Nemo science centre

This building designed to resemble a ship is actually an interactive science centre for children.

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The roof of the building offers one of the best views of the city. There are even deck chairs so you can sit back and enjoy the view and sunshine.

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This is a really nice spot to stop by with friends or even just to get a different perspective of the city.

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Canvas op de 7de- Volkshotel

This old newspaper  building located in Amsterdam Oost was closed for most of last year for extensive renovations. The newly re-opened Volkshotel  with the top floor Canvas bar, has the best 360 views of the city.  The bar is a restaurant during the day and clubbing hot spot at night. Start your night out with drinks here and then extend the party to my favourite club Trouw just down the street.

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Espressofabriek

This is an institution in the Amsterdam coffee scene. Located in Westergasfabriek in Westerpark,  the shop has high ceilings and great light. As mentioned in my other post about Westergasterras, the buildings in this former industrial complex have become hip places to hang out in Amsterdam West.

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You will be rewarded handsomely if you venture out of the centre to this great speciality coffee shop. The espresso is sublime and my preferred flat white is always perfectly prepared. This is a definate must visit if you are in Westerpark.

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Best Ramen in Amsterdam- Le Fou Fow

Everyone knows that the best Ramen in the Benelux can be found in Dusseldorf. Our friends Rita and Nuno told us about this little lunch spot located on the third level of the Chinese supermarket in Zeedijk and is a great place to enjoy a bowl of Ramen in Amsterdam. Its usually open from Wednesday to Sunday 12:30 to 17:00.They are changing the location and will re open in September on Elandsgracht so check the website for updates.

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Cannibale Royale

This restaurant is great if you meet guests who arrive in Amsterdam on the last flight. Located in the Handboogstraat, its next to bar Disco Dolly and Bloemenbar and  the famous coffeeshop Dampkring. So you can grab something tasty to eat with your guests, hit the bar for some dancing and finish your night off with a special space cake!

Their kitchen closes at 3am on the weekends and 2am during the week. The menu contains burgers, steaks and even nachos. The ribs are highly recommended. Definately worth checking out if you are not in the mood for the usual fast food places.

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Cafe van Kerkwijk

Located very close to Dam square, in the tourist district, I would normally have given this eetcafe a miss. However one night, I wanted to have a late dinner with  my girl friends and we decided to try it. There are no reservations and you have to wait at the bar for a table. The waiter was really friendly and because there is no menu, he explained the different dishes to us. I suggest the beef  steak on goat cheese with strawberry sauce. I know it sounds strange, but the combination of flavours is delicious and you should definately try it. The lamb shank is also really good.  If the restaurant is full, you can always go up the street a few doors down to the posh Bubbles and Wine to enjoy a pre-dinner drink. The street also has the Bierfabriek which serves delicious grilled chicken and beer to lots of young tourists. On the Rokin side, you can find bars Italia and Tara which are usually filled with expats and are nice places to start your night out.

 

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Gartine

Gartine is a beautiful little lunch cafe hidden away right in the centre of Amsterdam. The decor has a vintage feel and  a cosy and elegant ambiance. They serve the food on beautiful old plates and tea cups . They have a nice menu serving delicious organic breakfasts and lunches and high tea. I really enjoyed the home made quiche.

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De Drie Graefjes

This cafe/ bakery hidden away in a side street behind the Dam Square is the perfect place to rest your feet after shopping in busy Kalverstraat and enjoy a cupcake and coffee.

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The American style bakery is well known for having the tastiest cupcakes in Amsterdam.

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Don’t forget to try a huge slice of their sinfully delicious red velvet cake .

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