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Tipps für 44 Europ. Städte, PDF-guide 2.99€, apps: zB Amsterdam

Ein perfektes Wochenende in Amsterdam, Süddeutsche Zeitung


Shopping Center Magna Plaza, Nieuwezijds Voorburgwal 182

-          renovated former General Post Office 1898,  moorish style, now mall


Narrowest houses:

- Singel *7 (1m wide)

- Oude Hoogstr. 22 (2.02 m wide, 6m long)

- Kloveniersburgwal 26 (2.44 m wide)


Redlight district around Oude Kerk & Oudezijds Achterburgwal

Woonbootmuseum on houseboat Hendrik Maria, Prinsengracht 296          

View from top of Westerkerk tower over Jordaan and oud centrum;

Leidseplein: Stadsschouwburg & surrounding

Waterlooplein: STOPERA and (?antique/flea?) market

Albert Cuyp Market (De PIJP) – biggest outdoor market

Krasnapolsky Hotel, Dam 9, (Art Deco interior decoration)

Schiller Hotel, Rembrandtplein 26-36, (Jugendstil decoration)

Oldest & best quality Jenever distilery/shop:

-          De Ooievaar, Kees van Wees, Driehoekstr. 10, Jordaan, 020 626 77 52

-          All kind of Jenever, extracted perfumes Bottles from 13.00-62 EUR

AMSTERDAM - renewed & young

Rijksmuseum displays classic art especially Dutch masters (e.g. Remrandt, Vermeer, Hals)
Stedelijk Museum with new bathtub (designed by Mels Crouwel) exhibits modern art

van Gogh Museum displays vast van Gogh collection
Studio/K als CulturCentrum at Timorplein
EYE,  (Art & culture, Bars, Coffee & tea, Snacks), IJpromenade 1, +31 205891400
SU–TH 10:00 – 01:00, FR – SA10:00 – 02:00 (exhibitions open till 17:00), 
 mod. Architektur designed by Delugen,  serves as Film Institut und FilmMuseum and cultural hang-out. it offers something for everybody – you can have food and drinks on the huge terrace overlooking the water and wave at the cruise ships or visit the exhibitions or their extensive library. They also have four screening rooms (with brand new chairs!) that show classics, specials and new releases besides hosting cinema concerts and cult evenings. Or you could just run up and down their grand staircases endlessly.

brouwerij ´t Ij (cafe with their own biobeers)
Kunstenstad Roest (industrial site in transition, scene restos, ar & entertainment, young offices, etc.) former NDSW werf

Citycard (some museums free, reductions in restos & sights & entertainment, free public transport, etc.) 24h 40€, 48 h 50€, 72h 60€
average museums prices 10-15 Eur adults, 5 Eur students; reserve to avoid lengthy queues at the museum itself

Escher in het Paleis Museum, Den Haag

Vermeer Zentrum, Delft


current architecture

impressive new architecture can you find in AMS-Noord (het IJ: NDSM, WesterdokseilandEye, Silodam, Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ) and AMS-Oost: KNSM (Emerald Empire, Piraeus), Borneo and Sporenburg (1996-2000 "wilde bouwen"), Java (modern grachtenhouses), "wilde bouwen" on Ijburg, "floating houses" on Steigereiland.

Essen & Trinken

Wilde Zwijnen (Dutch trattoria), cafe-retaurant, Javaplein 23, 1095 CJ Amsterdam, 20 463 30 43, 3-course menu 30 Eur, daily 12:00-01:00

Firma Pekelharing (Ita), cafe-restaurant, Van woustr. 127-129, 1074 AH Amsterdam, 20 679 0460, 3 course menu 30 eur, daily 12:00-24:00

Hoofdstad Brasserie (French) in Hotel de l'Europe, Nieuwe Doelenstr. 2-14, 1012 CP Amsterdam, 20 531 17 77, 3 course menu 35 Eur

Stork, cafe-restaurant, terrace, Gedempte Hamerkanaal (96), 1021 KB Amsterdam, 20 634 4000

