Discover Benelux | Summer Special | Amsterdam Noord, Amsterdam Oost & Amsterdam Zuidoost Highlights
Over het IJ festival. Photo: Saris & den Engelsman
DO NOT MISS: IJ-Hallen – Bargain hunters and shopping lovers unite: IJ-Hallen is Europe’s largest flea market, set on the NDSM Wharf near the IJ River. The market is held one weekend per month and sells almost everything: from second-hand clothes, shoes, antiquities, jewellery, books, and even furniture. 12 – 13 August Gaasperplas – The best part about escaping the city centre? The green spaces. This artificial lake in Amsterdam Zuidoost serves as a recreational area and nature reserve that is made for summer picnics. With more than five kilometres of paths, you can explore the park by foot, bicycle or horseback. Dappermarkt – This market is the place to do some very inexpensive shopping, with most products selling for just a few euros. With 250 stands and 160 merchants, Dappermarkt sells everything from clothes,
shoes, jewellery, to (exotic) foods and flowers. Although the market is one of the busiest in the city, the relaxed atmosphere has not changed over the past years, and you will find mainly locals here. Tropenmuseum – Hosted in a beautiful majestic building overlooking Amsterdam’s Oosterpark, this museum tells stories about universal human themes like celebration, prayer and conflict. It has interesting exhibitions all year round: the musical exhibition The Rhythm & Roots will be on until 7 January 2018. PLLEK – One of the many trendy hangouts on Amsterdam Noord. PLLEK is a restaurant and bar built of used shipping containers and exudes the feeling of a beach holiday. On warm summer days, PLLEK feels like a mini summer party, thanks to its beautiful ambiance and cool vibe. To get there, take the ferry from Centraal Station.
Photo: Merijn Roubroeks
For more tips on what is on in Amsterdam, check www.iamsterdam.com
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Promoting Belgium, The Netherlands and Luxembourg.