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Tuesday, May 10, 2011


Thank you so much for the info about Copenhagen - I didn't realize it would be so quiet there over the weekend!

So, I've taken your advice. I will be in Copenhagen on the 16th and 17th.

That weekend, I will instead go to Amsterdam.

Where can I find really cool cultural events there? The equivalent of a bullfight in Madrid; something that resonates as a tradition. Something that is "Amsterdam."

Comments on "Amsterdam!"


Blogger mariel said ... (6:25 PM) : 

Great destinations!

Been to both places and everyone is uber-stylish. You will love it!

RE Amsterdam Destinations: I highly suggest the Modern Art Museum (Stedelijk). You won't regret it.


Blogger Suus from Food Bandits said ... (6:26 PM) : 


When you are in Amsterdam, you could take the ferry to the NDSM Werf. You can find old factories (it used to be a harbor) where a lot of creative people work and have their studio. For drinks, i would go to cafe Noorderlicht. You find the Ferry behind the Central Station, also 'de Jordaan' is great with small vintage shops and fashionable people. Hope you enjoy your stay and i look forward to your pictures. Regards


Blogger Sara Luna said ... (6:27 PM) : 

You reeeeeeeeeally have to go to 'de negen straatjes' in English the nine streets. It's filled with vintage stores. Ask fro Laura Dolls. It's a vintage store with everything. No, you are not likely to find something really beautiful put the store itself really is. The dresses speak to your imagination just like the fur-coats and all the other glamour. So, just really go there haha.


Anonymous Filip K said ... (6:37 PM) : 

The Bulldog, not quite the same as a bullfight but enjoyable none the less.

Though i must say, if you're going to visit Holland go to Rotterdam. It's the second biggest city of the Netherlands, nearly fully destroyed by german bombing in WII and on it's ashes has risen a modern city a true cultural melting pot. Rotterdam is inhabited and created by the young and the brave, inspiration is given room Rotterdam is rich in its cultural events hosted by a new generation of artists.


Anonymous George said ... (6:42 PM) : 

You need to travel by bike...that's all there is to say


Blogger sweet fashion affairs said ... (6:44 PM) : 

One of the most favorite event in the netherlands is the Queens day. Its the official birthday of Beatrix and therefore a big inner streets festival. Besides that there are more small festivals or events. I can recommend the "Van Gogh in Bloom" which is a flower-themed exhibition (mostly tulips of course ;)
I am sure you`ll l-o-v-e Amsterdam. As far as I`m concerned there is no more attractive city than Amsterdam. Enjoy it and take great shots for us ;)


Blogger Roser Lou said ... (6:45 PM) : 

I haven't been on Copenhagen but I have friends there and everybody say that it's a nice city! !!! Have funnnn!!!

Besos from Barcelona!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (6:47 PM) : 

Come visit Stockholm! It is fabulous during springtime.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (6:49 PM) : 

You could check for cool inside cultural events in Amsterdam. I don't think we've got the equivalent of a bullfight (unless you're into hash or red light districts but i don't really consider that amsterdam). You'll might like the waterlooplein (waterloo square), its a big marked for all kind of things.
Hope you'll enjoy your stay!


Anonymous Merel said ... (6:57 PM) : 

I think its lovely to go on a saturday morning the northern market, which is an organic market with a great atmosphere(on the corner is a bar with the most amazing apple pie!!)
I know its not really an event but it is Amsterdam culture!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (6:57 PM) : 

Copenhagen is a beautiful city, and if you have time, visit Norway on the 17th, and you will see lots of people wearing beautifully tailored folk costumes ( It's Norway's constitution day ;-)


Blogger Jup said ... (6:58 PM) : 

The only right thing to do in Amsterdam is rent a bike. Or steal one for that matter, tourists on red bikes are quite disliked by everyone. Amsterdam isn't a real big city, so just get on your bike and enjoy Amsterdam visually. If it's a warm day, park your bike and enter the 'Westerpark' (by all means, avoid the 'Vondelpark, it's too crowded). In the 'Westerpark' is a mix of shops, bars, cinema's and galleries. Everything you need for an Amsterdam-day.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (7:02 PM) : 

If you're feeling bulletproof, check out the red light district; if not, you can't lose hanging at the Apple store.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (7:04 PM) : 

visit a special "coffee" shop...then see how you are photographically influenced! then post results here.




Blogger SOÛL said ... (7:10 PM) : 

Negen straatjes. Nine streets. Definitely. Kadinsky cafe in the Zoutsteeg. Westerpark/Westergasfabriek. NDSM werf. Amsterdam has sp many great and stylish places. The canals - grachtengordel. Get on a boat and enjoy!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (7:15 PM) : 

come to rotterdam :) way more industrial and interesting than amsterdam (which to be fair is very cute but doesn't feel like a proper city sometimes)


Blogger myee said ... (7:17 PM) : 

You really have to go to the Van Gogh's beautiful and ofcourse you have to go to the 'negen straatjes'


Blogger Elizabeth said ... (7:21 PM) : 

It's been 20 years but I second a lot of the suggestions: get a bike, go to the Jordaan, check out the markets. Point your camera up to the "gavelstenen," the decorative gable stones above the doorways of older buildings. Drink beer in a pub, like Prinsenhof, where trendy and tradition meet. Enjoy.


Blogger Mitzi Dom said ... (7:28 PM) : 

Wow, as a bullfight in Spain! that's a tough one. You just missed the Queen's day, it was at the beginning of the month, but anyway is too crowded and all you see is orange everywhere. Still Amsterdam and The Netherlands have a lot to offer. It's a bit unfortunate that now the Dam Square (city center) is under construction, but there are some interesting buildings there. I recommend to go to Witte de Withstraat, there are some interesting galleries to see. Also go to Museumplein, is very close to the Stedelijk Museum and the Van Gogh Museum. Since the weather is really nice there will be some people taking the sun there relaxing and chilling. Nightlife in Amsterdam is always great! there is a lot of variety between nightclubs, jazz clubs and rock clubs. You also may wanna experience to drink something at a "brown cafe" (they look like pubs).

If you are looking for really "dutch" there is the famous Keukenhof ( It is a seasonal garden full of flowers and of course of tulips. You will still be able to catch it. It is not exactly in Amsterdam but it will be a 30-40 mins ride.

Good thing about The Netherlands is that travel within is quite easy. For example if you consider the advice of above to go to Rotterdam (I live there) is only 1 hour ride. This city is a mixture between new and old. Is a combination of skyscrappers, cubic houses, a harbor and also old houses that remain after the WWII attacks. It also has a very interesting China Town where there is a mixture of different cultures over there (Surinam, China, Arab, etc..).

You migth also want to consider The Hague (30 mins ride from Amsterdam) is the political center and it has a whole different vibe! More sober. Close to it you can find the Scheveningen beach.

P.S. You have to eat at least one stroopwafel. They are great.


Anonymous E. said ... (7:33 PM) : 

Yes! Negen Straatjes! Check for a full map. It's really close to Amsterdam Central Station. I would also recommend to check out the neighbourhood where Artis Zoo is located. It's filled with lots of nice cafe's. Then there is the PC Hooftstraat for all the chic shops, but I wouldn't recommend going there. You will very likely find more inspiring shots in any of the districts mentioned above. Oh, and the flowermarket or any of the other markets are nice, but remember it's best to go early. And as someone else said, take a boat ride. A little touristy, but the view of the city from the water can be majestic. If you have some time left (probably not), leave Amsterdam and try to see some countryside. The little villages around Amsterdam are worth the visit. Hope you enjoy!


Blogger Unknown said ... (7:36 PM) : 

Yes to all above.
And...take a bike to the flower market and the flea market. As long as you pass along a canal at one point you can't get more "Amsterdam." (Well, ice skating on the canals is even better, but that doesn't happen often.)



Anonymous E. said ... (7:38 PM) : 

By the way, if you're looking for something that is 'Amsterdam', besides the Negen Straatjes and the industrial districts, find a park (any park). When the weather is good, everyone grabs there friends and some food and lays out in the closest park that can be found :) If there is one city in NL where the style of people is inspirational, it is Amsterdam. You won't be disappointed!


Blogger Unknown said ... (7:40 PM) : 

besides jordaan go to the pijp... another interesting area with a street market every day, except sundays... and lot's of life
but the NDSM is really a cool area with galleries and ateliers as well..
and if it's sunny go to vondelpark (a park inside the city always full, it's close to the museums)
enjoy you're stay


Blogger cewek said ... (7:53 PM) : 

Check out It's a blog/travel guide on what is stylin' in Amsterdam!


Anonymous Nancy Ricci said ... (8:01 PM) : 

Scott, you must visit "Grand Cafe 1st Klass" situated in the trainstation of Amsterdam called Centraal Station.

This magnificent Grand Cafe will take you back to the old grandeur of times gone by. Look for platform 2B and you will find it.

It is a truly a stylish and elegant gem kind of tucked away... To give you a taste go to their website and click on "Fotogalerij".

Also, close to Amsterdam Centraal Station (walking distance) is the Main Library of Amsterdam. It's interior is very modern, great architecture, definitely worth a visit. Check out this pic:

On your walk from Amsterdam Centraal Station to the Library you will pass by a huge Chinese boat restaurant called: "Sea Palace". They have the best Dim Sum. When you enter, go upstairs immediately (they tend to seat tourist on the ground floor) and ask for the DIM SUM menu.

