The Dutch do not seem to be affected by Autumn at all. No doubt that you will pass by soaked kids in cargo bikes, locals diving for blown away umbrellas and wringing-wet market vendors with an everlasting sense of humour. The rain has its charm, but we rather keep you dry and cosy in these five places to stay for hours. Or days, if you wish.
Loose your imagination in the leading photography museum of Amsterdam. The bright and light Foam Museum is a reviving place on gloomy days. Two temporary collections catch the eye this month. The images of Paul Mpagi Sepuya display parts of the male body, whereas the Senta Simond exhibition centers around women and answers clichés of female photography.
The boat departs from the jetty at Oostelijke Handelskade 34 (reservations required)
While the wind whistles on deck and the rain strikes the windows of the historic ferry, you will cruise to a rough island in the Markermeer for an experience that holds between ‘Indiana Jones’ and a peaceful dinner. On Vuurtoreneiland you will be greeted with fires and lanterns, to make your way to the old fort for five courses, prepared on open fires. At the end of the night, you will sail out again and head back to the civilized world.
Nieuwe Leliestraat 16A
Rather stay on the mainland? Then blend in with the locals and settle down in their kitchen. Living room restaurants such as Caro’s in the Jordaan quarter are gaining in popularity. As if visiting a distant aunt, you will join Caro in the kitchen for a delicious 3-course table d’hôte dinner with Dutch dishes.
Once a month it’s time to buy your designer clothes and collector’s items at a fair price in the Hallen. The Kloffie Market is not a flea market nor a holy mess, the philosophy is quality over quantity. Every piece of clothing is carefully arranged and the vendors treat you like a handsome boutique shopper.
Every year in October, Amsterdam prepares for the world’s biggest electronic music platform. Leading DJ’s and producers head to the city for the Amsterdam Dance Event. Not a fan of boisterous beats and endless nights? Your alternative is the ADE Hangover: the closing happening of the event with live bands and DJs, bringing you slow tunes for a mellow Sunday vibe.