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Canal House - Amsterdam, 1015 CX, The Netherlands

May 2014

10 things to do this month ...

  • Nine Streets

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. British Invasion: London Calling | A twice-yearly music festival held at the Paradiso, London Calling helps give Amsterdam’s indie kids and music lovers an insight into musical developments across the channel and beyond. London Calling returns on 9 & 10 May 2014, as well as two bonus nights in Tolhuistuin on 7 & 8 May.

3. Modern Classic: Restaurant Johannes | Set in a beautiful building on the Herengracht (a 10 minute walk from Canal House), restaurant Johannes is run by renowned Chefs Arne Russchen and Tommy den Hartog. Every other week, a different 6 course menu is served, using the best seasonal produce, prepared in a modern French style.

4. Flower Power: Bloemen Corso (Flower Parade) | The annual Flower Parade is a feast of beautiful colors and enticing aromas. 20 enormous floats and 30 cars richly decorated with flowers drive along a 42 kilometer route from Noordwijk to Haarlem (20 minutes from Amsterdam). The 67th annual Bloemen Corso is from 2 - 3 May 2014.

5. Spanish Rose: Barça | Barça is a bar and tapas restaurant in the middle of De Pijp neighbourhood. The menu features Spanish specialties like tapas, montaditos and tostadas as well as a selection of Spanish wines and cavas. When the sun is shining, you can sit outside and enjoy the large terrace.

6. Wet Your Appetite: Taste of Amsterdam | Every year, taste of Amsterdam takes over the Amstel Park for four days of eating, drinking and entertainment. From 15 to 18 May 2014, the park will once again become a mecca for food lovers in Amsterdam. Tickets are €9.50 per person.

7. Caffeine Kicks: Amsterdam Coffee Festival | The festival features over 100 artisan roasters, gourmet food stalls and more. Some of Europe’s best baristas are hosting workshops and tastings. There’s also live music provided by acts from the UK and beyond. The first edition floats into the NDSM Wharf, the former shipyard located on the banks of the River IJ, on Friday 2 May and Saturday 3 May 2014.

8. Moveable Feast: Rolling Kitchens | During a (long) weekend, dozens of mobile kitchens descend upon the park in the west of Amsterdam to create an enormous open air restaurant! There’s no entrance charge for Rolling Kitchens and the food is designed to tickle the most culinary of taste buds without breaking the bank. From 28 May to 1 June, at the Westergasfabriek.

9. Double Fusion: Saigon Cafe, Lounge & Restaurant | Saigon is a contemporary VietAsian restaurant-lounge concept. The cuisine is based on Vietnamese cooking, with the signature dish being Pho, a rich beef broth served with rice noodles, beef and fresh herbs. The cocktails are an absolute must - our favourite is the litchi martini!

10. Traditional View: Restaurant Greetje | Restaurant Greetje is a restaurant located in a beautiful monumental building in one of the most scenic neighbourhoods in the centre of Amsterdam. The restaurant offers traditional Dutch cuisine made with the freshest ingredients in a homely atmosphere.