I also recommend you to take a canal boat tour. When I lived in Amsterdam, I used to jump on the canal tours situated in front of "Holland Casino" at Leidseplein.

Have fun!


Anonymous Nancy Ricci said ... (8:06 PM) : 

Ooh! I simply have to direct you to Restaurant De Belhamel. It is close to Amsterdam Centraal Station and situated where two canals (Brouwersgracht and Herengracht meet each other)

Fantastic spot, real Amsterdam experience. The interior of this lovely restaurant is art deco/art nouveau. A must see and must taste...


Anonymous Pooja said ... (8:11 PM) : 

"The equivalent of a bullfight in Madrid; something that resonates as a tradition. Something that is "Amsterdam.""



Blogger AmsterdamsFashion said ... (8:17 PM) : 

-nine streets...
-vondelpark (dutch centrral park)
-PC Hooftstraat (fashion street) go to OGER
-Jimmy who (Club)
-BO 5 (Bar/Rest.)
-Homemade (good art)
-hyenius (good sigar store)
-MC Bike bike rental
-take a tram

Museum: Rijksmuseum..



Anonymous Anonymous said ... (8:27 PM) : 

Vangogh museum and TULIPS!!!


Anonymous Lucy said ... (8:40 PM) : 

Nine streets and Westerpark are a must indeed. Hope the weather is great, which makes a big difference in Amsterdam: everyone is looking hot and happy;) Searching for good looks is probably quite hard (in CPH the majority of inhabitans have style, in Amsterdam unfortunately not) but... they'll just pop up when you're least expecting it.

Don't worry, you'll have a good shot to spot some cool students, and really feel the young energy of the city, when you'd visit the area around the 'Bushuis' at the Kloveniersburgwal (nearby is also een nice little shoppingstreet called Oude Hoogstraat) or the 'UB - the University Library' at the Singel. You'll probably find some extraordinary and fashionable looks over there.

For lunch (and good looking people) you should visit Singel 404 - it's really good - (at the Singel 404). For just a drink visit Katoen (at the Munt). Another very cool place is 'Canvas op de 7e', a cafe in an old editorial office of a national newspaper (at the 7th floor at number 150 of the Wibautstraat, which is the most ugly street in the city, but hey there has to be one right).

The most classy warehouse is the Bijenkorf at the Dam(square), and the most classy shoppingstreet is de P.C. Hooftstraat. But absolutely avoid the Kalverstraat, it's horrific.

Beautiful architecture: the Concerthall and the Rijksmuseum at the Museumplein, the trainstation and ofcourse the canals and their narrow and crooked houses, it's unique.

Enjoy the lovely city, hope you'll like it!


Blogger Sophistafunk said ... (8:44 PM) : 

Been there and loved it.

I hope you will, too. :]


Anonymous illy said ... (8:52 PM) : 

amsterdam is one of the most fashionable cities in the world in my eyes: can sometimes even closely rival NYC!

enjoy it ALL! just sit and watch the most beautiful people bike by, youll be mesmerized.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (9:00 PM) : 

skip the vintage stores. they're really not as good as some people say. i was really disappointed. lots of smelly, broken and overpriced stuff.

just stroll by the canals, take a boat ride, and maybe go to a gig at the paradiso. good music there.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (9:03 PM) : 

ps: and watch out for the locals on their bikes. they will run you over!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (9:05 PM) : 

Yes I agree about the Van Gogh museum- you really can't visit Amsterdam without seeing it! Also, the Rijks Museum is amazing... and when you're around that area you'll just happen to walk past Viktor & Rolf's headquarters- that's what happened to me! It's quite a a building. After months of travelling last summer, I would have to say that Amsterdam is the most stylish city in Europe. You won't know who to point your lens at first! Have a great time!


Blogger eljovendario said ... (9:09 PM) : 

All the streets in Amsterdam are so beautiful. Full of people on bicycles and and lots of fashion. I didn't stay too long there, but as Milou said I recomend the Van Gogh Museum and the Rijksmuseum ( You wouldn't regret.

I don't know if you like french fries, but Amsterdam have a great reputation on that. Have a great time there.



Blogger Unknown said ... (9:12 PM) : 

hey scot, sent you an email w/a contact for a very stylish friend in amsterdam. hope it helps. have fun, it's a fab town!


Blogger Adrienne said ... (9:32 PM) : 

The Kaasmarkt in Alkmaar (just outside Amsterdam) is VERY traditionally Dutch. It runs every Friday morning on the Waagplein. The cheese carriers have very distinct uniforms you might enjoy!


Anonymous dallo said ... (9:41 PM) : 

go to the market in De Pijp...20 min tram ride from Haarlemmerstraat.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (9:55 PM) : 

If looking for a local hang out, check out Vooges on Utrechtsestraat #51. Warm atmosphere, great staff and good food. I was traveling alone for business and stumbled on this place and made some good friends while having dinner at the bar. Werner the bartender was a great host and Suzette had good ideas about "local" non touristy placed to go.


Blogger Danielle said ... (9:55 PM) : 

Stay out of the red light district and the coffee shops. The northern market in the morning and the Nine Streets are great cultural experiences/ "real" amsterdam.


Anonymous Rifath said ... (10:18 PM) : 

You should come over to Detroit sometime. It might not be as famous as other cities like New York, or LA. But we are, who we are.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (10:23 PM) : 

Go to Foam Gallery. Its incredible, not sure what's on though.


Blogger Lady Rensis said ... (10:24 PM) : 

I must insist that you go to Nijmegen in The Netherlands this summer. The street style is to die for and in July the Zoomerfeesten lasts a whole week! Also, it is the oldest city in The Netherlands.


Blogger Juli Photo Diary said ... (10:40 PM) : 



Blogger Nickname unavailable said ... (10:41 PM) : 

My favorite two "cultural" activities in Amsterdam were visiting the Heineken brewery (15 Euro for a full tour and plenty of beer) and the Van Gogh museum. I am not an art aficionado, but seeking his work took my breath away. Enjoy the city!


Blogger Ganesh said ... (10:59 PM) : 

gotta bump the bike comment. For as much as you love well dressed people on bikes, this is ground zero. That, and getting on a bike yourself... city was made for it.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (11:30 PM) : 

Rent a bike and go around the canals, after you can visit vondelpark and then, have a beer at the bar on the roof of okura hotel ( you can see the city from the top).


Blogger Unknown said ... (12:03 AM) : 

You should most definitely go see the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra!


Blogger ZHENYA ZHURAVLYOVA said ... (12:09 AM) : 

Been there and loved it!))


Blogger Eyeon Model said ... (12:21 AM) : 

What I see in the first photo is a return to the early 20th century look of sports. Men then used to wear those long shorts and hair-coverings. He would fit right in with the fashion then. I much prefer the short shorts of the basketball players like Larry Byrd and Kevin McHale in the period when they were on top. Much better looking outfits. The ones now just look like the pants are about to fall off - and on occasion they do. I still remember one day in rush hour traffic a young guy wearing the low fitting pants had to change a tire. He bent over to jack the car up and his pants fell down right at the height of rush hour.
Hotesses Paris


Anonymous denimoholic said ... (1:15 AM) : 

have the authentic Ductch 'specullas' from the Albert Hein and bike around the city and rest in the beautiful parks. Definitely take the Ferry ride from behind the Central Station and visit the Dolhuys in Harlem...EnJOY


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (1:28 AM) : 

You should go to Norway on May 17th. May 17th is Norway's national day and you would see A LOT of great traditional national suits (Bunad).


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (1:32 AM) : 

Don't rent a bike! Take the trams!
Go to the westergasfabriek, de negen straatjes in the jordaan area.
Albert Cuypmarkt and the noordermarkt are two of the coolest markets in europe.
Take a peek at leidscheplein and visit the foam museum of contemporary photo-art.

HAVE FUN! I've lived in Amsterdam and grew up around Amsterdam. Never want to leave the region either.


Blogger ad said ... (1:39 AM) : 

On Saturday morning you go to the Noordermarkt where you will find the biological market. Lots of people to watch. Have a coffee and applepie at Winkel, which is the hotspot since a million years.
This weekend as well Art Amsterdam and the Affordable Art Fair, which could be good to watch.
Then stroll through the 9 streets, visit Denham on Prinsengracht with new jeans tailoring service.
On Sunday go to Vondelpark, all time favourite or the newer Westerpark.


Blogger Alisa said ... (1:39 AM) : 

Amsterdam is amazing- I've been here on exchange for 4 months now, and I don't ever want to leave.
I agree with the other recommendations, specifically renting a bike and checking out the Jordaan and 9 streets. The Noordermarkt takes place every Saturday (in/near the Jordaan), and it's a very nice food and antique market with all kinds of awesome-looking people attending and shopping, or just hanging out in the general vicinity.



