TOP 5 HIDDEN GEMS IN AMSTERDAM
Discovering Off the Beaten Track places in my hometown that are a little under the radar, it’s a hobby. But then again, I like these places because they are quiet and not over popular. There are so many beautiful hidden gem(s) in Amsterdam.
For this reason I had to think twice before writing this article. But we started this blog not to keep the best things for ourselves but to share them with the world so here we go. These are the top 5 hidden gem(s) in Amsterdam!
1. Cantina, Joris van Den Berghweg 109
Word of mouth or a bicycle ride takes you to this secret spot in Amsterdam West. I live far into west Amsterdam so for me it was only a matter of time before I discovered De Cantina. This place is amazing. I am very glad I discovered this hidden gem in Amsterdam. They serve coffee, cake, homemade lemonade and sandwiches with ingredients from their own garden or local produce.
Nothing major but it’s the location in Amsterdam and use of space that makes this hidden gem worth mentioning. De Cantina is situated in between the “1800 roerden” a creative area where artists work. This hidden gem is also part of “Het Rijk van de Keizer” which is a location that can be used for weddings, parties and dinners. You can lay in the sunshine deck on a fatboy, hammock or chill in an old car wreck. Find a spot in the shade under umbrella’s tucked away in between the trees. Don’t be surprised if you see chickens walking around, this is normal! So grab your bike and head over for some peace and quiet! More about this hidden gem in Amsterdam you can read here.
Overlooking the Dutch landscape
2. World Class Room, Geldersekade 17, Amsterdam
This secret bar (speakeasy) is so cool that we have to tell you about it! If you live in Amsterdam, you may have heard of a restaurant called Pigs & Punch bar/restaurant. Just on top of the restaurant you’ll find World Class decorated with framed pictures and classic bottles. A brown yet stylish interior and 6 tables finish off the room. And ssst, don’t tell just anybody about this place. Let’s keep it one of the hidden gem(s) in Amsterdam. https://world-class-room-amsterdam
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3. One of the hidden gem(s) Hotel de Windketel Amsterdam, Watertorenplein 8c
This tiny hotel is right in the middle of Amsterdam, yet nobody realizes it’s a place where you can spend the night at. Literally a hidden gem in Amsterdam. It’s a freestanding octagonal brick tower built in 1897 as part of Amsterdam’s water works. Most buildings like that get destroyed but not this one. It now features as a luxury apartment for 2 equipped with a bedroom, kitchen, bathroom and living space.
The nice part is, that it’s in a really nice quiet area of Amsterdam, but only a 10 minute walk from the Jordaan. It’s not the cheapest option (325 for 2 nights) but certainly the best kept secret when it comes to hotels! Perfect for a romantic getaway. www.windketel.nl Find out which new hotel openings are happening in 2020!
So tiny, you might miss it
The living space at Hotel De Windketel
Bedroom in the Windketel
4. ‘T Nieuwe Diep, Flevopark 13
If you know your way into East Amsterdam, you may have heard of this secret spot that hides itself in the Flevopark. Nevertheless, it’s always worth a visit. At ‘T Nieuwe Diep, you can feast your taste buds because they have their own distillery and organic produce. Yes, they serve coffee and tea but they are most famous for their cider, gin, liqueur and bitters. (don’t know it? try it!) There is a patio over the water and although the crowd isn’t as hip and happening as in other places, this is perfect for a relaxing moment in Amsterdam. During summer, they’re open from 3pm till 8pm Mon-Sun. www.nwediep.nl
5. Theehuis De Aker, Zwarte Pad 30
This tea house is right next door to where I live. Next to the water where you can make your way up to the Amsterdam Forest or towards the road to Amsterdam’s nearest beach, Zandvoort. You’ll find an old waterpump mill that dried the ground back in the 19th century.
I love this hidden place because they collaborate with non-profit foundation the Vrije Geer, so people with a disability can work a few hours a day and serve you coffee, tea, cakes and lunch. The Aker mill is the only remaining hydraulic engineering work between Halfweg and Amstelveen. That’s what makes this place one of the true hidden gem(s) in Amsterdam.
The perfect stop after a bicycle ride
All in all, 5 hidden gem(s) in Amsterdam that you may not have heard of. Let’s be gentle with these places as they are not your average hotspots where you can take out your laptop and have a conference call. No, these spots are here for you to enjoy some peace and quiet in a hectic city like Amsterdam.