Happen to be in Amsterdam this weekend? Here are four awesome things to cross off your list this weekend.
Amsterdam Light Festival
Be dazzled by the lights of the Amsterdam Light Festival. This year’s theme is DISRUPT! and you’ll see displays on nature and climate issues, but also ones on Amsterdam’s history. My favourites are The Clothes Line, the Drowned Street and the Paparazzi Tunnel. They recommend booking a boat tour to see the displays from the water – combine with hot chocolate or a gluhwein and you are sorted! You can also explore by foot and follow a walking route that will give you more time to examine the displays and take a more relaxed photo or two.
The Food Department
The relatively new food hall on the top floor of Magna Plaza is the perfect spot for a quick bite or a drink in the city centre. Feel like Mexican? Tacos & Tequila has you sorted. Up for something more sweet? You’ll have more than enough choice at Petit Gateux. And who doesn’t love a burger whatever day it is – if so, The Butcher is ready to take your order.
Intimate Audrey Exhibition @ Beurs Van Berlage
Intimate Audrey is an exhibition about the life of Audrey Hepburn, curated by her son Sean Hepburn Ferrer to celebrate her 90th birthday. The exhibition focuses on the person behind Audrey Hepburn and not on the icon. There is a surprisingly vast selection of private photos, dresses, and accessories across a well furnished space. I loved seeing her wedding menu, spotting an image of her smoking and learning she got an EGOT! Also good to know that the profit of the exhibition goes to Eurordis – Rare Diseases Europe, a very admirable cause.
Explore a neighbourhood
From Pijp to Noord or Jordaan, all are perfect for a little stroll. Walk through one of the typical streets markets, gaze up at the slanted houses and find a place for a well-deserved break and tuck into some almighty good food. Whichever area you choose, you’ll gain a little insight into what it’s like living in the Netherland’s biggest city.