-minute walk from Amsterdam Central Station, you will get to Dam Square. Here you will find the Palace and the Vrijheidsbeeld (National Monument). The large dove population and street artists also attract the attention. From Dam Square you walk straight into the Walhalla for shopping fanatics. The major store chains are all represented here. Kalverstraat and Spui Everyone on the Netherlands knows this shopping street, Kalverstraat. It is about on kilometre long and has 15 side streets and alleys. Year-round Kalverstraat attracts people who want to do some serious shopping. Halfway through Kalverstraat you can walk onto one of Amsterdam’s most beautiful small squares: Spui. You will find a second-hand book market here every Friday. On Saturdays there is an art market.
Tips! • The Bijenkorf, literally a beehive’ on Dam Square is in itself already an attraction. Here you can find about all imaginable clothing and other articles of all conceivable brands. • Are you standing on Spui? Walk into Voetboogstraat and join the queue for Vleminckx. This chip shop owner does not have a first-rate reputation for nothing.
Rokin On Rokin, which runs parallel to Kalverstraat, you will find specialist shops, among which Gassan Diamonds and Tobacco shop Hajenius. This shop has been purveyor of tobacco to many European Royal households since 1826 already. Royal Palace and National Monument For those who don’t just want to pass Dam Square: the Palace on Dam Square is open for visitors a large part of the year. A major part of the art collection of the Oranje-Nassau royal family can be seen in the rooms. The National Monument opposite the Palace is the most important monument in the Netherlands in commemoration of World War II.
• Don’t pass Warmoesstraat and admire creative rubber in the world’s first condom emporium the Condomerie and have Amsterdam Museum, Begijnhof the best chocolate drink in Metropolitan. • You will find Dutch and international celebrities at Madame Tussauds, the waxworks museum on Dam Square.
Just behind the bustling Kalverstraat you will find the Museum that specialises in the history of Amsterdam (entrances: Kalverstraat 92 and Sint Luciënsteeg 27). The Begijnhofje (Beguinage) (entrance at the Spui) is an old court of almshouses with 49 houses dating from different time periods.
Area T 7
THE REMBRANDT HOUSE MUSEUM What was Rembrandt’s life like?
Fun & Discoveryshop
Where did Holland’s most renowned artist etch and paint his masterpieces? The historic interior of Rembrandt’s house was restored to its former glory and refurnished with items and works of art from the master’s time. Wandering through the 17th-century rooms, you can imagine life in Rembrandt’s day. Daily demonstrations of Rembrandt’s etching technique, the printing process and paint preparation in Rembrandt’s studio.
TinkerBell may well be the happiest shop in Amsterdam. Here, you will find beautiful and special toys for both very young and older children. Toys just for fun, but also educational ones. Adults that haven’t grown out of playing can find the things they like here as well. From jumping ropes and bubble trumpets to chemistry sets, stroboscopic devices, airgliders and an alarm kit for kids. Toys for endless fun.
Spiegelgracht 10 - T +31(0)20 6258830 www.tinkerbelltoys.nl Open: Sunday 12 - 5 pm • Monday 1 - 6 pm Tuesday - Saterday 10 am - 6 pm
For more information: www.rembrandthuis.nl The Rembrandt House Museum Jodenbreestraat 4, Amsterdam Open daily 10am-6pm
Tax Free Diamonds direct from our factory
The specialist in extra tall and large-sized men’s clothing Tax free All major credit cards accepted Buy your Diamonds Tax Free and at Factory Prices at Amsterdam’s most famous location. The Mill Diamonds for personal advise and service in a real Dutch atmosphere. Members of the Amsterdam Diamond Exchange Rokin 123, Amsterdam Between Dam Square and Munt Tower : +31 (0)20 623 85 04 % firstname.lastname@example.org www.milldiamonds.com
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Prinsengracht 514 - Amsterdam Tel. 020 - 622 63 39 www.grotematenherenkleding.nl 29
Eating, drinking and dancing you do around Rembrandtplein (Rembrandt Square). All year around this is the place to be for dazzling nightlife and in summer the outdoor cafés are crowded. There’s also enough to see and do in the area for people who enjoy the good life. Reguliersdwarsstraat: gay and trendy A pub-crawl from Rembrandtplein will certainly also take you to Reguliersdwarsstraat. Here you will find the city’s most trendy gay entertainment places. The biggest and most famous of these are in the western part of the street, at the side of Koningsplein (Konings Square). Every café, every bar and every club has its own ambiance. Thorbeckeplein (Thorbecke Square) which is at a right angle to Rembrandtplein is teeming with restaurants and cafés too. Tuschinski Cinema Within one hundred metres of Rembrandtplein, in Reguliersbreestraat, you will find the most beautiful cinema of the Netherlands since 1921: Tuschinski. Styles you will find there are: the Amsterdam School, Jugendstil and Art Deco. Heineken Brewery For everyone who likes to drink beer a visit to the Heineken Brewery is a must really. In the former brewery on Stadhouderskade, which is a fifteen minute walk from Rembrandtplein, you will make an interactive trip through the world of Heineken with the Heineken Experience. Shopping in the Utrechtsestraat When you go to the Heineken Brewery from Rembrandtplein you can walk there via Reguliersgracht, but you can also take Utrechtsestraat. The specialist shops for clothing, books, design furniture and music will certainly make the small detour worth your while. The Utrechtsestraat is typically one of those Amsterdam streets with tasteful, unique and quirky shops.
Tips! • Catch a movie at Pathé Tuschinski, if only to be able to admire this beautiful cinema from inside (Reguliersbreestraat) • Music lovers go to Concerto: the largest alternative CD shop. Five buildings full of music in each conceivable genre. (Utrechtsestraat) • The pleasant neighbourhood behind Heineken Square is called De Pijp. You will find the well-known Albert Cuyp market here. • On Vijzelstraat you will find the City Archives: The Bazel. The inside of this monumental, art-deco style building is even eye-catching than the outside of the building. 30
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Area 7 OUr
You don’t feel a lot of enthusiasm for the still life works in the Museum Quarter and you don’t feel like shopping or sight-seeing? With its 19th century architecture the Plantage is a green and quiet part of Amsterdam where there is plenty to do. Verzetsmuseum (Resistance Museum) You will find a lot of Jewish history in the Plantage. The Resistance Museum brings an impressive part of history to life. Admire the courage with which citizens undertook all kinds of things for Jewish fellow citizens and against the German occupier. Artis Royal Zoo The oldest zoo of the Netherlands was established in 1938. Nature and culture come together in this attractive city zoo. The monumental buildings and old trees give the park a completely own ambiance. Let yourself be led along the monumental aquarium, the African savannah, the planetarium and the butterfly garden. Hortus Botanicus And then another very special thing: one of the oldest horti in the world. The Hortus Botanicus was established as a city herb garden 375 years ago. You will find over 6,000 different varieties of plants here.
Tips! • Discover a lot about Jewish history in Amsterdam. • Visit the Rembrandt House (see ad on page 29). • Take a walk from the Hermitage Museum across Amsterdam’s most well-known bridge: the Magere Brug (1871) (Skinny Bridge). • Find things you weren’t looking for on the Waterloo Square market.
Hermitage Museum Since 2009 you can admire exhibitions with art from the Hermitage of St. Petersburg, Russia in this beautiful building along the Amstel river. Two new exhibitions are opened each year. However, there’s more than Russian art and culture to be found. You will also find art pieces from other Western European countries there. Waterlooplein For those who love to comb markets, you cannot miss the one on Waterlooplein (Waterloo Square). Here you will mainly find a lot of second hand clothes and books, but you will also find market stalls with second-hand bicycles, tools or antiques. Sunday is the only day you that there is no flee market.
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Area 8 Leidseplein: Amsterdam’s most famous, largest and most touristic entertainment area. There are countless restaurants with affordable day specials and outdoor cafés that even have heating when the weather is somewhat cold. Leidseplein is also the epicentre of all kinds of well-known theatres and concert podiums. Most people who have shopped in the city centre and people who have visited the museums on Museumplein end up at Leidseplein. This is a great place to rest your weary feet. Do you want to eat something? On the square and in the streets around the square all tastes are catered for: Italian, Mexican, Indian and even Tibetan. On and around Leidseplein The big building on Leidseplein is the Stadsschouwburg (City theatre). You can enjoy music and theatrical performances here every day. Right behind the Schouwburg the Melkweg (Milky Way) is situated. This multimedia centre is known for its concerts in the Netherlands and abroad. Many world-famous artists performed in the Melkweg in the early days of their careers. You will find Paradiso, THE pop temple of the Netherlands on the other side of Leidseplein. This is the spot where the great names performed. You can go crazy in the great hall with 1500 others. The large yellow building across the Stadsschouwburg is the City Theatre, a modern art house cinema. You will find De Balie, a pleasant grand café across the City Theatre. On and around Max Euweplein Max Euweplein is situated at less than a five minute walk from Leidseplein by Weteringschans. You will find various restaurants and cafés here, among which the Hard Rock café. You will also find Holland Casino here which houses the Lido Club.
