As both the capital and most populated city in the Netherlands, Amsterdam, is known for its intricate canal system, beautiful houses, artistic history, and so much more. It is also considered the cultural capital with an abundance of diverse restaurants, art galleries, lively music scene, and hip coffee shops.

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Amsterdam, Netherlands
TAPE TOY
“Sometimes the line between madness and genius is thin, sometimes it does not exist at all. Enter TAPE TOY, four kooky nineties kids whose self-proclaimed bubble grunge sounds like Gwen Stefani but louder. Or Nirvana...
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Amsterdam, Netherlands
EUT
EUT don’t want to grow up. The Dutch five-piece makes shiny, eternally youthful guitar music that champions acceptance, community and - most of all - buckets of fun. It’s apparent within a single second of...
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Amsterdam, Netherlands
Candy Dulfer
Dutch saxophonist CANDY DULFER has earned her place in music history with her Grammy-nominated debut album Saxuality, combined worldwide sales of over 2.5 million copies of her solo albums, sensational performances with the greatest names...
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Amsterdam, Netherlands
BARTEK
Blistering full throttle swinging speaker fire from this Amsterdam based three piece. Bartek summon the sort of desert rock you get at a party in a Vegas junkyard at 4am with just the right touch...

Amsterdam, Netherlands

Area Guide of Things to do

outdoors
Koningsdag (King’s Day)

“Koningsdag is our favorite city-wide celebration. The Netherlands are a kingdom so we can’t leave out Willie. Carry something orange with you at all times.” – BARTEK

Binnengasthuisstraat 46, 1012 ZD Amsterdam, Netherlands
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Foam Museum

“Foam is a photography museum with lots of cool exhibitions.” – Tape Toy

Keizersgracht 609, 1017 DS Amsterdam, Netherlands
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landmark
NDSM Wharf

NDSM Werf (Wharf) is the best neighborhood to hang in, it’s an abandoned shipping yard across the IJ. Creative place, lot’s of artists and parties. Hop on the free ferry from Amsterdam Central.” -BARTEK

T.T. Neveritaweg 15, 2012 ZM Amsterdam, Netherlands
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bar
Oedipus Taproom

“Oedipus Taproom in the north of Amsterdam is the best brewery, they serve burgers and serve a mean chili pepper flavoured beer – Thai Thai. Our favourite.” – BARTEK

Gedempt Hamerkanaal 85 1021 KP Amsterdam
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karaoke
The End Karaoke

“Karaoke bar ‘The End’ near the Zeedijk is great for amateur performances, it’s crowded every night.” – BARTEK

Nieuwebrugsteeg 32, 1012 AH Amsterdam, Netherlands
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venue
SKATECAFE

“SKATECAFE in ‘Amsterdam Noord’ is our favorite local venue to see a show. They built a concrete pool dedicated to skaters, and have live bands performing in it. Ask for Colin – great guy.” – BARTEK

GEDEMPT HAMERKANAAL 42 1021KM AMSTERDAM
food
Vegan Junk Food Bar

“First try any ‘Kapsalon’ as soon as possible, then order one at the Vegan Junk Food Bar, you’ll be surprised…” – BARTEK

Reguliersdwarsstraat 57 1017 BK Amsterdam Netherlands
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food
FEBO

“Try to pronounce ‘Diagonaaltje’, they’ll know.” – BARTEK

Leidsestraat 94, 1017 PE Amsterdam, Netherlands
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shopping
Ari

“Try ‘Ari’, it’s a thrift shop on the Overtoom. The sign says LLEEEELLIJJK, which means ‘really ugly’ in Dutch” -BARTEK

Overtoom 532, 1054 LL Amsterdam, Netherlands
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venue
OT301

“Our favorite activity would be going to live gigs to a venue like OT301 for example. It has the charm of an underground Berlin bar where you can discover some cool bands.” – Tape Toy

Overtoom 301, 1054 HW Amsterdam, Netherlands
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food
Duende Dos

“Dos is a very nice Spanish restaurant where you can order delicious tapas. They are known for their drink Aqua de Valencia. It is an amazing cocktail with lots of fruit!” – Tape Toy

Nieuwe Willemsstraat 1 - 3 Amsterdam, Netherlands
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King’s Day

“King’s Day is one the best days of the year! It’s the only day of the year when we are allowed to drink on the street.” – EUT

Amsterdam, Netherlands
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EUT
coffee
White Label Coffee

“White Label Coffee on the Jan Evertsen straat, order the V60 slow drip with Cajamarca Chirinos beans. Full westside hipster.” -BARTEK

Jan Evertsenstraat 136, 1056 EG Amsterdam, Netherlands
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outdoors
Bloemendaal aan Zee

“Bloemendaal aan Zee is the best place to stroll the beach. Nudity allowed! Make sure to visit the ‘Woodstock’ beach club, they usually have great local bands playing there.” – BARTEK

2051 EB Bloemendaal aan Zee, Netherlands
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coffee
Café De Koe

“Café De Koe is the best place for any musician to get any variation of gin&tonic you could ever wish for. Tip the bartender big and shout ‘BARTEK'” – BARTEK

Marnixstraat 381 1016 XR, Amsterdam
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market
The Nine Streets

“De 9 Straatjes (the Nine Streets) is a whole area filled with new and secondhand boutiques.” – EUT

Negen Straatjes, 1016 Amsterdam, Netherlands
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EUT
food
Pizza Bakkers

“The best hangover food is Pizza Bakkers! Go check for yourself when you’re hungover and call me if I was lying! ” – EUT

Plantage Kerklaan 2, 1018 TA Amsterdam, Netherlands
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EUT
bar
Tolbar

Tolbar has the best coffee because they serve white label coffee! It’s a very cosy bar where you can eat really nice food and there is a venue that works together with Paradiso. So it’s a nice place to discover new bands because it’s only 150 capacity.” – EUT

Tolstraat 182, 1074 VM Amsterdam, Netherlands
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EUT
shopping
Concerto

Concerto is great independent record store that has a wide variety in genres on CD and vinyl. Check out their amazing second hand vinyl section.” – Candy Dulfer

“Concerto is one of the biggest record stores with new and second hand vinyl. There also do small in-store acoustic concerts!” – EUT

“The best record store is Concerto – they sell all of our merch, too!” – Bartek

Concerto is our favorite record store because Wesley, our guitarist, works there. Once in a while they have some live music in their store… mostly intimate, acoustic live sets. You can also go to Concerto for some nice coffee and cake!” – Tape Toy

Utrechtsestraat 52, 1017 VP Amsterdam, Netherlands
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coffee
Koffiespot

I love the coffee and fresh juices at Koffiespot!” – Candy Dulfer

Elandsgracht 53, 1016 TM Amsterdam, Netherlands
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coffee
Koffeespot

“I love the coffee and fresh juices at Koffiespot!” – Candy Dulfer

Elandsgracht 53, 1016 TN Amsterdam, Netherlands
bar
IZAKAYA

An upscale Japanese restaurant with unique and delicious cocktails.

“My favorite cocktail is the “Pornstar Martini” preferably the one at Izakaya, Albert Kuypstraat 2-6. They make it with fresh passionfruit and the non alcoholic one is almost just as good.” – Candy Dulfer

Albert Cuypstraat 2-6, 1072 CT Amsterdam, Netherlands
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bar
Club Dauphine

“Every Friday night live music with an amazing band and special guests, hot new talent mixed with big stars, I’ve founded the concept with the owner and two friends and whenever I’m in town, you’ll find me jamming on stage with the band.” – Candy Dulfer

Prins Bernhardplein 175, 1097 BL Amsterdam, Netherlands
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