Culture

Does Dutch cuisine exist?

Some food is famous worldwide, like pizza and pasta, and often we get the question: what is typical Dutch food? Traditionally, Dutch cuisine is simple with vegetables, potatoes and meat or fish. Nowadays, mostly thanks to all the different nationalities in the Netherlands, we eat more cosmopolitan and 'exotic'. Italian and Asian food is especially popular, but our cuisine has been also influenced by the former Dutch colony of Indonesia. The Dutch even eat their French fries with peanut sauce! Or with a combination of mayonnaise and peanut sauce, called ‘patatje oorlog’ (French fries war). Some Indonesian food is so integrated into the Netherlands that a lot of people see nasi, bami and peanut sauce/satay sauce as typical Dutch food.

Jewish monuments in Amsterdam

Since centuries most of the Dutch Jews have lived in Amsterdam. There are for example still a lot of ‘Jiddisj’ words in the Amsterdam dialect. The Jews contributed to the prosperity of Amsterdam, to the establishment of the Dutch West Indies Company, and to the Dutch Golden Age. Before World War II, 10% of the population in Amsterdam was Jewish, which meant about 80,000 people – but only 20% of them survived the Holocaust, though. The most well-known victim in Amsterdam is the Jewish girl named Anne Frank, who wrote her world-famous diary while in hiding. Her hiding place in the Secret Annex is a museum, called the Anne Frank House, situated in the centre of Amsterdam at Prinsengracht 263-267.

Safety in Amsterdam

Compared to other large cities, Amsterdam is a relatively safe place for both tourists and residents. Violent crimes do not occur here very often. But be aware of pickpockets and thieves, though. Pickpockets are active in crowded places and on trains travelling between Schiphol Airport and Amsterdam Centraal Station, but you can also encounter them in trams or in places where people watch street artists. Take sensible precautions, mind your belongings carefully, and leave your valuable items at your apartment.

National Restaurant Week in Amsterdam – eat more for less!

It’s not a secret that every special treat is available for a special price, and if you’re a foodie, you’re probably aware of that more than anyone else. However, DiningCity, a restaurant review website, came up with a fantastic initiative to make it much more wallet-friendly for you to make the most of your culinary experience of Amsterdam – prepare your palate for the National Restaurant Week!

Nuit Blanche in Amsterdam – a nocturnal tribute to art

Although there are at least two movies named Nuit Blanche, this special event has got nothing to do with any of them whatsoever. Translated as ‘White Night’, the Nuit Blanche of Amsterdam is an annual Paris-inspired night devoted to art in its most various forms, consisting of a 12-hour session with music, street art, photography, and video art, among others. Come to Amsterdam and use our holiday apartment offer to be where the after-dark magic happens.

Amsterdam Cinemas – 5 of the Best Venues for Movie Fans

From modern multiplexes showing all of the latest Hollywood blockbusters to traditional picture houses featuring authentic Dutch films, Amsterdam is bursting with a huge selection of cinemas, all of which are within easy reach of many of our Amsterdam holiday apartments. Several of the cinemas not only offer a memorable night at the movies but are also iconic landmarks within the city and are definitely worthy of a visit.

DGTL Festival: 2 days, 6 stages, 81 artists – Enhance your short stay with a weekend-long electronica party

DGTL Festival will be entertaining thousands of revellers on Easter weekend with an electric mix of electronica tunes at the NDSM Werf in Amsterdam Nord. So set the standard for your short stay in Amsterdam and join in with the party on April 19 and 20.

Fine Dining: Amsterdam’s Top 5 Most Exclusive Restaurants

Whilst not specifically renowned for its culinary prowess, the Netherlands' capital hosts a myriad of dining venues to whet the appetite and satisfy the taste buds, from cosy cafés to Michelin starred restaurants. The following selection focuses on the city's elite gastronomic hotspots, offering five inimitable establishments easily reachable from your Amsterdam apartment, ideal for an unforgettable Dutch experience.

Flower Power: A Guide to the Netherlands’ Celebrated Floral Attractions

Blanketed with fields of vivid colour, the low lying Netherlands is renowned the world over for its love of tulips and all things floral, making it the perfect destination for visitors with a penchant for colourful landscapes, blossoming gardens and flourishing markets.

Museum Quarter – The home of art and culture in Amsterdam

Ideally located within easy reach of the bustling city centre and close to many of our Amsterdam Museum Square apartments, the Museum Quarter is an attraction certainly not to be missed. Centred around Museumplein (Museum Square) and boasting an effortless blend of green open spaces, iconic museums and magnificent buildings, Amsterdam’s Museum Quarter offers an action packed day for visitors to this fascinating city.