Yuan’s Hot Pot | Traditional Chinese Fondue

Preparing food in a hotpot is a traditional Chinese cooking method where a simmering pot of Chinese soup base fills the middle of the dining table. During dinner, guests drop their favourite fish, meat, frogs (oh yes) or veggies in the bubbling hot pot (Chuan Chuan Xiang). You can compare it to a traditional fondue, but better and also a bit healthier because you are not frying your ingredients. Yuan’s Hot Pot is the first of its kind based in Amsterdam. 

Yuan's Hot Pot

How it works

You start off by picking the base of your soup.Tip: be careful with your choice in the level of spice. These levels are curated on the tongues of the Asians, therefore, the half-half spicy is already very spicy! You can try it out anyway if you’re a bit stubborn, they can also make it less spicy by adding some more cooked water. Whatever you’ll choose, there are enough ingredients to choose from. At Yuan’s Hot Pot, you order your favourite dishes and drinks on a tablet and add them into your digital basket. Very 2019. What you order arrives at the table on bamboo skewers. The hot pot keeps simmering while you place the skewers into the soup and wait a couple minutes until it’s cooked and ready to eat.

Yuan's Hot Pot Amsterdam

Bring your friends!

In my opinion Yuan’s Hot Pot is not the kind of restaurant you’ll bring your date to, but I’ll leave that up to you. The interior doesn’t scream “Instagram hotspot” but this is what makes it authentic and traditional. As a result, you will see a lot of Asian customers and this is always a good sign! You’ll have more fun with family or friends around the table and time flies by while the soup boils. It’s also nice to reserve a table with more people than two, because you will be able to try and share more. This way you might be brave enough to order the frog legs, which are a real recommendation! Another option and less scary than the frog legs: shrimp dumplings (we ordered this up to five times). If you are a vegetarian or vegan, you have plenty of choice too!

Yuan's Hot Pot Vegetables

Yuan’s Hot Pot is the first restaurant in Amsterdam with this Hot Pot concept.

Why visit?

In conclusion, at Yuan’s Hot Pot, you’ll experience the real authentic taste of the Chengdu Hot Pot. This is the first restaurant in Amsterdam with this Hot Pot concept. They pamper their customers with much kindness and their secret family recipe and dishes. Sounds good right? A recipe that has been passed down from generations must be good!

Yuan's Hot Pot

YUAN’S HOT POT
Rijnstraat 51, Amsterdam
Website / Instagram
Monday – Sunday: 12:00 – 22:30

Love,

Larissa

More Tasty Spots in Amsterdam?

11 x City Beaches in and near Amsterdam

With the sun out, the urban jungle of Amsterdam can be hot during the summer months. If you don’t have time to get to the nearest coastline, you will be happy to know that you can find some awesome City Beaches in and around Amsterdam where you can put your toes in the sand.

Strandzuid

This sandy spot is really unique because it’s located next to the waterfront and the middle of Amsterdam’s business district. The city beach location has recently opened for their spring/summer season and has a brand new menu to go with it! We tried the vegetarian vegan carpaccio made from watermelon (must try!) and the Moroccan style Tahine. If meat is your thing, you will be pleased to hear that they use the amazing Josper grill, which gives meat and fish that ultimate bbq flavour. Strandzuid is also a popular place for after work drinks with colleagues, and on Fridays it’s full house around the beach bar. You’ll almost forget that you are in the middle of Amsterdam when you chill on the beach chairs. Strandzuid opens daily for lunch, brunch and dinner.

Strand Zuid Amsterdam
Swinging at Strand Zuid

Strand Zuid diner
Watermelon carpaccio!

DOK Amsterdam

DOK is the place where you can do more than just chill in the sand. From an intimate party in the quirky shed to a mini festival on the recently moved city beach. The most important ingredients? DJs, drinks and casual enjoyment! Good news for people with kids because on July 7th they will host a kids festival, how cool! DOK opens their new location this weekend and entrance is free of charge. See you there?

Dok City Beach Amsterdam
DOK

Paaseiland

They call themselves a beach resort so they needed a location near the water. They found it at Het Stenen Hoofd, which is located near Central Station and overlooks the IJ. This location is often used for food festivals, open air cinema’s, and was originally build for the Holland-America cruise liner back in the day. On the menu? They served Laska curry soup, fish burgers and a vegan crispy tempeh burger. For dessert they finished the evening with a delicious coconut-guava cake. Paaseiland isn’t a large beach area, but it has one of the best locations!