Anonymous Anonymous said ... (1:55 AM) : 

De jordaaan is great! But if you like to go to another city also you should go to Maastricht, it's 2 hours away from amsterdam with the train. And it's a beautifull old city with a lot of nice people and culture!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (2:08 AM) : 

An interesting sight is seeing people exiting Het Concertgebouw (equivalent to Lincoln Center) after a concert. This is the time where you witness the timeless elegance of the older Dutch generation who you normally don’t see on the streets. May I suggest Friday evening around 10pm.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (2:44 AM) : 

I would recommend
- The nine streets (of course)
- Nothernmarket

Some places in Amsterdam are not in the touristbooks or whatsoever but are absolutely worth visiting!
- Hajenius (The traditional sigar store http: //
- 'Begijn hof' (The only habitants of the Begijnhof are woman. By entering the Begijnhof, you enter a peaceful, quiet place in the middle of busy, crowded Amsterdam. )

You can visit everything by bike! Enjoy!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (2:45 AM) : 

I just moved to Amsterdam from sunny Sydney. To me, right now in Amsterdam its all about the soaking up the sun. Look to Vondel and Westerpark or any of the sunny cafes in the nine streets and Jordaan.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (2:58 AM) : 

Jeeej Amsterdam!
Like it!
Jump on a bike and go around the city. Visit the Vondelpark (by bike)!
Have fun in Amsterdam!


Blogger Kristina Jervell said ... (3:06 AM) : 

For me Amsterdam gets a bit too crowded, so i always head to the Jordaan neighborhood and go for a stroll there. If the sun is shining there is nothing quite like Amsterdam with its canals and beautiful buildings. A great thing is that the Dutch never have curtains, so you can have a sneak peek into their amazing homes and wish to have a little heaven like that yourself.. In the evening there are plenty of little, old bars with good beer filled with locals and you never really know where you'll end up. And be sure to go pick up some god organic stuff at the saturday market and have a coffee on the corner cafe. Enjoy!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (3:13 AM) : 

No, you have to be in Copenhagen on the 15th and 16th, and then go to Norway/Oslo on the 17th! The national day!


Anonymous Gala said ... (3:15 AM) : 

maybe this website could inspire you

the "grachten" are a must see (keizergracht, prinsengracht) as well as the spiegelkwatier (if you collect antiques or modern art, the Spiegelkwartier is the place to go!)
I would recommend you to have dinner at LION NOIR if you spend an afternoon around the nieuwe spiegelstraat. However, if you are around the 9 straatjes (mentioned in earlier comments), you should check out the restaurant MAZZO !
If you are interested in the Dutch Golden Age (Vermeer, Rembrandt, Steen...) you should check out the Rijskmuseum, considered to be the Dutch Louvre (only one wing of the museum is open though) !
The weather is supposed to be lovely this weekend, enjoy !


Anonymous Agathe said ... (3:17 AM) : 

As stupid as it may sound: Go to the University Library. Its located on Single 425. The Dutch treat the library as a catwalk opportunity. Everyone is put together very well and you spot a variety of different styles ranging from hip to relaxed to sexy. If you don't go inside you can still pass by and you'll find a crowd of students up front on their coffee break. Go there preferably on a weekday.

Further, a bit off the center, around Vondelpark (Willemsparkweg for example) you will find a lot of Restaurants with locals enjoying the weekend. Of course, if the weather is sunny enough, Vondelpark will be full of Dutchies as well.

Other than that you cannot do much 'wrong' in Amsterdam. People have exceptional taste, which you can see no matter where you go in the city.

Good luck & enjoy!


Anonymous Gabriela said ... (3:17 AM) : 

Hi Scott,

I would definitely go the "Het Schip" - the "home" of the architecture school called "the amsterdam school". It's basically a building that's still inhabited and the visit is short and comprehensive. Their philosophy was to build something practical for the working class people AND to educate them to what's beautiful. Then you'll know how to spot the details of this architecture throughout the whole city. (

Vondelpark is gorgeous, plenty of opportunities to have nice shots with interesting people.

Then this street: (speaks for itself). It's got an Art Deco cinema theatre, called THE MOVIES.

Enjoy Amsterdam!


Anonymous larry71 said ... (3:18 AM) : 

You must go to Maarken Island, just outside Amsterdam.To see an historical Dutch village with villagers dressed in traditional clothing. Boys and girls wearing identical unique traditional clothes. Men and women traditionally dressed for use everyday


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (3:19 AM) : 

Amsterdam. It's turning more and more into a open air museum. Ironically, as all the major museums are closed due to renovations.
Anyway, try the NDSM-dockyards across the IJ River (take ferry at back of Central Station).
On your return to the main station head to KNSM and Java Island to the east.
Then pop over to the centre and stroll through the Utrechtsestraat. Continue to the
9 streets and the Jordaan.

Don't get your hopes up about well-styled types; there are very few. The Dutch are a rather bland lot.

Have fun!


Blogger Bodil Jurg said ... (3:21 AM) : 

Only Rent a Bike if you can ride it. We are used to 'tourist' that can not, and who are a danger for us and themselves.
If the weather is good, try the parks. everyone is hanging out there then. Sarphati park (named after a jewish docter) and Vondelpark (look at the houses surrounding it) are the most Amsterdam-like. Otherwise, go and visit the Westerpark and the Westergasfabriek. It is the place where our Fashionweek is held and a lot of nice food and events are being held their. You can visit 'Proef'(proef=taste) their, it is a fooddesigners place, Marije Vogelenzang. Next to it, their is TOKO MC (toko=shop in surinam) and this has more of an urban feel.... a lot of the hottest man of the City of Amsterdam and Rotterdam work their. Near the Zoo Artis, you have some nice café's like 'Koosje' but also 'Kriterion' ( a moviecafé) a lot of students of the FilmAcademy hang out their. You can watch movies, drink and eat. For good chinees food (the best!), visit New King next to the nieuwmarkt. And I love doing lunch next to all the suits in the old garage of Renault on the end of the wibautstraat. You have to visit the store SPRMRKT and offcourse the negen straatjes. De 'Pijp' and 'Jordaan' are the really old parts of the city where the people live from when they get born till they die. It is a little village on it's own. I was born in the centre of Amsterdam, behind the droogbak and grew up across the Zoo. Now I have just fallen in love with the next big city of Holland, Rotterdam. If you can compare Amsterdam to paris, Rotterdam is more like Berlin or Londen. It is wonderful have a lot of fun.


Blogger Floflo said ... (3:29 AM) : 

The week-end, when the weather is nice, everybody enjoy BBQinq in the different parks of the town. Vondelpark is the most touristic one but it is also the most crowded. Westerpark is more popular, with mainly Dutch people, just behind an old factory (nowadays an art center) . Definitly something to do. Walking a saturday afternoon in Jordan and the nine street is always great!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (3:32 AM) : 

Rent a bike and go to the 'nine streets area' it is near by the Jordaan district also with a lot of pretty shops (vintage and new). The College Hotel is great. Also go on a boat thru the Canals,it is lovely! You must eat a 'haring' it is raw fish, with unions.. Maybe you think YAk! but is a Dutch tradition. And ofcourse the Van Gogh Museum, it's wonderful! Nearby the museum there is Museumplein/square, with a lot op people hanging around there with skaters etc.
Waterloo-square is a flea market, (every day). And if you have time, go to the Bloemendaal Beach, (25 min from A'dam) and go to 'Republiek Bloemendaal' and watch the sunset.
I think it is awesome that you are coming to ' my town' Amsterdam! I follow you for years and Garance to! Have a nice stay in A'dam!


Blogger TAMMOtunes said ... (3:32 AM) : 

When exactly will you be there? You just missed all the national holidays but there might be events or festivals on.


Blogger Polly Jane Redman said ... (3:34 AM) : 

Shame that you've missed all the really Dutch festivities: Queens Day, the commemoration of WWII and the Liberation Day. But if you want to do something that "Amsterdammers" do. The obviously you need to get on a bike, but most of all if it is gorgeous weather - which it should be this weekend- get yourself down to the Vondelpark. It the nicest park in Amsterdam and everyone who is anyone goes there to chill, meet up with friends, be creative. You will see allsorts there.


Blogger Bodil Jurg said ... (3:35 AM) : 

And also, This weekend is Art Amsterdam. Amsterdam RAI, Europaplein 22
So visit : Live Art / Love Art (Art in Amsterdam, De Verdieping, Trouw Amsterdam)
And the city will have a lot of little events


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (3:36 AM) : 

Go to Westerpark, Vondelpark, Nine Streets, saturday morning Noordermarkt is a MUST: lots of hip cool people, but also a lot of real 'Amsterdammers'. When the weather's nice, the canals are beautiful. Visit Java-and KNSM-islands in the IJ - lots of new architecture there. Go to NDSM werf. Go to the countryside north of amsterdam. Zuiderwoude, Ransdorp, they're very picturesque.
Go to Rotterdam! (and visit Schmidt Zeevis, the best fish-store in Holland. they wrap your package in special paper so you can transport it back to Amsterdam.

Avoid in Amsterdam: Kalverstraat, leidseplein, Rembrandtplein, Nieuwendijk, the red light district, all coffeeshops.

post lots of photos on your blog! Am very curious as to what you see that I perhaps don't after 16 years of living here!!

