RECOMMENDED RESTAURANTS

Following the reviews of our guests, we are publishing our new list of the Recommended Restaurants in Amsterdam.

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Welcome to our News and Articles Blog!

Welcome to our Newsletter! This is where you will find usefull information about what’s happening in Amsterdam. Should you want to share your tips on Amsterdam about something that may be useful to us, then please send us an email using the “CONTACT” button above.

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ALL ABOUT FLOWERS

FLOWER TOURS HOLLAND

Flower Tours Holland was founded by Peter Boers. Peter specializes in exclusive, private and VIP tours to all well known, but also hidden, flower destinations in Holland (The Netherlands).

 All tours can be adjusted to your personal interests.

 

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Giethoorn | Guided Boat Tour

See all of Giethoorn in one day, enjoy the canals by boat and take a walk through the village. See al the presence, and discover all about the past.

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De Haar Castle

De Haar Castle is the largest castle of Holland and is located just outside Utrecht and a half an hour drive from Amsterdam. De Haar has everything you expect from a castle; towers, turrets, moats, gates and suspension bridges. The castle is also home to many art objects. Next to the castle you can find a romantic chapel and beautiful parks and gardens. Without a doubt De Haar Castle is one of the most luxurious castles of Europe.

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JAZZ AT THE PLANTAGE

JAZZ AT THE PLANTAGE – SUMMER 2019
Jazz at the Plantage is back! This summer marks the 4th edition of this summer jazz festival. Visitors are invited to enjoy a series of jazz concerts in the atmospheric inner courtyard of the Hermitage Amsterdam and the wonderful garden of the Hortus Botanicus Amsterdam.

Jazz at the Plantage is a unique collaboration with the Conservatorium van Amsterdam, with focus on upcoming talents.
Keep an eye on the web page for more information about the bands that will be playing.

Saturdays at the Hermitage Amsterdam
From trio to quintet, every Saturday afternoon there is live jazz music in the courtyard of the Hermitage Amsterdam. Visitors can find a seat on the terrace or chill on the grass under the chestnut trees. The kiosk sells refreshing drinks and tasty snacks.

WHEN? Every Saturday afternoon in July and August from 4 pm on.
– Saturday 22 June
– Saturday 29 June
– Saturday 6 July
– Saturday 13 July
– Saturday 20 July
– Saturday 27 July
– Saturday 3 August
– Saturday 10 August
– Saturday 17 August
– Saturday 24 August

ENTRANCE? Free entrance to the garden!

Sundays at the Hortus Botanicus Amsterdam
On Sundays, the terrace of the Orangery in the Hortus Botanicus is the place to be! Every Sunday afternoon there is musicians playing under the monumental oaktree. There are mainly acoustic duos playing in this intimate setting. The garden and the Hortuscafé will be opened until 7 pm on Jazz Sundays!

WHEN? Every Sunday afternoon in July and August from 4:30 pm on.
– Sunday 30 June
– Sunday 7 July
– Sunday 14 July
– Sunday 21 July
– Sunday 28 July
– Sunday 4 August
– Sunday 11 August
– Sunday 18 August
– Sunday 25 August

ENTRANCE? You have to enter the botanical garden in order to attend the concert. Regular entrance prices apply (Adult €9,75). Buy your entrance tickets in advance in our webshop https://bit.ly/2KLhwo7

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Celebrating 25 Years of Service

Mr Peter Moos, one of the Concierges of the InterContinental Amstel Amsterdam  is celebrating 25 years of service.   Congratulations !

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Summer in Amsterdam

Enjoy countless festivals, urban beaches, picnics in the park, outdoor cinema & art, and cool drinks on sunny terraces – Amsterdam is teeming with things to do in the summer. And, on a bright sunny day, the best place to be is outside! Find out how to experience Amsterdam and go home with a healthy tan. Sunglasses on – let’s go!

