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Canal House - Amsterdam, 1015 CX, The Netherlands

March 2014

10 things to do this month ...

  • Life on the canals

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). www.keukenhof.nl

2. It’s Electric: 5 Days Off | At the beginning of March every year, 5 Days Off storms into Amsterdam to present an entrancing cross section of the latest in electronic music. Save the date for the next 5 Days Off from 5 to 9 March 2014. www.5daysoff.nl

3. Café Culture: Café de Jaren | Café de Jaren owes its popularity to the quality of the food and drink it serves, the salad buffet, the reading table, the canal-side terrace and balcony, the variety of tucked-away places to sit, and the light and spacious atmosphere. And last but not least, the hospitality. www.cafedejaren.nl

4. Fairytales Come True: Firebird | In a co-production with the prestigious American Ballet Theatre, the Dutch National Ballet presents a brand-new interpretation of the fairy-tale ballet Firebird, choreographed by Alexei Ratmansky. Catch the performance at Het Muziektheater from 1 to 16 March 2014. www.operaballet.nl

5. Delight the Senses: Senses Restaurant | Unconventional and creative food art made using the very best organic and sustainably sourced ingredients. Menu’s change daily and are inspired by the five senses. www.sensesrestaurant.nl

6. Chocoholics: Chocoa Festival | This is how paradise should look like to the true chocolate lover! During the festival on Saturday 29 and Sunday 30 March, you will see, smell and taste more chocolate than you can imagine. The chocolate makers can tell you about the extraordinary qualities and origins of their products, as well as how it has positively influenced environmental and/or socio-economic conditions for cocoa farmers. www.chocoa.nl

7. At Sea: HISWA Boat Show | For boat owners and water sports enthusiasts, the HISWA Amsterdam Boat Show is a great introduction to the new season. Even if you don’t consider yourself a sailor, this impressive expo is still worth a visit when it returns to Amsterdam RAI from 5 to 9 March 2014. www.hiswarai.nl

8. Circus Crowd: Cirque du Soleil - KOOZA | The latest Cirque du Soleil spectacular sees the world-famous troupe return to its origins in a tribute to two enduring circus traditions: acrobatics and clowning. Catch KOOZA in the specially-erected ‘Grand Chapiteau’ near Amsterdam Arena from 13 March to 27 April 2014. www.cirquedusoleil.com

9. Drinking Den: Dvars Cocktail Bar | Bar Dvars occupies the expansive bar on the Reguliersdwarstraat that previously housed EVE and ARC. The cocktail experts here earned their stripes at Lovefood HQ and Vesper. Bar Dvars consists of three bars areas, plus plenty of tables with comfortable seating. www.dvars.nl

10. Think Pink: Roze Filmdagen | The Roze Filmdagen (literally: Pink Film Days) have been a constant factor in Amsterdam’s gay and lesbian cultural landscape since 1996. The next edition hits Amsterdam from 13 to 23 March 2014. www.rozefilmdagen.nl

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