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Canal House - Amsterdam, 1015 CX, The Netherlands

April 2014

10 things to do this month ...

  • Keukenhhof

1. In Bloom: Keukenhof | More than 7 million tulips, daffodils and hyacinths fill over 32 hectares with color and fragrance. From 20 March until 18 May 2014, Keukenhof is open daily from 8am – 19.30pm (ticket office closes at 18.00).

2. Orange-tastic: King’s Day | King’s Day (formerly Queen’s Day) festivities invite locals and visitors alike to soak up Amsterdam’s open-air fun. In the streets, canals, parks and everywhere in between, the city is bursting with orange as Amsterdammers enjoy the biggest street party of the year. In 2014, King’s Day will be celebrated on Saturday 26 April 2014.

3. French Fancy: Le Restaurant | A diverse menu of exceptionally fresh fare is what earned Le Restaurant its Michelin star. Inspiration comes from the nearby Albertcuyp markt, where chef Jan de Wit selects the choicest ingredients to craft into a French-inspired menu. The five-course seasonal menu changes monthly.

4. Film Buff: Imagine Film Festival | From sci-fi to cult, anime to fantasy and horror to experimental: the Imagine Film Festival, formerly known as the Amsterdam Fantastic Film Festival (AFFF), celebrates its 30th edition from 9 to 18 April 2014 at the EYE Filmmuseum.

5. Modern Comfort: Olive & Cookie | The smart, modern interior of this small restaurant contrasts perfectly against the comfort food it dishes up Monday to Friday from 1pm to 9pm. Vegetarians will be particularly delighted with the array of Mediterranean inspired veggie options.

6. So Plastic: Barbie’s Birthday Bash | Barbie was introduced to the Netherlands in 1964 and Amsterdam’s Museum of Bags & Purses celebrates her golden jubilee with an exhibition devoted to the doll’s quintessential fashion choices. ‘Barbie’s Birthday Bash’ runs from 21 January to 4 May 2014.

7. Shanghai Surprise: Chinese National Circus | The Chinese National Circus returns to the Netherlands to perform a show inspired by the past and future of Shanghai. ‘Shanghai Nights’ hits the Amsterdam RAI Theatre for a run of shows from 18 to 20 April 2014.

8. Boomtown: Hannekes Boom | Located next to the Openbare Bibliotheek and across from NEMO is a cozy cafe with funky ambiance and a terrific water view. Hanneke’s Boom was inspired by the original structure located in that spot in 1662, which was part of the system of guard posts monitoring ship traffic into the city of Amsterdam. Built with love out of salvaged and recycled materials, this relaxed cafe stands out from most Amsterdam venues for its arty vibe.

9. Modern Classic: Restaurant Breitner | Creative and elaborate meals, with Mediterranean influences, served in a classical modern setting. There are wonderful views over the Amstel with sightseeing boats and beautiful monuments (drawbridges, Hermitage museum) in the background.

10. Digital Revolution: Fans of top-notch beats should certainly consider heading to Amsterdam’s NDSM-Wharf over Easter 2014. On Saturday 19 and Sunday 20 April 2014, more than 80 artists and DJs will descend on the former industrial docklands to pump out some of the best underground electronica in the world today.