Meet the Willem Pie Healthy Bakery Amsterdam

Work, work, work. It’s such a huge part of our daily lives that almost everybody strives for a dream job. For the most of us it won’t be more than day dreamin’. Just a splinter group has the power and drive to make their dreams reality and create their own dream job. A few weeks ago I met girl boss Willemijn. She’s the proud owner of Willem Pie Healthy Bakery – thumbs up for her cool brand name. Because I was touched by her fascinating, sincere story – ánd of course because I’ve fallen in love with her pies as a test taster (life as a ‘foodie’ is heavenly I can assure you) – I had to share her inspiring story with you! Say hi to Willem-Pie Healthy Bakery Amsterdam!

The story behind Willem-Pie Healthy Bakery Amsterdam
Willemijn has been a lover of baking since she was a little kid. Especially inventing her own baking’s made her enthusiastic and happy. Up from a year ago baking was just a hobby for the fun. But wat started as a fanatic hobby next to her full-time job at the HR department at accountancy giant PwC, grew out into a 24/7 job as a sweet treat maker, so cool!

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Willemijn at work

Please, please follow your heart and make yourself intensely happy day in, day out.

If we really want something, we always postpone it, crazy right? Sometimes something really has to happen before you’ll follow your heart. A few years ago the well-paid job at PwC came on Willemijn her way. But whether this was her dream job…? She continued and continued, because everyone was in the 6th gear and didn’t seem to stop. Until she was abruptly stopped by a serious burnout. That moment, that has changed everything! She was done by being an ‘office slave’ instead of doing what makes her really happy. Baking, that’s her daily fuel she needs. Bye bye PwC, Hello Willem Pie Healthy Bakery Amsterdam! Her message for you: please, please follow your heart and make yourself intensely happy day in day out.

Cheesecake Willem-pie Healthy Bakery
THE guilty free Cheesecake

Guilt-free guilty pleasures
Two years ago Willemijn met the healthy girls of the popular Green Happiness. From that moment she has changed her food lifestyle and became a happy vegan. Not because it’s such a trend right now through documentaries like ‘What the Health’ and so on. No, Willemijn is convinced by the impact of animal products, gluten and refined sugars on her mental and physical condition. Because she’s conscious of her diet, she also wanted to make guilt-free sweets, it’s closest to herself. For example, think of cakes and other sweets without lactose, gluten and chemical food additives.

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Banana bread

OK, in case you’re very hungry at the moment – sorry to make things even worse for you. All the sweet stuff of Willem-Pie is simply too delicious for your eyes, let alone your taste buds. Personally I really love to have a cheat day (or two), resulting in a sugar rush, and that’s too bad. But the more I find out that my belly and skin don’t like dairy and processed products, the more open I become to healthier alternatives. As a sweet tooth I really love cakes and the sweeter, the better. But as a test taster of Willem-Pie I tasted the best sweet creations without even noticing that there’s no shitty stuff in it, seriously. Cheating guilt-free, how awesome is that! So last weekend, I served my sister and boyfriend a Snickers cake and cheesecake (see header photo). Guess what? Both didn’t perceive they ate pretty healthy sweets, so Willem-Pie’s mission has been accomplished! Still prefer a cake with gluten, lactose et cetera? Of course, that isn’t a problem either for the baking mistress but it’s great that the option is there at least.

My birthday is in two weeks – hip hip hooray – so I know where to shop my cakes! In case your favourite sweet treat is not on the menu, Willemijn becomes very fanatic when you challenge her to make a guilt-free custom made guilty pleasure. What stops you? Go for it and experience the finger lickin’ good stuff of Willem-Pie.

Love,

Sharmaine

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*Sharmaine is one of our guest bloggers from the Netherlands with a sweet tooth. The sweeter, the better! She no kitchen princess so she’s always in search for the best hotspots in Amsterdam! You can expect an article from her once a month! Check her out on @sharriefromsandmountains!

Amsterdam Event Calendar for August 2017

Pretty August, you have been quite unpredictable so far. You give us rain, sunshine and thunderstorms. But we don’t mind, as long as you have some cool events for us this month! And August has good news because there are plenty! Enjoy our Amsterdam Event Calendar for August.