Paaseiland beach Amsterdam

Amsterdam Roest

They closed and then they re-opened, just for this summer. Goof news for us because Roest is such a nice getaway in the city. Located next to the water and enough playroom for the kids, this is a favourite for parents. Roest will close down after summer because of extensive site building, but after that they will return with a bang. Enjoy the summer at Roest while you can!

Roest

Sloterpark Beach

I live here so I know this area very well. The water is around 35 meters deep and the East and West side of the Sloterplas are available for swimming from the grass, where you will find actual swimming-pool-like-stairs going in the water. The newly refurbished man-made beach is better than ever with newcomer Hotel Buiten, that serves a tasty lunch, but also sells ice-cream and drink to take to the beach area.

Sloterpark beach

Pllek

An all time favourite city beach in Amsterdam North! Located on the industrial NDSM Werf is the charming Pllek. It doesn’t really matter what kind of weather it is, Pllek is always filled with people. During the weekends you can enjoy live music andDJ’s. Most of the menu is organic and local. Check the agenda for events.

Pllek city beach Amsterdam

Overlanden

This beach spot next to the Nieuwe Meer has stayed untouched so plants had a good change to grow in their natural habitat. Don’t be surprised if you see a herd of Scottish Highlanders grazing around, they maintain the natural balance in an ecologically responsible way. They won’t bother you unless you don’t bother them. The best other thing about this park is that you have plenty of secret swim and sunbathing spots. So you can get a tan without getting disturbed. Bring you own food and drinks because there is only one small café. 

Oeverlanden

Jaap Eden strand

The ice-skating ring makes place for a man-made sandy area where you can relax and sunbath. There is no pool to cool off in, but there is food & drink and lazy sun chairs, so  that’s fine by us. The beach area is open from Thursday to Sunday and there are activities for kids during the weekend. www.jaapeden.nl

Jaap Eden City Beach

Thuishaven

This party location isn’t free of charge, but it’s still one of the best weekend spots for those that want to party with their toes in the sand. Underground DJ’s and bigger names in the Techno and House scene play tunes in – and outside. If you haven’t been yet, you should check it out. Tickets are reasonably priced and there are a few food trucks to fill your tummy. www.thuishaven.nl


Just Outside Amsterdam

De Oerkap, Haarlem

Okok, we know this is outside Amsterdam, but it is just too nice not to mention. We recently had a look at De Oerkap, a city beach at the beginning of Haarlem city. It’s very child friendly and they serve speciality beers. Enjoy simple but filling lunch and organic ice-cream popsicles. See the trains pass while you enjoy the sunshine. De Oerkap is open everyday! Check their website for opening times. www.oerkap.nl

De Oerkap city beach

‘T Twiske

Here you will find several man-made beaches with many natural swim spots, also on the gras. You can participate in relaxing activities such as playing golf, fishing, hiking, cycling or  you can enjoy a BBQ. There is even a nudist beach area so eh..if you want to swim in your birthday suit, you can do it here! Parking cost €3,50 for the first 3 hours. www.twiske-waterland.nl

'T Twiske Amsterdam

Coming soon..

Noordkust. This spot certainly belongs to the list of City Beaches but is being build on as we speak. It will be finished this summer we hope and is located on the NDSM Werf! You will hear it here first!

Enjoy these City Beaches this summer!

Love,

Wander-Lust

Amsterdam Event Calendar for June 2019

We haven’t published our monthly event calendar for the last 2 months due to deadlines and press trips, but it’s back! Enjoy our brand new event calendar for June with loads to do in Amsterdam!

