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Best pubs in and around Oosterpark, Amsterdam

Travel Tips for Area: Oosterpark
Best pubs in and around Oosterpark, Amsterdam

Amsterdam’s century-old Oosterpark is the city’s foremost tree-hugging mecca, and in a city brimming with green leafy suburbs, parks and forested outskirts, that is saying quite a lot. The park was opened to the public in 1891 and designed in and English-garden style. Located just a tad south-west of Amsterdam’s most historic quarter, Oosterpark and its surrounding quarter are an ideal holiday base for anyone who wants to be close to the city’s attractions, yet still feel as if they’re on a wilderness escape away from the big city bustle. Not only is Oosterpark an ideal base if travelling to Amsterdam with children, with walking, duck-feeding in ponds and picnicking just a few of the infinite options, the park is also a congregation hub for Amsterdam’s immigrant youth and considered the most multi-cultural corner in the city. Want to have the option of phenomenal Turkish, Moroccan, Surinamese and Chinese eateries whilst vacationing in Amsterdam? Then book your holiday rental apartment in Oosterpark and you’ll have all this, and more, right outside your door. If you need yet another reason to pick Oosterpark as your ideal Amsterdam accommodation choice, let it be known that some of the best pubs and microbreweries in the ...

The best cafes in Jordaan, Amsterdam

Travel Tips for Area: Jordaan
The best cafes in Jordaan, Amsterdam

Jordaan is one of the most sought-after addresses in Holland. Heck...even Rembrandt decided to spend his last years here! The once somewhat dodgy hood has blossomed into one of the trendiest areas of Amsterdam and is the ideal base for anyone who wants to experience the true essence of the idyllic city, yet be far enough from the tourist crowds to have a relaxing break as well. Narrow leafy streets, endless romantic canals, trendy boutiques and hip cafes give Jordaan a most splendid atmosphere and the eclectic mix of locals also make it a varied and intriguing area to explore at length. Yet despite its relaxing vibe, Jordaan is still within walking distance of the Dam, the Central Station and all of the city’s main attractions, so basing yourself here on your Amsterdam vacation will certainly be convenient too. Jordaan is home to no less than 70 cafes, most flanking the suburbs canals. Some are renowned for their excellent coffee blends, others for their trendy and hip patrons and some offer a unique taste of what Amsterdam is all about. Book your holiday rental apartment in Jordaan, perhaps in one of the many characteristic houses along the canals, and come experience ...

Visit Amsterdam…and Get on Yer bike!

Travel Tips for Amsterdam
Visit Amsterdam…and Get on Yer bike!

Bicycles are an economic, convenient and super fun way to get around any town when on vacation, and Amsterdam, the Dutch capital, is a prime example. Bikes are to Amsterdam what sheep are to Auckland; that is to say they outnumber the human population. As opposed to New Zealand however, bicycles in the Netherlands have the right of way in traffic, making it ever so safe for even novice riders to explore the city with ease on just two rented wheels. All one needs is to spend just five minutes in Amsterdam to understand the local’s obsession with bike riding: the city’s innumerable canals, narrow laneway and tucked-in attractions make this the epitome form of transport. On your next visit to Holland, book your holiday rental apartment in Amsterdam and Go Dutch by renting a bicycle for the duration of your stay. Follow our guide to easy riding and ensure yourself of a splendid and hassle free holiday. With over 400kms of bike paths to enjoy, there’s no corner of this enticing capital you won’t be able to reach. Where to rent MacBike is probably the most recognisable rental company in Amsterdam, or at least they rent out the most recognisable looking bikes. ...

