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When to Visit

April, May, September, October

With more than 300 festivals hosted in Amsterdam every year, you’ll never be bored in The Netherlands’ capital city. From June through August, you can expect mostly sunny skies and millions of tourists. To enjoy a slightly less crowded city, I recommend visiting in spring for tulips or fall for foliage. If you’re in the city on April 27, be sure to pack your orange for the biggest party in town– it’s King’s Day! Prepare for dancing, drinking, and an epic canal parade. 


Travel Deeper

Home to one of the busiest airports in Europe, Amsterdam is the perfect destination for a long layover or a week-long trip. Look beyond the Red Light District and the coffee shops to see the real Amsterdam. Try a stroopwafel at the Albert Cuyp Market, learn to bike like a local on a countryside path (watch out for lambs!), and stroll along the canal with views of Dancing Houses.

Amsterdam Travel Advice

Amsterdam Travel Guides


Top airbnb experiences in Amsterdam

Whether you are visiting Amsterdam or are looking for a fun activity for date night, there are so many amazing things to do in Amsterdam that might be a little out of the box. We aren’t talking about big group tours, or big

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Jessica by the Amstel for a picture

Top Amsterdam Instagram spots

Amsterdam is beautiful. There’s no denying that. Actually, creating a list for Amsterdam Instagram spots was hard because I didn’t want to list out the entire city. I narrowed it down to my favorite photos spots and the ones that you’ll tend to

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Rainy Amsterdam

11 Things to do on a rainy day in Amsterdam

Rainy days in Amsterdam are inevitable. With an average of 18 days of rain a month, it’s likely you’ll encounter a rainy day or two while visiting our favorite (and now home) city of Amsterdam. Not all is lost, though! Don’t let a

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21 Helpful Amsterdam tips from a local

Amsterdam is amazing, it’s epic, it’s my favorite city in the world! It can also be hectic, confusing, and a little too touristy if you don’t know what to do. That’s why I’m creating this post for you. We are celebrating 5 years

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day trips from Amsterdam

12 Easy Day Trips from Amsterdam

Amsterdam is a pretty loveable city. When you visit the Netherlands, you should definitely spend time in this city, I’ve even created an entire city guide for you! While you’re based in Amsterdam, there are a few possible day trips that you shouldn’t

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Let me show you my favorite spots in my adopted home of Amsterdam. I’ll take you on a food tour just for those with a sweet tooth, show you lesser known spots, and share with you which foods you have to try before leaving the city! Oh, and if you want to see me walking on a canal and Amsterdam in the snow, this is the playlist for you.

Best Amsterdam Food

Discover Amsterdam Neighborhoods

Jessica Westergasfabriek

Amsterdam West: An Amsterdam Neighborhood Guide

Buckle up and get ready for a ride! This is your guide to the ever-growing epic neighborhood of Amsterdam West. This includes a lot of neighborhoods within this area, so there’s a ton of variety with interesting architecture, amazing food, tons of green

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Jessica on ship in the Eastern Docklands

Amsterdam Neighborhood Guide: Eastern Docklands

This is your friendly Amsterdam neighborhood guide! As a resident of this incredible city, I want you to fall in love with it as I have…and that means getting off the tourist path a bit. The Eastern Docklands (Eastern Islands) or Oostelijke Eilanden

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Amsterdam Festivals

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Amsterdam SAIL

If you are in Amsterdam during SAIL, you just have to go! It’s known around the world as the biggest free public event in the world. We’ve been waiting for this since we learned about it months ago. Amsterdam has so many great

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Amsterdam Pride Parade: What to expect

I expected nothing less of the Pride Parade in Amsterdam than an entertaining, high-energy experience. And boy did I get that! I would compare it to King’s Day in respect to the vibe of the city, except that it’s more concentrated since it’s

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Rollende Keukens Amsterdam

Rollende Keukens Food Truck Festival in Amsterdam

What could be better than over 100 food trucks in one place so close to home? I can’t think of a thing! This is why we love living near Westergasfabriek, there is always something awesome going on, and sometimes that something is incredibly

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A Walk Through The Amsterdam Light

A Walk Through The Amsterdam Light Festival

Light can invoke many emotions based on color, brightness, shape, size, placement and many other elements. Think of the difference between strobe lights, Christmas lights, red lights, steady lights and flickering lights. The Amsterdam Light Festival happens throughout the winter and has dozens

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