Kind regards,


Anonymous Ethel said ... (3:37 AM) : 

Equivalent to the bullfight would have been 'Queensday'(30 april) or maybe even the 'Bevrijdingsfestival (5 may)' witch both just past :(.
Best thing to do is rent a bike and go to; 'Vondelpark', in and around 'Museumplein', 'PC Hooftstraat', (just to catch the diversity of the city) en indeed the 'negen straatjes'.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (3:44 AM) : 

Dear Scott,

I hope you get to see the wonderful people and houses in Kristiania in Copenhagen. Amsterdam is so wonderful, just enjoy it. I must say though, that if you are this close, the most extreme place to be on May 17th, is Oslo! I promise you will never, ever find anything that looks like Oslo on May 17th! (I bet you know people everywhere, but if you need an insider, my family, friends and I will show you a good time.)

Take care, thank you for bringing a touch of World and Beauty to me every morning... I just need a little Sartorialism with my coffee, and I am ready to get dressed!

With love,
Aina in Oslo.


Blogger Maria said ... (3:52 AM) : 

As a Spanish, I feel really uncomfortable to read about the bullfights. Of course you didn't say any wrong thing, it is a tradition, but I would say that cool people never go to see this atrocity. In two Spanish regions, Canarian Islands and Catalunya (the Barcelona area), bullfihgts are already forbidden. I feel proud to be a Barcelonian and having got rid of this awful show.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (3:58 AM) : 

Hello there,
i totally agree with the majority:
the 9 streets
the joordan
the westerpark with an amazing restaurant organic: Proof
the market in amsterdam noorth
renting a nike
you are gonna love it, and I AM gonna trot around in all the streets to be photographed by your talented camera! :-) Hope Garance will be there too! She would love it!
doei doei!


Anonymous tomoko said ... (4:05 AM) : 

just for your info.this might be too traditional for you: window mile festival... can not be more dutch.


Blogger an alliterative alias said ... (4:06 AM) : 

Westerpark and westergasfabriek is a really great park and factory complex that is very local. Also, the public library is amazing and it's right next to the Stedljjk, the modern art museum. The Jordaan neighborhood is also very hip; there are a lot of art studios and galleries around there. check out is a good resource for underground events.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (4:07 AM) : 

This weekend the affordable art fair (AAF) is at Westergasterrein, it attracts lots of stylish and beautiful people (I'll be there as well ;)
Besides the AAF westergasterrein has a few great galleries, a art cinema, a few bars/clubs, shops and cafes. It's a must see!
I'm so excited you are coming to 'my' city! Hope you have a fab time!!


Blogger Anjelka said ... (4:10 AM) : 

Library next to Central Station is a must!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (4:13 AM) : 


The best place where you can find stylish & fashionable men in suits is the Oger Menswear Store on the P.C. Hoofstraat 75-81. The staff in this store looks excellent, just as the beautiful menswear collection they sell. You can combine this with a visit to The Van Gogh Museum, around the corner on the Paulus Potterstraat 7.


Anonymous Leonie said ... (4:14 AM) : 

Amsterdam is great! Are you going to be doing any booksignings here?

Don't forget to stroll through the '9 straatjes' for Vintage and one of a kind shops, and for meeting the creative people you should go to the "westergasterrein' (an old factory terrain where all the old buildings are still existent and in use for food, drinks, hanging out and parties)

Red Light District is very Amsterdam but you'll mostly find tourists there, especially at nighttime. Though on daytime, when the 'trade isn't open yet, you can find some real "Amsterdammers' on the Oudezijdsvoorburgwal enjoying drinks on the canals.

If you're looking for taking great shots of the city, don't forget to visit the Hermitage (Museum) with the 'Magere brug' (one of the smallest and oldest bridges over the canal) and the Royal Carre Theater. Not much Amsterdammers to be found there on daytime, but with sunshine you can make great shots of the city!

Furthermore at nighttime (nightlife) Paradiso is great for music with lots of creative greatlooking people being there. And so are the 'TrouwBuilding' and the 'Old VolkskrantBuilding' on the Wibautstraat. Both are old industrial buildings in the city where old printing offices used to house. Nowadays Trouw is a Restaurant, Club, Lounge and Venue and the Volkskrant building houses a dancing school and a eased cocktailbar on the 7th floor. (canvas op de 7e)

For breakfast meet entire Amsterdam on the sidewalk of "het Vlaamsch broodhuys' on the Eerste Constantijn Huygestraat.. For incrowd only!

Have fun and might see you there!



Blogger Monia said ... (4:23 AM) : 

I am going to live in Amsterdam and I am so excited! Good luck on your trip!


Anonymous Thom said ... (4:23 AM) : 

You should go to the nine streets and the P.C. Hooftstraat for shopping.

The 'cultural' side of amsterdam is definetly the red light district, that's the true Amsterdam!

I AMsterdam!


Blogger Jelmer de Jong said ... (4:25 AM) : 

AJAX, the football club of Amsterdam, can become this years champion on Sunday. Watch the game and be at the Museumplein, at 19:00 if the team wins.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (4:26 AM) : 

Best stores in Amsterdam; both on the 'Elandsgracht'!

Jefferson Hotel

Tenue de Nimes

Check them out!


Anonymous Jenneke said ... (4:27 AM) : 

The Nine Streets are overrated and flooded with tourists these days. I suggest you try the parks: Westerpark, Rembrandtpark and Oosterpark. There are way more stylish, creative people there these days. Skip Vondelpark; that's a waste of time.

For pretty guys, go to Zeedijk/Nieuwmarkt. There's a high concentration of gay guys in Reguliersdwarsstraat too, and we all know they know how to dress.


Blogger Delphine said ... (4:30 AM) : 

I'm also spending the weekend in amsterdam, so I'll be on the lookout!
not much to add to the other comments: rent a bike, ride around the jordaan and nine streets, go to westerpark, have a drink or dinner at the cinema museum under the trees, it is lovely
and by all means do avoid the red light district! I find I had a much better time in amsterdam once i stopped doing any touristy stuff, I think it is a city where you have to 'live' rather than go sightseing...


Blogger Tara s Dolce Vita said ... (4:34 AM) : 

Hi Scott,
what an honor to have you in our country!! Can't wait to see you pictures and your view of Dutch people & the country!

Besides Nine Streets, the Jordaan area, Noordermarkt on saturday (organic market and vintage clothing), Vondelpark, a stroll along the canals... I can really recommend restaurant The Kas, which is located in an old greenhouse, outside the centre. Take a cab, it will definitely be worth it!

See my review & photos:

Another nice place, for a glass of wine, is Vyne:

If you decide to come to The Hague, you MUST go to The Harbour Club:

Well, enjoy!!!


Anonymous Kay said ... (4:39 AM) : 

Tips from a local :)
Go to Burger's Patio in the 2e Tuindwarsstraat for some really nice, creative cooking, or try Bordewijck at Noordermarkt, bit more expensive but Delicious! Visit 9 Straatjes for good boutiques. And Go to Concerto recordstore in the Utrechtsestraat or Phantasio in Tuindwarsstraat for some really good music and service from the knowing staff. NDSM-terrein is rugged, stylish and creative. Studio K in the east of Amsterdam is also a great place to eat, drink, see movies and watch some stylish people. The Stedelijk Museum is still not fully open, so maybe skip it..Go to the new Film museum instead in North, just on the other side of Central Station. Enjoy!!


Anonymous Douwe said ... (4:41 AM) : 

If you choose to go visit our capital on sunday the fifteenth, beware. On that day two major footballclubs (Ajax Amsterdam and FC Twente) will clash over the national championship. Amsterdam will be awash with footballfans. I suggest you stay away from squares and central station. But it's also a fantastic oppurtunity because this is such a thing similar to a bullfight! It doesn't get any more "Amsterdam" then Ajax. The previously mentioned store "Oger" in the PC Hooftstraat makes their suits. Don't let it's location (Fashion street) fool you, it has the best collection of exclusive menswear in Holland. It's a familybussiness still run by the founder Oger Lusink. Worth while taking a look, and a smell too (you'll know what i'm talking about when you walk in).

I'm sure you'll have a wonderful time in Amsterdam.

Met vriendelijke groet, (friendy greetings)



Blogger John said ... (4:43 AM) : 

Yes! You're coming to my city!

Amsterdam's fashion is a unique sight to behold; casual and unpretentious, with self expression abound.

Check out the Jordaan, the 'Nine Streets' (both in the West of the city), Vondelpark, Westerpark, and of course - nothing is more magical than strolling the 17th century ring of canals.



Anonymous Anonymous said ... (4:44 AM) : 

Maybe a good decision. However plenty to do in and around Cph on Sundays - its the chill-out day. Saturday on the other hand is the most lively day in the city. So you could've stuck with 14-15th and had a great time - but I'm sure you will anyway visiting here on 16-17th....


Anonymous Tieka said ... (4:49 AM) : 

This week there's a Huge Art Fair.


Blogger Anne said ... (4:50 AM) : 

You just missed Queensday and Liberation Day (5 May), and I don't think there are any other events in the weekend of 14 May. You might want to check out FOAM ("Foam is for photographers, picture editors, designers and all those who have a passion for photography." For a concert go to (as the Dutch call it) the 'poptempel' Paradiso. Or you could check out Panama. Westerpark is a definite yes (on a sunny day). And just wander the small streets by the canals. Catch a movie at The Movies (Haarlemmerstraat, nice street too) or at Tuschinski, which is by far the most beautiful movie theater I've ever seen. Veel plezier (have fun)!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (4:50 AM) : 

I asked the people from AAF to send you an invitation (see y previous post) I hope they will and I hope you accept, that would be awesome!