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City Sightseeing Amsterdam – Hop on Hop off

Handige app voor gasten die gebruik willen maken van de hop on/off bus en boot en willen zien waar de bus/boot zich bevindt!

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RESTAURANT DE KAS – AMSTERDAM

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THE BEAUTY OF THE AMSTEL

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PERFECT HARMONY – La Rive’s new Book

We’re almost finished with a beautiful book: The title of La Rive’s new signature recipes, wine pairings and personalities book is ‘Perfect Harmony‘. Perfect Harmony combines Master Chef Rogér Rassin’s 26 signature signature recipes with step-by-step instructions and Maître Sommelier, Ronald Opten’s, matching wine pairings with alternatives depending on your mood and budget. Perfect Harmony boek

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DE HALLEN AMSTERDAM IS OPEN

CENTRUM VOOR MEDIA, CULTUUR, MODE, HORECA EN AMBACHTEN.

De plek waar ooit de eerste elektrische trams in Amsterdam werden onderhouden heeft een nieuw leven gekregen. In de voormalige tramremise, een rijksmonument gebouwd tussen 1902-1928, is nu De Hallen Amsterdam gevestigd. Midden in de 19e eeuwse stadswijk Amsterdam West.

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THE AMSTEL HOTEL AND THE GREEN GLOBE CERTIFICATION

InterContinental Amstel Amsterdam is the latest IHG hotel to receive certification for its sustainable operations and management. This 150-year-old heritage property located in the heart of Amsterdam is committed to fair and responsible ways of reducing impacts on the environment and creating awareness of its sustainability achievements amongst guests, employees, suppliers and the local community.

InterContinental Amstel Amsterdam, General Manager, Anita Bos said: “The future lies in our own hands. That’s why we shouldn’t condone waste, for example, and take steps ourselves for running our business responsibly. It’s not a case of only doing something substantial, many small changes are just as important. Together with the team I am very proud that we have achieved the Green Globe certificate.”

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HISTORICAL TOUR THROUGH AMSTEL HOTEL

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Back to the past

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Foto uit 1931 in het Amstel Hotel

 

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LA RIVE RESTAURANT @ CONDÉ NAST TRAVELLER

La Rive at the InterContinental Amstel Amsterdam has the somewhat dubious privilege of being the restaurant most people will tell you is the best in the city. This not only means it has a lot to live up to, but that your fellow diners are likely to be members of tour groups, businessmen (yes, usually all men) and uneasy young couples out for that special occasion. Please read more…

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10 things you may like to know about the Dutch

  1. Lekker” (nice or tasty) and “gezellig” (cozy) are often used in the Dutch language! People often make an effort to make it “gezellig”and make sure that everything they make is “lekker”. !
  2. Drop” (liquorice) is probaly the most popular sweet! An average of 4 kilo per person per year is eaten.
  3. Haring” (herring) is a popular raw fish snack and is traditionally eaten hole hanging over the mouth holding it’s tail. haring
  4.  At home people have their dinner between 18-19 hours and in restaurants                 usually an hour later. As a result most restaurants kitchen will be closed after 22:30 hours.
  5. Marihuana is classified as a soft drug and legal to buy in small quantities. “Coffeshops” are special cafés where one can buy cigarettes filled with tabac and marihuana.
  6. When meeting friends and family of the opposite sex it is tradition to kiss 3 times on the cheek starting with the right cheek.
  7. When a baby is born, visitors are treated with a “beschuit met muisjes“, (biscuits with fruit flavored sprinkles) blue for a boy and pink for a girl.images
  8. Prostitution is a legal profession and is allowed behind shop windows in designated areas in practically every town in the country.
  9. Ice skating is one of most popular winter sport with the highlight (extreme weather conditions allowing), the “eleven town race”. In the Northern province of Friesland there are 11 towns wich are connected by canals and rivers. When these freeze over a race is held, the total number of kilometers is nearly 200 !
  10. Cycling is the nation way of transport with many people owning more then one bike.fietsen-578-1
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FROM THE NEW YORK TIMES

Hier is a fascinating article about Amsterdam, published by the New York Times, and sent to me by one of our dear guests.