The Taste Of Amsterdam

When? 1st – 3rd of June | Amstelpark
Restaurants, chefs and foodie brands showcase the best of the best. Another food festival? Yes, but this one is a bit different. A bunch of amazing restaurants and chef’s introduce their best flavors to the public. You can think of it this way; going out for dinner or lunch, but at several places at on the same day! Besides eating there are workshops and many many great drinks from coffee to G&T’s! www.tasteofamsterdam.com

Sneakerness

When? 1st – 2nd of June | Kromhouthal
After many successful Dutch editions the main sneaker event in Europe returns to Amsterdam on the 1st and 2nd of June. This time Sneakerness takes place in the beautiful Kromhouthal in Amsterdam North. Brands, shops and private sellers from all over Europe come to Amsterdam Noord to showcase a superb selection of the latest, most rare and vintage sneakers. Info & tickets (€14,-)

Sneakerness Amsterdam

Roef Festival

When? 7th & 8th of June | Rooftops in Amsterdam
Rooftops participating are QO, Nemo, Hopp, Volkshotel, W Amsterdam, Sea Palace, ADAM Tower, Zoku and more. You get to explore innovative roofs, green havens, live music, and theatrical surprises. Silent disco dancing until the sun comes up. For more info visit their website

Bacchus Wine Festival 2019

When? 7th – 10th June & 14th – 16th June | Amsterdamse Bos
When you say wine, Amsterdam is listening. This time Bacchus is striking down for 2 weekends and is also open on the bankholiday Monday! There will be wine, cava, champagne, rosé and food to go with it. Kids have free entree and can play in the “Chateau Migraine” play corner. Tickets are €15,- and include a glass of wine.

Wine festival

Redlight Jazz

When? 7th – 9th of June | Redlight District
Red Light jazz is an annual jazz festival in and around Amsterdam’s famous Red Light District. Started in 2014, initiated by local entrepreneurs, Red Light Jazz highlights the rich tradition Amsterdam has as a true jazz city. For tickets and more info about all the locations and artists, check www.redlightjazz.com

Komm Schön Alter Festival

When? 22nd of June | Tuinen van West
This festival is one of our favorites. This small and intimate festival welcomes a crowd from 24 years old and over, only. By doing so, the festival has a wonderful family feel to it, with no (too) drunken teenagers running around. This year, the line-up includes Einmusik, Gabriel Ananda, Arjuna Schiks, Miss Melera, Oxia and more. www.kommschonalter.de

wanderlust festival guide 2018

24H Zandvoort

When? 15th of June | Zandvoort
Ok, this is not in Amsterdam but not too far! 24H is usually hosted in the different district of Amsterdam but this time they wanted to highlight the coastal town that is hosting the F1 race next year. More info. Looking for the best beach clubs in The Netherlands? 

5 Years Ceuvel Festival

When? 15th of June | Café Ceuvel
Art, music, food and drinks meet at Ceuvel for this 5 year festival celebration. The programme includes music on stage, yoga workshops, a rain bar (bring your raincoat), inspirational talks and more. Entrance is free up till 6pm and evening tickets are €10,-. More info.

ceuvel festival Amsterdam

Doek Festival

When? 14th -16th of June | Bimhuis
For two days full of music and art the Bimhuis will be transformed into a meeting place where all sorts of exchanges take place, from goods and services to smells, flavours, cultures, sounds, glances, blushes, curses and currency. Market stalls offer music, art, and more. Doek Festival is an initiative from 8 musicians that combine their love for art and music. More info

Its Festival

When? 19th – 24th of June | Nes
The ITS Festival 2018 is a six-day-long vibrant place where a new generation theatre makers, professionals and their audience meet. The festival is hosted at the Brakke Grond in Amsterdam, which is a place for art, food & drinks. Graduating artists from theatre and dance schools in The Netherlands and Belgium will present themselves on the stage, definitely worth checking out! www.itsfestival.com

Tony’s Chocolonely Serious Friend Event

When? 20th of June | Tropen Museum
The slave free chocolate brand is hosting a serious party, for serious friends. There is an exposition, music, drinks and a little surprise! Join this event by making yourself a serious friend of Tony’s and be there! 

CV Workshop & Personal Branding

When? 22nd of June | House of Watt
Started applying for jobs but somehow you find yourself lost in the jungle that is called “The Dutch Job Market”? Expat Republic in cooperation with Edith Veerhoek offer you a masterclass in wich you’ll learn about the Dutch job market, how the recruitment process works, and how to beat the system! You’ll also learn how to write a resume with which will help you stand out. As a bonus you’ll get an explanation on how to update your LinkedIn profile! More info

Fête du Champagne

When? 28th – 30st June | Rembrants Park
With more than 100 different champagnes, this festival celebrates it’s first ever edition! Located in the wonderful Rembrants Park, surrounded by trees and flowers, the setting is going to wonderful. Yes, there will be food and music too. Play some Jeu de Boule, play the ultimate Champagne quiz and let your kids play dress up. www.feteduchampagne.nl

Vondelpark Open Air Theater

When? 2nd of June – Sept 2019
This open air theater in the middle of the famous Vondelpark has been organizing music performances since 1974. For the next 5 months you can enjoy performances and concerts on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. For all the dates check www.openluchttheater.nl

More than enough to keep you busy this month!

