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Mahara – holistic lifestyle. Unique kakaw place with beautiful garden featuring a yurt, crystals and smelling of palo santo. The staff is likely to be barefoot and seeming in other dimensions. The drink itself is cheap and savoury and apparently is a type of superfood. Kakaw snacks aka chocolates also available at super affordable prices.
ComedyCafe – on Wednesdays you have a 6 euro 50 cent comedy show in English featuring young comedians. The venue overlooking the IJ is beautiful and the drinks are creatiing a nice compliment to the comedy. There are shows more often, but mostly in Dutch.
Plan B – old church turned into the most amazing pool hall in the city. Darts, ping-pong and large assortment of beers and snacks makes it suitable for any group. Enjoy and have fun and don’t forget to try some bitterballen. If you are there on Monday then participate in Clown tournament at 19:00. It costs 5 euro to enter and it is way better value for money than renting a table. I will be there with 80% certaintity on Monday and can show you around 😉
Kokopelli – named after a goddess of fertility, this amazing smartshop provides a motherload of options when it comes to smart purchases. Whether you are looking for the best quality magic truffles, dietery supplements, vinyls, crystals, incents or books about spirituality – you have found your spot. Additionally they have a mushroom taking ‘sky lounge’ with a coffee bar and a DJ that was featured in two Netflix shows.
Hotel Buiten ( Sloterplas ) – a bar meets art an galerry and they have a treesome with an amazing restaurant would be a way to describe this location. It’s the only building in that area of Sloterplas which is a park with a big lake. Park itself is worth visitng and there is a beach part to it.
Waterkant– super chilled Surinames place with no hate of any sort allowed. Great beers on the tap and a cool location overlooking the canal makes this place quite special. There are also many food options, mostly focused on praising the amazing cuisine of the colony that the Dutch received by selling New York ;).
Burito Maker – has anyone ever told you, you look like Beyonce? No, people tell me I look like Shalyssa. WTF is that? It’s me brothaa. This iconic Burrito place in Jordaan is famous for serving burritos to Beyonce, when she had tour in Amsterdam. The best burrito in Californian style that you can find in Amsterdam, but also the priciest. Location is great because the streets around are very picturesque.
Mezrab (Amsterdam East) – an amazing, free to enter space which hosts a story telling night every Wednesday. The story tellers are supported with a donation system and all the workers there serving you cheap drinks are volunteers. Super chill vibe and unique experience. There are also events organised on Friday and other days, check the website for mor info.
Foodhalen – amazing variety of world’s cuisines compressed into an amazing locations. Food trucks inside an old building futuring a film studio, art galeries and countless bars. Foodhallen building can be accesed from three different streets so it’s quite a site to behold. Dim Sum and Fento are especially worth recommending when it comes to the meal options.
Le Sud – One of the cheapest and best falafels in the city. This amazing restaurant showcases all types of Middle Eastern food and ingredients in the most beautiful way. There are not much sitting arrangements, but the prices and food quality make up for it tremendously. It’s on the way to the centre from the hostel and has served our employees many times as a quick fill up.
Pacific Amsterdam Club in Westerpark – chill atmosphere and old hits are to be expected. Drinks are pretty cheap and everybody seems to be welcome there. Not a mainstream club for you, just close enough to the hostel to skip uber. There’s a big tarrace for smokers.
Hannekes Boom – ( a tree of Hanneke ) a bar in close contact with the nature and the shore of Amsterdam’s IJ. At night you can see beautiful outline of the Nemo museum across the water. There are some food options but the business mostly focuses on the amazing local beers and snacks.
De Biertuin Mercatorplein – newely opened bar which name suggests that there is a beer garden somewhere to be found. Apparently hip and nice for young people who want to see how Dutch people meet up.
Broodje Daan – ‘ a sandwich then’ best to order a pistolet with sate sauce in this landmark of a restaurant being there for over 16 years and only employing women since the inception.
Sea Palace – amazing, three stories, chineese restaurant right next to the Centraal Station. Each level of the restaurant offers different prices as well as food options. Quite amazing spot for a date thanks to the view of the IJ.
Kattencafe Kopjes – what if we placed a lot of cats up for adoption in a cozy cafe place offering food options as well? The cats would become pretty ambivalent to your presence, but if the time is right and the willingness is there, you might get to pet a cutie. Pictures are always ok!
Techno Tuesday (Melkweg)- is an event that happens weekly in Amsterdam’s Milky Way ( Melkweg ), next to Leidseplein area. It’s a free techno party, that goes on for almost all night. The club itself is pretty big, hosting concerts on other days. Worth experiencing for sure!