Dauphine, megacafe-restaurant, terrace, Prins Bernhardplein 175, 1097 BL Amsterdam, 20 462 1646, daily 09:00-01:00

In de Keuken restaurant, Utrechtsestr. 114, 1017 VT Amsterdam, 20 6167414, 40-50 eur

Lastage (French) restaurant, Geldersekade 29, 1011 EJ Amsterdam, 20 7370811, 3 course 45 Eur

Pompstation, hip diner, bar & grill, Zeeburgerdijk 52, 1094 AE Amsterdam, 20 6922888


Bettina Bakt (German bio bakery) , Van Woustraat 188, +31206627079, WE– SA 10:30 – 18:00

Lunchroom Brezel (Coffee & tea),  Sarphatistraat 42a, +31615580583, MO – FR 07:30–16:30, SA 08:30–16:00

De Amsterdamsche Tram (Coffee & tea, Snacks), Carrascoplein 10, +31642601402, MO – FR 10:00 – 19:00

N.A.S.A (culture, Cinemas, restaurants (Int.)) Main course € 17, Arie Biemondstraat 111, +316169994
SU–TH 12:00 – 01:00, FR – SA 12:00 – 03:00 The restaurant is nice, stylish but not stiff, a meeting place for the people who are around NASA, artists, culturally interested, or neighbourhood folks.

Baut (bar, int. restaurant) Main course € 20, Wibautstraat 125, +31204659260
SU– TH 11:00 – 01:00, FR – SA11:00 – 03:00 The restaurant is nicely decorated and has a warm vibe because of the lighting and different seating areas. Ensure (online) reservation well in advance as Baut is a very popular spot.

Pllek (Art & culture, Bar, Coffee & tea, Restaurant (Mediterranean/organic))
Tt. Neveritaweg 61, +31202900020, from 10:30 daily      
take the ferry to the other side of the IJ. Pllek is a great cultural hangout in the North, close to Noorderlicht (another favorite spot of mine). It’s like a beach joint minus the beach crowd – a safe haven in between all the huge industrial constructions and rusty boats at the NDSM shipyard. Pllek offers (mostly organic) food, music, art and outdoor cinema as well as tai chi and yoga, and they’re open all year. They’re as open-minded as its vista. Imagine campfires and troubadours with guitars in summer. It’s also close to the IJhallen flea market.

Slijterij De Hegeraad (Bar, Coffee & tea, Snacks), Noordermarkt 34, +31206245565
MO – TH & SU 12:00 – 01:00, FR – SA 12:00 – 03:00
is another one of those old pubs that are great to get lost in it’s a black-coffee-morning-paper kind of place as well .

De Pilsener Club (Bar, Snack) , Begijnensteeg 4, MO – TH 12:00 – 01:00, FR – SA 12:00 – 02:00

This beer café is one of Amsterdam’s oldest: everything looks and feels like you’ve just traveled 125 years back in time – from the original sandy floor boards to the yellowed pictures on the wall. You want to sit down in their creaky chairs, turn off your mobile phone, order three portions of ossenworst and Dutch cheese and talk about books all night, whilst trying at least six of the great array of special beers and jenever they have on offer.

Stadscafe van Mechelen (Bar, Restaurant, dish € 13), Sloterkade 96/97, +31 20221.2348
SU – TH 09:00 – 01:00, FR – SA 09:00 – 02:00
Food and beer in an old industrial building…. but here the whole setting is kind of settled, well designed industrial style. Good. A new spot in Oud-Zuid, and different than all the others…

De Balie's Grand Cafe (Bar, Restaurant), Kleine Gartmanplantsoen 10, +31205535130, SU – TH 10:00 – 01:00, FR – SA 10:00 – 02:00 De Balie’s worth a visit for its interior alone – even sipping a cup of tea here oozes style. De Balie houses a Grand Café with nice food, but I especially like drinking a late beer here after a concert at Paradiso. It’s relaxed as well as energetic, especially on Friday and Saturday nights, when there’s a DJ playing tunes.