Tips! • Pay a spontaneous visit to theatre the Schouwburg? If you are lucky you can still get reduced rate tickets as of midday in the last minute ticket shop. •
For a chic cup of coffee you go to Hotel Américain. It is a large hotel with a fountain in front of it, located on Leidseplein, past the outdoor cafes and past the Schouwburg theatre.
• Do you love gaming and going out? Then get into a game pod at the Lido Club on Max Euweplein with your friends. • Great weather? You can walk straight into the Vondelpark from Max Euweplein.
Complete your visit to the museum quarter with a delicious cocktail at House of Bols, where you can taste, smell, see, hear and touch the exciting world of cocktails and bartending.
Of course you can also learn to ‘slurp’ the traditional Dutch white spirit: Genever.
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house of bols, opposite van Gogh Museum Paulus Potterstraat 14, Amsterdam house of bols, OppOsite GOGH MuseuM paulus potterstraat 14, amsterdam Opening hours (min. agevan 18 years) Daily 12.00 - 18.30 hrs - Ticketsales till 17.30 hrs opening hours (min. age 18 years) 12.00 – 18.00 hrs daily (Closed on tuesdays) Fridaynight open till 22.00 hrs Friday open till 22.00 hrs - Ticketsales till 21.00 hrs Saturday open till 20.00 hrs - Ticketsales till 19.00 hrs
the Docklands OUr
In the past fifty years Amsterdam’s harbour activities have moved to the west of the city. As a result space to live opened up along the IJ lake. The architecture is striking and interesting, it is the architecture of Amsterdam in the future. Architecture and urban design Present and past have been brought together in the architecture and the urban design of the Docklands. The harbour feeling is still alive, but old warehouses have been given new functions and the diverging designs of various artists link up with each other perfectly. Admire the special houses on KNSM island, walk across the whole Java island via the pedestrian bridges and take a look at the Whale (or Sphinx) on the Sporenbrug on Borneo island. IJburg is absolutely worth a visit for architectural buffs. The urban design scheme here is based on the ‘collage city concept’. The island consists of 8 neighbourhoods, each of which has its own individual character. Going out and music The Docklands attract many artistic people, so it comes as no surprise that when it comes to culture and going out there is plenty to do here. It’s mainly about contemporary classical music in the Music Building (Muziekgebouw) on IJ lake (a ten-minute walk from the back of the Central Station). The Bim house (Bim huis), that protrudes on the street side of the Music Building is a concert hall for jazz and improvised music. When you cross the IJ with the Ferry (Pont) from the back of the railway station, you get to another striking building: the Netherlands EYE Film Institute. The collection of the EYE comprises the complete film history.
Tips! • Take a guided walk (also in the English language) on the Eastern Docklands • Visit the permanent showing in the basement of the EYE Film Institute Nederland for free. • Pay a visit to the beautiful Maritime Museum and get on board a replica of a VOC ship. (Kattenburgerplein 1) •
Enjoy the sun on the roof terrace of the Nemo Science Centre (free of charge) or be surprised in this museum about technology and science. The Nemo Science Centre is equally interesting and fun for adults as it is for children.
Verboden af te blijven! • Ontdek de fascinerende wereld van wetenschap en technologie • Interactieve tentoonstellingen voor jong en oud • Modern architectonisch gebouw • Gratis toegang tot spectaculair dakterras • Schitterend uitzicht over Amsterdam
Please DO touch! • Discover the fascinating world of science and technology • Interactive exhibits for young and old • Modern architectural building • Spectacular roof terrace, free access • Superb views over Amsterdam
www.e-NEMO.nl Science Center NEMO, Oosterdok 2, 1011 VX Amsterdam, +31 (0)20-531 32 33
the new ho udini Hans Klok
Hans Klok has had great success on London’s West End last year and also in Paris, Berlin and in many European TV shows in France, Germany, England, China and Japan this year. Hans Klok the world’s most successful and fastest magician will star in his new show “The New Houdini”, premiering in Carré on July 16th. July 16 till august 25 in Carre. For full programme and ticket sales: www.carre.nl
The key words for this new show are suspense, sensation and stunts! Following in the footsteps of the legendary Houdini, Hans will bring “mortal danger” high above the stage for the first time. Hans says: “This is not only the most exciting and spectacular show, it is also the most risky show I have ever done.” Since his success in London last year, Hans Klok is now the number one in his field. The authoritative Daily Mail on Sunday, for example, wrote: “ Illusionists and escapologists have come and gone throughout the past 100 years, yet none have managed to upstage the Great Harry Houdini. But...Hans Klok channels the spirit of the American stunt artist into a lavish spectacle.” Many would take a compliment like this and just sit back and leave the show as it is. However, Hans believes that “once you think you’ve made it, you are done in this business.” Hans has been working very hard on his new show these past few months, with the goal to make it bigger and faster. You will hardly have time to blink. Houdini often risked his life during his performances. Hans does this too: “I’m well prepared and I 38
will take on the challenge to match Houdini, and maybe even surpass him in some areas. I have taken Houdini’s legendary Underwater Escape and made it even more exiting!” Houdini used to announce this stunt saying “failure means a drowning death.” “I cannot reveal too much, but I will present a double underwater escape, for the first time. While underwater I have two minutes to release myself from my chains, and escape from the locked tank. I know this illusion has gone terribly wrong for some illusionist in the past trying to match Houdini, but I want to take on this challenge. I need to hold my breath for a long time, but I can assure you that this illusion will be breathtaking for the audience as well! In the wings one of my crew members is waiting with an axe, ready to save my life, if anything should go wrong.” In The New Houdini Hans Klok will be assisted by his Diva’s of Magic, the Houdini dancers and international award-winning circus acts. There is the unparalleled ground acrobatics of Shcherbak & Popov, who won the Golden Clown this year at the International Circus Festival of Monte Carlo. They received it from the hands of Prince Albert and Princess Stephanie of Monaco. The Russian Yulia Rasshivkina will bring the atmosphere of Moulin Rouge alive with her sensational Hula Hoop number. The two Seyranyan girls will, like a Jackin-the-box, unfold themselves from a tiny box, and the duo Strakhov, from the Ukraine, bring handstand acrobatics with a dangerous touch. •
cirque stiletto Ellen ten Damme August 30 till september 29 in Carre For full programme and ticket sales: www.carre.nl Ellen ten Damme received raving reviews from the press with her show Cirque Stiletto. “Popdiva with circus blood” “she is rough, she rocks, she is sexy like Madonna, tough like Nina Hagen and sultry like La Dietrich.” “Ellen is the tiger of the show!” “Never seen before ” “Madonna, what do you think about this!” The Volkskrant cheered: “A new tradition is born!” These words will become a reality in the upcoming season; Cirque Stiletto 2 is the sizzling, exciting and sexy sequel to the first show. In Cirque Stiletto 2 rock diva Ellen ten Damme will shine as the “bad girl of the circus”, and confess her seven deadly sins. Ellen will now give her own interpretation of this intriguing theme, which inspired Kurt Weill and Bertolt Brecht 80 years ago. The show will touch on each sin and reveal Ellen’s dark and sensual secrets through numerous musical numbers. The seven deadly sins are an interesting base for a theatre show that offers a complete experience and like the first Cirque
Stiletto will implement circus elements, and bring the best artists from around the world onto the stage. Ellen will be accompanied by the accomplished Wëreldbänd. These brilliant performers, with similarities to Mini and Maxi, play 37 different instruments and with their craziness and joking around, they prove to be true entertainers. Together with the energetic ensemble of dancers the new Cirque Stiletto will consist of 25 people, each having their own unique talent. The seven deadly sins; wrath, greed, sloth, pride, lust, envy, and gluttony, will take Ellen to Berlin during the twenties, the existentialist Paris and the glamour of Hollywood. It will be a great journey during which Ellen will not shy away from giving you a look into her soul. Ladies and gentlemen, come and let yourself get carried away by Ellen’s confessions. Enjoy her humor and sparkling performance; Not coming would be a sin! • 39
This season in amsterdam What’s the best time to visit Amsterdam? That depends of course on what you’re looking for. Springtime is bright and colourful in Amsterdam. In summer it buzzes with all sorts of outdoors activities and festivals. In autumn and winter, as the leaves are blown from the trees, Amsterdam’s beautiful gables reappear in their full glory from behind the foliage.
Amsterdam Architecture ARCAM, Prins Hendrikkade 600 Amsterdam (between NEMO and Scheepvaartmuseum) Open: Tuesday-Saturday, 1-5 pm Always open: www.arcam.nl (with online architecture guide!) Info, maps, guides, exhibitions on Amsterdam’s buildings and urban plans at ARCAM Amsterdam Centre for Architecture. On show this summer: exhibition SWEETS – on new design for empty bridge control buildings.