Red Light District – there is one place in this city where time flies the fastest! Maybe it’s the constant action, maybe it’s the red lights or maybe it’s the influx of people, but Red Light District is definitely a sight to see. Whether you want to enjoy in good foundue, visit a sex or coffee shop, live sex show or a ‘private office’ – there is an entertainment for you!
Vondelpark – donation based concerts, groups of people dancing to a music from somebody’s speaker or peacefully relaxing next to a body of water. Those and way more is what this park offers. Being located right next to the museum district, Vondelpark is considered to be the most Amsterdamees park in the city. The size of it is massive!
Febo – ‘lol, wtf, rly? Yeah, late night snack” The kaassoufle is amazing. Febo is a Dutch concept restaurant offering food straight from the pockets in the walls.
Bar Blend – Drag Queen bingo on Mondays and plenty of other fun!
Club Nyx – free enterance on Wednesdays, discount on vodka shots.
Amsterdam offers a lot: the unique inner city is basically an open air museum with a lot of things to do that are both educational and fun. After a busy day, you can have a bite at one of our numerous restaurants. At night you can visit a club or one of the many bars on Leidseplein or Rembrandtplein. There are also many attractions in Amsterdam. Each attraction is easily reachable by bicycle or public transportation. Some of the top attractions in Amsterdam are:
Grachten gordel (canals)
The canals of Amsterdam are an attraction itself. These unique canals are best to be experienced on a boat– you can book canal tours at the reception or directly from the tour guides at central station. You will pass the most beautiful, historic buildings from the ‘Golden Age’ with all their stories. The bridges must not be forgotten. The three main canals are Herengracht, Keizersgracht and Prinsengracht.
Anne Frank’s House ( she is not there atm )
In this house the Jewish girl Anne Frank was hiding in German-occupied Netherlands during WW2. This is where she wrote her famous diary. Shortly after the war ended, the Anne Frank Foundation saved the building from demolition. Since 1960 it is on display and you can visit the house with its famous hiding place.
This museum was actually the house where the painter Rembrandt lived between 1639 and 1658. The house was sold in 1639 for thirteen thousand guilders (around 6000 euros), which he was allowed to pay in installments. In that same year he was commissioned to create the painting “Night Watch”. Because he finally could not or would not pay, he was forced into bankruptcy in 1658 and he moved to a small rented house on the Rozengracht.
Discover Amsterdam by bike
Amsterdam is the city of bikes and the best way to see it is by riding one. We have plenty of bikes available for rental. You can easily reach the city center within 20 minutes by bike.
Would you like to rent a bike? Just ask the reception, they will help you with all your questions.
Please note that we only rent the bicycles to guests of Dutchies Hostel.
The prices are: 24 hours for €16,00, 48 hours for €31.00, 72 hours for €46.00. It is also mandatory to leave a €50.00 deposit (refundable) per bicycle.
This is the largest museum in the Netherlands, and could be considered the most important. There are about 200 rooms filled with over one million objects from collections of 17th century Dutch masters. The collection also includes Asian art and works of Italian masters. The most famous masterpiece in the Rijksmuseum is Rembrandt’s ‘Night Watch’.
Amsterdam Wallen a.k.a. Red Light District
The Amsterdam Wallen is a collective term for a number of streets in the oldest part of Amsterdam. This place, between the Warmoesstraat and Zeedijk, is where many prostitutes do their business in small rooms, which can be seen through the windows. Their windows are often decorated with red bulbs, characteristic of this neighborhood, hence the name “Red Light District”.
This beautiful park is named after the poet and playwriter Joost van den Vondel, a statue of whom stands in the park. This park is visited regularly by locals and tourists alike. Each year approximately 10 million people visit it. In the park, outdoor concerts are held and there is an outdoor theatre.
The Amsterdam Dungeon
This attraction takes you back 500 years into the creepy history of the city. Here the dark secrets of Rembrandt and the executioner Peter Title Mann are shown. You have to be brave to enter.
The famous Amsterdam zoo has been around since 1838. With its historic buildings from the 19th century, this is a modern zoo with an old world charm. This zoo has an impressive list of animals.
Koninklijk Paleis op de Dam (royal palace)
This palace was once designed as a city hall for the administrative and legal power of Amsterdam. In 1655 the building was almost ready and could be put to use. Around the year 1808 the town hall had another purpose: that of the third imperial palace of the Napoleonic Empire. This royal palace receives our royal official state visits. Even the king lives in Huis ten Bosch in The Hague.