Amsterdam

Amsterdam

    About Amsterdam

    World famous and centuries old, but still small enough to easily navigate by foot or bicycle, Amsterdam is one of Europe’s most beautiful and action-packed capitals, offering everything from high brow culture to low brow entertainment. Whether you’re in the mood for a gourmet meal and a museum visit or a night eating vegan food, smoking, and dancing at one of the city’s many squats-turned-cultural venues, Amsterdam is sure to have something for you.

    On this page you'll find information to help you get the most out of your visit to Amsterdam. Looking for a place to rent a bike, chow down, or get your party on? Below you’ll find a selection of our local favorites. If you’re looking for something specific and you can’t find it here, you can always ask the Windmill crew for their insider tips.

    Check a map of everything mentioned below & more here.

     

    Tourist Info

    Want to check out the city while you’re in town? In our opinion, no trip to Amsterdam would be complete without seeing one of the city’s world famous museums (especially the Stedelijk Museum, Van Gogh Museum and Rijksmuseum), checking out the old crooked houses and tree-lined canals and monumental churches in the city center (especially the Jordaan neighborhood), chilling in one of the city’s many beautiful parks (the Vondelpark is a classic), and maybe even paying a visit to one of the city’s many coffeeshops.

    Bikes

    If you plan on leaving the fields to explore Amsterdam, we recommend renting a bike to get around. Cycling in Amsterdam is very safe, more convenient than using public transportation, and also not much more expensive, if at all. The metro, trams, and regular buses cost 2,80 for a single ticket and stop running around 12:30AM, after which you can only take a night bus to get back to the fields at a cost of 4,50 per person. On the other hand, renting a bike for 3 days generally costs about 18 euros per person.

    Where to rent a bike:

    Macbike (Multiple locations)

    Address: Stationsplein 5 (Central Station) / Weteringschans 2 (Leidseplein) / Waterlooplein 199
    Phone: +31 (0)206200985

    Mike's Bikes (near Leidseplein)

    Address: Kerkstraat 134
    Phone: +31 (0)206227970

    Rent a Bike

    Address: Damstraat 20
    Phone: +31 (0)206255029

    Bike City

    Address: 68-70 Bloemgracht
    Phone: +31 (0)206263721

    Restaurants

    As a major European capital, Amsterdam is naturally home to restaurants from all of the world’s major cuisines. However, if you want to eat like the Dutch do, we recommend trying out one of the city’s many delicious and affordable Surinamese or Indonesian restaurants, or traditional Dutch cuisine such as pancakes. If you’re in the mood for a late night snack, nothing hits the spot like Belgian fries (‘Vlaamse Frites’ - try the ‘Oorlog’ sauce!), a falafel from MAOZ or a greasy treat pulled out of the wall at one of the city’s many FEBO snack bars. As the Dutch would say: Eet smakelijk! (Bon apetit!)

    Where to eat:

    Buurman & Buurman
    Delicious pizza + adorable locally owned business
    Address: Mercatorstraat 171
    Phone: +31 (0)202628262
    Distance to the fields: 4,5 km

    Faam
    Terrific Italian food - some claim their pizzas are the best in Amsterdam.
    Address: Reinier Claeszenstraat 10
    Phone: +31 (0)20 370 2354
    Distance to the fields: 5,8 km

    Mozaiek
    Restaurant & cultural venue - great sandwiches!
    Address: Bos en Lommerweg 191
    Phone: +31 (0)20 580 0380
    Distance to the fields: 4,8 km

    Paloma Blanca
    Rumored to have the best Moroccan food in Amsterdam.
    Address: Jan Pieter Heijestraat 145
    Phone: +31 (0)20 612 6485
    Distance to the fields: 6,6 km

    Abyssinia
    Ethiopian food - variety of savory, spicy dishes (e.g. lentils, potatoes, beans) and veggies served with spongey injera bread you eat with your hands. Fun place to go if you're really high or drunk.
    Address: Jan Pieter Heijestraat 190
    Phone: +31 (0)20 683 0792
    Distance to the fields: 6,7 km