Love,

Wander-Lust

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Café Cliché Amsterdam

Memorable evenings don’t have to be made at the other side of the globe. Sometimes you can create them just around the corner, like I had at Sidney Schutte’s culinary living room Café Cliché in Amsterdam. Labelled as the ‘brasserie of the hood’ with lots of surprising nooks and corners. One to keep in mind due to their extraordinary ambiance, dishes and service.

Café Cliché, anything but cliche

The talented creator of edible artworks Sidney Schutte is a renowned name in the gastronomy. A man who loves his job to the moon and back. Sometimes his culinary magic doesn’t stop at two Michelin-starred restaurant Spectrum. Also at home the cooking hobs aren’t save from him. Being the home chef brought him the idea to start a new adventure. The super hot summer of 2018 reached the boiling point when Schutte’s daydream of creating a new hospitality concept came true. However, this is not your usual hotspot in Amsterdam. His friendly right hands David Baxter (chef) and Berber Vergeest (host) are running the place. And they do it with verve.

Bar Café Cliché

Café Cliché isn’t cliche at all. But I totally understand the choice of name

Café Cliché, your second living room

At entrance you’ll immediately notice that Café Cliché isn’t cliche at all. But I totally understand the choice of name. A place where the master chef and his crew can leave out all the decadent, gastronomic fuss. Time for some all-time classics, oldtimers which have proved themselves in Sidney’s kitchen. Expect a menu placed in plastic with not so picture perfect food photos, just the typical old school way. Normally I’ll become so disenchanted with such a menu, but at Café Cliché it has its astonishing charm. Skimming through it, the out-of-the-box, ‘Mokum’ names of the dishes will appear a little smile on your face. Pikketanussie, Gleuvenglijder, Blufkikker, Hittepetit and Lellebel. Those creative outbursts don’t have anything to do with the dishes, but the idea deserves douze points.

Café Cliché Amsterdam
Feeling right at home

Café Cliché, your new second home

A sincere hand shake on arrival, a happy jungle wallpaper, blue checkered tea towels, as much chitchats you would like between the courses, and the professionalism of a Michelin-starred restaurant. Expect home-away-from-home portions, aka bang for the buck. Although I can eat a lot – ask my loved ones if in doubt – those portions where massive. I’ve been feasting enormously with a food baby as a result.

Food at Café Cliché
Café Cliché’s Asparagus, Bordeelsluiper and Dijenkletser Lovely table setting

Really give their Dijenkletser (carpaccio), Bordeelsluiper (DIY tuna-seaweed package), Zwijntjesjager (vegetarian ravioli) and Blufkikker (entrecote). Hear you thinking: lots of meat. You’re right. Let’s say it’s almost 50/50 meat and fish with one or two vega(n) starter and main course options. It’s up to you whether you go for the 3-course menu (€39,50) or only for a starter and main or main and dessert or…mix and mingle whatever you prefer.

Main course Café Cliché

Kids can enjoy the same flavours in smaller size portions

Last but not least, you can easily bring your kid(s). Usually, a kids menu offers fries with chicken nuggets or a simple pasta. Not at Schutte’s place. He believes it’s essential to tickle the taste buds of the mini-you’s. That’s why they serve the same delicious, just like home dishes for them, but half-size portions. A great way to stimulate toddlers to become anything but fussy eaters.

Dessert at Café Cliché

Worth the try bon vivants!

Love,

Sharmaine

Café Cliché
Middenweg 35, Amsterdam

Website
Instagram

Opening hours: Wednesday till Monday 17:00 – 22:30
Tuesdays closed

*Sharmaine is one of our guest bloggers from the Netherlands with a sweet tooth. The sweeter, the better! She no kitchen princess so she’s always in search for the best hotspots in Amsterdam! You can expect an article from her once a month! Check her out on Instagram!

Freelance & Travel | This is the Event you do not want to miss!

