We spent 48 hours in Amsterdam visiting Fleur’s favourite places and things to do in her city. Amsterdam is known for it’s artistic heritage and lively creative culture. Everywhere you turn there’s something obscure, a cool store, a crooked house, street musicians, or hundreds of bikes riding along the canal.
These are Fleur’s top recommendations for artists and creatives travelling to Amsterdam.
I love museums and Stedelijk is the one for contemporary art.
Keith Haring – until June 3rd
In 1986, the American artist Keith Haring spray-painted an enormous canvas of 20 x 12 metres, live, at the Stedelijk. The canvas was suspended beneath the glass ceiling of the historic staircase. Now, thirty years later, the painting has been restored and re-installed.
Stedelijk Base – Part 1 – 1880-1980
The permanent installation of highlights from the museum’s collection. The presentation features a selection of almost 700 works of art, grouped around historic movements, social themes, and influential artists.
Stedelijk Base – Part 2 – 1980-now
Take the escalator up from the lower-level floor and explore Stedelijk Base. The first floor is devoted to highlights after 1980. This exhibition offers a new experience of modern art and design, showcasing the Stedelijk icons in an innovative and bold presentation.
My favourite restaurant is Plantage. It’s special for me because it’s in my neighbourhood and I always go there on a Friday afternoon to have red wine with my boyfriend and talk about work, life, future goals, travel, the weekend and us. We also love the dinner here because it has a great and interesting menu with a lot of special things to eat. They are original, with something different to offer than other restaurants. I could eat there every week.
Kriterion is a small and old cinema with a great vibe. Again it’s in my neighbourhood and really nice. Also great for drinks and hang out after the movie.
Roest City Beach
Roest City Beach is the nicest and only city beach we have in town. It’s not touristy, a bit hippie and has a really chilled vibe. I often go there, it’s just around the corner from my place so I can walk there and have a drink with my bare feet in the sand. With friends it’s also fun to got there with a little boat and then relax afterwards. Although, on a Saturday it’s really busy and there’s too many children!
Next summer they may be closing down because they’re going to build houses there. What a waste.
Waterkant is a really nice place to hang out during the summer. You can chill next to the water and have a drink. When the spring is in the air it’s always really busy.