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Van Gogh Museum discovers new painting by Vincent van Gogh: Sunset at Montmajour

The Van Gogh Museum has discovered a new painting by Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890): Sunset at Montmajour (1888).   Director Axel Rüger: “A discovery of this magnitude has never before occurred in the history of the Van Gogh Museum. It is already a rarity that a new painting can be added to Van Gogh’s oeuvre.”

Sunset at Montmajour

 

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JEWISH AMSTERDAM TOUR

The ‘Jewish Amsterdam Tour’ is operated by Naomi Koopmans, a Dutch/Israeli Jewish woman who was born and bred in the Netherlands. Naomi obtained her B.A. degree in General History and her M.A. degree in Religious Sciences at Tel Aviv University and has been active as a licensed tour guide since 1998 in Israel, Italy (Rome) and the Netherlands (Amsterdam). Her drive to set up this tour is grounded both in her personal background as in her professional course. ‘’Revealing the history of the Amsterdam Jewry is more than a job to me. It is part of my identity,’’ says Naomi Koopmans. During the tour, Naomi brings the Jewish history and present of Amsterdam to life.

 

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OOSTERSCHELDEKREEFT NU IN HET AMSTEL HOTEL

Please click on the picture to see the complete reportage.

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THE MUIDERSLOT – REAL HISTORY

The imposing Muiderslot gives you a taste of real Dutch history. It is part of the Defence Line of Amsterdam and included on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Its location at the former Zuiderzee, in the water-rich environments of the river Vecht is breathtaking.
The Muiderslot was built around 1285 by Count Floris V, an ally of the French Court and later of the British King Edward. While hunting with falcons one day in 1296, Floris was captured by his nobles and imprisoned in his own castle….

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MUSEUM VAN LOON

In the heart of the Amsterdam canal district lies Museum Van Loon, a magnificent private residence built in 1672 by the architect Adriaen Dortsman. The first resident was painter Ferdinand Bol, a pupil of Rembrandt. The interior of the house has remained largely intact during the last centuries and still evokes the splendor of the Golden Age. Open 11:00 – 17:00 – Closed on Tuesday – Keizersgracht 672.

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REMBRANDT ART MARKET

De Rembrandt Art Market is de opvolger van de Modern Art Market van de Stichting Kunstkring Thorbecke, die 27 jaar op het Thorbeckeplein en later op het Rembrandtplein wekelijks op iedere zondag een kunstmarkt organiseerde. De gezamelijke kunstenaars zijn nu verenigd in een nieuwe Stichting de Rembrandt Art Market.  Zondags 10:30 – 18:00 uur.

 

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RESTAURANT LA RIVE

La Rive is now open every day except monday for dinner only! Special menu’s and wine arrangements. Reservation may be made via the concierge on 020-5203533 or via www.seatme.nl       www.restaurantlarive.nl

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SPORTS CAFÉS

In Amsterdam you can watch your prefered sport event at:

SATELLITE SPORTS CAFÉ (Sky Sports) – Leideseplein, 11 – (020) 427 2529

O’REILLY PUB – Paleisstraat, 103 – (020) 624 9498 – Located a couple of minutes from Dam Square, behind the Royal Palace on the left hand side.

 

 

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REMBRANDTHUIS NEWS

As Amsterdam celebrates 400 years of its canals, the Rembrandthuis is hosting a magnificent selection of views of Amsterdam, from the 17th century through the 20th century.    26 jan till 26 mai 2013.

 

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VOS KOSHER CATERING

Ze zijn in Nederland één van de zeer weinige, ervaren koshere cateraars met ruim 25 jaar ervaring. Daarbij is het bedrijf ook nog eens de enige totaal organisator binnen deze bijzondere markt.