Currently, there are almost 2 million freelancers in the Netherlands. This number is only rising and we understand why. Freelance means; having the freedom to do what you want to do, job wise. But it’s not always easy. Networking is key to finding new assignments and you have no colleagues. Which also means that you have to miss out on those fun after work drinks. Next month there is a network event for freelancers that we want you to hear about.

As a freelancer you often miss out on the fun office drinks

What is Qommunity?

Founded by friends and business partners Kiki Calis and Kim Trotz, Qommunity is for freelancers by freelancers. Kiki and Kim saw more and more freelancers having the need for contact with colleagues. As a freelancer you often miss out on the fun office drinks. That’s why they hosted their first gave a New Year’s reception in Q1. In Q4 of 2018, the Q team was strengthened and is busy setting up a platform together with the events where freelancers can really become Qollegas.

Kiki en Kim
Kiki & Kim

Around one in five people will work on a freelance or project basis in 2020

The Event

Each new quarter, they host a new Qommunity event with a different theme. The next event is focussing on our favourite subject: Travel! So what to expect?

  • Travel journalist Liesbeth Rasker is talking about her life as a digital nomad. She gives tips & tricks and talks about her expertise as solo traveler
  • High Performance Strategist Jord Cuiper is here to teach us how important it is to recognise your boundaries and guard them well. 
  • Drinks, bites, DJ
  • No awkward networking, but a fun and inspiring evening that will add to your freelance business life!

Q2: The Freelance Event

Location: 18th floor of Adam Tower
Time: 5pm – 11pm
Tickets: €20,- (early birds are sold out)
Facebook Event

Happy networking!

Elke

9 Things you need to know about Amsterdam before visiting

Having lived in Amsterdam for over 15 years now, we can say we are well-established locals. There are some misconceptions about Amsterdam, and we would like to clear things up. They might come in handy for first time visitors.

1. Amsterdam is not just about parties and prostitutes

Amsterdam is a popular destination for bachelor parties. There are plenty of clubs and the Dutch capital has the red light district. Truth is that most locals won’t ever set foot in the red light district unless they need to pass it on their way. Firstly, the women behind the windows are mostly foreign and secondly, the shops and café’s are mainly here for tourists purposes. It will probably disappoint. If you visit Amsterdam for the first time, we advise you to skip this tourist trap and go for the more local experience. Yes, there is so much more to Amsterdam than the tourist district.

2. Cannabis isn’t officially legal in The Netherlands

Now, the drugs. Did you know that cannabis isn’t officially legal in The Netherlands? (shocking right?) Weed in the Netherlands is actually decriminalised (‘toleration policy’). This basically means that it’s tolerated. When it comes to growing your own, this is another story. Locals can grow up to five cannabis plants, but if you start growing on a larger scale or decide to sell the weed, this is a major no go. Very confusing, we know. As a result coffeeshops in Amsterdam hire people to get the soft drugs and bring it for them. So can you officially smoke weed on the streets of Amsterdam? technically no, but if you have less than 5 grams on you and you are not causing a public disturbance, you are fine.

weed in Amsterdam

3. Bicycles rule the streets of Amsterdam

This is an unwritten rule. No matter if you ride a Harley or monster truck, people on bicycles are relentless. Cyclist ignore stop signs and find their way through the most narrow streets, plus they always seem to be in a hurry. As a pedestrian, you need to watch yourself. Before crossing the streets of Amsterdam, make sure you look to every direction possible, twice. Just obey by this rule and you will be fine.

Some tourists think Amsterdam is a city of sin, but in truth, it is a city of freedom.

4. Rent a bicycle

On the other hand, this may seem a bit in contrast to our previous tip, but renting a bicycle is a must do if you visit Amsterdam. This is the best way to see the city and enjoy it. On a bicycle you can get to places you wouldn’t get to if you go by foot or public transport. You will discover little alleys and the prettiest canals. Renting a bike is possible almost anywhere in the city center. Make sure you bring your ID and wear a helmet if you don’t feel too confident.

Bicycle in Amsterdam

5. Be prepared for all weather conditions

This basically means you need to pack you raincoat, umbrella, sunglasses and sunscreen. The Dutch weather can play tricks on you so come prepared! If you want to be certain, check this website which tells you exactly if the rain is coming and for how long it will last. Subsequently, when there is a ray of sunlight, the Dutch run outside and sit outside on any terrace in the city they can find.

