The end of spring, the start of summer and holy moly, there is a lot to do. Don’t forget to take a little time and sit still, just to enjoy this lovely, sunny season.

Taste of Amsterdam

June 1-3, Amstelpark
If you’re the kind of person who loves the starters menu best, then this is your kind of thing. At this event 24 of Amsterdam’s best restaurants present small versions of their signature dishes. You can do nothing but eat the whole weekend – and no one will blame you –  but there are other activities too; a food market with beautiful products and various workshops, tastings and demonstrations.

Holland festival
June 7- July 1, various locations

The biggest, international cultural festival in the Netherlands. Whether it’s dance, opera, ballet, theater, movies or visual arts; it’s all happening in Amsterdam.

Open Garden days

June 15-17, various locations

Hidden behind Amsterdam’s stone facades, not far away from the tourist crowds, lie peaceful city gardens. The third weekend of June, thirty of them will be open for the public to visit. This year’s theme is “Garden Architecture”. Get inspired by these patches of urban horticulture and find courage to start mowing the lawn again, or quietly pretend it’s yours, and the canal house behind it too.

Artis Summer Evenings

2nd, 9th and 16th of June, Plantage Kerklaan 38-40

There is something magical about Artis by dusk. Bird songs fill your ears, fragrances fill the air, and slowly, nocturnal animals wake from their slumber. The night is theirs, and for a couple of evenings a year, it’s ours too. There are different activities and workshops for kids, while you can listen to new bands performing, order pizza or bring a picnic for a romantic date near the flamingo garden.

Amstelvlietstraat 4, Amsterdam

The best possible introduction to Dutch cooking. This new restaurant, located on the ground floor of the sustainable, recently opened QO hotel, serves beautiful dishes, prepared with local ingredients. Very local. The vegetables and herbs come straight from the greenhouse, located on the 21st floor of the building. Luc Kusters, Michelin chef from veggie heaven Bolenius, has helped to create the menu, chef Alexander Brouwer stands in the kitchen.