Vos Kosher Catering staat onder toezicht van het Rabbinaat van de Joodse Gemeente Amsterdam en het Rabbinaat der Portugees-Israelietische Gemeente Amsterdam.

 

Schweitzerlaan 18-18A, 1187 JD Amstelveen
Tel +31 (0)20 4714525 GSM +31 (0)6 2953 2359

 

 

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PALAZZO

Palazzo biedt al jaren de ultieme combinatie van variététheater en sfeervol dineren in een prachtige, nostalgische spiegeltent. Komend seizoen legt 3-michelinsterren chef Cees Helder uw smaakpappillen in de watten terwijl een bont gezelschap aan internationale topartiesten voor spannende, hilarische en spectaculaire momenten zorgt tijdens de nieuwe drieëneenhalf uur durende show.

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AMSTERDAM & BUSINESS

Looking for a location for your European headquarters? Join over 2,200 international companies who have invested in the Amsterdam Metropolitan Area and chosen to become part of our long history as a successful business hub and leading centre of trade. The Amsterdam Area has what it takes to help your business excel. Why Amsterdam???  Reading more…

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VAN RIJN – KITCHEN & BAR

Waar vroeger de cafe restaurant De 3 Sisters zat, is nu een grand cafe restaurant van internationale alure gekomen. De kaart is “continental keuken” met ook veel Hollandse gerechten.  Op 5 september is de officiële opening. Less meer…

Rembrandtplein 17

(020) 4500 555

 

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RIJSEL ROTISSERIE

Rijsel is ontstaan vanuit passie voor de Franse keuken met een knipoog naar Vlaanderen.

 

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THE GOOGLE ART PROJECT

Visit this website to explore some of the World’s most famous museums and zoom in to see incredible detail of over 1,000 art works.  You can even make your own virtual collection.

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OUR PREFERED APP’s

As there are probably millions of apps available worldwide, it is difficult to choose which ones are most suitable for your phone. Please find attached a small list of recommended apps:

                                

        1. INTERCONTINENTAL CONCIERGE

2. AMSTERDAM THE MAP

3. SCHIPHOL

4. GVB

5. SEATME

6. TRIP ADVISOR

7. T.C.A.

8. ALLE TOP RESTAURANTS

9. AROUND ME

                                        

10. REIS PLANNER NS

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REMBRANDT AAN DE AMSTEL

Amsterdam eert zijn grootste schilder, Rembrandt van Rijn, met wat zo voor de hand ligt: het Rembrandtpad en een beeld van de jonge schilder. Het Rembrandtpad is de lange, lange route vanaf het Rembrandthuis tot aan Ouderkerk aan de Amstel: de weg waarlangs de schilder zo vaak liep, waar hij keek, waar hij tekende.

Dankzij de steun van Delta Lloyd Vastgoed, het Intercontinental Amstel Amsterdam en Stadsherstel Amsterdam werdt het sculptuur “De jonge Rembrandt”, onthuld. Het beeld is in 1968 gemaakt door Win van Hoorn (1908-1979) en werd onthuld door mevrouw Van Hoorn en Nils Axing, directeur Amstel Hotel.

Locatie: Professor Tulpplein, 1 – tegenover de ingang van het Amstel Hotel.

 

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KUNSTSCHILDER WERKT ALS KOK IN HET AMSTEL HOTEL

Everybody knows that in the Amstel Hotel our chefs have a very creative mind. Simon Borst is a chef who also manages to use his creativity in painting artworks. Please check his website!

 

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DOKTERSDIENST 24 uur IN AMSTERDAM

Vanaf 1 November is er een nieuwe 24 uur’s SOS doktersdienst in Amsterdam.

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PORT OF AMSTERDAM

Follow ship’s movements in the entire port region. Here you will find information on arrivals and departures, size, draught and berth of each ship in the port.