A Short History of Amsterdam’s Dam Square

Travel Tips for Area: Centre Dam
A Short History of Amsterdam’s Dam Square

It is often said that a city’s main square is its heart and soul, and never more is this true, than in Amsterdam. Dam Square, the city’s epicentre, boasts a colourful and turbulent history, as most major town squares do. We need only look at recent world events, to understand that a geographical central point of reference in a major city can swiftly become the focus of protest, demonstrations and all-round social gatherings. While Amsterdam’s Dam Square may nowadays be renowned mostly for clashes between tourists and pigeons (more comical than newsworthy), this has not always been the case. Indeed, this now enticing tourist hub, complete with UNESCO heritage buildings, trendy café, restaurants and boutiques has witnessed all the trials and tribulations of this now thriving nation. Book an apartment in the Centre Dam area and come discover for yourself why Dam Square is still revered as the birthplace of Amsterdam. It all started innocently enough (as most things do), when a dam was built on this site in the late 1200s to hold off the rising waters of the River Amstel. Settlements on both sides of the river had existed for years, yet their interaction had been kept to ...

Nightlife Experiences in the Centre of Amsterdam

Travel Tips for Area: Central Canal Ring
Nightlife Experiences in the Centre of Amsterdam

Amsterdam is often regarded as one of Europe’s most entertaining capital cities. Boasting an enviably relaxed atmosphere and an anything-goes attitude makes it the ideal destination for anyone looking for an enjoyable and carefree holiday. Innumerable clubs, brown café and nightclubs abound and, let’s not forget, Amsterdam also boasts arguably the most famous Red District in Europe. Finding a fun, chilled or energetic way to while away the wee hours of the morning is no challenge for the truly enthusiastic holiday maker. For a night out with a difference however, step out a little and take advantage of the many Amsterdam entertainment options on offer. Book an accommodation in the Central Ring area and follow our guide to enjoy some of the city’s most incredible evening activities. Romantic Dinner Cruise Bask in the romance of Amsterdam and take your lover on a romantic sunset dinner cruise. While the city’s canals may be enticing during the day, seeing them in the flickering evening glow is pure magic. An evening spent exploring some of Amsterdam’s most idyllic nooks and crannies is sure to be a memorable holiday experience. The two and a half hour cruise includes a scrumptious 4-course dinner and plenty of wine ...

Best Amsterdam’s Markets in Jordaan

Travel Tips for Area: Jordaan
Best Amsterdam’s Markets in Jordaan

[pinit] Jordaan, one of Amsterdam most exclusive central suburbs, has come a long way from its working class and rather humble beginnings. It is this very humble beginning however, which has ensured Jordaan has retained its genuine artistic, alternative and ever so eclectic side. The influx of immigrants and struggling artists has turned Jordaan into on of Amsterdam’s most enticing corners, and has become the hub for some of the city’s best open-air markets. From the weird, wonderful, delicious and fragrant, there’s not a thing you won’t find when you scour Jordaan’s superlative markets; so book an apartment in Amsterdam and shop your heart out! Flower Power Market at Bloemenmarkt This most famous of Amsterdam bazaars is the world’s only floating flower market, and by far one of the most fragrant corners of the city. Rare and gorgeous flowers are sold from one-time houseboats which are now well and truly permanent fixtures in Amsterdam’s western canals. Famous Dutch tulips in every shape and colour (including the elusive black tulips) can be found here, and you’ll have the chance to buy bulbs to take home, as many sellers cater for the tourist market and make the bulbs export-friendly. The Bloemenmarkt may be very popular ...

Top Spas in Central Amsterdam

Travel Tips for Area: Central Canal Ring
Top Spas in Central Amsterdam

[pinit] Amsterdam is a superb destination if indulging in some serious R&R is on your holiday agenda. The city is brimming with first-rate health spas and pamper-palaces; and quite a few risqué establishments we might add. No matter what kind of pleasure you seek, you can certainly find it all in Amsterdam! Regrettably, we have no anecdotal tales to tell about the salacious centres, but we can attest that the beauty and health spas in this captivating capital are simply exceptional. Book a central Amsterdam apartment, and delight in a treatment or two in one of the following spas. You’ll find no better way to reinvigorate your body and soul! Sauna Deco, Herengracht 115 Don’t be too concerned if, as soon as you walk into Sauna Deco, you happen to see a mixed crowd of visitors au naturel. No, you haven’t walked into one of the other spas; but this is still Amsterdam after all and modesty here is not highly regarded. If you must know, Sauna Deco is one of the most respected health spas in town, and a few hours here could see you soak in a sauna or steam room, plunge in a pool and perhaps have a ...

