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Canal House - Amsterdam, 1015 CX, The Netherlands

January 2014

10 things to do this month ...

  • Local life

1. Catwalk Calling: Mercedes-Benz FashionWeek | The winter edition of the Mercedes-Benz FashionWeek Amsterdam struts the streets every January. Taking place twice each year, this international fashion event not only brings together the cream of the international scene, but also reaches out to the general public with its Downtown programming. In 2014, the event hits town from 17 to 27 January. www.fashionweek.nl

2. Hidden Treasure: Restaurant Beulings | Restaurant Beulings is tucked away in a lovely spot in a small side street off the Herengracht. The food is pure: an Italian/French no-nonsense kitchen, as the owners call it. Nearly everything is homemade; from sausages with fennel seed to ravioli with lobster meat. Every day there is a different menu with three to five courses. Reopens after the holidays on Wednesday 8 January. www.beulings.nl

3. Dram in the Dam: Whisky Weekend Amsterdam | Peaty, oaky, creamy, smoky - those are just a few words to describe whisky like a pro at the 6th Whisky Weekend Amsterdam. On 17 and 18 January, the Posthoornkerk in Amsterdam West will be transformed into a tasting room and hot spot for all things whisky. www.whiskyamsterdam.nl

4. Giddyup: Jumping Amsterdam | Held at the Amsterdam RAI, the event is an annual highlight on the Dutch equestrian calendar and draws the world’s best riders, including Olympic champions. Jumping Amsterdam includes show jumping and dressage competitions, shows, evening entertainment, an exhibition area and various bars and restaurants. From 23 - 26 January, visit www.jumpingamsterdam.nl.

5. Creative Cocktails: Tales & Spirits | A multi-level cocktail bar and restaurant serving inventive cocktails and grown up food in a relaxed atmosphere. Lijnbaansteeg 5-7, 1012 TE Amsterdam. www.talesandspirits.com

6. Early Spring: National Tulip Day | The Dutch tulip season officially gets underway in January every year as the National Tulip Day comes to town! Everyone is invited to pick their own tulip for free from a specially constructed ‘picking garden’ at Amsterdam’s Dam Square. National Tulip Day returns on Saturday 18 January.

7. Belgian Star: Restaurant Lieve | Lieve is located in a gorgeous canal house and features fabulous Belgian cuisine. The remarkable interior has three contrasting styles: from golden wallpaper and luxurious mirrors to plain walls and kitschy little lamps. Lieve works with fresh products straight from Belgium using typical Belgian recipes. www.restaurantlieve.nl

8. Sweet or Savoury: Holtkamp | Serving up a selection of freshly prepared, traditional confectionery items such as tarte tartin, lemon meringue pie, shrimp croquettes, Dutch stroopkoeken and amandelkrullen. www.patisserieholtkamp.nl

9. As You Like It: Restaurant As | Restaurant As is situated in the former St Nicolaas chapel (designed by architect Lau Peters in 1962) on the edge of the Beatrixpark. Restaurant As represents pure cooking, serving an appealing range of dishes, largely shaped by nature. Seasonal and climatic changes determine what’s on the menu. www.restaurantas.nl

10. Get Real: Realisme | Held from 16 to 19 January at the Passenger Terminal Amsterdam, this annual art fair welcomes a huge range of renowned galleries from the Netherlands and abroad as they present (and sell) works by Dutch and international artists working in various mediums within the figurative and realistic genres.

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