Warung Mini (Surinamese), Main course €8, Ceintuurbaan 205, +31206626804
daily 11:00 – 23:00,
I had their delicious saoto soup, ‘broodje pom‘, roti, and fritta. You should definitely give these ones a try. The restaurant is small but has quite a lot of seats and it has a good enough atmosphere to sit down and enjoy your meal.

Som Tam Thai (Thai), Main meal € 11, 2e Goudsbloemdwarsstraat 24, +31206382530, daily 16:00 – 22:30.  It is very small but usually not terribly busy so you will probably quite easily get a table. The people working here are super friendly and the food is absolutely delicious.

Cafe Stevens  (Bar, Coffee & tea, Snacks, Restaurant), Geldersekade 123 (on Nieuwmarkt) daily 10:00 – 01:00 Lunch menu during the day is tasty and affordable; different kinds of Belgian beers and the nice housewine are worth a try. Don’t forget to order some bitterballen to go with your drinks and just enjoy!

Rijsel (by far the best food in town, French-Flemish, 3 course meal € 31), Marcusstraat 52, +31204632142
TU – SA 18:00 – 00:00 cooks up a traditional, honest blend of French and Flemish cuisine. In other words: Lots of meats, perfect oven potatoes with home-made mayonnaise; old-school
huzarensalade; fish terrines and oysters; and amazing wine. There’s always something for the veggies too. Try their signature dish, the poussin (coquelet) from the rotisserie.

Hotel de Goudfazant (French, 3 course meal € 30), Aambeeldstraat 10H, 1021 AMS (Noord), +31206365170, TU – SU 18–late in Amsterdam Noord separated from the Centre by the IJ. De Goudfazant’s big open space (with that awesome bottle chandelier!) used to be a garage. Other "re-furbished industrial building restaurants are Rijsel (in an old school), Dauphine (in a former Renault showroom; too fancy for me), Cafe-Restaurant Amsterdam (all-time favorite in an ancient water pump factory, Watertorenplein 6, 1051 PA AMS) and De Goudfazant’s own little youngest sibling Cafe Modern, (in once a bank, safe intact).

Pacific Parc (Intern. meal € 15), Westergasfabrieken, Polonceaukade 23,  +31204887778, daily 11:00 – 02:00 (kitchen open till 22:00) is a great place on the ‘Westergasfabriekterrein’. It’s open during the day for drinks and lunch as well as in the evening for dinner, drinking and/or dancing. For lunch/breakfast/snack try the “tosti” (croque monsieur / toasted ham/cheese sandwich). It’s delicious with lots of cheese and ham, pineapple or tomato.

Traiterie Chef (Coffee & tea) , Raamsteeg 5, +31206715500, TU – SU 10:00 – 18:30 is a small, family-run lunch room/café in the heart of Amsterdam serving the most delicious chocolate cake but also very tasty savory quiches.

Vlaamsch Broodhuys | Coffee & tea, Snacks , Eerste Constantijn Huygensstraat 64 | +31206899131
Mon – Fri 08:30 – 18:30, Sat 08:30 -17:00, Sun 10:00 – 17:00
all kinds of bread without any artificial additives and with a slow rising time of the dough. They also serve delicious cakes, pastries and quiches. A nice small salad is served with every sandwich and some cake with your coffee or tea. The modern and bright lunchroom has plenty of tables, a bar and a small terrace. When you want to celebrate something with your (girl) friends you might want to go for the high tea, it comes with a wide variety of bread, toppings and cake.

De Groene Vlinder (Intern., Main meal € 12.50), Albert Cuypstraat 130,  +31204702500, Sun – Thu 10:00 – 01:00, Fri – Sat 10:00 – 03:00 cosy tavern with a year round terrace and very friendly (and often cute) staff. The music is mostly a bit jazzy, but can become more pop orientated in the evenings, when the crowd gets more distinctive. On the weekends and on sunny days it can be terribly crowded with people taking a break from strolling the Albert Cuyp market. Try lunch or a coffee in the afternoon. Their menu isn’t very extensive, but they serve some nice sandwiches made on ciabattas, homemade apple pie, etc.. In the evenings you can enjoy a decent bite for a good price (nothing fancy).