6. Get yourself a OV Chipcard

A what?? Basically an OV Chipcard is the same as the English equivalent of an Oystercard. If you’re likely to visit Amsterdam again, this card is very useful and will save you money on public transport. It is also convenient because you can quickly add new credit. You can do this at most train stations or supermarkets. Since of last year, it’s only possible to pay by bank card in the tram and busses. No cash!

7. Get out of the city centre and explore

Did you know that just outside Amsterdam, you have a huge forest called Het Amsterdamse Bos or Oeverlanden? This is a must visit if you have kids because there is a goat farm, a large lake, beautiful walking paths and an outdoor theater. But there is more, find out how to escape the hustle and buzz.

Nature in Amsterdam
Yes, this is in Amsterdam

8. Download the Via Van app

To clarify, once you’ve downloaded Via Van, it works the same as Uber, the only difference is, that you might have to share your ride with another passenger along the way. Therefore it’s much cheaper than any other taxi. You need a credit card to connect the app and there is no need to pay the driver in cash.

9. These are the parties you do not want to miss

There are a few dates in Amsterdam that you should mark into your diary. Firstly, it’s Kingsday on the 27th of April. Secondly, the Dutch also celebrate freedom on May 5th. And if you’re up for it, check out the Amsterdam Gay Pride on the 27th of July until the 4th of August. Just look at the header photo and you’ll understand. 

Do you want to know where to eat and what to do in the Dutch capital? Find the best local tips in our Amsterdam Guide below!

Bakers Dough is serving Dough ice-cream and we want it!

Time to indulge yourself to the max because cookie dough bar Bakers Dough just got better.

After the successful opening in Rotterdam, the insta-famous Bakers Dough came to our capital city almost 2 years ago. Never heard of this sweet food trend before? Well, it’s pretty simple; remember the dough you used to secretly eat when your mum baked a cake? It’s just like that only this is the kind that doesn’t make your tummy hurt at the end. The cookie dough is topped with all sorts of things like chocolate, sprinkles, m&m’s or fresh fruits. They even have a gluten free and vegan option!

bakers-dough

Bakers Dough has visitors from over the whole world and this summer its getting even better because they just announced their Bakers Dough Ice-Cream cones! It’s not your typical ICE-cream, but dough balls in a cone, topped with anything you may like. WANT!

Ice-cream dough

Check out their Facebook Page for more info.

Love,

Elke

*All the images in this articles are courtesy of Bakers Dough

Nomads Amsterdam » The Restaurant Inspired by Travel

Last year, Restaurant Nomads opened its doors in Amsterdam. A one of a kind restaurant with a direct link to travel. Every couple of months they travel across the globe to be inspired by a different cuisine which then results in a brand new menu. After Peru and Jordan it was time for a new influence. Are you curious where Nomads will take you for the next coming months? 

Nomads Amsterdam
The Peruvian Menu at restaurant Nomads a year back

A trip to Portugal

Why is Nomads unique?  The restaurant offers a new menu every few months where a different country is highlighted. This way, foodies can enjoy a trip around the world and taste different cultures. For the next few months ahead you will be able to enjoy the Portuguese kitchen! Nomads Owners joined headchef on a 2 week trip in and around Lisbon where they discovered the best Portuguese flavours. This resulted in a wonderful menu with fish, squid croquettes, vegetables

Restaurant Nomads Amsterdam
Nomads will take you to Portugal for the next 6 months

Restaurant Nomads Amsterdam
Portuguese Mackerel Escabeche

Good to know

Eating at Nomads is not very expensive! For just €25,- per person you can enjoy a Chef Experience lunch which includes different dishes so you can taste all the flavours of Portugal. For dinner the Chef Experience will cost €37,-. There are always vegetarian options available. Also worth mentioning; they have a large outside terrace next to the water. Winning!

In short, no need to book your ticket to Portugal if you feel like traditional Pastel de Nata. 

Nomads
Oranje Vrijstaatkade 55, Amsterdam
Website / Instagram

Love,

Elke

These are the most sustainable hotels in Amsterdam

Travelers are becoming more aware about the way they travel. People nowadays want to know where their food comes from, where their clothes are made and contribute in helping the planet. The travel industry is playing into this and we’re happy to see it. Amsterdam is extremely innovative when it comes to going greener and there are a few hotels that stand out. These are the most sustainable hotels in Amsterdam.

