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
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
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Party Earth Review Set in an old milk factory, Melkweg (Milky Way) is an entertainment/arts complex with a bar, club, movie theater, and art gallery. Though the venue features a variety of live concerts during the week, the post-show club gigs that swing into gear afterwards are just as popular with the local music lovers who show up to dance ... more
Party Earth Review Situated on Amsterdam’s oldest street, Skek is an inexpensive, student-run café and bar that caters to a casual, sociable crowd of local hipsters and students. Housed in two historic 16th-century buildings, the space includes a small dining area and a brown bar and is most known for its unbeatable deals on good food and ... more
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Party Earth Review From the creators of Amsterdam’s former hotspot Club 11 comes Trouw, an industrial and heavy techno venue as hard-hitting as the original. Once a newspaper printing house, the club underwent minimal renovation that enhanced the raw factory theme with a touch of urban stenciling, street-style patterns, high-tech club lighting ... more
Party Earth Review A blue light guides patrons up the lavish staircase to De Kroon (The Crown), a restaurant and bar that’s right out of an episode of Miami Vice. The upscale interior includes ivory parlor chairs and a row of tiny palm trees lit by shades of pastel neon, as well as unusual touches like shadowbox displays of butterfly varieties ... more
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 After spending many years as a typical Dutch brown bar on the Rozengracht, Bar Struik was transformed by its owner Remco, with the help of his uber-cool friends, from a staid old tavern into a sleek hangout for a sociable young crowd. The simple, urban vibe is punctuated by the colorful graffiti that spells out the bar ... more
Party Earth Review A local favorite for more than a decade, Schuim is a spacious, retro-styled café whose relaxed afternoon vibe transforms into a lively bar scene in the evening. During the summer, the crowd congregates on the sidewalk to chat before heading inside to dance or lounge at the tables. Low-hanging lamps cast a glow over the ... more
Party Earth Review A super-trendy bar with a casual and upbeat atmosphere, the Chocolate Bar just might be one of the coolest places in the neighborhood. The vintage décor of 70s-style wallpaper and flowered lamps provides a fashionable backdrop for the mixed crowd of yuppies, designers, and working artists who keep the place busy every night ... more
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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
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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.