Blogger Ilana said ... (4:50 AM) : 

Great you'll visit Amsterdam, it's a very cool city! Try to avoid the Red Light District and the area around it, lots of drunken tourists and people you don't want to see.

- Van Gogh museum
- Foam Museum, very inspirational photography museum
- Nine streets
- Staalstraat, which is in the neighbourhood of the waterloopplein. Very nice street with nice shops. Waterloopplein market is also quite good.
- Definitely go to the westergasfabriek, it's an old gas factory with a park around it. Lots of cool places, a cinema, cool people and a beautiful building.
- NSDM in Amsterdam North. Take the boat from Central Station.

Hope you have a great time and can't wait to see your pictures!


Anonymous LottevK said ... (5:07 AM) : 

Take it from a true Amsterdam girl:

- The weather is absolutely lovely now, so i suggest renting a small boat (sloep in Dutch) to explore the canals

- buy some nice organic food/drinks for on the boat at Marqt (Overtoom 21/Utrechtsestraat 17)

- rent a bike at Bike City (Bloemgracht 68-70) (they have inconspicuous black bikes like Amsterdam locals have, unlike the bright yellow and red bikes you can see tourists try their luck on in the busy Amsterdam streets:)) and bike through the Wester- or Vondelpark (yes the Vondelpark will busy, but for me it's a true Amsterdam hangout where locals and tourists can chill out together)

- shops: Friday Next - Overtoom 31, Frozen Fountain - Prinsengracht 645, SPRMRKT/SPR+ - Rozengracht 191-193, SPRMRKT STH - Willemsparkweg 168, SPR SPECIALS - Nieuwezijds Voorburgwal 262, Kabinet - Herenstraat 13, Athenaeum Bookstore - Spui 14-16

- Lunch: Buffet van Odette - Herengracht 309, Bo cinq (BO5) - Prinsengracht 494, Barista - Spuistraat 122

- Diner: All restaurants in the Okura hotel: Serre, Yamazato and Ciel Bleu (2 Michelin strars) - Ferdinand Bolstraat 333, Braque - Albert Cuypstraat 29-31, Rosa & Rita (steak and pizza) - Conradstraat 417, Lion Noir - Reguliersdwarsstraat 28

- Cocktails: Bo cinq (again), Harrys Bar - Spuistraat 285

- Clubs: Jimmy Woo - Korte Leidsedwarsstraat 18, Club Trouw - Wibautstraat 131

I hope you enjoy our lovely little city!

Best regards,


Lotte van Keulen - Design/Styling/Illustration


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (5:13 AM) : 

Here's what. The city is a postcard in itself. I suck as a photographer. I just can't get it right. But in! I could get an award for the photos I take there! So, imagine what a real photographer can do! Take full advantage of it! And please, please, please, post as many photos as you can. Not just fashion! Anything!


Blogger Guro Marie "snesommer" said ... (5:13 AM) : 

I would have to say that if you decided to og any were in Scandinavia the 17th you should go to Oslo seeing how it is the Norwegian National day, for me it’s noting special, but I am told that it is a big experience for foreigners. Also, all the Norwegians will be dressed in their best clothes that day.

But Copenhagen is nice to, Danish people are beautiful.


Anonymous Eva said ... (5:13 AM) : 

What you should really do is rent a bike because that's just the easiest way the get everywhere plus it's very Dutch.(we don't have traditions like bull fighting or anything like that.)
Just ride around the canals, and oud zuid and de pijp. Those neighborhoods are all really nice.
Just riding around on a bike and stop if you see some nice store or whatever is the best way to see the city and have fun. I was born and raised there and it's also my favourite thing to do in Amsterdam.

For coffee i like the coffee company. It's so much better then starbucks.
For drinks and food you can go to canvas op de 7e (nice view on the roof terace)
To relax you can go to a park. Vondelpark is nice but too crowded at the moment so i recommend Westerpark.


Blogger TAMMOtunes said ... (5:21 AM) : 

Definitely check out Vondelpark. With the weather we've been having it's bound to be filled with kids chilling on the grass and drinking rosé wine.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (5:24 AM) : 

Van Gogh museum? Meh...esp when you have to beat summer crowds. Some exhibits can be 5 ppl deep, so you don't get the chance to contemplate any of the exhibits. Also, coming from the city that has MoMa - it aint gonna blow your socks off.

Instead, consider the Rembrandt Museum. Even if you are not a fan of The Master's work, the museum is housed in his home and everything is preserved just so. A great souvenir of 17th Century life and beliefs (check out the short beds that they used to sleep upright in).

Also, Anne Frank's house is incredibly moving and has amazing views of the Prinsengracht from her attic. The beautiful view makes the whole experience of her locked up there even more can just imagine her watching life go by, as she remains prisoner.


Anonymous Anna said ... (5:25 AM) : 

Yeah, go to the Universiteits Bibliotheek at Singel. Students officiale come there to study, but it is more like a fashion show sometimes..

I agree to go to Westerpark rather than Vondelpark, when you're there try pacific park café.
And Noordermarkt, rather on mondaymorning than saturday.

PC Hooftstraat is getting less popular. Try Cornelis Schuytstraat in stead.

And OBA (library next to central station) is a great place, beautiful architecture. Go to the top floor for an amazing view. Or to the roof of NEMO (science museum that look like a giant boat

Have fun! Hope to spot you somewhere!



Anonymous Anonymous said ... (5:30 AM) : 

Have dinner at Hotel de Goudfazant:

Great food, cool place.


Anonymous Suzanne said ... (5:34 AM) : 

You must eat a 'Stroopwafel' They are really Dutch and delicious..


Blogger The Book of Right-On said ... (5:35 AM) : 

Amsterdam is amazing. I would recommend the flowers market! you can have an apple tart in one of the nice cafe round there too.

PS: you should come to Glasgow!



Blogger christine said ... (5:44 AM) : 

come to cape town!!! africa's been forgotten for too long : ). you'll be pleasantly surprised.


Blogger B228 said ... (5:48 AM) : 

Not really typical but there is the Amsterdam Art Book Fair this week-end :


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (5:50 AM) : 

Utrechtsestraat & Haarlemmerstraat in the centre of the city are also nice streets. Studio/K on the eastside is a great place to eat/drink. And Foam the best museum in town.


Blogger marie said ... (5:53 AM) : 

Oh, I am so glad you finally get in Amsterdam, I would go to the NDSM and the noorderlicht café in Amsterdam Noord, you have to take the (free) ferry behind the central station, the haarlemerstraat and Jordaan area in general. Also you can go to the Vondelpaark, lots of pepole there. And definitely, to try all kinds of specialties, nothing better than a market ( Albert Cuyp markt in the Pijp area), or you have a nice flea ;arket every day on Waterlooplein.
Have fun!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (5:55 AM) : 

Dear Scott, since you are traveling to Europe, why don't you come and visit Athens, Greece? You won't regret it... ;)


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (5:57 AM) : 

This weekend: Amsterdam Art Book Fair, located in the city centre. Nice books & nice people for sure:


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (6:00 AM) : 

Combine fashion and the red light district!

check this:

(im not affiliated ;-)


Anonymous Elise Willems said ... (6:00 AM) : 

Photographic-wise I'd suggest the area of The 9 Streets (most Sartorialistic spot of the city) and on Saturday the Organic Market at the Noordermarkt; atmospheric gem.

This week their are three Art fairs; The AAF, Art Amsterdam and Artspot Amsterdam. I'd suggest to go Art Amsterdam.

Best neighborhoods are the Jordaan District and the NDSM wharf on the other side of the IJ river.

Have a great time here, I miss NYC though.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (6:03 AM) : 

Rotterdam will give you a better vibe than Amsterdam. Young brave stylish people will be the thing you'll see. If you're looking for LV bags with bad jeans, Amsterdam is the place to be..
Rotterdam-Amsterdam is a hours trainride with lovely views of the dutch country side.
Cheers and have fun


Blogger Rock 'n Style said ... (6:07 AM) : 

I can't believe you're coming to Amsterdam!! I'm SO excited!! This is so amazing!


Rock 'n Style


Blogger polkadot said ... (6:20 AM) : 

On the 17.5. you shold really go to Oslo; Norway! It is the national - day ,andthere will be a lot,lot of faboulous folk-costumes in the streets;-)


Anonymous Josefien said ... (6:27 AM) : 

The Rijksmuseum is exhibiting a work of Anselm Kiefer in juxtaposition to the Nightwatch of Rembrandt.

Het IJ (behind Central Station) and everything in its vicinity

The Noordermarkt on saturday

Westerpark, Pacific Park, Westergasfabriek for music etc

De Pijp, Dutch Quartier Latin

Have fun, looking forward to the pictures!


Blogger valérie said ... (6:30 AM) : 

If you're going to be in Amsterdam this coming weekend (April 14-15), you could attend Asmterdam's yearly art book fair ( Something tells me it's going to be crawling with hip people...


