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I amsterdam® approved is here for you! What is it? A collaboration between the hotels in Amsterdam, Amsterdam Marketing and RAI Amsterdam, which guarantees the organisers and attendees of international conferences, exhibitions and other events that they can always have 16,000 rooms at their disposal in our city.
Safe As (Canal) Houses
A recent report published by the Economist Intelligence Unit has found that Amsterdam is among the very safest cities in the world, ranked fifth on the global index, and second in Europe. Taking into account more than the vulnerability of an unattended wallet or laptop; it also looks at safety in terms of health, reliable infrastructure and digital security, which includes the risk of identity theft or computer viruses, and whether or not the city has a dedicated cyber-security team. Health security refers to a city’s air and water quality as well as the level of health-care options available to inhabitants. Infrastructure security involves how robust a city’s buildings and roads are, and how well a place can respond to natural disasters.
Vondelpark Open Air Theatre
Every summer since 1974, the Vondelpark Open Air Theatre has honoured its long-standing theatrical tradition by presenting a programme jam-packed with festivals, dance, cabaret, jazz, children’s theatre, stand-up comedy and all genres of music. If that wasn’t enough, pop-up food stands, markets, special events and one-off festivals are also going on around the Music Pavilion and the Vondelpark Stage during the entire month of September. Best of all: entrance is free, even though donations are of course appreciated. Every weekend in September!
To find that singular souvenir – a bicycle-emblazoned baby tee, locally-made leather handbag, handmade soap or an artisanal wooden cutting board – head to the lively Cultuurpark Westergasfabriek (just west of the Jordaan) every first Sunday of the month from 12:00-18:00. There’s also live music and plenty of food trucks and stands, offering up local delicacies such as pancakes and pulled pork waffles and international options, such as banh mi, empanadas and bacon- maple doughnuts.
A shopping initiative by cultural organisation Pakhuis de Zwijger, who organise a monthly market full of, well, local goods, now permanently settled at De Hallen. Fashion and lifestyle products are made by young designers and entrepreneurs such as Balkentafel, Tijgerhout, VatAmsterdam and Neef Louis. As the name suggests everything is (hand) made in and around Amsterdam: raincoats from WATERDICHT Amsterdam, graphical canvas totes from TIMcity and tees from 4530. Also: very sweet limoncello from Bello Limoncello, fair trade chocolate from Tony Chocolonely and ice lollies from MELT Icepops.
Formerly known as ‘Haarlem City as a Stage’ (Stad Als Podium), the Haarlem Culture Festival marks the official opening of the new cultural season, using the city as a stage. The participating venues open their doors (including monuments), take to the streets, and invite everyone to get a taste of what Haarlem has to offer the art-friendly crowds, of all ages. From concerts and exhibits to lectures, performances and debates, the streets bustle with enlightening and entertaining activities – and, of course, food and shopping opportunities as well. (Amsterdam – Haarlem is 15 min by train).
This ticket entitles you to unlimited travel in Amsterdam and the surrounding region – day and night – on bus, tram and metro for 24 hours. Within the region are great tourist attractions including historic Haarlem, the fortified towns and castles of the fortress stretch, historical country estates along the River Vecht and the peaceful Amstel River countryside – and of course, your journey to and from Amsterdam Airport Schiphol. A ticket costs just €13.50 and can be purchased from the I amsterdam Visitor Centres or from GVB, EBS and Connexxion ticket points.
Our Top Dining Options, From Firm Favourites to Precious Newcomers
With its giant windows, concrete benches and enormous terrace, which flows seamlessly from the Stedelijk’s sleek bathtub, the museum’s restaurant is a modern masterpiece in itself. From quick breakfast pastries to late night three-course dinners, the menu offerings are refreshing, reasonable and international, with a few dishes unique enough to make a special trip.
It’s debatable which is the most famous ‘museumkwartier’ (Museum Quarter) institution: the Rijksmuseum or Café Wildschut. Its 14pt terrace, which seems to have its own microclimate of non- stop sun, is one of the places to be for beer, hapjes (bites) and people-watching. The interior, often unfairly neglected for the legendary outdoor tables, was entirely redesigned in 2008, and its magnificent bay windows offer just as great a view from which to enjoy their stellar lunch or dinner menus.
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