Cobra café, Museumsplein, near Rijksmuseum, serves some great sandwiches and they have a big busy terrace!

Gartine (authentic Dutch, slow food) – small, but fresh regional cuisine; also for High-tea in the afternoon; reservation needed!, Taksteeg 7, Amsterdam 1012 PB, (AMS-Centrum, Dam Square)

Seasons Restaurant, Herenstraat 16, Amsterdam 1015 CA, (AMS-WEST, Jordaan), 020 330 3800, FR-SA 16-22, SU 16-21:30, Mo-Th 17-22:30,  3-course menu 32 Eur, Fresh ingredients, world cuisine

Dwars, (bio, slow food), Egelantiersstraat 24, Amsterdam, (AMS-WEST, Jordaan), 020 625 53 06, lunch 11:30-15, dinner > 18:00, closed on TU-WE, traditional tasty fresh quality products in a cozy environment, 3-course menu 32 Eur
"..waar je ouderwets lekker eet van biologische streekproducten in een gemoedelijke sfeer."

MAX restaurant (Indonesian/European),Herenstraat 14, Amsterdam 1015 CA, (AMS-WEST, Jordaan), good atmosphere and Indonesian inspired European cuisine

Bierproeflokaal 't Arendsness(Dutch beer pub),Herengracht 90,AMS-WEST, Amsterdam 1015 BS, +31 20 421 2057
Vlaming eten & drinken, (Flemish-Dutch dinner), Lindengracht 95 ,Amsterdam 1015 KD, (AMS-WEST, Jordaan), daily 18-24, SU closed

Brasserie Vlaming ,(Flemish-Dutch dinner), Prinsengracht 193a, Amsterdam 1015 DS, (AMS-WEST, Jordaan), 020 427 8063, daily 18-22

Broodje Bert (sandwiches)Singel 321, Amsterdam, (Dam Square), +31206230382, daily 08:00-17:00

De joffers (brasserie), Willemsparkweg 163,


PUBS (kroegen)

Linnaeusstraat (AMS-EAST, Transvaal, along Oosterpark) for a pubcrawl, 09:00/10:00 – 01:00/03:00 daily On not even half a mile you’ll find six totally different bars, with their own atmosphere and audience: East of Eden (11-A), a neighbourhood bar opposite the Tropenmuseum. The different sitting areas are ideal for small groups. De Biertuin (29), a German style “beer garden” with wooden tables and benches. The place serves a small variety of special beers and six classical dishes. Trendy Spargo (37-A), a spot where a lot of yuppies hang out. They serve both a huge lunch and dinner menu. Decent quality, decent prices. Pata Negra (Reinwardtstraat 1hs), a Spanish tapas place. It can be very crowdy and noisy, especially in the weekends. Boom (63), a small place which focusses more on dining more considerate for a serious chat and a good glass of wine. Caffe Milo (71hs) is especially known as a lunch place, but they serve a good dinner as well. And you’re always welcome for drinks too.

Wynand Fockink (jenever proeflokaal), Pijlweg 31, 1012 HH Amsterdam, 20 639 2695

in't Aepjen (oldest pub 1519), Zeedijk 1, 1012 AN Amsterdam, 20 42 88 291

De Wetering,

In de Lompen

De Haven van Texel

Karpershoek (classic pb 1629), Martelaarsgracht 2, 1012 TP amsterdam, 20 624 7886

Port van Cleve

de drie Fleschjes (150), Gravensstr. 18, 1012 NM Amsterdam, 20 62 48 443

Hoppe, Spui 18-20 (authors, artists), 1012 XA Amsterdam, 20 420 4420

De Zwart (authors, non-tourist), Spuistr. 334, 1012 VX Amsterdam, 20 6246 511

Rooie Nelis (folk), Laurierstr. 101, 1016 PK Amsterdam, 20 62 44 167 (Jordaan)

Cafe Chris (folk), Bloemstraat 42), Amsterdam (Jordaan)