Amsterdam Drawing 2013 An art fair for original works on paper NDSM Wharf in Amsterdam North from Thursday 19 through Sunday 22 September 2013 Amsterdam Drawing 2013, from Thursday 19 to Sunday 22 September, is the second edition of an annual art fair for original wokrs on paper. Like last year the location will be the NDSM Wharf in Amsterdam North which can easily be reached by ferry from the backside of Central Station. The fair will take place in a specially build, temporary pavilion of some 1.200 square meters. For Amsterdam Drawing 2013 40 galleries have been invited, amongst which several from outside of the Netherlands. Compared to last year the number of participating galleries has more than doubled, including galeries from Japan, Belgium, Germany, Swiss, France and the UK. The defined area of works on paper in visual arts has a dedicated group of followers around the world. To a lot of artists, paper is a favourite carrier and to a smaller group it is the only carrier. The fact that a drawing, collage, water colour or painting on paper necessarily brings the artist physically closer to the material he or she uses results in an intimate experience for the viewer. Amsterdam Drawing is being organised by Francis Boeske and Hans Gieles of VOUS ETES ICI gallery, also located on the NDSM Wharf. Jantien Jongsma | Amsterdam, 2012 | mixed media on paper 190 x 200 cm courtesy: C&H Art Space, Amsterdam
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Erotic Museum Amsterdam Oudezijds Achterburgwal 54, phone (020) 6247303, Amsterdam www.erotisch-museum.nl The Erotic museum varies from pleasure objects to paintings, prints and hilarious cartoons. It’s a unique concept that globally links artists, new media, press and people that have an interest in common: erotica and its artistic expression.
Tim Hetherington - Infidel Foam Keizersgracht 609 | www.foam.org phone: (020) 551 65 00 From 19 July through 7 September 2013 Open daily from 10.00 – 18.00 Thurs/Fri 10.00 - 21.00. Tickets: € 8,75. Infidel is the first exhibition of Tim Hetherington (1970-2011) in the Netherlands. Foam presents a mixture of his photographs and videos, drawn from his series Sleeping Soldiers, Infidel and Diary. In his work Hetherington focused on the experience of war from the perspective of the individual. Through his photographs, writing and films, Hetherington provides us with new ways to look at and think about human suffering as a result of war, both from the perspective of ordinary soldiers as well as the civilians caught up in the conflict. Infidel consists of large-scale images of the Korengal Valley in Afghanistan, taken to set the scene, as well as intimate portraits of the American troops stationed there. The photographs were taken
over a period of one year in 2007-2008, during which Hetherington managed to get incredibly close to the soldiers. Describing the photographs in Infidel, Hetherington said: “It’s all about the men. I didn’t want to pretend this was [...] about the war in Afghanistan. It was a conscious decision. [It] comments on the experience of the soldier. It’s brotherhood. The flow of pictures is to introduce you to the Korengal Valley first and then to see the men in an intimate way…To get to know them and how they lived. Then you see them in combat in the traditional combat style. Finally, you see them as young men, sleeping.” The exhibition has been produced in close cooperation with Yossi Milo Gallery in New York, and has been made possible with the support of the Sem Presser Fund. Foam is sponsored by the BankGiro Loterij, De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek, Delta Lloyd and the VandenEnde Foundation. 41
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Don Quichot Dutch National Ballet Het Muziektheater Amsterdam Waterlooplein 22 - Phone (020) 6 255 455 www.het-muziektheater.nl www.het-ballet.nl 12, 15, 16, 18, 19, 25, 26, 29 October and 2 November 2013 20.15 hrs, 13 October and 3 November 2013 - 14.00 hrs One of the Dutch National Balletâ€™s biggest recent successes is undoubtedly Don Quichotte. Presented in 2010, this full-length production was interpreted exclusively for the company by the leading Russian choreographer Alexei Ratmansky. The production received acclaim as far afield as China, and the dancers of the leading roles were nominated for many major dance awards. By popular demand, the production is returning to the repertoire.
Vondelpark Open air theatre Vondelpark www.openluchttheater.nl till 25 aug What Hyde Park is for London and Central Park for New York is Vondelpark for Amsterdam, a beautiful green oasis to escape the bustle of the city. However, Vondelpark has more to offer. Each summer, the Vondelpark Open Air theatre brings a diverse program of everything from classical music to hip hop, from cabaret to theatre. And the entrance is completely free! The program can be found on their (Dutch) website.
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The 7 Deadly Dutch Sins Boom Chicago Rozengracht 117, (020) 2170400 www.boomchicago Every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday Everyone knows the Dutch are cheap, and complain about the weather, but The Seven Deadly Dutch Sins goes deeper. We get into the national psyche and make fun of things you never noticed, or never questioned. We’ve been living and working here, observing, interpreting and gathering material for twenty years. t’s the most exciting Boom Chicago show ever involving ten creative people, seven rooms, four floors, three comedians in two acts all focused on one nationality.
The Castle in the Air (Le 66!) by Jacques Offenbach Amsterdam Marionette Theatre Nieuwe Jonkerstraat 8, (020) 620 80 27 www.marionettetheatre.com 14, 15, 29 sept 13.00 hrs. 6, 20, 27 oct 15.00 hrs. Opéra-comique set in the French country-side. Catchy melodies, humour and a touch of melancholy form the ingredients of this ‘follie musicale’, as Offenbach himself liked to call this genre. The story is about Jeannot and Jeannette, who are on their way to Paris. They earn their living with dance and song. When they meet a pedlar who displays his products, Jeannot can no longer resist the temptation. He buys a lottery ticket to be able to buy all these beautiful things. When it turns out he has become a millionaire, he seems to lose not only his dear Jeannette, but also his ideals... Jacques Offenbach wrote ‘No. 66!’ (The Castle in the Air) in 1856 for his own small theatre, the Bouffes Parisiens. Kings, merchants and artists visited this wooden auction hall at the Champs-Elysées in Paris. Now, this unknown opéra-comique can be seen in a former blacksmith’s - the theatre of the Amsterdam Marionette Theatre.
events this season Amsterdam Gay Pride 27 July till 4 August Gay Pride Amsterdam is one of the best and most fun prides in the world. This year it’s from 27 July till 4 August 2013, with all major events taking place 2 - 4 August. Amsterdam will have street parties all weekend long, the best club circuit parties and of course the famous Canal Parade on Saturday. Gay pride is one of the most busy weekends of the year in Amsterdam. Gay parties and events The week before the Amsterdam Gay Pride weekend, many events will happen all over town, both cultural or sportive, or some smaller parties. But the real festivities kick off during the last weekend, with the Canal Parade on Saturday. Friday 2 August 2013 First real party night of the Pride weekend. Saturday 3 August from 14:00 till 18:00 The highlight of the Amsterdam Gay Pride weekend is the famous Canal Parade on Saturday afternoon. Where most parades use trucks, Amsterdam has boats! Sunday 4 August Today is closing day. The traditional Pride Closing Party - again this year on a massive stage at the Rembrandtplein takes place late in the afternoon and early in the evening with many Dutch artists and DJ’s. It’s a mixed gay crowd, trying to survive the hangover and celebrating the last day of the Amsterdam gay pride.
Summer Sessions at Pizza Pazzani Pizza picknick in the Westerpark? From 16 July till 1 Sept - free entrance www.pizzapazzani.nl Sultry summer sounds live from Pizza Pazzani’s terrace. The perfect accompaniment to your pizza, all for free. Come and listen to swinging jazz duo’s, singer songwriters and bossa nova stars playing their acoustic set , everyday except Mondays. Outside in the sunny summer breeze – and in the trattoria when the weather turns foul. In the meantime, the North Sea Jazz Club closes its doors for a wellearned summer break… Except for Fridays and Saturdays when we open up shop for a steamy nightclub with DJ Ventilator and others whipping out their dancing tunes. Summer Sessions, daily between 19:00 – 22:00 Ask about the options at the bar of Pizza Pazzani Pizza Pazzani – Pazzanistraat 1 – 1014 DB – Amsterdam Kitchen open in summer: Tue till Sun 12:00 – 22:00 Reservations and take-away: 020 – 7220 981
events this season The Parade www.deparade.nl/info/english Location: Amsterdam / Martin Luther Kingpark (Amsteldijk) 1079 LM Amsterdam 9-25 August This summer, traveling theatre festival the Parade travels through the Netherlands for the 23rd year. The festival kicks off in Rotterdam in the Museumpark. After Rotterdam, the festival will continue its journey with her colorful tents, restaurants and terraces to The Hague, Utrecht and Amsterdam. On August 25th the summertour will be concluded with a grand festive Gala. At the Parade there is something to experience for everyone. There will be over 90 different theatre-, music-, and dance performances for young and old. There will be free music performances at CafĂŠ Correct and The Orangerie. On top of that, visitors can enjoy their time on one of the many terraces for cocktails, sushi, BBQ and much more.
