Food enthusiasts unite May 15th - 18th for a series of delicious summer outings surrounding culinary culture from around the world as Amstel Park hosts the annual Taste of Amsterdam festival. Some of the Dutch capital's most well reputed restaurants serve up the best in international cuisine with their signature dishes. The Taste of Amsterdam illuminates all the senses with rare aromatic flavours, delightful textures, insightful conversations and savory memories. Observe renowned chefs in masterful action. Guide your taste buds through a tasting tutorial. Sample nature’s bounty at the gourmet and organic market which boasts over 60 total merchant stands to entice and satisfy even the most discriminating appetite.

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Tulip Festival Events

The Noordoostpolder, opposite the Markermeer bay from Amsterdam, contains more tulips than anywhere else in the Netherlands. From April 17 - May 5th, the annual Tulip Festival is a formal introduction to the super abundant tulip fields in the Noordoostpolder. Each spring a small migration of flower lovers saunters through a landscape of blooming bulbs, hand seeded a few months prior. Come admire the sheer outburst of organic colors arrayed forth in nectar scented petals.

Amsterdam gets a dose of Ibizan magic: Pacha Festival is back in town this May

The spirit and style of Ibiza returns to Amsterdam for the third time with the popular Pacha Festival on 17 May, 2014. Get ready for music, entertainment and hippie market fun at Java Eiland from 12:00 to 23:00.

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.

The Fault in Our Stars – A romantic movie which features the magnificent city of Amsterdam

Opening at cinemas across the world during the summer of 2014, the must see movie ‘The Fault in Our Stars’ was filmed at various locations throughout the vibrant city of Amsterdam, many of which are just minutes away from several of our Amsterdam holiday apartments. Whilst visiting the city, why not explore the wonderful sights and attractions that the main characters Hazel & Gus sampled during their trip.

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.

Imagine Film Festival:  9 – 18 April, 2014

Head to EYE Amsterdam for the Imagine Film Festival to sit in on a blockbuster or independent film. Playing films from genres such as anime, sci-fi, fantasy or thriller this immensely popular festival takes place on 9 – 18 April, 2014 with the horror marathon being held at Pathe Tuschinski.