Blogger Glow said ... (6:33 AM) : 

I hope you were abel to find other Spanish traditions which don't involve hurting animals :)


Anonymous Annie said ... (6:52 AM) : 

I♥Amsterdam! It's beautiful! One of my best travels


Blogger Creeping Beauty said ... (6:55 AM) : a bike- at De Kass-
or Proef-
3.hire a boat and cruise the canals
4.Go to the organic market at the noordermarkt on Saturday morning
5. Stroll around the nine streets


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (7:00 AM) : 

Ah .. I'm an Amsterdammer!
You should definitely check out:

The Jordaan area, walk along the canals, rent a bike, check out the NDSM werf, the Westergasfabriek area


Anonymous Annie said ... (7:01 AM) : 

Anne Frank's house is emotionally touching! I know it's a spot for tourists but it's great!
When I was in Amsterdam I went to sightsee the last windmill, Molen van Sloten! It's not situated in downtown, but in a neighborhood. You can check more info here
Bye! Enjoy!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (7:02 AM) : 

Amsterdam is the best!! Rent a bicycle for sure!

You should go to the NDSM area, the FOAM museum and DROOG gallery. Other things: Westergasfabriek and Westerpark, Spiegelstraat with all kinds of galleries, and walk from the Haarlemmerstraat/Haarlemmerdijk into the Jordaan and to the '9 streets'. Dinner and clubbing in Trouw or enjoy the rooftop restaurant of Canvas (across the street from Trouw). E And if you are on a monday in Amsterdam visit the Noordermarkt in the Jordaan! nough to see and to do.. so enjoy!!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (7:05 AM) : 

Make sure you go to the fashion store Oger! Next level!


Blogger Mercedes said ... (7:10 AM) : 

well you absolutely will have to go to the RED LIGHT DISTRICT, there you will see many fashionable people, DE DAM also a good place, HET VONDELPARK a beautiful big park in the middle of Amsterdam, DE ALBERT CUYP MARKT, HET STATION (the train station) and there is much more!!!
you will absolutely love it


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (7:15 AM) : 

I live near Amsterdam! I think for the real Amsterdam feeling you shouldn't go to museums, it costs way to much time (long lines in front of the entrance). You should go to the nine streets, The Albert Cuyp, amsterdams famous street market or the northern market. Also definitely visit a park, vondelpark or westerpark. Sabrina from afterDRK lives in Amsterdam and has a hotspot page on her blog!


Anonymous carolettachichi said ... (7:16 AM) : 

Amsterdam is full of tourists, even the famous negenstraatjes are the place to be for tourists... I will suggest you to rather go to Rotterdam the city of festivals, go the district "museum park".
Anyway, if you absolutely wants to see Amsterdam, you should go in the park behind the van gigh museum, it is always busy with different kind of people, laying on the grass and enjoying the sun. Amsterdam oud zuid is also a place to see. Beautiful old houses and building.
Enjoy your stay and watch out before you want to cross a road, bikers are everywhere!!! Groetjes (+cheers)


Blogger Mercedes said ... (7:16 AM) : 

oh man I wish I was there to show you around!!!


Anonymous carolettachichi said ... (7:19 AM) : 

I forgot a street, the best in Amsterdam and maybe the only one in the center not full with touristst: Haarlemmerstraat (not too far away for the central station).


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (7:24 AM) : 

There is the amsterdam art fair this weekend! Also Westerpark area is nice to visit & have dinner bij Pont 13!


Blogger steph said ... (7:26 AM) : 

Noordermarkt on Saturday during the day for the market.
I've never been in there, but Tenue de Nîmes is probably your kind of place, and the Elandsgracht is typical Amsterdam.


Anonymous Claire said ... (7:27 AM) : 

Westergasfabriek is a real cool place with a park and art! And also the NDSM island (werf) already talked about... Have fun, it's GREAT!


Blogger ella propeller said ... (7:32 AM) : 

It's a great art fair in Amsterdam this weekend with lot of events around it. So you should check this out: and Before that go to Noordermarkt!

Or just stay in Jordaan. This is the most beautiful part of Amsterdam which is still not very crowded by tourists... Have fun!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (7:33 AM) : 

go to a coffeeshop!

they are truly "Amsterdam"!


Anonymous Jenna Highman said ... (7:44 AM) : 

Amsterdam is incredible on Queens weekend..alas 2 weekends ago. The streets are turned into a giant flea market and 2 eves of street parties...end of April every year.


Blogger Unknown said ... (7:57 AM) : 

If you like to see the real Amsterdam poeple, you have to go to the Twee Zwaantjes @ prinsengracht 114.
Enjoy (in the evenings)


Anonymous David said ... (7:58 AM) : 

As Merel in an above comment rightly points out: visit the Saturday biological market at the Noordermarkt. It is where the upscale inhabitants of the Jordaan and Canal area are to be found, as well as many visitors. If you're in the neighbourhood anyway, you might as well take a stroll alongside some of the best looking canals: Brouwersgracht, Egelantiersgracht, Leliegracht and Bloemgracht. As you draw more closely towards the latter canals, you'll find yourself near the Anne Frank-huis, which belongs - as you'll see by the visitor lines - to popular tourist culture.

Might you be looking for the more faux posh crowd, you could find your way to the PC Hooftstraat. If in that direction anyway, you'd better take a tram towards the Cornelis Schuytstraat, where upscale stores are to be found against a somewhat more chique audience. Be sure not to skip the Vondelpark that'll be littered with sunbathers; ofcourse under the right circumstances. Quite closeby is the Rijksmuseum (now with an hour to do highlights collection), which undoubtedly is worth a visit, but may not be worth the wait due to fellow tourists to the city. If you do want to snatch up (a look at) some good antiques, follow your way to the Nieuwe Spiegelstraat. While there, buy yourself a treat at patissier Pompadour.

The above mentioned Negen straatjes are indeed very popular (mostly to the ladies). I do doubt whether these streets are very photogenic; the large canals in the immediate surrounding are though.

At night, you could visit the Red light district (de Wallen). Be up for a good shock, it's quite nice to see. Do not however take photos of the girls, as you might find one of her pimps assaulting your camera. The Oude Kerk part is odd to see: a small church, flanked by hookers. Also in stark contrast is the Chinese temple on the Zeedijk. If you're on the Zeedijk anyway do go to Café 't Aepjen, which is the oldest bar in the city.

I agree on anything positively written about the NDSM-wharf and the Pijp-area. Keep in mind though, that the daily street market at the Albert Cuypstraat is not very daily on Sundays.

Oh, not to be naggy, but if you're a fan of anything herbal: don't smoke it on the streets, that's a tad too Manchester tourist. Better to stick to the coffee shop or find a place in the parks.

Have fun!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (7:59 AM) : 

There is a lovely organic farmers market at the noordermarkt on Saturday morning. The Jordaan and its 9 straatjes (9 streets) are a must, there are a lot of vintage shops and some of the more fashion forward shops there.

If the weather is nice you should visit the big park, vondelpark. It's usually crowded with people picnicking and relaxing. Al lot of fun. And just walk around the city! the canals are really lovely this time of the year.

There is a very good photography museum on the canals, FOAM.

I hope you will enjoy Amsterdam.


Blogger nós duas said ... (8:06 AM) : 

I live in Amsterdam.
You definitely must go to Jordaan!
And have an organic amsterdamish beer in the WindMill (Brouwerij 't IJ) is super cool!

A bike will always help you here.
Enjoy the good weather!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (8:21 AM) : 

I was in Amsterdam last year (as a backpacker) and absolutely fell in love with the city, and its stylish (and super tall!) people. Dutch people are some of the most hilarious I have ever met. If there's one thing I learned in The Netherlands it's this - If you ain't Dutch, you ain't much!

Definitely visit Anne Frank's house and the Heineken factory. And of course walk around the Red Light District at night - this is truly an experience of Amsterdam! There are fantastic free walking tours which are definitely worth checking out!

Enjoy! Can't wait to see your documentation of this city and it's fabulous habitants! You'll be taking hundreds of bike shots, that's for sure! (Try not to get hit by a bike while doing so...)


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (8:23 AM) : 

If you want to get a good feel of amsterdam, walk around, sit on a bench in Westerpark/vondelpark and look around. The jordaan is great, rozengracht/elandsgracht/Haarlemmerstraat etc. U should visit Restored, my favourite shop. Also i know you love bikes, but don't rent the yellow or red rent-a-bikes!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (8:28 AM) : 

Maybe you will like FOAM as well (since you probably have a general interest in photography.. [])

Have fun


Blogger image4men said ... (8:37 AM) : 

Dear Mr. Scott Schumann,

As a Dutch blogger, and you as an inspiration, I would love to show you some pictures of mine.

Amsterdam is one of my favorite places in Holland to spot some interesting people!

Any questions? Please contact :)

-Negen Straatjes ('nine little streets')
-Albert Kuijpmarkt (daily market in Amsterdam)
-P.C. Hooftstraat 'on a lucky day'

Kind regards,

Ché Malete.


Blogger Nina Philomene said ... (8:44 AM) : 

How about we meet?
And I'll show you around! Há.