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Uitmarkt Museumplein, Leidseplein and the surrounding area www.amsterdamsuitburo.nl/uitmarkt 30 & 31 August and 1 September 2013 The Uitmarkt rings in the start of the new cultural season each year, inspiring, entertaining and astounding theatre, music, book and film lovers alike in the last weekend of August. A wide range of performers, troupes and cultural institutions come together to make each edition truly special. The extensive line-up is available on the Uitmarkt website (in Dutch) nearer the time and in the free Uitmarkt magazine. Itâ€™s also available for download through the free Uit App for iPhone and free Uit App for Android. Access: Visitors are advised to use public transport. The festival locations are accessible on foot and by tram from Amsterdam Central Station. 45
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Paco Peña - Flamenco in concert Concertgebouw Concertgebouwplein 10, 0900 671 83 45 (€ 1,00 per gesprek) www.concertgebouw.nl 28 September - 20:15 - 22:35 hrs Born in Córdoba, Spain as Francisco Peña Pérez, he began learning to play the guitar at age 6 and made his first professional appearance at age 12. In the late 1960’s he moved to London. Peña was soon touring the world both as a soloist and an accompanist with performances at Carnegie Hall in New York City, the Royal Albert Hall in London and the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam. He founded the world’s first university course on flamenco guitar, at the conservatory of music of Rotterdam.
Paco Peña - Flamenco Compania Quimeras Theater Carre Theater Carre Amstel 115-125, phone: 0900 - 25 25 255 (€1,30 p/c). www.carre.nl 18 February 2014 - 20.00 hrs
Appelsap - Fresh Music Festival Oosterpark Saturday august 10 2013 Appelsap (Apple Juice) represents everything that’s fresh. Spend Saturday, 10 August 2013 in the Oosterpark’s fresh air, with a refreshing drink or two and a host of fresh hip-hop and electro acts (sadly we can’t promise the Fresh Prince of Bel Air), plus crate-loads of DJs! Hip-hop line-up The 2013 line-up is yet to be announced but expect top names from the Dutch and international hip-hop scene to be hitting the stage. Last year’s line-up included no less than four US hip-hop acts (ScHoolboy Q, Ab-Soul, Danny Brown and French Montana) as well as Dutch stars Polska, Nebulon, Hydroboyz and Sef. Electro vibes In addition, Appelsap presents the creme de la creme of progressive electronic music. Last year, the collaboration with Colors and London outfit Boiler Room saw UK act Disclosure make their Dutch debut alongside performances and DJ sets from acts including Redinho, Mickey Pearce, Krystal Klear and Cinnaman.
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Patty Austin - Unique Lunch & Dinner Concert North Sea Jazz Club Westergasfabriek - Pazzanistraat 1 Phone: 020 7220 980 15 September - 14.30 and 21.00 hrs Grammy winner Patti Austin crosses all musical genres, has made 17 solo albums, and has performed her awardnominated hit songs on the GRAMMYS® and the Oscars. As a performer, songwriter and vocalist she has had a star-studded career that began at the age of four, making her one of the most beloved artists over the world and a mainstay on the Billboard Jazz Albums charts. Her most recent release, Avant-Gershwin, won Austin the Grammy for Best Jazz Vocal Performance. As with 2002’s GRAMMY®-nominated homage to Ella Fitzgerald For Ella, Patti worked her magic again with the WDR Big Band on Avant-Gershwin.
16th edition of the Grachtenfestival is themed ‘On a journey’ Grachtenfestival From 16 till 25 August - free entrance The Saxophone Orchestra will perform on Tuesday 20 August in the garden of Waldorf Astoria Amsterdam (Opening March 2014) Every year the Grachtenfestival transforms Amsterdam into the world’s largest concert podium, hosting ten days of classical music at unique locations all through the city. This year’s 16th edition will be presenting more than 170 concerts at nearly 90 venues. The theme is ‘On a journey’. Concerts and venues alike will reflect this theme. To begin with, there’s the concert to be played on the Holland America Line’s De Prinsendam cruise ship on Monday, 19 August. In a Grachtenfestival exclusive, the ship will be opened to the public on this one occasion for a concert by the Spanish duo Guillermo Colloza (tuba) and Victor Belmonte (trombone). When on the ship, the public is no longer on Dutch territory. Another unusual venue has been found inside a section of Amsterdam Central Station that is still under construction and normally not open to the public. But on Monday 19 August, an exception will be made for the Grachtenfestival and a performance by Cuarteto SolTango. photograph: Ronald Knapp 47
performing arts & culture in amsterdam You can find all types of performing arts. Stage Theatre, Mime, Ballet, Modern Dance. For theatre tickets, go to your nearest Tourist Information Centre (VVV). Amsterdam is the cultural centre of the Netherlands. The city has some fifty museums and many other exhibition spaces. The large museums attract over four million visitors a year. Research has shown that the arts sector is a major attraction of the city to its residents and visitors alike. A quarter of foreign tourists come to Amsterdam primarily for the art. Here you will find up-to-date information on arts and culture in Amsterdam.
performing arts Boom Chicago Leidseplein 12, phone (020) 4230101 www.boomchicago.nl Theater Bellevue Leidsekade 90, phone (020) 5305301 www.theaterbellevue.nl Bijlmer Parktheater Anton de Komplein 240, phone (020) 3113930 www.bijlmerparktheater.nl Bimhuis Piet Heinkade 3, phone (020) 7882188 www.bimhuis.nl Theater Carré Amstel 115-125, phone (0900) 2525255 (40 cpm) www.theatercarre.nl Comedy Café Max Euweplein 43-45, phone (020) 6383971 www.comedycafe.nl Comedy Theater Nes 10, phone (020) 4222777 www.comedytheater.nl Dancemakers Boorstraat 1, phone (020) 6891789 www.dansmakers.nl Frascati Nes 63, phone (020) 6266866 www.theaterfrascati.nl Heineken Music Hall Arena Boulevard phone (0900) 687424255 www.heineken-music-hall.nl Marionettentheater Nieuwe Jonkerstraat 8 phone (020) 6208031 www.marionettentheater.nl Muziektheater Waterlooplein 22, phone (020) 6255455 www.muziektheater.nl RAI Europaplein 22, phone (020) 5491212 www.rai.nl Stadsschouwburg Leidseplein 26, phone (020) 6242311 www.stadsschouwburgamsterdam.nl Ziggo Dome Ziggo Dome, De Passage 100, phone (0900) 2353663 www.ziggodome.nl Music De Badcuyp 1e Sweelinckstraat 10, phone (020) 6579669, Bethanienklooster Barndesteeg 6b, phone (020) 6250078 www.bethanienklooster.nl Bimhuis Piet Heinkade 3, phone (020) 7882188 www.bimhuis.nl Theater Carré Amstel 115-125, phone (0900) 25 25 255 (40 cpm) www.theatercarre.nl Concertgebouw Concertgebouwplein 10, phone (0900) 6718345 www.concertgebouw.nl
Cruise Inn Zuiderzeeweg 29 phone (020) 6927188 DeLaMar Theater Amstel 115-125, phone (0900) 2525255 (40 cpm) www.theatercarre.nl Heineken Music Hall Arena Boulevard, phone (0900) 687424255 www.heineken-music-hall.nl Mal Melo Lijnbaansgracht 163, phone (020) 4204592 www.melkweg.nl MC Theater Polonceaukade 5, phone (020) 6065050 Meervaart Meer en Vaart 300, phone (020) 4107700 www.meervaart.nl Melkweg Lijnbaansgracht 234a, phone (020) 5318181 www.melkweg.nl Orgelpark Gerard Brandtstraat 26, phone (020) 0205158111 www.orgelpark.nl Panama Oostelijke Handelskade 4, phone (020) 3118686 www.panama.nl Paradiso Weteringschans 6-8 phone (020) 6264521, www.paradiso.nl Ziggo Dome Ziggo Dome, De Passage 100 phone (0900) 2353663 www.ziggodome.nl Tropentheater Linnaeusstraat 2, phone (020) 5688215 www.tropentheater.nl Westerkerk Prinsengracht 281, phone (020) 6247766 www.westerkerk.nl Museums Ajax Museum Arena Boulevard 29 phone (020) 3111444, www.ajax.nl Allard Pierson, Archaeological Museum of the University of Amsterdam Oude Turfmarkt 127, phone (020) 5252556 www.allardpiersonmuseum.nl Amsterdam Cheese Museum Prinsensgracht 112, phone (020) 3316605 email@example.com Amsterdam Museum, The Story of Amsterdam, your entry to the city Kalverstraat 92, phone (020) 5231822 www.ahm.nl The Amsterdam Museum (Amsterdams Historisch Museum) Nieuwezijds Voorburgwal 357, phone (020) 5231822 www.amsterdammuseum.nl Amsterdam Pipe Museum Prinsengracht 488, phone (020) 4211779 www.pipemuseum.nl Amsterdam Tattoo Museum Plantage Middenlaan 62, phone (020) 7009320 www.amsterdamtattoomuseum.com www.tamua.nl