Conscious Hotels

Conscious hotels has been around for a few years and was one of the first hotels to set the bar when it comes to sustainability. The future wasn’t looking so great for mother nature so they decided to do something. With 2 hotels and a third one that has opened in 2018 (westergasterrein), this Green Key Gold certified hotel is going to extreme lengths in order to help the planet. Consequently they only use led lights, there is a no cash policy, the tables in your room are made from recycled coffee cup holders and the energy they use to power the hotel comes from renewable sources. Everything has pretty much been designed to be kind to the planet. Saying this, it’s also got a hip, contemporary feel to it. Book you room at the newest hotel here and find out. www.conscioushotels.com

sustainable hotels in Amsterdam. Conscious
The green entrance of Conscious Vondelpark

Jakarta Hotel Amsterdam
Java Eiland

Located on Java Eiland in Amsterdam, this hotel is set to be the most sustainable hotel in the Netherlands. The name comes from the location, where ships used to leave for Jakarta, Indonesia. Hotel Jakarta offers 200 luxurious rooms with a Indonesian influenced style. All the materials used to build, are recyclable and even the staff will wear sustainably made company clothing, designed by fashion label By Rockland | HACKED by. There are panoramic views over the Amsterdam IJ and most rooms have a balcony. Breakfast, lunch and dinner is served at Café Jakarta and you will be able to get your drinks at Malabar. Further, there will be a wellness and swimming pool! In collaboration with Amsterdam’s Hortus Botanicus, there will be an indoor garden with plants and trees from Asia. www.hoteljakarta.amsterdam

QO
Amstel Kwartier

The QO Amsterdam reaches 22 floors and is partly build with the old concrete from the Shell tower, now known as the ADAM Tower. The hotel will have 288 rooms with stunning views over the city. QO wants to show people that sustainability and luxury can go hand in hand. The outside of the building is extremely innovative and very special to say the least. It’s provided with revolutionary climate control through the innovative moving panels is making savings on heating, cooling and ventilation possible. The moving panels on the outside of the windows respond to time and climate. The interior of the open spaces and restaurants are designed by award winning agency TANK. Find out more about QO.

Sustainable hotel in Amsterdam

Element Hotel

Just opened in Amsterdam’s business district, Element has made a brand-wide commitment for all Element Hotels to operate to sustainable and green practices. They do this by using a lot of eco-friendly materials in their hotels and recycling their trash.Above all, every room has a trash can with a divider for paper, plastic and other waste. They use carpet that is made from 100 procent vegetables and 20 procent meat and fish. You can borrow bicycles at the hotel instead of calling an Uber everywhere. This is also a great way to see Amsterdam. The hotel is designed to function a long stay hotel. People who come over for business and need a relaxing bright place, will love it here. Book your stay herewww.elementamsterdamhotel.com

Sustaunble hotels in Amsterdam. Element
In your Element

Boot&Co
Houthavens

Another hotel that is being build right now is Boot&Co. The hotel is expected to be finished in 2019 and we can’t wait! Boot&Co is designed for the traveler that wants to feel at home, and perhaps would like to extent his days. Instead of the usual hotel room, this place will be equipped with 84 hotel apartments to give you the feeling of being at home. So what makes it sustainable? First of all, the hotel will be located in a fully climate neutral neighbourhood. Secondly, they will try to save and re-use water, isolation will be of the highest standard and Boot&Co will get it’s heating from factories around the area. They will of course work with PV panels and you can even charge your electrical car in the car park. 

Boot&Co sustainable hotels in Amsterdam

Mercure Hotel

This hotel franchise is huge, well known and they have 4 of them in Amsterdam. (City, Airport, Canal District, Sloterdijk Station). Mercure is part of the Accor Hotel Group. They use a few pillars such as Health, Nature, Reducing Co2 Emissions, Innovation and Local Produce. They recycle pretty much everything; accu’s, paper, towels, glass and food. They teach their staff about innovation and sustainability. Even though they are large, they’ve received a Green Key Award and scored high which makes them a gold member. Check here for all the Green Key hotels.
www.accorhotels.com

Mercure hotel Amsterdam.
Mercure Amsterdam Canal District

In conclusion there are many options for us to travel more green!