Blogger LOST IN VOGUE said ... (8:47 AM) : 

lots of nice and stylish people in amsterdam!i'm sure you will get nice shots!

We're waiting 4 you in barcelona!




Anonymous Anonymous said ... (8:54 AM) : 

You should visit Norway on the 17th! That's our constitution day and everyone is out in the streets with flags, beautiful folk costumes/ 'bunads' (our traditional clothing) and lots of smiles! :)


Blogger Caroline said ... (8:56 AM) : 

Remember that you are not aloud to take any pictures if you visit Christiania in Copenhagen! But you should go anyway, it is amazing.

Caroline, Denmark


Blogger Meia said ... (9:07 AM) : 

When it's sunny you should go to 'het Vondelpark'. Near Leidseplein and Museumplein.
Rent a bike (if you can not a red or a yellow one, people who live in Amsterdam, like me, don't really like that sort of people. Well, I do. Don't ride extremely slow and watch out for other people ;) But it's a great thing to do, 'fietsen' ;)
Well, I think everything is already said by the people before me ;).


Anonymous rose said ... (9:10 AM) : 

Amsterdam is terribly overrated. Ridden with tourists and the whole 'ambiance' there is uncomfortable. Obviously there are nice parts. I'd advise you to go off the beaten track and visit some smaller cities (which are all within nice distance; that's so lovely about my tiny country) like Leiden; Haarlem; Den Haag; perhaps Rotterdam or Den Bosch/'s Hertogenbosch.


Anonymous Natalia said ... (9:16 AM) : 

I'm so happy that you find bullfight a really cool cultural event -- most foreigners don't get to understand the art it involves, and don't even care to try to. Bullfights are actually "Madrid", in its purest and most beautiful expression. Are you not coming the first week of June? I absolutely recommend not to miss the corrida on the 8th. Not only for the bullfight itself... the most elegant people of the city will be there.


Blogger Jup said ... (9:24 AM) : 

For breakfast, go to 'de Bakkerswinkel', Roelof Hartstraat 68 in the south part of the city. It has the vibe of a next door livingroom and they serve amazing scones.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (9:34 AM) : 

According to me, the place to be (besides all the touristic spots) is Bloemendaal. It ia a beach outside of Amsterdam where all the young and fashionnable people go.

You have restaurants, dj, bar, café and a beautiful beach



Anonymous Anonymous said ... (9:53 AM) : 

Dear Scott,
You should definitely come to Oslo the 17th of May, our National day.
The city will be full of national costume-wearing people of all ages, these costumes are real craftsmanship, every costume is worth around $5000 and up.
You shouldn't miss this day!

suggestions for Copenhagen, (if you don't go to Oslo), go and eat at mother and pate pate in the meatpacking-district, my favorite restaurants, and go around at Vesterbro, best place in town!
In addition, most students in Copenhagen are well dressed, you should take a look for nice outfits at the university, business school (cbs) and architect-faculty.

Enjoy Scandinavia!


Blogger Jill Livingston said ... (10:00 AM) : 

Not a cultural event, but you do need to eat and De Kas ( is by far the best meal + style I had in Amsterdam.


Anonymous Barbara said ... (10:10 AM) : 

I must back David in his comment.

I would advise you not to be tempted to venture out to Keukenhof, Rotterdam, Alkmaar as some people have suggested. I understand you're staying for a day or two, and this would certainly be a waste of precious time.

Rotterdam, surely, has it's charm, but it's street style is mostly...; let's say what it has in street cred it lacks in elegance and class.
(Admittedly there's a bit of a rivalry between A'dam and R'dam..)

I can also recommend meandering a bit in the Nieuwmarktbuurt, which is adjacent to the red light district. Ice cream at Tofani, thai food at Bird (restaurant or snackbar across the street - Zeedijk).

Also, for a more upscale dinner, Blauw aan de Wal, at Oudezijds Achterburgwal, which is, again, in the red light district.

Jordaan: restaurant De Koevoet-Lindenstraat 17. Italian food, slightly strange staff though.The interior is a very typical old Amsterdam "brown café", but somehow, at some point it turned into an italian restaurant.
Gallery Fons Welters (Bloemstraat) is one of Amsterdams best contemporary art galleries.

Westerpark: here's what I consider a valuable inside-tip; there is an italian restaurant in Bentinckstraat called Bella Storia (020-4880599) that is fairly low-key, but very very good. I know italians that are staggered by the quality of their food.

Lastly, visit HEMA, you'll find one in most areas; it's a BHV-like store, but quintessentially dutch.

I hope you'll have a very good time.


Blogger Dongwei said ... (10:18 AM) : 

Check 'Latei'! It's my favorite coffeeshop in Amsterdam ('coffeeshop' as in; they sell actual coffee, not weed).


Don't let the ugly (never-updated) website scare you off, the shop is gorgeous.

The address is: Zeedijk 143. 'Zeedijk' runs through Amsterdam's Chinatown. It starts just outside the central station and runs right into the city.

It's true that the university library is treated as somewhat of a catwalk. So it might be worth a visit.

Also, visit some parks, like the Vondelpark or Westerpark. It's quite sunny these days, and Dutch people absolutely worship the sun (when it's there).


Anonymous Lotte said ... (10:23 AM) : 

On saturday morning there is a market on the Noordermarkt. They sell clothing, furniture and organic food. The whole neighbourhood (the Jordaan) goes to this market to shop for groceries or other products. Families, friends, couples meet up to shop and after that enjoy a nice apple pie at 'Winkel'. This isn't like the usual touristic or popular places mentioned here. This is true Amsterdam culture (I live next door so I know it).

Also the area de Pijp is great for late afternoon or evening drinks and snacks.

Avoid: Nieuwmarkt area, Waterlooplein, Kalverstraat, Leidseplein, Rembrandplein. Only tourists.


Anonymous Barbara said ... (10:26 AM) : 

Oh, and speaking of leaving the beaten track; here's something that few people know.(Yet).

Josephine Colsen is an extraordinary designer of interior products and textiles (she used to work for YSL in the '80s), her showroom is located in the red light district.


Anonymous roelien said ... (10:38 AM) : 

well, I guess riding a bike and mingling in the traffic is as dutch and as a bull fight is spanish, and it might be a lot more fun. Just explore the old center and de Jordaan or wherever your fancy takes you: there are several parts of town that are famous for their architecture - from 17th century to very recent.
but a weekend is way too short to see everything worth seeing.
and by all means avoid the bijenkorf (means beehive): it used to be nice but has been turned into a horrible shop-in-shop experience.
go see alexander van slobbe's shop orson+bodil in jacob obrechtstraat 20: wonderful clothes and a nice, non-touristy area.
or a little less sophisticated: soepboer and stooker on overtoom, next to a great supermarket (marqt) and near the lovely 19th century vondelpark.

anyway: have fun!


Blogger Catherine said ... (10:59 AM) : 

AWESOME! I lived in Amsterdam for a few years when I was really young. Now I live in a little town in the Netherlands, only an hour or so from Amsterdam. De 'Haarlemmerstraat' is great, and yes, you need to travel by bike!

"One of the most favorite event in the netherlands is the Queens day. Its the official birthday of Beatrix and therefore a big inner streets festival." < That is bullshit. It is not even the official birthday of Beatrix, it's the birthday of her mother, Beatrix birthday is in winter. But the 'festival' (everyone dresses up in orange and red, white, blue, it's REALLY busy everywhere and everyone gets drunk) Oh and besides, it's on the 30th of april so you won't be there.

The Dutch National Ballet is great, too. (see their site When people go to see it, they dress up really well, it's great to watch people in the 'Muziektheater Amsterdam', if you have the time.

'Dam Style' is a great blog about the streetstyle in Amsterdam,

Well... have fun! x

Well.. Have fun!


Blogger Catherine said ... (11:02 AM) : 

oh and: Eat icecream at 'jordino's' at the Haarlemmerdijk, it's the best. The 'weesperzijde' is also great, to walk around.

again: have fun! x


Blogger Catherine said ... (11:09 AM) : 

And avoid the 'Kalversstraat'! There are only shops like H&M and Zara.


Anonymous alessandro solci said ... (11:09 AM) : 

hi , if you wanna feel the rough of amsterdam aswell you should visit queen's hat a very kitchy bar very amsterdam! taky bitch kitch :D ..and on the other hand as they said the nine streets.
any possibility to sign the book ?!?!?


Anonymous Ene Bissenbakker Frederiksen said ... (11:34 AM) : 

As for Copenhagen: Go for two main festivals in terms of street fashion.

1. Distortion (June 1-5):
2. Trailerpark Festival (July 28-31):

You can't go wrong!