Anne Frank House Prinsengracht 267, phone (020) 5567100 www.annefrank.org ARCAM Prins Hendrikkade 600 phone (020) 6204878, www.arcam.nl Amsterdam Tulip Museum Prinsengracht 116, phone (020) 4210095 www.amsterdamtulipmuseum.com Bibliotheca Philosophica Hermetica Bloemstraat 13-19, phone (020) 6258079 www.ritmanlibrary.com Bijbels Museum / Biblical Museum Herengracht 366-368, phone (020) 624243 www.bijbelsmuseum.nl De Brakke Grond Nes 45, phone (020) 6266866 www.brakkegrond.nl The Cat Cabinet Herengracht 497, phone (020) 6269040 www.kattenkabinet.nl Cobramuseum Sandbergplein 1, Amstelveen, phone (020) 5475050 www.cobra-museum.nl Diamond Museum Amsterdam Paulus Potterstraat 8, phone (020) 3055300 www.diamantmuseumamsterdam.nl (open: daily 9.00-17.00) The Diamond Museum Amsterdam gives you an ideal introduction into the world diamonds by means of photographs, film, diamonds (real and almost real), histor and jewellery. After a sort or a long visit you can have a drink in the Museum café or look around in the Museum shop. Dutch Resistance Museum Plantage Kerklaan 61, phone (020) 6202535 www.verzetsmuseum.org (open: Tue.-Fri. 10.00-17.00. Sat.-Mon. 11.00-17.00) The permanent exhibition: It is the museum’s task to stimulate the visitor’s curiosity to learn about the most momentous period in the Dutch twentieth century history. The fpr and content of the permanent exhibition is now geared to include visitors who might not have much prior knowledge of the subject (but who are use to collecting information quickly from IT skills). The permanent exhibition takes visitors street scenes and house interiors. Erotic Museum Oudezijds Achterburgwal 54 phone (020) 6278954 www.erotic-museum Being one of the oldest and historically richest cities in the world, Amsterdam also has some erotic history to offer you. Be welcomed by a typical Dutch girl on a very special bicycle and be transported from pleasure objects to paintings, prints and hilarious cartoons. Improve your history and art knowledge on a fun theme, take a peek on the floor dedicated to Sado Masochism only and check out La Galerie Provocatrice or Sexy Art Gallery that has been recently added. Pay a visit to the erotic museum, watch and learn about everything that has to do with erotica and that you might not know yet... And if you cannot get enough of it all, you can buy yourself a souvenir in the store downstairs or a piece of art from the Sexy Art Gallery. Open daily: Mon - Thurs - 11.00 - 01.00 hrs Fri - Sun - 11.00 - 02.00 hrs
Eye Film Institute Nederland IJpromenade 1, phone (020) 5891400 www.eyefilm.nl Foam Museum of Photography Keizersgracht 609, phone (020) 5516500 www.foam.nl Van Gogh Museum Paulus Potterstraat 7, phone (020) 5705200 www.vangoghmuseum.nl Hash Marihuana & Hemp Museum Oudezijds Achterburgwal 148 phone (020) 6262988 www.hashmuseum.com The Hash Info Museum details the 8,00-year history and many uses of cannabis and textiles as well as its medical benefits. The process of producing hash and marijuana and the various rolling and smoking methods are all explained in detail with a shop conveniently located next to the museum selling assorted smoking and growing equipment. Through a glass wall, visitors can observe dozens of varieties of marijuana cultivated in optimal conditions, with some plants standing over 150 centimetres (60 inches) tall, their lush foliage shining under special growing lamps. Hermitage Amsterdam Amstel 51, phone (020) 5308751 www.hermitage.nl Houseboat Museum Prinsengracht, opposite 296, phone (020) 4270750 www.houseboatmuseum.nl Huis Marseille Foundation for Photography Keizersgracht 401, phone (020) 5318989 www.huismarseille.nl Joods Historisch Museum Nieuwe Amstelstraat 1, phone (020) 5310310 www.jhm.nl Madame Tussaud’s Dam 20, www.madame-tussauds.com phone (020) 5221010 Multatuli House Korsjesportsteeg 20, phone (020) 6381938 www.multatuli-museum.nl Museum of Bags and Purses Herengracht 573, phone (020) 5246452 www.tassenmuseum.nl (open: daily 10am-5pm) Museum Geelvinck Keizersgracht 633, phone (020) 6390747 www.museumgeelvinck.nl Museum Van Loon Keizersgracht 672, phone (020) 6245255 www.museumvanloon.nl Museum of Medieval Torture Instruments Damrak 33, phone (020) 5285482 www.tortureamsterdam.com Museum The Ship Museum of Amsterdam School and Social Housing Spaarndammerplantsoen 140 phone (020) 4182885, www.hetschip.nl De Nieuwe Kerk Dam Square, phone (020) 6386909 www.nieuwekerk.nl Ons’ Lieve Heer Op Solder (Museum Amstelkring) Oudezijds Voorburgwal 40 www.museumamstelkring.nl
Het Oranje Voetbal Museum Kalverstraat 236 (Hoek Muntplein) phone (0900) 1437 www.supportersclub-oranje.nl Oude Kerk Oudekerksplein 23, phone (020) 6258284 www.oudekerk.nl Pianola Museum Westerstraat 106, phone: (020) 6279624 www.pianola.nl Porceleyne Fles, Delft Experience in the Munttower Muntplein 12, phone (020) 6232271 www.royaldelftexperience.com Rembrandthuis Museum Jodenbreestraat 4, phone (020) 5200400 www.rembrandthuis.nl Rijksmuseum Stadhouderskade 42, phone (020) 6747000 www.rijksmuseum.nl Rijksmuseum Schiphol Holland Boulevard at Schiphol Airport (past passport control between E and F piers), phone (020) 6747000 www.rijksmuseum.nl Scheepvaartmuseum Kattenburgerplein 1, phone (020) 5232222 www.scheepvaartmuseum.nl Sexmuseum Damrak 18, phone (020) 6228376, www.sexmuseumamsterdam.nl Stedelijk Museum Paulus Potterstraat 13, phone (020) 5732811 www.stedelijk.nl Theatermuseum Sarphatistraat 53. phone (020) 5513300, www.tin.nl Torture Museum Singel 449, phone (020) 3206642 www.torturemuseum.com Tropenmuseum Linnaeusstraat 2, phone (020) 5688200 www.kit.nl The Willet-Holthuysen Museum Herengracht 605, phone (020) 5231822 www.willetholthuysen.nl galeries Gallery Delaive Spiegelgracht 23, phone (020) 6221295 www.delaive.com Donkersloot Galerie Spiegelgracht 14-16, phone (020) 6236533 Escape Keizersgracht 548, phone (020) 6240802 Mark Raven Art - Store and Gallery (near Dam Square, behind Royal Palace) Nieuwezijds Voorburgwal 174, Kiosk at Museum Square, Paulus Potterstraat 3b (open daily from 10:30-18:00 hrs) Romeo Vetro Hobbemastraat 11, corner PC Hoofdstraat, 200 m from the Rijksmuseum phone (020) 4702705 www.romeovetro.com Open: Tue-Sat. 11.00-17.00, Sun 12.00-17.00. Specialized in works in glass
Sexy Art Gallery Achterburgwal 54, phone (020) 43596234 www.sexyartgallery.com Sightseeing Artis Plantage Kerklaan 38-40, phone (0900) 2784796 www.artis.nl Gassan Diamonds Nieuwe Uilenburgerstraat 173-175 phone (020) 6225333, www.gassan.com Amsterdam has been know as “the City of Diamonds” for over 425 years, in fact, the ‘brilliant cut’ which was originated in Amsterdam is know as ‘The Amsterdam cut’ in some circles. Therefore when organizing a trip to Amsterdam, diamonds should be part of your itinerary. And with a selection of themed and customized tours, a visited to Gassan Diamonds makes a dazzling addition to any itinerary. In the greenest museum quarters of Amsterdam know as “de Plantage” you will find Gassan Diamonds. This formerly steam driven diamond factory, originally build in 1879, is the oldest diamond factory in Amsterdam. Each day, Gassan Diamonds offers free diamond tours guided by one of our expert guides in your own language. Visitors can admire diamond polishers at work and learn about what factors determine the quality of diamonds and their related value. If you wanted to find out all about carats, colours, clarity and cuts and learn some of the history of this Amsterdam craft at the same time, join one of the guided tours held seven days a week at Gassan Diamonds. Heineken Experience Atadhouderskade 78, phone (020) 5239222 www.heinekenexperience.com Discover the world of Heineken. Be a bottle. Brew your own beer and see why Heineken is the most famous brand of beer in the world. Four levels and 18 attractions in the former brewery will give you an amazing experience. Amongst many new elements, guests will experience an interactive journey through the brewering process and will have the opportunity to create and take home their own personalised bottle of Heineken. Two drinks a person is included in the entrance fee. Holland International Canal Cruises and Excursions Prins Hendrikkade 33a, phone (020) 6253035 www.hir.nl Hollandsche Schouwburg Plantage Middenlaan 24, phone (020) 5310380 www.hollandscheschouwburg.nl Romantic Horse-drawn Carriage Veemarkt 50, phone (020) 6913478 www.koetstaxi.nl Hortus Botanicus Plantage Middenlaan 2a, phone (020) 6259021 www.dehortus.nl Nemo (F.K.A. New Metropolis) Oosterdok 2, phone (020) 5313233 www.e-nemo.nl House of Bols, Cocktail & Genever Expierience Paulus Potterstraat 14, phone (020) 5708575 www.houseofbols.com
