Amsterdam’s best cafe terraces for people watching

People watching is a sport most of the English can sadly only engage in at train stations. And although an essential activity for some, the professionals strutting the platforms don’t necessarily inspire any crazy fashion ideas.   All the world really becomes the proverbial stage when you visit the many Amsterdam outdoor cafe terraces. It […]

Five of my favourite local neighbourhood restaurants in Amsterdam

Amsterdam offers a whole lot in terms of gastronomical excellence, and you do not have to fork out massive amounts of cash for superb meals. Many of the smaller neighbourhood restaurants that you can find just outside the city centre are absolute gems. They are ignored by the tourist masses and provide high-quality dining experiences […]

Fancy dancing the night away with the cast of The Fresh Prince of Bel Air?

Are you a hiphop and/or R&B fan planning to visit Amsterdam during the last weekend of August? Then you’re in luck because that’s when the Encore festival takes place. Continue reading if that date is wrong, because Encore happens to also be a regular weekly event in De Melkweg, one of Amsterdam’s largest nightclubs. The […]

Gourmet shops in Amsterdam

Did you know that the World Luxury Hotel Award, which is pretty much the Oscars of the hotel sector, went to a provider of luxury apartments this year? Not a hotel, but an upmarket holiday apartments provider! It reflects a global trend in the hospitality industry; more and more people prefer to stay in private […]

Top-rated Amsterdam tourism apps

Most people who travel are happy to ditch the phone during their first few days, but then gradually slide back into the habit of making clever use of technology whenever the occasion dictates it. And boy are smart solutions enticing when you are traveling…  Here’s a few apps that might not only come in handy […]

The Dutch language – what you should bother to learn

So you’ve landed in Amsterdam and want to take a break from your smartphone, even though those translation apps sound rather a lot of fun. You’re doing the right thing, because chances are that you won’t need to speak a word of Dutch during your stay in Amsterdam. Most of the population in the Netherlands […]

The best spots to see stunning sunsets in Amsterdam

Amsterdam’s sunsets are famous. A cityscape of water and architecture makes for breathtaking panoramas. June is about the best time to be looking out for spectacular sunsets as the coming of the Summer Solstice delivers some of the longest days of the year. Expect the sun to set at around 10pm during these weeks and […]

6 favorite spots of Amsterdam’s locals

So you want to do Amsterdam like the locals do it. Good for you. Why fall into the tourist trap when you can crank things up a notch relatively easily and have a way more authentic experience?! Here’s a few of my favourite Saturday hangouts. -One of the best Amsterdam streets to relax and enjoy […]

Why you should choose Amsterdam Apartments over AirBNB accommodation

Amsterdam Apartments we know all the home owners personally. True, the rise of AirBNB and similar trust-based private vacation rental platforms is costing the professional hospitality industry billions in annual revenues. The Amsterdam AirBNB scene is thriving and yes, we are envious, but all being equal, there are some issues you should know about when […]

Hang out at the Dam square to see what it’s all about in Amsterdam

The Dam square is the heart of the historic centre of Amsterdam. It is not far from the train station; a 300 meter stretch only. Once you’ve arrived on the square, you have really arrived in Amsterdam.    The Dam is where it is at in this city. This is where the crowds, tourists and […]