As the seasons change, find out our favorite autumnal activities in the Dutch capital. This month, we have a selection of artists both classical and contemporary, hot tips for eating and drinking, festivals aplenty, and the world’s smallest attraction – so small it’s microscopic!
Winter is coming, but not just yet. Luckily, we still have a few months of picture-perfect autumn to enjoy before the temperatures drop into the negatives, the bike paths become perennially slippery, and hibernation becomes the only viable option. So, as the leaves turn golden, we’ve compiled our top picks for the month of October. Look out for FOAM’s cutting-edge exhibition, craft biertjes at Brouwerij ‘t IJ, and a jam-packed 24 hours of fun and frolics at 24H Noord. So soak up those good vibes and carry the (cultural) warmth into Winter!
Dutch Masters from the Hermitage
Amsterdam’s Hermitage Museum is showcasing a selection of the Dutch Masters’ greatest work – on loan from the St Petersburg collection in Russia. 63 artworks by 50 different artists will adorn the Nieuwe Keizersgracht wing as the world’s leading collection of Dutch Golden Age painting (outside of the Netherlands) returns to its rightful home.
The FOAM photography museum has always been at the forefront of culture, exploring burgeoning trends and radical styles before anyone else. Their FOAM Talent exhibition exemplifies this unswerving commitment to the new, drawing together young artists from 75 countries to comment on the global state of play. Expect challenging pieces skewering current socio-political concerns, as well as a beautiful overview of the photographic talent of the future.
Food & Drinks
With a chill in the air, it’s the perfect season to get cozy in Amsterdam’s ever-improving selection of eateries. Whether you’re in the mood for some chic dining or just a stiff drink, we’ve got all bases covered. And remember that any weight gained will help insulate you against the coming cold – so go ahead and indulge!
De Pijp is stuffed to the gills with good food. Check out the authentic wood-fired pizzas at Mastino, the steaming bowls of Vietnamese goodness at Pho 91, or spend a day grazing and haggling at the Albert Cuypmarkt!
Brouwerij ‘t IJ
Although the Netherlands is known as a country of windmills, they’re actually quite few and far between in the capital city. Luckily, one of the few remaining is now one of the city’s finest craft brewries – the perfect way to experience some ‘authentic’ Dutch culture while getting (more than) a little merry. Their regularly-updated menu is reliably delicious, and their industrial-chic interior is a popular post-work hangout. Just remember to pace yourself; those beers are deceptively strong!
Tiqets’ top picks
If you’re looking to squeeze every last drop of fun out of the dwindling Summer, our crack team is on hand to suggest their favorite cultural highlights. So even if the sunshine is dwindling, there’s no excuse not to get out and about and experience the best the city has to offer!
The Amsterdam 24H project gives each city district a chance to show off their best and brightest. Whether you’re a tourist or a seasoned local, it’s a great way to appreciate the subtle differences across the city and discover lesser-known gems. This time, the Noord district is ready to show why it’s a force to be reckoned with in modern Amsterdam.
Read My World
This year marks the Read My World Festival’s 5th edition, bringing literature from all over the world into Amsterdam’s Tolhuistuin venue. Read My World aims to test the boundaries between literature and journalism and explore everything in between. Every year, the initiative selects a new region and topic and invites local curators to invite international poets and authors to express themselves by telling stories which look beyond the conventional media’s status quo.
Want something different?
Last but not le3ast, we have something truly unusual. While Amsterdam may be growing bigger and bigger, one of its most innovative institutions is looking smaller and smaller – right down to the microscopic level. We’d say it was out of this world if it wasn’t exploring the invisible world that lives all around us. Think big, but look small – welcome to Micropia.
When people hear the words ‘microbes’ their thoughts usually turn to illness and poor hygiene – thank goodness we don’t have to see them! Micropia uses the latest in audiovisual technology and, as you journey through it, you’ll learn about the ways microbes benefit and influence our daily life, from brushing our teeth to making bread.