't Smalle (folk), Eglantiersgracht 12), Amsterdam (Jordaan)

De Twee Zwaantjes (folk), Prinsengracht 114, Amsterdam (Jordaan)

Oosterling, Utrechtsestr. 140, 1017 VT amsterdam, 020 623 4140

Schiller (grand cafe art-deco, VIP), Rembrandtplein 24, 1017 CV Amsterdam, 020 62 49 846

cafe Americain (Moorish style), Leidsekade 97, 1017 PN Amsterdam, 020 55 63 010

Stanislavski (grand cafe, classic), in Stadsschouwburg, leidseplein 26, 1017 PT amsterdam, 020 795 99 95

Reijnders, Leidseplein

Le Berry, Leideplein


Jordaan: diverse & alternative shops

Haarlemmerstraat and De Haarlemmerdijk (AMS - West), for shopping, restaurants, coffee & tea:  Start with a croissant at Mediterannee, and go by 2 For Joy for fresh roasted coffee. Shop at revamp store Restored; at Mary Ann, run by wonderful ladies who really know how to rock old-school brassieres; at sneaker store Seventyfive, or photography specialists Nivo Schweitzer. As a film freak, I love browsing through the cult DVDs and posters at the wonderfully geeky Silver Screen, or catch a screening in one of Amsterdam’s nicest and oldest cinemas, The Movies; Cupcake supplies from De Tafel van 18, or the Tea Bar‘s teas. Or just feast on Jordino‘s Italian ice cream, Small World‘s huge sandwiches and restaurant Balraj‘s great Indian food.

Utrechtsestraat (AMS-South) for shopping, bars, coffee & tea, restaurants: MO–WE & FR–SU 10:00 – 18:00, TH 10:00 – 21:00 You should really have a look here if you like to go shopping but don’t like busy shopping streets full of shops you don't see everywhere (e.g. Jan Lens (136), Look Out (91-93)), the choice of shops here is really different and I think you could easily spend a whole day here if you count in stops for coffee, lunch, an afternoon drink and dinner to finish it off!

Cornelius Schuytstraat (Ams-South): e.g. SPRMrkt STH (Willemsparkweg 168), Ennu (C. Schuytstr. 15)

Dappermarkt (AMS-EAST) for shopping, snacks: Mo–SA 08:00 – 17:00 is one of the busiest and biggest markets. It is a really multicultural place and it represents Amsterdam really well. The market sells a great diversity of fruit and vegetables, flowers, clothes, shoes and anything else you might need. I am always amazed at how cheap it is!  Check out the different shops just off the market for cheap clothes and shoes and little supermarkets that sell different foreign products. The market offers a diversity of different ready-to-eat snacks from lots of different cuisines and freshly squeezed fruit juices.

Laura Dols (AMS-WEST) shopping, Wolvenstraat 7, +31206249066, SU–MO 13:00 – 18:00, TU–WED & FR-SA 11:00 – 18:00, TH 11:00 – 21:00 most famous vintage store, all kind of unique pieces, most of them originating from the 50s, like dresses, hats, clutches and pumps.

We Like Fashion (AMS-SOUTH) shopping, Van Baerlestraat 108, +31206649922,
MO 13:00 – 18:00, TU-WED & FR 10:00 – 18:00, TH 10:00 – 21:00, SA:10:00 – 17:00
very original collection of women’s clothes and accessories, lovely tops, cute dresses, cool jackets and shoes

P.C. Hooftstraat: all international luxus and prestige labels: Boss, cartier, Chanel, Dolce & Gabbana, Emporio Armani, Ferragamo, Filippa K, Gucci, Hermes, Max Mara, Tiffany, valentino, Louis Vuitton...

Dutch institutions: De Bijenkorf, Metz en Co., Maison de Bonneterie

Droog design (Dutch top design), Staalstr. 7 b

Van ravenstein (Belgian labels), Keizersgracht 359

in der Umgebung: Essen & Trinken

bistro Pure C (Sergio Herman, ***Koch von Oud Sluis & chef-Koch Syrco Bakker), Strandhotel Cadzand


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