    De Pizzabakkers
    Gourmet-ish pizza
    Address: Haarlemmerdijk 128 HS
    Phone: +31 (0)20 427 4144
    Distance to the fields: 7,1 km

    Burgermeester
    Gourmet burgers (vegetarian available) made with seasonal ingredients in a hip but casual setting.
    Address: Elandsgracht 130 (Jordaan) / Albert Cuypstraat 48 (De Pijp) / Plantage Kerklaan 37 (East)
    Phone: +31 (0)206709339
    Distance from fields: (Jordaan location) 7,1 km

    Bussia
    Not cheap, but VERY good Italian food and great service.
    Address: Reestraat 28 - 32
    Phone: +31 (0)20 627 8794
    Distance to the fields: 7,2 km

    Ibericus
    Deli-type Spanish restaurant with very good tapas & sandwiches - not many places to sit, so a good place to go for lunch as you explore the wonderful Haarlemmerstraat (voted the best shopping street in Amsterdam!)
    Address: Haarlemmerstraat 93
    Phone: +31 (0)20 223 6573
    Distance to the fields: 7,6 km

    Greenwoods
    Great brunch and very friendly service.
    Address: Singel 103
    Phone: +31 (0)20 623 7071
    Distance to the fields: 7,6 km

    Broodje Bert
    Damned good sandwiches.
    Address: Singel 321
    Phone: +31 (0)206230382
    Distance to the fields: 7,8 km

    Motimahal
    Great Indian food, very friendly service, plus the owner has perhaps the greatest moustache I've ever seen.
    Address: Nieuwezijds Voorburgwal 34
    Phone: +31 (0)206250330
    Distance to the fields: 8,0 km

    Japan Inn Yakitori
    Some people think this place has the best sushi in Amsterdam. Very friendly service as well.
    Address: Leidsekruisstraat 4
    Distance to the fields: 8,1 km

    Snackbar Bird
    Yummy Thai food. If you have a big group, you can find more room at their restaurant across the street (thought the restaurant is somewhat pricier).
    Address: Zeedijk 77
    Phone: +31 (0)204206289
    Distance to the fields: 8,6 km

    Nieuw Albina
    Delicious and affordable Surinamese food served with a smile in a no-frills place near the Albert Cuypmarkt. The beer is super cheap to boot.
    Address: Albert Cuypstraat 47-49
    Phone: +31 (0)203790223
    Distance from fields: 8,7 km

    Salsa Shop
    Best burritos in Amsterdam, and affordable! Recommended if you like Chipotle!
    Address: Amstelstraat 32a
    Phone: +31 (0)202051040
    Distance to the fields: 8,8 km

    Bazar
    Tasty Middle Eastern food in a beautiful, towering space with a really cool decor. Great place to eat after checking out the bustling Albert Cuypmarkt.
    Address: Albert Cuypstraat 182
    Phone: +31 (0)20 675 0544
    Distance to the fields: 9,2 km

    More restaurant recommendations & reviews:

    Iens

    Trip Advisor

    Spotted By Locals

     

    Bars, Clubs, and of course - Coffeeshops!

    Amsterdam is home to over 1200 bars and clubs, so there’s a place for everyone to enjoy themselves into the wee hours of the morning.

    Bar: De Nieuwe Anita
    A very charming little bar in a former squat, decorated like your grandma’s living room and patronized by a hip and international crowd, that hosts interesting entertainment throughout the week.
    Address: Frederik Hendrikstraat 115
    Distance from the fields: 6,2 km

    Coffeeshop: Cafe De Kashmir Lounge
    Perhaps the coziest coffeeshop in Amsterdam. The DJs actually play good music, lots of comfy places to lounge, and best of all, they have two shops on opposite sides of street, one of which has a bar, so you can buy weed, smoke it, and enjoy a beer - a rarity in Amsterdam!
    Address: Jan Pieter Heijestraat 85-87
    Distance from the fields: 6,3 km