Top Ethnic Restaurants in Centre Dam, Amsterdam

Travel Tips for Area: Centre Dam
Top Ethnic Restaurants in Centre Dam, Amsterdam

Amsterdam, often referred to as the ‘Venice of the North’, is an exciting and romantic holiday destination. The capital of Netherlands offers innumerable attractions, and spending a few days (or weeks) here will certainly invigorate and beguile the most discerning of travelers. Unlike its southern Italian counterpart, however, Amsterdam is also a city where your taste-buds can embark on a world-wide culinary trip. Home to a vast array of ethnic eateries, Amsterdam is a European capital like no other. So rent an Amsterdam vacation apartment in the Centre Dam and hop on our epicurean-express. Come taste for yourself just how far you can go! La Pampa, 21 Paleisstraat Want to taste the best Argentinian steak in the world? Then head to Amsterdam! It’s not difficult to spot this steak-house in Dam Square; just look for the long line of salivating carnivores vying for a table. This very affordable eatery brings you the very best of Argy produce; the steaks are enormous, juicy and cooked to perfection. Dishes are served with a generous serve of chimichurri, (a spicy and tasty topping sauce) and a healthy portion of chunky chips. La Pampa also has a wide selection of seafood platters and there’s the odd vegetarian ...

A day in the Museum Quarter, Amsterdam

Travel Tips for Area: Museum Quarter
A day in the Museum Quarter, Amsterdam

It’s amazing to discover that one the most famous and prestigious addresses in Europe was once just a soggy swamp. Amsterdam’s Museum Quarter (museumkwarter) is synonymous with culture, art, haute-couture and superlative dining; and if that’s not enough, it also boasts the city’s largest park and, of course, some of the world’s most prestigious museums. Spending a day (or several) exploring the Museum Quarter is by far the number one activity whilst holidaying in Amsterdam. Renting an Amsterdam vacation apartment in the Museum Quarter will also ensure you experience Amsterdam in all its authentic glory. For just a taste of what this fabulous quarter has to offer, follow our guide to a ‘day out in the Museum Quarter’ and take home some unforgettable memories! After a hearty breakfast, head to the Van Gogh Museum and spend your morning overdosing on the works of the world’s most tortured artist. Showcasing the largest Van Gogh collection in the world, this wonderful complex is also home to many other works by Vincent’s contemporaries, friends, muses and various artists who claim to have been inspired by Van Gogh. Should you be travelling with children (and over a week-end) don’t forget to book them a spot ...

Top 5 art galleries in Jordaan area, Amsterdam

Travel Tips for Area: Jordaan
Top 5 art galleries in Jordaan area, Amsterdam

The upmarket area of Jordaan in Amsterdam is home to many of the city’s best art galleries and great area to stay in while on holiday in Amsterdam. Below are some worth checking-out during your stay in Amsterdam: Rock Archive Gallery Amsterdam Web: Rock Archive Art Gallery This is a gallery of international pedigree as it has galleries in many of the major cities around the world. The building itself has a light and contemporary feel to it, whilst the art is a collection of classic rock and jazz images which will appeal to the art lover who enjoys how a photographer and artist can capture the charisma and character of a person or people. The photos are not just of artists in action, they are also limited edition prints staged specifically for the shoot. Dolf D. van Omme Gallery Address: Eerste Bloemdwarsstraat 19, Jordaan, Amsterdam In an area of Amsterdam where many of the galleries are focussed on modern concepts, this gallery offers you the opportunity to enjoy fine art from around Europe created in the 19th and 20th century. Amongst the best attractions of this gallery are the fantastic paintings of the city of Amsterdam over the years which really capture how it has ...

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