zaanse schans With its traditional green painted houses, warehouses and windmills the Zaanse Schans gives the feeling of having stepped back into the seventeenth or eighteenth centuries. However this is not an open air museum but a colourful living and working neighbourhood. Most of the buildings were re-located from other areas in the Zaanstreek in the 1960’s and 70’s as owing to urban development they were under threat of obliteration. The Zaanse Schans offers a magnificent view of the surrounding landscape as it was before and after the industrial revolution. This panorama makes the Zaanse Schans a vital link in the European Route of Industrial Heritage. Windmills A visit to a working industrial windmill is a unique experience. Paint mill De Kat and oil mill De Zoeker are open daily from March to October. From November to February most of the windmills at the Zaanse Schans are only open at the weekends. The Jonge Schaap is open all year. Museums The Zaanse Schans has a number of fascinating museums to tempt the visitor. The Zaans Musuem has a large collection of interesting artefacts and presents a variety of changing exhibitions. The museum combines a complete picture of the history of the area with an impressive view over the local landscape. The smaller, specialized museums such as the first Albert Heijn Grocery shop, the Bakery Museum ‘In de Gecroonde Duyvekater’, The Dutch Clock Museum, The Noorderhuis Costume Museum are all situated at the Zaanse Schans in listed buildings bringing the history of this oldest industrial area to life. Traditional Dutch Craft
Orse ket aan`t Glop A great gift shop, located in a historical building from the 17th century. Kalveringdijk 21 1509 BT Zaandam Zaanse Schans 06-55553443 or 06-24123970 We sell presents and souvenirs in Dutch design. In the workshop you can make your own souvenir, like decorating Dutch clogs or teapots a great fun for all ages.It is also the pilot-store for the brand By-lyn hat creates handmade leather tulip bags in wonderful colors. There is a variety of wooden toys and dishes. In the old Dutch bed you can find all kind of toys from the famous Nijntje. Prices range from € 7.95. Open: Monday till Sunday from 10.00 - 17.00
There is no entrance fee for visiting the traditional Dutch workshops such as the Wooden Shoe Workshop, the Pewter Foundry and the Cheese Farm at the Zaanse Schans. Opening times may vary, but generally they are open daily throughout the year. River cruises The most enjoyable way to see the surrounding area is from the water. From April to October river cruises are available along the river Zaan not only for a splendid view of the Zaanse Schans, but also for a more detailed examination of the traditional and picturesque Dutch houses, windmills and other interesting sights along the way. Zaans museum The Zaanse Schans is open daily throughout the year. There is no entrance fee, however some of the attractions charge an admission fee. Schansend 7, 1509 AW Zaandam Tel +31 (0)75 681 00 00 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org www.zaanseschans.nl
Zaanse Visiting the Schans Wooden Shoe Workshop ‘De Zaanse Schans’ Kraaienest 4 | 1509 AZ Zaandam | 075 6177121 www.clogs.nl | email@example.com Open daily, all year round! Visit the wooden shoe workshop at the Zaanse Schans! See the clog makers at work in the workshop and learn about the history of wooden shoes in the museum - admission is free! We have the largest wooden shoe inventory in all sizes and colours! Be sure to try some on and experience what it feels like to walk on wood! Making a picture in the giant wooden shoe will complete your visit! From Amsterdam CS by bus (Bus 391) or train (station Koog-Zaandijk) in only 15 minutes
Bike rent at the Zaanse Schans Kalverringdijk 24 | 1509 BT Zaandam 075 6420585 | firstname.lastname@example.org www.fietsverhuurwormer.nl Rent a Bike at the Zaanse Schans and take a look at the Zaanstreek from a different perspective.
Museum shop Albert Heijn grocery store The modest birth of the Ahold Company Kalverringdijk 5 | 1509 BT Zaandam 075 6169619 In this beautiful listed building is the faithfully detailed reconstruction of the inventory and interior of the first Albert Heijn store in Oostzaan. This is how Albert Heijn, the founder of the Albert Heijn company began when he took over the small grocery store from his parents in 1887. The museum’s reconstructed interior bears witness to the considerable changes and developments during the last century. The museum also includes a small presentation about the development of the coffee business as part of the heritage of Albert Heijn.
Zushi - Amstel 20 www.Zushi.nl
Odeon - Hartenstraat 23 www.vintageclothes.nl
Amsterdam Jewel Cruises - Singel 235 www.amsterdamjewelcruises.nl
Whatever your taste is, Amsterdam has it. Amsterdam has all the nightlife you would expect. There are intimate restaurants, bars with or without live music, hip dance clubs, comedy clubs, and a casino. A complete list would fill a whole book, so we can only give you some recommendations here.
restaurants | cafés As one might expect from a cosmopolitan city, Amsterdam not only offers the possibility of enjoying classical French cuisine, but since a few decades the city has also abounded in - sometimes surprisingly good - Greek, Italian, Moroccan, Turkish, Chinese, Korean and even Nepalese and Ethiopian restaurants. This fact has caused the extensive, daily public market in Albert Cuypstraat to adapt its range to the purchasing requirements of these restaurants. For a quick cheap lunchtime bite try the sandwich shops, the chips stands or herring stalls. Eating maatjes (‘mates’) herring is quite possibly the only important culinary tradition of our otherwise in this respect poorly endowed country. Amsterdam is also a city with many bars and cafés, some 1,500 in all. Each of the areas mentioned below has something to offer, from friendly and relaxed brown cafés, stylish grand cafés to crowded designer bars. The cafés and bars vary greatly and have their own special attraction: a wide range of beers, jenever (Dutch gin), live music, canalside terraces, board games, pool tables or just good old fun.
bars | live music Jordaan The most easy-going area of the city hosts a great number of outstanding restaurants and bars, from classical French cuisine, Thai food to Tapas bars. Something can be found to everyone’s taste. Rembrandtplein Observed by the cast-iron statue of Amsterdam’s most famous painter lies Rembrandtplein. This place is bustling with places to eat and drink. Some of the most beautiful grand cafés are located here, like Schiller withits marvellous art deco interior. Utrechtsestraat area This narrow street has a special atmosphere and is known for its gift shops and international restaurants. Before dining, you can unwind with a drink on a terrace on Rembrandtplein. Reguliersdwarsstraat As far as gay nightlife is concerned, without a doubt, the Reguliersdwarsstraat is the hippest street in town. However, some of the best restaurants are located here. Leidseplein Leidseplein is Amsterdam’s centre of entertainment, with its many bars, nightclubs, theatres, music halls and hotels. Of course there are many different types of restaurants here.
Amsterdam has some great small bars where you enter for free and or a small fee to listen to live music. Singer-songwriters, jazz, pop, folk or even classical music. You just have to know where to go.
cocktails | dinner The Venice of the North, Amsterdam’s attractions are considerable. Besides the famed red-light areas where windowshopping takes on a whole new meaning and the coffee bars that are more popular for their other wares, Amsterdam is also home to hundreds of great bars and clubs: style bars, cocktail bars, bistros, restaurants and casinos, and the famous brown cafes where you can linger long over a beer and watch the people of Amsterdam go about their business. Once you’ve visited the museum quarter and taken a tour of the canals, you can hit the town. A night out in the many bars of Leidseplein or Rembrandtplein should see you into the small hours.
dinner | clubs Put on your dancing shoes and get ready to groove. In Amsterdam you can party all night long, nearly every night of the week! Have a look at the listings below - whether you’re into techno, drum & bass, top 40, hip-hop or anything in between, you’ll find a club to match your mood. 53
Selamat Datang, welcome! Nearby the Anne Frankhouse in the cosy Jordaan area, hides a beautiful and colorful Indonesian temple, with a warm interior with Balinese elements. You will be served by staff in traditional clothing. Our Chef and his team prepare tastes and fragrances to delight all your senses. Enjoy the abundance of our famous rice tables or varied a la carte menu. To stimulate your dining experience, all our food is prepared using fresh ingredients. The restaurant is open 365 days a year. Mon-sat 18.00-23.00 hrs., Su 17.00-23.00 hrs.