    Club / Bar / Restaurant: Pacific Parc
    This former factory space now houses a restaurant/cafe by day and bar/club by night known for its eclectic music selection, diverse crowd, and - perhaps most importantly - free entry.
    Address: Polonceaukade 23
    Distance from the fields: 6,4 km

    Bar / club: OT301
    Formerly a film academy which was squatted in the '90s, OT301 hosts live music, DJ nights, film nights, and contains a very affordable vegan restaurant called De Peper where you can also catch the occasional intimate music performance.
    Address: Overtoom 301
    Distance from the fields: 6,8 km

    Bar / club: OCCII
    Squat which hosts (usually punk / rock'n'roll) live music and DJ nights. Around the corner you can find De Binnenpret, where they host very cheap vegan dinner nights.
    Address: Amstelveenseweg 134
    Distance from the fields: 6,8 km

    Coffeeshop: La Tertulia
    Relaxed mother-and-daughter-run coffeeshop decorated with plenty of plants, a waterfall and lots of sunlight, which balances harmoniously with their all-bio buds and scrumptious weed brownies.
    Address: Prinsengracht 312
    Distance from the fields: 7,5 km

    Coffeeshop: Barney's Coffeeshop
    Good quality coffeeshop that also serves huge English & Irish breakfasts, winner of multiple “High Times Cup” awards.
    Address: Haarlemmerstraat 102
    Distance from the fields: 7,6 km

    Club: Melkweg
    Legendary squatted milk factory (hence the name, which means "Milky Way" in Dutch) turned club, which hosts concerts and dance nights. They also have decent restaurant and a movie theater upstairs.
    Address: Lijnbaansgracht 234a
    Distance from the fields: 7,7 km

    Club: Chicago Social Club
    Fun, multilevel club hosting hip hop and techno nights, very good-looking young crowd.
    Address: Leidseplein 12
    Distance from the fields: 7,8 km

    Bar: Cafe Gollem
    Small, cozy bar with terrific craft beers.
    Address: Raamsteeg 4
    Distance to the fields: 7,8 km

    Club: De Club Up
    Great club hidden amongst a lot of touristy shitholes, featuring often excellent dance nights. Young, good-looking crowd, kind of hipster-y.
    Address: Korte Leidsedwarsstraat 26-1
    Distance from the fields: 7,9 km

    Bar: Jazz Cafe Alto
    Great, famous place to watch live jazz music every night of the week, very cool atmosphere.
    Address: Korte Leidsedwarsstraat 115
    Distance from the fields: 7,9 km

    Club: Paradiso
    This legendary venue in a squatted former church hosts (indie) rock concerts and dance nights seven days a week.
    Address: Weteringschans 6-8
    Distance from the fields: 7,9 km

    Coffeeshop: Tweede Kamer Coffeeshop
    Small and intimate, this shop embodies the refined look and feel of old jazz sophistication. Aided by a bakery around the corner, their spacecakes are sweet and lovely. The hash is highly regarded, but seating is extremely limited.
    Address: Heisteeg 6
    Distance to the fields: 7,9 km

    Bar: Whiskycafe L&B
    The name speaks for itself. Classy!
    Address: Korte Leidsedwarsstraat 82
    Distance from the fields: 8,1 km

    Club: Club NYX
    Best gay club in Amsterdam! Very good-looking crowd, really fun even for mixed / straight groups.
    Address: Reguliersdwarsstraat 42
    Distance to the field: 8,3 km

    Bar: Casablanca
    This karaoke bar near Central Station is one of the most infamous spots in Amsterdam, plus it stays open late.
    Address: Zeedijk 26
    Distance from the fields: 8,6 km

    Info on upcoming parties & DJs:

    Party Flock

    Lastfm: http://www.last.fm/events/+place/Netherlands/Amsterdam

    Last update: 10-03-2015 17:12 by katie
    Amsterdam