1. Join the Parade: Amsterdam Gay Pride | A huge celebration of devotion towards equality for the gay, lesbian and transgender communities, Amsterdam Gay Pride returns to the city from 26 July to 3 August 2014. The centrepiece of the festival is the Canal Parade on Saturday 2 August attracting over 300,000 visitors to the city. www.amsterdamgaypride.org
2. Open Season: Uitmarkt | Official opening of the new cultural season and largest cultural festival in The Netherlands, featuring over 450 performers at 30 different locations. Takes place on 29, 30 and 31 August in the Museumplein and Leidseplein area. www.amsterdamsuitburo.nl/uitmarkt
3. Canal Classics: Private Boat Tours | What better way to discover Amsterdam in the summer than by a private, classic saloon boat with lunch or dinner on the canals and a captain to guide the way? Rates from € 220. Please check with our front desk for details or visit www.privateboattours.nl.
4. Go Natural: Bolenius | Organic restaurant, Bolenius, is located in the business hub of Amsterdam. Owners Luc Kusters and Xavier Giesen describe the cuisine as ‘New Amsterdam.’ The interiors are decidedly fresh and contemporary, further reflecting a new direction in Dutch cuisine. www.bolenius-restaurant.nl
5. Go Dutch: Reypenaer Cheese Shop | This local cheese shop is located only a few minutes from Canal House. Ideal for gifts for your friends and family at home - Singel 182, Amsterdam Tel: +31 (20) 320 6333.
6. Hot Spot: The Harbour Club | Located on the eastern islands, this restaurant and bar terrace serve terrific food and tempting cocktails - perfect for a summer evening and easily accessible by boat or a short taxi ride from Canal House. Open daily for lunch and dinner. www.theharbourclub.nl
7. Seize the Night: Pluk de Nacht Cinema Festival | Amsterdam’s open-air film festival Pluk de Nacht (Seize the Night), returns for the annual round of free outdoor cinema from 6 to 16 August 2014. This festival takes place at Het Stenen Hoofd (a short walk from Amsterdam Central Station). The pop-up multiplex features screenings projected on sky-high screens, in an idyllic waterside location - deckchairs, camp fires and cocktails included!
8. Music & Water: Grachtenfestival | If you are planning to visit Amsterdam in summertime, make sure you catch the magnificent Grachtenfestival (Canal Festival) from 15 to 24 August 2014. The historic city center of Amsterdam, a UNESCO World Heritage site since 2010, hosts the ten-day festival of classical music at numerous unique locations. www.grachtenfestival.nl
9. Designer Taste: Proef restaurant | Proef (Taste) is one of Amsterdam’s most exciting addresses. Owner, Marije Vogelzang, is a Food Designer and oversees everything from the look of the food on the plate, to the psychedelic design of the interiors, to the ingredients used in the kitchen (organic and seasonal produce). Each dish is a work of art. www.proefamsterdam.nl
10. French Fancy: Restaurant De Compagnon | A French Burgundian restaurant in the heart of Amsterdam. The restaurant is cheerful and intimate and has a spectacular view over the water of the Damrak. www.decompagnon.nl