Undoubtedly the best known and most preferred pancake restaurant in Amsterdam. Situated on one of the main canals in the city centre of Amsterdam. Only 200 metres away from the Anne Frank house. The extensive menu offers no fewer than 100 different sweet or savoury pancakes and omelettes. The Pancake Bakery is situated in an old 17th century VOC warehouse and features exceptionally nostalgic interior décor. Doing a brisk business since 1973
Long Pura Restaurant Rozengracht 46-48, (020)6238950 www.restaurant-longpura.com
The Pancake Bakery Prinsengracht 191, Amsterdam, (020)6251333, www.pancake.nl
For fans of the Indian kitchen this is just the right place. Guests are welcomed with extra thin, delicious papadums, and this is only the beginning. The always first class curries and tandoori dishes are traditionally spicy. The spicy dishes such as vindaloo and madras are consistently of a high quality - the right amount of spices to make you break a sweat, but not too much to call the fire brigade. Cuisine open 5 - 11.30pm.
Koh-I-Noor Westermarkt 29 & Rokin 18, (020) 6233133/(020) 6272118, www.koh-i-noor-restaurant.nl
Organic, vegetarian, international menu, wholesome and delicious. Winner of Happzy award june 2012, meaning considered one of the best restaurants in Amsterdam, in this price range. Open from 17.00 -21.30h.
Vliegende Schotel, Nieuwe Leliestraat 162, Amsterdam, (Jordaan) (020) 6252041
Open: tue - sun: from 12.00 hours
The moment you walk into Noordwest, you’re in for a nice surprise. In the middle of the Jordaan and surrounded by historical architecture, you will discover that the picturesque décor of the marketplace blends harmoniously with the ultra-modern design and tasteful interior of this restaurant. Reservations are recommended. Open daily from 11.00 till 01.00 hours.
Bistro Bij Ons Prinsengracht 287, Amsterdam (020)6279016, www.bistrobijons.nl
Noordwest, Noordermarkt 42, 1015 NA Amsterdam, (020)6243689, www.restaurantnoordwest.nl
In Bistro Bij ons you can enjoy tradional Dutch food, in a great atmosphere. Based on our Grandmother’s recipes. Above all we will surprise you with some Genuine Amsterdam hospitality! Bistro Bij ons is 50 meters near The Anne Frank House. Your hostesses: Carla & Esther
One of the best pasta’s in Amsterdam: linguini with grilled vegetables. For more than 16 years a household name for lunch. Visitors of the 9 Streets area come in this cosy room with bright colours to get something nice to eat during lunch hour, before shopping or going out. The service is friendly and thoughtful. Here’s the place to meet the local Dutchman. Most visitors are students and canal belt Amsterdammers.
Goodies, Huidenstraat 9, 1016 ER Amsterdam, 020-6256122, www.goforthegoodies.nl
In the heart of Amsterdam, Kantjil & de Tijger is the right place to be for those who are curious about Indonesian food. Their latest addition is the New Asian High Wine. A selection of savoury bites, served with a carafe organic wine of your choice. Enjoy this experience at the New Asian Brasserie between 12:00 and 16:30. Also open for dinner.
Kantjil & De Tijger Spuistraat 291-293, Amsterdam (020)6203074, www.kantjil.nl
Enjoy a 3-course à la carte dinner whilst cruising the world famous canals on a classic riverboat, built in 1898. Comfortable and intimate. 20 seats only. A very friendly and discrete staff takes care of your well-being. While cruising you’ll discover the historical city centre with its enchanting canals, bridges and houses in the most beautiful way. Cruise Schedule & Tickets at: www.amsterdamjewelcruises.com or at the ticket office: Singel 235
Amsterdam Jewel Cruises Singel 235, Amsterdam (020)4221385, www.amsterdamjewelcruises.com
Greet us with: Enjoy the View! And receive a free glass of Prosecco. A ﬁsh loving traiteur/ﬁsh shop with food that’s daily fresh from the market and prepared by hand with lots of love & care by our staff. Check out our range of unique & fresh products and ask for our Daily Special. The Lobsterhouse is a take away store but you can have a snack at the counter. Try our Famous Tuna or Lobster Burger! Open daily: from 12.00-21.00 hrs.
The Lobster House Frederiksplein 6-8, Amsterdam (020)8451833, www.lobsterhouse.nl
Long-lunchers, shoppers on a quick break, delicate diners – all head to Zushi, on the banks of the Amstel river. Hip coloured lighting, tight design, give a contemporary edge. Cool music softens the mood. It’s smart, relaxed, rejuvenating. Sushi rolls freshly on the moving bar. Pearly white, succulent pink, deep sea green – different shapes, strips and rolls, move slowly along. A flash of chopsticks, and another one disappears. Steaming miso soup arrives in lacquer bowls.
Zushi, Amstel 20 1017 AA Amsterdam, (020) 3306882 www.zushi.nl
Welcome to the new and unique Restaurant View where you can enjoy with all your senses. Wherever you’re seated, your view over the waterfront is wonderful. Be amazed, watch the chef as he prepares the dishes and be delighted by the taste of it. The dishes pass by on the largest conveyor belt off Europe along your table. And the best thing is: no matter how much you eat, or what you drink, it never costs you more than € 34,50. Open 365 days a year.Terras and lunch from 12.00-20.00 hrs. Diner from 17.00-23.00 hrs.
View, Oosterdokskade 133 1011 DL Amsterdam, (020) 3708059 www.restaurant-view.nl
Bars | live music
Amstel 100, 020 - 62 21 330 www.mulligans.nl
Leidsekruisstraat 6-8, 020 - 62 33 440 www.bourbonstreet.nl
Amsterdam Jewel Cruises Singel 235, T 020 - 440 21 385 www.amsterdamjewelcruises.nl
In a historic setting on the banks of the river Amstel, right around the corner of the famous Rembrandt Square, you’ll find Mulligans is one of the oldest Irish bars in town. Open: Mon. - Fri. 4pm 1am Sat. & Sun. 2pm - 3am
Bourbon Street features live music from local talent and foreign artists every night of the week. Or special jam nights attract a mixed crowd of musicians playing Blues, Rock Soul nd Funk music. Open: Mon.-Fri. 10pm-4am, Sat. & Sun. 10pm-5am
Enjoy a 3-course à la carte dinner whilst cruising the world famous canals on a classic riverboat, built in 1898. Comfortable and intimate. 20 seats only.
cocktails | dinner
dinner | dancing
BIHP Art Food Drinks
Keizersgracht 335, 020 - 62 24 511 www.bihp.nl
Lijnbaansgracht 234, 020 - 53 18 181 www.melkweg.nl
Amidst the hustle & bustle of the lively shopping area of the Nine Little Streets, is where you’ll find the very stylings and treny restaurants of BIHP Art Food Drinks. Open: Mon.-Sat. 18:00-22:30, Making reservations is recommendable.
The Melkweg is mainly a live music venue, but on weekend it also host a variety of dance events. Saturday night is ‘Dance Arena’ and ‘Pop Arena’, both in separate halls. Some nights the venue is rented out to different party organisers. In contrast to other clubs the Melkweg as a keen eye for ‘world music’ trends.
Kleine Gartmanplantsoen 25, 020 - 88 88 886 www.playersamsterdam.nl Players Food & Drinks, the ultimate combination of excellent food & drinks, great and varied music and nice location: the corner of the Kleine Gartmansplantsoen in Amsterdam next to the completely rebuild City cinema. Open: Sun. - Thur. 3pm - 1am, Fri. 3pm 3am, Sat. 12am - 3am
Situated in a city monument with a rich history in the heart of Amsterdam’s Canal Belt, the Odeon offers a range of cosmopolitan services and activities. A café, restaurant, bar, club and performance space are present in the completely refurbished building originally dating from 1662.
Located just outside the city center in the east if Amsterdam, Trouw is an alternative dance club, restaurant, art venue, and whatever else they decide to host o n any given evening.
Open 7 days a week from 20:00 till 05:00 hours. Mensclub CLUB LV offers you free pick up service. Call us, if you want to meet our sexy ladies and if you want to experience an exciting night! Our driver is ready to pick you up. Every 3rd Thursday of the month Mystery Party.
