Netherlands

Cocomama Hostel

The garden at CocoMama Hostel, Amsterdam

Your Headquarters for a perfect Amsterdam trip

Cocomama is billed as “Amsterdam’s First Boutique Hostel,” and it truly is a one-of-a-kind place to stay. Located in the hip-yet-homey De Pijp neighborhood, Cocomama is not your average hostel. Once a notorious brothel, the property has been recently renovated into the perfect Amsterdam crash pad.… Continue Reading →

Getting Around Amsterdam

Bikes and Windmills

Trains, trams, bikes & boats


We’ve just updated our Amsterdam section with a guide to getting around the city. Head on over and check it out!… Continue Reading →

Getting Around Amsterdam

Biking in Amsterdam in Fall Amsterdam has one of the best public transportation systems in the world. We tell you how to get from point A to point B via foot, ferry, train, tram and of course, bicycle. We also untangle the mysteries of Schipol's train ticket machines.

Chocolate Bar

Fondue

Restaurant and Bar in Amsterdam Zuid


Chocolate Bar is a restaurant and bar located just off of the Albert Cuyp Market in the De Pijp. With a wide variety of food and drinks, it is the perfect place to get lunch, dinner or a late night snack. If the weather is nice, grab a table outside and dine al fresco.… Continue Reading →

Poptasi Pastry – Dangerously Delicious Macarons

Poptasi Macarons

Do you want to know a secret?

I LOVE macarons. Okay, that’s not much of a secret. Everybody with tastebuds and a heart loves macarons. Those little buggers are tasty! And, gluten free – which totally blew my mind, because I just automatically assume that everything gluten free is kind of…bland.… Continue Reading →

De Stadskantine

Breakfast at de Stadskantine

Coffee and Croissants, Beer and Broodjes in Amsterdam


You know the type of food you want, but you can’t put it to words. You don’t want fast food, nor do you want to go to a restaurant and sit down. Cafes are for lingering; you just want a quick bite to eat and maybe a beverage to wash it all down.… Continue Reading →

Albert Cuypmarket

Artichokes at Albert Cuypmarket

The Largest Outdoor Market in the Netherlands


In 1905, in an attempt to organize the chaos of street vendors that had flooded to the streets of the city’s newest neighborhood, the Amsterdam city government created an open air market along Albert Cuypstraat in De Pijp. At first, the market was just open on Saturday, but in 1912, the hours expanded to the current six days a week.… Continue Reading →

Spaghetteria

Perfect Pasta at Spaghetteria, Amsterdam

Sublime Italian Restaurant in Amsterdam Zuid


You know the saying, “If you only have one thing on the menu, you better do it right.” Well,  from this cozy single room restaurant comes some of the best Italian food found outside of Italy. At Spaghetteria, the pasta is handmade each day from organic wheat straight from Italy.… Continue Reading →

De Prael Brewery

Bottles of Beer at De Prael Brewery

Craft Beer in Amsterdam’s Red Light District


So you thought there was nothing that would interest you in Amsterdam’s Red Light District? Think again. Yes, the oldest part of the city is famously home to the oldest profession, but it is also home to De Prael Brewery. Located in a former auction house and wheelwright shop on the Prinsengracht Canal, De Prael turns out craft beer that is available throughout Amsterdam and the Netherlands and also in their tasting room.… Continue Reading →

Brouwerij ‘t Ij

Brouwerij't IJ - Brewery in Amsterdam

Brewery and Tasting Room in Amsterdam


Looking for a great beer in Amsterdam? Then look underneath the windmill. Brouwerij t’Ij is located east of the canal ring and Centraal station near the docks. The brewery was originally located on the Ij River, but in 1985 it moved to a former public bathhouse adjacent to a giant wooden windmill.… Continue Reading →