How to claim back VAT on gifts you purchased in Amsterdam
When you have been shopping in Amsterdam and have bought expensive items, you might want to hold off opening them during your stay in an Amsterdam Apartment accommodation. The reason is that in some circumstances you are eligible for a tax refund if you leave the items unopened until you head back home. Here is [...]
Where to go Christmas shopping in Amsterdam
‘Little pockets of resistance’, is how my friend alluded to the various districts in Amsterdam with shops so delightful you will want to spend time in them every weekend. I never really got the resistance part until I happened to over-indulge myself. Within the space of two hours, I had spent what I earn in [...]
Learn how to navigate Amsterdam without a map in under 5 minutes
Strolling around in Amsterdam along the beautiful canals this winter is one thing, getting lost on purpose another, and finding your way back to your Amsterdam Apartment abode can turn out to be yet another thing altogether... Asking the locals works most of the time but what do you do when you’ve been out clubbing [...]
Christmas shopping for unique presents
Christmas is a time for friends and family to be together and present shopping reflects this. The more personable or unique your gifts, the better they’ll be loved. So why not go on the hunt for shops that only sell unique gifts? It might save you a lot of fuss. The following three shops could [...]
Get in the mood for the festive season by visiting Amsterdam’s Christmas markets

Christmas markets spring up throughout Amsterdam in December. Whether you come along for tasty seasonal food and drink, to entertain the kids at the ice rink or merely to smell those delicious spices wafting between the market stalls with their enticing illuminations and the festive tunes, it certainly will ease you into the Christmas mood. […]

Over 40 international architects light up Amsterdam
The Amsterdam Light Festival is only in its fifth year now, but already the Guardian newspaper proclaimed the annually recurring December event as ‘one of the most beautiful light festivals in Europe’. This year’s edition is Dec. 1 through Jan. 22, 2017. Some of the world’s renowned light artists are participating in the event, including Jacques [...]
Elusive Amsterdam bench spotted in… Hollywood!

Stop press!! Stop press!!! There is now an update to the story about one of Amsterdam’s most elusive pieces of city furniture; the bench on the Leidsegracht which featured so prominently in last Summer's hit film 'The Fault in our Stars'. This bench mysteriously disappeared soon after filming and suspicions were that a group of […]

You can’t See Amsterdam for the windmills

This is a little bluffer's guide to Amsterdam’s windmills. Most tourists visiting Amsterdam do not expect to see many of these contraptions. Tulips, yes, but windmills are imagined to be found only in the countryside and hence neglected when you’re off to Amsterdam. But this is one of the most common misconceptions of modern day […]

Short Guide To Weird Amsterdam

On a regular day, life in Amsterdam can be pretty weird. Just walk around in the city centre and from time to time it will strike you that some of what is going on has escaped the realm of the ordinary. That’s what gives the quaint city much of its charm, I find. For that […]

The Van Gogh Museum has re-opened , having been completely refurbished and hosting a completely fresh take on Vincent van Gogh’s life, art and personality. This entirely new presentation of the fabled artist’s works is already hyped by the media, both domestically and abroad. The inaugural exhibition will draw particular attention to Van Gogh’s impact [...]