 

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GABLE STONES | GEVELSTENEN

Gable stones were used in the Netherlands to identify a house instead of a house number. Gable stones lost their importance after house numbers were introduced in the beginning of the nineteenth century during the French occupation. The Gable stones often symbolized the owners occupation. More.

 

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BOAT DESIGNS

So, you think you MAY want to build your own boat, but have no idea where to start, please check these dutch websites:

Koninklijke De Vries Scheepsbouw

Royal Huisman Yachts

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ABOUT ART

Lotte Buit is an artist/portrait painter specialised in portrait painting from pictures. Her studio is located in a small village outside Haarlem called Spaarndam, known from the story of the boy who had to keep his finger in the dyke preventing it from breaking through!

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RESTAURANT ANNA

Restaurant ANNA is located in the oldest and most beautiful part of Amsterdam in two spectacularly renewed monumental buildings. These buildings start at the ‘Warmoestraat’ to finish all the way at the ‘Oudekerksplein’. In restaurant ANNA you find yourself in the middle of ‘de Wallen’ also known as the red light district, at the corner of the ‘Sint Anne’ quarter. You have a great view on the medieval church square. They will open its terrace in the shade on the ‘Oudekerksplein’ when the weather permits this with a spectacular view on the medieval church square. Restaurant ANNA will be open every day for lunch. They serve the complete dinner menu.

Warmoesstraat, 111 – 428 1111

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10 RULES ON HOW TO RIDE A BIKE IN AMSTERDAM

1. Mind walking tourists;

2. Keep an eye on the road signs;

3. Use a map to avoid getting lost;

4. Ring your bell to make yourself heard;

5. Lock your bike to a permanent structure;

6. Always cross a tram rail in a sharp angle;

7. Be patient when turning left at a big junction;

8. When not on a priority road, give way to traffic from the right;

9. Use hands signals when changing direction and look also behind you;

10. After the traffic lights change into green, still watch for oncoming traffic.

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DE WESTERTOREN

In the diary of her life during the Second World War, Anne Frank wrote that she could hear the bells of the Westerkerk. Indeed, the Anne Frank House is just a stone’s throw away from Amsterdam’s — no, Holland’s — most famous church.

The Westerkerk, and specifically its tower, occupies a unique place in the hearts of true Amsterdammers. It is much sung about, especially by the people of the Jordaan district, who claim it as their Westertoren. Please, read more…

 

 

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KOSEBASI TURKISH RESTAURANT

De luxe Turkse franchiseketen Kosebasi heeft op 28 maart 2011 haar deuren geopend. De keten breidt zich sinds 2006 internationaal uit met vestigingen in o.a. Dubai en Sao Paulo en is al vele malen geroemd. Je eet hier traditioneel Zuid-Anatolische gerechten.

Amsteldijk 25 662-7777

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TOYS SHOPS

1. INTERTOYS – Heiligeweg 26-28 – phone 6383356

2. GONE WITH THE WIND (Wooden toys) – Vijzelstraat 22 – phone 4230230

3. DE BEESTENWINKEL – Staalstraat 26 – phone 623 1805

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Classical Carriages

Simply the best in stylish transport in the city. Romantic and authentic. Illuminated by candlelight. Available on short notice.  06 2460 7426

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EASY PARKING

This system allows you to pay for parking. Just phone one of the listed companies, let them know the number of the nearest parking meter and they handle the parking fee. Obviously you need to register first. More.

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KIDS: FUN PARKS IN THE NETHERLANDS AND JUST OVER THE BORDERS

Many fun parks for kids are fully open again this month and are more spectacular then never!

AVONTURENPARK (opens April, 22nd)

EFTELING (open throughout the year)

DRIEVLIET (opened, April 9th)

SLAGHAREN (opened, April 1st)

WALIBI (opened, April 9th)

MOVIEPARKGERMANY (in Germany, opened April 1st)

PHANTASIALAND (in Germany, opened April 1st)

BOBBEJAANLAND (in Belgium, opened April 9th)

FUNFOREST (opened, April 2nd)

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