Singel 460, 020 - 52 18 555 www.odeonamsterdam.nl
Wibaustraat 131, 020 - 46 37 788 www.trouwamsterdam.com
Middenweg 144, 020 - 66 36 662 www.club-lv.com
At NeL you’ll find one of the most beautiful terraces of Amsterdam. Even during wintertime it’s comfortable to be under the ancient trees, just in front of the 17th century wooden church, with a nice view over the Mediterranean looking square called Amstelveld. This is situated along the Prinsengracht. A surprisingly quiet oasis, only a minute away from the hectic touristic Rembrandtsquare. Still it is on walking distance of all important sites, like the Skinny Bridge and Hermitage, Van Gogh, Rijksmuseum, Van Loon Museum and more. In fact it is an ideal place to rest ones feet a while, a coffee and Nel have Amstelveld 12, 020 applecake, a glass of beerwww.nelamstelveld.nl or wine, a snack or a full meal. Mondaynight there is the popular NeLsessions jazzjam. Tuesdaynight NeL has open mic Popsessions. Reservations for lunch and dinner are recommended. See you at NeL.
Nel Amstelveld 12, 020 626 11 99 www.nelamstelveld.nl
Humphrey’s Spui Spuistraat 267 Tel. 020 - 62 43 555
3 course choice menu
Humphrey’s De Kolk Nieuwezijds Kolk 23 Tel. 020 - 42 21 234
open daily at 5 pm. for menu and online reservations: www.humphreys.nl Follow us on
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Welcome to the new Red Light District
Erotic Museum Enjoy a variety of curiosities, such as pleasure objects, prints, Sexy Art Gallery (sexyartgallery.com) and S&M exhibition. Open 7 days a week 11 am-1 am, Fri-Sat to 2am Oudezijds Achterburgwal 54
Bananen Bar & Club
The fun you can have with bananas! The hot waitresses will keep your glasses full. Upstairs youâ€™ll find the Bananen Club. Treat yourself to a lapdance, hang out with friends or celebrate a bachelor, bachelorette party. Open 7 days a week 8pm-2am, Fri-Sat to 3am Oudezijds Achterburgwal 37
Warning: entering this theatre will definitely get you aroused. Watch live performances of talented couples and individual artists. Open 7 days a week 7pm-2am, Fri-Sat to 3am Oudezijds Achterburgwal 106-108
+31 (0)20 6278954 | www.janot.nl
red light an impression about amsterdams eldest red light district The Red Light District in Amsterdam is visited by more than 4 million visitors each year who are curious to know what goes on behind the closed curtains. The Red Light District is very close to the Dam Square. Here Amsterdam started of as a settlement around a dam in the river Amstel at the end of the 12th century.
As the years went by the curtains opened more and more.
Let’s be honest Prostitution has enjoyed a long tradition of tolerance in Amsterdam. Safety is key here. In addition to preventing forced prostitution, the aim is an open and honest approach. Sex-workers here have their own union, plenty of police protection, an information centre (for visitors as well), frequent monitoring and testing and professional standards. The Amsterdam city centre has a romantic image. But behind the exciting, unconventional, ‘anything goes’ image of the city centre lurks a different reality -- a reality that sometimes consist of sex trafficking, forced prostitution. This is something that the city and the justice department are fighting against.
Changing the heart of Amsterdam New opportunities are setting in place a future for the city centre. The Amsterdam municipal council’s1012 project aims to discourage crime and corruption in the city centre by reducing the types of businesses that are conducive to crime and by permitting prostitution in just two areas. Together with local residents, business proprietors and investors, the municipal council is working to strengthen the area’s unique character and stimulate an economic upgrade.
Visiting the Red Light District The area is bustling with visitors and groups of tourists. It is best to travel in a pair or in a group, as the area also attracts some seedier characters. Grab a map and venture out or if you’re keen to learn more take one of the many specialised tours. ➤
drinks & clubs & nightlife in red light
red light Thaise Snackbar Bird
Zeedijk 77-I, (020) 4206289
Oudezijds Achterburgwal 37, (020) 6224670
Oude Burgsteeg 12, (020) 6204427
Cafe Dijk 120
Bubbles & Wines Wine & Champagnebar
Oudezijds Achterburgwal 39-A, (020) 6247739
Zeedijk 120, (020) 6247107
Nes 37, (020) 4223318
Cafe ‘t Mandje
Zeedijk 20, (020) 4202475
Zeedijk 63, (020) 6225375
Café Van Kerkwijk
Nes 41, (020) 6203316
Nieuwmarkt 24, (020) 6242937
Zeedijk 49, (020) 4215416
Nieuwezijds Voorburgwal 59, (020) 4287224
Café de Buurvrouw
Sint Pieterspoortsteeg 29-1, (020) 6259654
Zeedijk 14, (020) 4205132
Café de Kletskop
Oude Turfmarkt 153, (020) 6262635
Zeedijk 10, (020) 6225728
Oudezijds Achterburgwal 48, (020) 6268353
Rokin 75, (020) 5289910
Golden Palm Bar
Oudebrugsteeg 8, (020) 3308688
NH Grand Hotel Krasnapolsky
Oudezijds Achterburgwal 22, (020) 2050919
Dam 9, (020) 5549111
Winston Belushi’s Bar
Lange Niezel 8, (020) 6245809
Warmoesstraat 129, (020) 6231380
Rokin 89, (020) 4274657
Zeedijk 23- 25, (020) 6243141
Café de Dam
Grimburgwal 7-HS, (020) 6248230
Café de Zeepost
Damstraat 4, (020) 6245331
Prins Hendrikkade 88, (020) 6220450
Cafe De Stoof
Café de Pul
Oudezijds Achterburgwal 106-108, (020) 6278954
Oudezijds Achterburgwal 114,
Oudezijds Achterburgwal 116-I BG, (020) 6266343
Club San Francisco
Oudezijds Voorburgwal 75-3, (020) 6247444
Herengracht 90, (020) 4212057
Het Elfde Gebod
Zeedijk 5, (020) 6223577
Zeedijk 104, (020) 6393020
Warmoesstraat 51-B, (020) 4215151
Cafe Euro Pub
Dam 5-7, (020) 4200563
Oudebrugsteeg 7, (020) 4284488
Zeedijk 12, (020) 6222297
In ‘t Aepjen
Zeedijk 1, (020) 6268401
Oudezijds Achterburgwal 26, (020) 6244120
Warmoesstraat 24, (020) 3203854
Dam 3-7, (020) 4205746
Freddy’s Bar - Hotel De l’Europe
Nieuwe Doelenstraat 2-14, (020) 5311707
Rusland 16-I, (020) 6279468
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FREE SPOTS!! 1 Take the free ferry behind Central Station to the other side of the IJ and go for a walk along the North Holland Canal.
2 Walk up the roof of the Science Center Nemo and admire the view (follow the rail lines east from Central Station, and cross the footbridge to the big green building that looks like a ship). 3 Go to the Begijnhof (entrance from the Spui) 4 Walk along the Flower Market (on the Singel). 5 Visit the Historical Museum gallery (take the other exit from the Begijnhof and turn left). 6 Browse the Waterlooplein market (at the Waterlooplein).
7 Visit the Albert Cuyp market (tram 10 to Frederiksplein, or 4, 16, 24, 25 to Albert Cuyp). 8 Go to a free lunch concert in the Concertgebouw (Museumplein). 9 Browse the internet in medieval surroundings at the Waag (Old Centre). 10 Go up the tower to the cafe in the Kalvertoren shopping mall, and admire the view (Kalverstraat near the Munt). 11 Go to the cafe in Metz and admire the view (corner of Leidsestraat and Keizers gracht). You can get internet access, and check your email at and for free at the prize-winning Internet Reading Table in the café at: In De Waag, Nieuwmarkt (Old Centre), www.waag.org
Facts & Figures Inhabitants Amsterdam 780.559 Inhabitants Greater Amsterdam 2.289.762 Nationalities 183 Bicycles 600.000 Trees 220.000 Flower bulbs in parks and public gardens 600,000 Parks 28 City trams 255 Markets 21 Flower market 1 Shops 6.179 Antique shops 165 Diamond polishing factories 24 Canals 165 Bridges 1.281 Wooden drawbridges 8 Magere Brug (Skinny Bridge) 1 Glass-topped canal boats 112 Pedal boats 120 House boats 2.500 16th, 17th and 18th century buildings 8.863 Gable stones 654 Royal Palace 1 Statues and sculptures 302 Windmills 6 Museums 51 Art galleries 141 Paintings of Rembrandt 22 Nachtwacht (Night watch) 1 Paintings of Van Gogh 206 Schuttersgalerij (Civic Guard Gallery) 1 Wax statues at Madame Tussaud’s 140 Animals at the Artis Zoo 6.100 Barrel organs 4 Carillons 9 Historical church organs 42 Concerts and theatrical performances 16,000 Concerts and theatrical performances p/d 40 Theatres and concert halls 55 Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra 1 Muziektheater 1 Cinemas 67 Cafés and bars 1.515 Discotheques 36 Restaurants 1.234 Hotels 370 Hotel beds 48.146 Camp grounds 5 Bed nights by tourists from abroad 9.700.000 Day visitors per year 13.800.000 Source: Amsterdam Tourism & Congres Bureau
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