In the shortest month of the year, let’s make every day count.

Wed and walk

February 14, 1e van der Helststraat 13 Amsterdam

Let’s not get snobby about Valentine’s Day. The beginning of the year is in dire need of something festive and spring is still miles away; so why not celebrate love and be commercial and buy cards and chocolate and flowers? Hey; why not get married while we’re at it? Wed and Walk offers the whole shabang for 75 euros, including the dress, the suit, the speech, the flowers, the rings, the guests, the pictures – and minus the inlaws and the lifelong commitment.

Baut

One of Amsterdam’s favorite pop-up restaurant has chosen to pop-up in one of Amsterdam’s most secretive neighbourhoods; the Spaarndammerbuurt. Of course we all know that when things start popping, gentrification is as undeniable as global warming; and this is definitely the case for the Spaarndammerstraat, separating the centre of town with a new neighbourhood that is being built at spectacular speed near the water. Take a stroll, marvel at the famous, fairytale-esque architecture, check out the new building site, have a drink in one of the bars lining the Spaarndammerstraat and settle down at Baut for some tasty, modern cooking and a peak at Amsterdam’s young and beautiful.

Govert Flinck & Ferdinand Bol

Paleis op de Dam, Dam Square, until February 18

It is the first time that the work of Govert Flinck and Ferdinand Bol, both students of Rembrandt, are shown together in an exhibition of this size. Moreover, four of their most important works, commissioned 350 years ago for the Palace, can still be admired today in the very same location they were created for. Until the end of February there will be 30 minutes Gallery Talks on the exhibition, on Saturday and Sunday at 13.00 and 14.00. There is no need for reservations, just let the cashier know you want to join.

De Huishoudbeurs

RAI Amsterdam, from February 17 until February 25

So you visited all the major exhibitions, you checked yourlittleblackbook to carefully select one of Amsterdam’s hotspots to have dinner, you took pictures of the canals and you did some shopping in the Negen Straatjes. Still; you are not certain that you now completely grasp the Dutch identity. You feel that something is missing… In this case; visit De Huishoudbeurs; or freely translated: The Household Fair – “the party of the year, for you and your friends to enjoy”. Since the 1950’s this major event has drawn crowds of Dutch women, looking for all the news concerning fashion, beauty, living, cooking, health and recreation. Take a couple of hours for a visit and expect a real encounter with local culture and more specifically; the Dutch woman. Admire how she collects bags of freebies, watch her sip her koffie verkeerd, marvel at her rosy cheeks and her functional shoes (you walk miles on these fairs), and don’t forget to treat yourself to the newest Swiffer mop. You won’t get closer to the Dutch, I promise, and you really do get a lot of free things to take home. That settles souvenir shopping.

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