Check out what to do in Amsterdam this month and get the lowdown on the best of the Dutch capital. This month we’re recommending inspiring street art, ready-to-eat Michelin star street food, giant flea markets and the world’s only Museum of Fluorescence.
A blink of the eye and they’re gone, temporary exhibitions hold an ephemeral beauty that needs to be seen and enjoyed. Those lucky enough to be around Amsterdam this summer get to enjoy this Banksy’s Laugh Now exhibition at Moco Museum, or marvel at Edward Krasiński’s work, one of the most influential artists on the 20th century.
Banksy’s Laugh Now
Banksy’s “Laugh Now” exhibition is on until August 31st at the Moco Museum, extended by popular demand. Delve into the work of the world’s most prolific anonymous artist and, for the first time in history, you can enjoy it all inside a museum. Head there before it ends!
Food & Drinks
One thing we know for sure is that Amsterdammers love their food and drink (in moderation… more or less). If it’s variety you’re looking for, Foodhallen’s stalls are a match for all tastes, with a well-stocked gin bar and live music. If all you want is to enjoy the sunshine, head to Hannekers Boom’s terrace is the perfect choice for people watching and having a beer or five.
This indoor food market is set in an old tram depot and inspired by traditional European markets like Torvehallerne in Copenhagen and Borough Market in London. With over 20 different stalls, from Michelin star concepts to ‘streetfoods’, Foodhallen is an foodie-hotspot like no other.
Next to the Openbare Bibliotheek is a cozy cafe with funky ambiance and a terrific water view. Built out of recycled materials, Hanneke’s Boom stands out from most Amsterdam venues for its artsy vibe. Perfect for enjoying a few beers on a sunny day.
Tiqets’ top picks
Bargain hunters unite! At Tiqets we love a good deal, so IJ Hallen was the obvious choice for this month’s Amsterdam top picks. Europe’s largest flea market is a bi-monthly treasure trove. If you’re looking for a great family day out, try Pure Markt, its crafts and organic produce. Grab a coffee, beer or wine and settle down on one of the picnic tables while the kids have fun at the solar powered merry-go-round.
Take a quick ferry ride from Amsterdam Centraal to go treasure hunting at the biggest flea market in Europe. Once a month, two industrial warehouses are filled with 750 stands that sell second-hand clothes, shoes, antiquities, jewellery, books, and even furniture.
Pure Markt features more than 80 vendors selling a variety of sustainable, organic and artisanal products. At the market you’ll find plenty of delicious food, from Dutch Gouda to Surinam roti, as well as toys, furniture, candles and cosmetics.
Last, but not least, it’s time to expand your horizons for the weird and wonderful. It may not be on most guides, but Amsterdam is home to Electric Ladyland, the only museum of fluorescence in the world. Get trippy as you wander through mind boggling shapes and styles. A worthy tale for friends and family back home!
The only museum of its kind in the world, “Electric Ladyland – the First Museum of Fluorescent Art” houses a room-sized Fluorescent Environment that visitors can enter and become part of a piece of art.