Love,

Elke

These Are The Best Parties On Kingsday 2019!

If you’re not Dutch and you are visiting our country on the 26th/27th of April, you’re in for a treat.. Kingsday 2019 (previously called Queensday) is a true happening in the Netherlands. First of all, we celebrate the Kings birthday and everybody gets a day off work. Secondly, there are a large number of flea markets. It’s all happening throughout the country but the city of Amsterdam is probably the biggest when it comes to selling “stuff” on the streets and organizing cool parties. 


Kingsday in Amsterdam last year


KINGSNIGHT:

Afterwork Kingsnight Edition at Bar Lely
When? 26th of April from 6pm till 3am
Bar Lely serves traditional Dutch Frikandelen and oysters. The in house Bar Lely DJ will play some disco-funky tunes until late..

Friendzone Kingsnight
When? 26th of April from 10pm -4am
Line-Up: Abstract / Lee Millah / Sergio Obergh / Jereno Joël / Alain Kuipers / Godzenzonen. Tickets are €16,- at the door.

Kingsnight at Le Patron
When? 26th of April 6pm – 1am
This year they host a Dutch night with many Dutch sing along numbers. The Line up? Quincy Schellevis, Danilo Kuiters, Robert Leroy Danny Plezier. Entree is free and the beers are cold!

P. King (restaurant) Kingsnight and Kinsgday
When? 26th of April 7pm – 1am / 27th of April 12pm – 8pm
Probably the best Kingsnight & Kingsday street party in Amsterdam if you ask us. For the last 10 years, this is the place to be on the corner of the Vijzelstraat & Herengracht. Deep house and techno makes this a yearly dancing event which attracts a large crowd. Be early or have a bad dancing spot. They also do a free party on Kingsday. for more info check: Facebook This is an outdoor event.

Oranjestad Kingsnight
When? 26th of April 10pm – 5am
With 3 area’s this party is going to be a bang! DJ’s like Geza, Heartbreak, DIO and Yung Internet will perform. Tickets cost €20,- and are still available!

Kingsday 2017
P.King on Kingsday


Best free parties on Kingsday 2019:
» Westerstraat for beer, music and games. Outdoor
» Vijzelstraat, in front of cafe P.King or Le Patron as mentioned above. Outdoor
» Noordermarkt, Rewind & het Partyfeest, outdoor
» 9 Straatjes, always a party! We love this neighbourhood during Kingsday.
» King of the Jungle: de Tulp x Super Social, at Heineken Marieplein. In and outdoor
» 
Koningsdag FISSA at Waterkant, Hip-Hop tunes overlooking the waterfront in the middle is Amsterdam. In & Outdoor

» NDSM Vrijhaven, for a party called These Guys Indoor & Outdoor
» Pllek in North Amsterdam for escaping the mass, live bands and cocktails. Info Inside and Outdoor
» Koning Nieges – Baskèts / Jajem at Meneer Nieges. Enjoy a BBQ, cool drinks and lot’s of DJ’s. Info

» Kingsday Westerpark and in particular at Mossel & Gin where the gin is flowing and the music is free. Outside
» Anywhere alongside the canals of Amsterdam!


Best Kingsday 2019 paid parties:
» Oranjebloesem at Olympish Stadion, is sold out but check ticketswap for last minute tickets. In and Outsidel 
» Loveland van Oranje (Techno) at Meerpark for 25 euro Info Outdoor
» Cartel Kingsday 2019: Indoor, Outdoor, Day & Night with 18hours of non-stop music. Tickets and Info. In and Outdoor

kingsday events 2016


Best Flea markets on Kingsday 2019:

»Vondelpark (large and best flea market for children)
» Jordaan (flea market along the canals for all)
»Beethovenstraat (flea market for all in South Amsterdam)
» Apollolaan is a huge street where you can walk for hours
» IJhallen flea market at the NDSM (for children) Inside
» Erasmus Park, with live music and food, from 10am
» Westerpark, on the grass and anywhere else


Kingsday After Parties

» Audio Ubscura & Adriatique, Temp Amsterdam from 10pm, tickets.
» The Breakfast Club at Bret from 7am till 6pm on the 27th of April. Tickets are €17,-

Have fun and take some pictures!! 

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