Party Earth Review Dimly illuminated by rustic lanterns, candles, and strings of soft lights, Jazz Café Alto is a quaint, smoky bar just off of Leidseplein that offers fantastic live jazz every night of the week. Over fifty years old, Alto’s has played host to three generations of regulars. Wood floors and walls covered in photographs of ... more
Korte Leidsedwarsstraat 115
Party Earth Review Formerly a film academy, the building that now houses OT301 was taken over by an enterprising group of artists who revamped it into a multimedia cultural center dedicated to parties, music, and food. Now home to a club, a film cinema, art studios, and the De Peper vegan café, OT301 has maintained its urban roots, which ... more
Party Earth Review A spacious and modern bar with an ultra-cool décor, Werck is a sharp and polished place perfect for mingling with a hip local crowd. The chic décor features elegant wood dining tables, ivory leather armchairs, and a long mahogany bar, all softly lit by contemporary chandeliers and rows of tiny lights in the dark wood ceiling ... more
Party Earth Review Standing side-by-side on the periphery of Leidseplein, Weber, Kamer 401, and Lux are a trio of bars that may be similar in shape, style, and clientele, but each has a slight twist in character that sets it apart from the others. The identical floor plans feature a long, narrow three-room design with the main bar on the ... more
Marnixstraat 397, 401, and 403
Party Earth Review Opened by a good samaritan in 1945, the Kriterion movie theater was originally a haven where struggling students could work and earn money in the aftermath of World War II. From the beginning, Kriterion has been run by a creative panel of young and innovative city students, who continue to strive to keep the theater a liberal ... more
Party Earth Review Housed in a former 19th-century church in the heart of Amsterdam, Paradiso is an enormous, multilevel music venue and dance club with an international reputation for delivering intimate performances by big-name musicians – a feature that continues to lure both bands and fans. An impressive balcony wraps around the dance ... more
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Party Earth Review Named after the black pigs that are indigenous to the Iberian Peninsula, Pata Negra is a restaurant and bar popular for its genuine Spanish design, sweetly refreshing cocktails, and a menu of over forty authentic Spanish tapas. Quaint and romantic, the décor features kitchen-tile mosaics that portray Spanish wine cellars ... more
Party Earth Review Amsterdam’s only Australian pub and a haven for sports fans, Coco’s Outback boasts seventeen flat-screen TVs and two big screens that show any number of games from five or so different sports channels. The décor is classic Aussie pub with the requisite rustic furnishings, stuffed game mounted on rugged walls, and typical ... more
Party Earth Review Possibly the most popular spot in Bloemendaal aan Zee, Woodstock 69 is a picturesque party house overlooking the beach, and has a casual, island-style lounge. Colorful mosaics decorate portions of the outer walls by the sun deck, where patrons can lounge on a bed to soak up the rays or sink into a couch or bean bag ... more
Zeeweg ongenummerd tent 7
Party Earth Review Easily recognizable by its airplane hangar shape and transparent, greenhouse-like architecture, Noorderlicht (Northern Lights) is a boisterous café where artists and creative types come for indoor and outdoor drinking, dining, and dancing – not to mention an extraordinary view of the city center from the other side of the ... more
t.t. Neveritaweg 33
Party Earth Review Perched on a mound of sand on the edge of Ijburg – Amsterdam’s newest neighborhood and home to the city’s latest man-made beach – Blijburg is a popular hotspot for young city dwellers in search of a nearby oasis for sunbathing and partying. The beach itself overlooks expansive canals and lagoons ... more
Muiderlaan 1001 1087
Party Earth Review Take the cover of a punk rock album, throw in some skateboard decks and a few beer-soaked tables, then add a talkative crowd sporting mohawks and worn out Chuck Taylors, and the end result is none other than Café The Minds. Raw and gritty, the modest space features peeling punk posters, old leather boots dangling from the ... more
Thanks to its major city port, restaurants in Amsterdam are a veritable melting pot – and not just because somebody was holding a lighter too close to their face.
Visitors to Amsterdam will find fare from just about every corner of the globe, from elegant and Victorian dining halls with five-star French cuisine to fun casual bistros along the canal as likely to dish out Mexican burritos as American burgers. There’s also a prevalence of Indonesian and Chinese restaurants, as well as a weird hybrid of both that most locals will tell you to avoid.
Dutch staples are obviously prominent, but for those tired of smoked sausages and boiled cabbage, there are a plethora of trendy restaurants and cool cafés that could give the haute cuisine of Paris and the brilliant pasta of Rome a run for their money.
Those on a budget should order up the dagschotel (plate of the day) off the dagmenu (menu of the day), or hit the ubiquitous “eetcafés” – basically brown bars with food – for, you guessed it, more sausage.