Perhaps the best month for canal walks, when darkness washes over the city at 17.00 and all the windows light up warm and yellow, just so you can catch a glimpse of the lives inside, stacked one floor on top of the other, like a real live dollhouse. And after that, there is a whole lot to do to keep you warm and glowing.
From October until February / De Nieuwe Kerk, Dam Square
Regain faith in humankind and all that we are capable off and visit this special exhibition on three of the most inspiring men of the 20th century: Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King, and Nelson Mandela, while at the same time exploring this grand Royal church and its famous golden choir screen.
November 16 from 19.00 to 22.00 / Dam Square 1
If you are nearby (for the Nieuwe Kerk expo), linger for a bit on Dam Square to see how luxury department store The Bijenkorf opens the festive season, as it does each year, with spectacle, music, costumes and, foremost, a lot of little lights.
November 15 until 26 / various locations
IDFA, the renowned international film festival, shows the crème de la crème of international documentaries in cinema’s throughout the city, preceded by introductions and Q&A’s with the makers. On the 25th and the 26th, the Audience Favorites will be shown in The Melkweg for a special price, and the winners of the festival will be shown in the DeLamar Theater on the 24th, 25th and 26th.
November 19 / various locations
Things won’t get more Dutch, or more bewildering. Sinterklaas, a Dutch equivalent to Santa Clause – to keep it simple – arrives by boat and will parade through town on his big white horse, welcomed by thousands of people and children, singing with fake beards and feathered, crêpe paper caps that will turn soggy in the rain. He will remain in Holland until the 5th of December, sliding down chimneys, leaving gifts and pepernoten. An unequaled way to experience local culture, but better avoided if you don’t like crowds or children.
November 4, from 19.00 to 02.00 / various locations
Yearly, on the first Saturday of November, all museums in Amsterdam open their doors to the public. Tickets are available via the Museum Night website in the run-up to the event. Expect large crowds and special programs, drinks, and festivities.
Reestraat 19 and Berenstraat 19
Breakfast in Amsterdam, forever a non-existent thing, has picked up over the years. That one stale bun in a dingy tourist joint is passé and there are loads of appetizing, new options now. One that is very recommendable is Pluk, with two locations in the Negen Straatjes. Pick up a serious blueberry muffin on the go, or sit down amongst fit girls, and opt for a vegetable omelet – and then pick up the muffin.