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Black Heritage Amsterdam Tour

Not your average Amsterdam guided tour I recently had the pleasure of  joining the Black Heritage Amsterdam Canal Tour. I have worked as a Tour Guide here in Amsterdam in the past, so most guided tours in Amsterdam have very little new to tell me, many of them make my eyes roll and until now […]

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Breakfast in Amsterdam

As great as Amsterdam is, it is not a city known for its fabulous breakfast culture. Many cafes open late, or only offer limited breakfast options. In recent years, things have improved a lot. Coffee chains like Coffee Company and Bagels and Beans are easy to find and will do in a pinch. A bit […]

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Attention all coffee lovers!

It’s almost time for the Amsterdam Coffee Festival! From the 15th to the 17th of May coffee lovers come together to celebrate Amsterdam’s bustling and vibrant coffee scene and innovative sub-culture, bringing together lovers of coffee, tea, chocolate, gourmet food and related products. With thousands of visitors expected following the huge success of last year’s […]

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Visit a windmill on National Mill Day

Windmills are iconic for the Netherlands. While many mills are no longer operational, they were an integral part of Dutch life for centuries, employed for industrial purposes like milling grains and draining the lowlands of excess water so the Dutch could create the famous polders, or reclaimed land. Aside from a few mills that are […]

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Women’s History walk in Amsterdam

Looking for something to do on International Women’s Day in Amsterdam? Women’s Fund Mama Cash is organising women’s history walking tours in Amsterdam, Leeuwarden and Maastricht. Join Mama Cash to ‘ explore each of these cities from 14:00 to about 16:00 and discover the stories of women who made a difference, often with small deeds […]

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Amsterdam in Spring

Spring is by far my favourite season. After a long and dark Dutch winter, It warms my heart to see the city erupt in bloom, to see the days lengtening and people determined soak up every bit of bright spring light that they can. It just might be the best season to visit Amsterdam too. […]

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Fun activities for kids in Amsterdam

Despite its ‘adult’ reputation, Amsterdam is a very child friendly city. Every neighbourhood has its own “speeltuin’ or playground, many museums have a special programme for kids and the Dutch bring their kids everywhere, so a lot of restaurants and cafes are child friendly. So beyond the usual suspects like the Zoo and a canal […]

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Amsterdam by bike

Hands down  the best way to see Amsterdam is by bike. You can cover a lot of ground while still having time to look around. As a bonus, cycling is likely one of the most authentic experiences a tourist can have in Amsterdam. So what’s stopping you? Amsterdam traffic can be rather daunting. Trams, cars, […]

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7 reasons to visit Amsterdam

From its canals to its world-famous museums and from its historical sights to its nightlife, Amsterdam is one of the most unique and beautiful cities in Europe. If you’re still on the fence about visiting, here are some reasons why should visit Amsterdam: Though Amsterdam is quite small, it has all the advantages of a […]

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Amsterdam Light Festival

Every winter Amsterdam lights up during the Amsterdam Light Festival. A cultural festival of light and water which literally puts the history of the city in the spotlights. I can’t imagine anything better for the dark and sometimes gloomy winter months! From December through January, buildings are lit enchantingly or artistically and light sculptures by […]

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