Anonymous Jan-Willem Poels said ... (11:41 AM) : 

stores to check out: design: Frozen Fountain ( & Moooi Gallery (

already mentioned: Vondelpark (classic) & Westerpark (recently done, bit more interesting, less touristy), NDSM terrein (, across the IJ, behind Central Station

dinner at Hotel de Goudfazant (, across the IJ, behind the Central Station) or at Wilde Zwijnen (

eat herring / haring from a stall on the street, make sure they make you a fresh one that they clean when you're waiting

try / buy cheese at De Kaaskamer (, ask for the raw biological milk cheese

museum: Stedelijk ( still under construction)

Jan-Willem Poels


Anonymous Claire said ... (11:42 AM) : 

You picked the perfect weekend to visit Amsterdam because this weekend the Affordable Art Fair Amsterdam is taking place.
See website:
Really cool event with lots of stylish people!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (12:03 PM) : 

Yes, you absolutely need to go by bike in Amsterdam. Not only is it the fastest and cheapest way to get around, you'll experience some serious Dutch culture on the way! Don't forget to get by the Albert Cuyp market!
Greetings from the Netherlands!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (12:29 PM) : 

Walls Art Gallery! Must see! upcoming artist... you can find it at Prinsengracht 737 near Leidschestraat. Have fun!


Anonymous Emma said ... (12:37 PM) : 

I would definetly go to the NDSM-werf in the North of Amsterdam. Behind the central station there are free ferry's that go to the other side of the IJ. It's the one on the left side.
The NDSM-werf, and especially café Noorderlicht, is one of my favorites spots in Amsterdam. For me it is an hour traveling with my bike to come there (if I am in time for the ferry, otherwise I need to wait and then it takes even longer) but it's worth it! Otherwise I wouldn't come there that often ;)


Anonymous Robert Jan said ... (1:15 PM) : 

You have to go to Walls Art Gallery! Prinsengracht 737. upcoming artist. really creative stuff. Have fun in Amsterdam!


Anonymous Sophia said ... (1:22 PM) : 

THE cultural event to visit this weekend: 11th - 13th May.

Check out for the most talented young fashion photographer of the Netherlands and exhibiting at Art Amsterdam!



Blogger Ompa Lompa said ... (1:22 PM) : 

You should go to Norway on the 17th of may, it's the national day and EVERYBODY will be in the streets wearing the national costume Bunad (google it). It's like the carneval in rio, only nordic way. Promise you will LOVE IT!


Blogger Becker said ... (1:30 PM) : 

You are fortunate to travel so much. Thank you for sharing with us.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (1:37 PM) : 

Rotterdam =>

This weekend there is also Art Amsterdam
and the AAF

Best Regards


Blogger ds said ... (1:41 PM) : 

If the weather is fine, get yourself a bike and have a spin around the Vondelpark, Westerpark/Westergasfabriek and The Pijp. Always inspiring.


Blogger LINDA KERVER said ... (1:42 PM) : 

I'd say if you're looking for an Amsterdam Vibe, visit the city by bike, it's the fastest way to get everywhere.
Good places to go to are the Vonderpark, the biggest park in the city where everyone goes to when the weather is good.
Also "de 9 straatjes", nine streets where are vintageshops and also the lingerieshop of Marlies Dekkers (a dutch lingerie designer).
The Albert Kuijp Market is an everyday market which I should say is also typical Amsterdam.
You could also visit the city by boat, it's a bit touristy but you'll see everything from the many canals the city is rich.
In the red light district some dutch fashion have their atelier which I think is also very much "Amsterdam".
And the Jordaan is also very inspiring.
Anyway, have fun! Hope the weather is good!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (1:49 PM) : 

vondelpark is a dream... and if you can spare the time in copenhagen, i strongly recommend the trek out to the lousinana modern art gallery.


Anonymous Curbb said ... (2:03 PM) : 

Rotterdam is great too....A place you shouldn't miss either! Very inspirational!


Blogger jps said ... (2:06 PM) : 

Please check or when your in Amsterdam. I second the advice to check out Rotterdam too, very excuting city. I good shop to check out there is: or

Warm regards
Gay Benz


Blogger Marn said ... (2:10 PM) : 

The Jordaan area is a must, and the Saturday market called the Noordemarkt is in that area. If you were there on Monday there is also a great vintage market in the Joordan that is worth visiting. Definitely cruise Vondel Park, and get on a bike! Enjoy your stay in this lovely city!


Blogger Sara said ... (2:29 PM) : 

The hand bag museum is amazing and the flower market is the equivalent of going to a bullfight, culturally speaking, for Amsterdam.


Blogger Unknown said ... (2:47 PM) : 


I would recommend OT301, on the street Overtoom 301, its an old film institute that was squatted in 1999. Now its a great underground (somewhat) restaurant, which serves organic vegan food to a self-cost price, concerthall and artistforum and pingpong!

And maybe a personal favorite of mine, Pristine Fixed Gear on Kinkerstraat 14, a fixed-gear bike shop with a great vegan lunchroom.

As everybody else says.. Biking is the way to get around. I got one that you could borrow, If you would like to blend in as a true Amsterdammer that is=)

All the best!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (2:58 PM) : 

I suggest going to de culinaire werkplaats, a design studio/ restaurant where food and fashion meld. the creativity is inspiring and the food delicious.


Blogger Taohu928 said ... (3:03 PM) : 

If you are in Amsterdam you can take great pictures of peopla @ the PCHooftstraat, the street is known for that.
While your in Holland Don't forget to drop by in Rotterdam;)


Blogger About said ... (3:04 PM) : 

You can check out Amsterdam's Street Style blog - Damstyle!!! And apart from visiting Jordaan, nine streets, Westerpark, cafes, vintage stores and biking through the city, just sitting by the canal and enjoying the atmosphere always feels great!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (3:07 PM) : 

If you are looking for something special, go to OSLO! May 17th is the national holiday in Norway, and the streets will be crowded with people wearing their national costumes (bunad)! So inspiering!

Oslo is not far from Denmark either, so you should try, or come back May next year. I promise you will get an amaaaaazing feeling!


Blogger 0000 said ... (3:46 PM) : 

I can't wait for your photos from Amsterdam. My grandfather lives there and my mother was born there. I have unfortunately only been once and can't wait until I go back.

Try stroopwafel as a previous commenter mentioned, and you must try herring. The canned stuff over here in the states can't compare to fresh or pickled good Dutch herring!

There are so many amazing people in Amsterdam. When I visited I got such a sense of how good natured everyone is, how nice, and effortlessly styled. Not to mention good food, incredible architecture, I could go on...I can't wait to live vicariously through your lovely eye!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (4:00 PM) : 

don't stay out of the red light district! Amsterdam is trying to clean up the district and launched a project called 'redlight fashion' ( , If you look for them you'll find young (up and coming) designer 'windows' amidst what the district is famous for. Besides the RLD is one of the prettiest and eldest parts of the city, look at what's there besides the prostitution and loud drunk tourists: beautiful old canals and buildings. Afterwards have a drink at the 'Nieuwmarkt' square, then cross the square to dwell through the streets/canals on the other side: just as pretty as the RLD, but surprisingly quiet.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (4:05 PM) : 

Amsterdam is a beautiful city, yes, but I agree with the Rotterdam advice. Go see both! Amsterdam is quaint and cute, Rotterdam is modern. Rotterdam has some real interesting museums with photo-exhibitions in most at the moment. In Amsterdam a lot of photo-things as well, FOAM. But outside photography - van Gogh with a young Picasso-show, Hermitage with beautiful Russian older art, Stedelijk museum with the highlights of their collection. 2 cities with different atmospheres, different dress-sense. You'll see...


Blogger Baoto said ... (4:12 PM) : 

Oh Amsterdam! Vondelpark, very green. Hire a bike and go for a tour round the city. Pose with the people on the 'Dam', the little shops, (Flower)market..

Have fun!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (4:14 PM) : 

don't go to the pc hooftstraat, that's for snobs.
go to the noordermarkt on saturday, rent a bike and cycle along the canals, the vondelpark, the concertgebouw, the rijksmuseum. have fun.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (4:18 PM) : 

Deco Sauna -- very Dutch: you can smoke, naked, on the terrace.


Blogger ecpv1102 said ... (4:19 PM) : 

You may wanna visit FOAM, the photography museum. It can be interesting for you as a photographer.


Anonymous Charlotte said ... (4:52 PM) : 

First of all, the only way to move around Amsterdam is on a bicycle. The Dutch public transport system (OV) rents bikes, there's a place right under the central station.
For lunch, you simply must visit Gartine. It is a completely organic place with loads of style in a very Amsterdam, down to earth way. It is run by two amazing people who grow their own vegetables just outside Amsterdam. A lot of students and magazine girls go there as well. The street is called the Taksteeg. It is full around lunchtime often though, so you should either reserve or be early.
These are a few great galleries:

1. W139 - warmoesstraat 139 -
2. Arti - Rokin -
3. Fons Welters - Bloemstraat 140 -
4. Martin van Zomeren - Prinsengracht -
5. SMBA - Rozenstraat -
6. Ellen de Bruijne Projects - Rozengracht -

I'd say you'll get the most interesting people just outside the busiest, touristy streets.
As for shopping, the negen straatjes have the best vintage stores and the PC Hoofdstraat has the big names and beautiful window displays. Its just around the corner of the Rijksmuseum.
If the weather holds up like its doing now, you could take a train in the direction of bloemendaal and get some beachy photo's. there's some great places there. Look for Woodstock. steer clear of Zandvoort though, its just next door and tourist-infested.
if you're looking for bull fight enthusiasm, come during the World cup! We go nuts. In an unmistakably Orange way.

Have a great time, Amsterdam is the best!


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