Andy Warhol Expo, Beurs van Berlage
When? From the 2nd of July until the 30st of Sept
What? Portret, soup cans and coke bottles from the famous artist

Summer Nights in Artis (Zomeravonden)
When? June – July – Aug, Artis Zoo
What? Saturday evenings in the Zoo until the sun goes down.
Artis Zoo let’s people enjoy Saturday evening until the sun goes down by opening up their doors to the public. There will be performances, music, storytellers and you can learn about the animals and their nightly activities. Check the website for more info

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Zoo nights in Artis

Vondelpark Open Air Theater
When? from the 5th of May throughout summer
What? Concerts, performances and fun for children
This open air theater in the middle of the famous Vondelpark has been organizing music performances since 1974. For the next 5 months you can enjoy performances and concerts on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. For all the dates check www.openluchttheater.nl

Amsterdam Pride
When? 4th – 6th of August 
What? Amsterdam is turning pink
Unicorns, glitter and rainbows will color the city this weekend when the Pride comes to Amsterdam. There are too many parties and events to mention so we’ve made a separate Pride Guide for you so you don’t miss out on the action!

Amsterdam Pride Guide, Wander-Lust

Sunday Market
When? 6th of August, Westerpark
What? Our favorite market at the beginning of each month!
It’s the first Sunday of a new month, so this means that the famous Sunday Market is here! It’s great to bring your kids too! www.sundaymarket.nl

Urban Camp Site, Science Park
When? Until the 31st of August
What? Sleep in a work of art
If you’re into camping, you’re going to love this camping site! Sleep in various works of art that all have their own unique little secret or function. All objects are transformed in a little hotelroom. Be quick as bookings go fast! For more info and our review check Eva’s article!

NDSM Food Festival
When? 4th – 6th of August, NDSM 

What? A brand new foodtruck festival in Amsterdam North
We can’t get enough of food festivals and we think this new kid on the block will cure your hunger! For opening times and more info check www.ndsmfoodfestival.nl

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Pride Plastic Fishing
When? 6th of August at NEMO
What? Cleaning up the canals after the Amsterdam Canal Pride
Parties like Koningsdag and the Amsterdam Pride are nice, but they also leave a lot of plastic and trash into our canals. Every year the organisation Plastic Whale organizes a day where you can help cleaning up the canals by “fishing” plastic. If you have your own boat you can join but they also have (recycled) boats available. Just send us an email at join@plasticwhale.org. Facebook

24Kitchen Festival
When? 12th + 13th of August at The Hallen

What? The food TV Channel is hosting a tasty event
Tickets cost €12,50 but for this you will get access to the event, cook workshops, tastings, meet & greets with TV chefs and two 24Kitchen meals. More info here.

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On The Roof 
When? Until the 15th of August
What? Music with a view
Enjoy jazz sounds and world music on top of the Op Zeezand with a fantastic view over ‘T IJ. Ticket are available from €14,-. The capacity is limited with only 100 seats per show, so make sure to book your tickets in time. www.on-the-roof.com

Pluk De Nacht
When? 16th until the 26th of August, Stenen Hoofd
What? Open Air Cinema
Movie lovers get enjoy summer nights in front of a big screen around the corner of Amsterdam Central station. National and international movies will be played and there will be some foodtrucks. Entrance is free. Facebook

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Uitmarkt
When? 25th – 27th of August, various locations
What? Cultural festival in Amsterdam
It will be the 4oth edition of the Uitmarkt this year where you can enjoy theater, music and art. It will be the kick off of the cultural season and is hosted at a new location this year, the Oosterdok. Check the website for all the info. www.uitmarkt.nl

Grachten Festival
When? 11h – 20th of August, around the canals
What? Classical music around the canals of Amsterdam
If you love the canals of Amsterdam combined with classical music, this is your festival! Music on the water always sounds good but add beautiful lights and decor and you have the Amsterdam Grachten Festival. www.grachtenfestival.nl

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Icarus Festival
When? 29th of August, Cafe Ceuvel

What? Inspiring festival
The pressure to perform at work or in our private lives is huge nowadays. This festival is all about embracing your failures and laughing it. There will be music, peptalks, theater and workshops. Get ready to be inspired! Tickets are available from €15,-

Enjoy August!

Love,

Wander-Lust

The Amsterdam Pride Guide

The Pride Amsterdam is happening this weekend and because we support equality and love anything hysterical, we’ve made a separate Amsterdam Pride Guide for you so you know where to be to find the rainbow!

Levi’s Pride DAA Talk Event
When & where? Levi’s Kalverstraat
What? This season Levi’s has teamed up with DAA, a non profit organization that seeks to raise awareness and to educate people about HIV/AIDS.
Levi’s 
and DAA will co-host a lecture in the Levi’s Kalverstraat Store 167-179 on the 4th of August to discuss topics ranging from how hiv/aids is affecting the youth of today to how we can fight stigma with Ayke Gubbels (a trained psychologist)! It’s for free with drinks & food!
Sign up here
Besides the lecture you can also shop for the limited edition Pride collection! More info on Facebook.

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Bo Nam X The Aiscream Karaoke Show Pride Edition
When & where? 3rd of August, Bo Nam
What? Karaoke, pride style!

Bo Nam, Amsterdam Pride Guide

Open Air Cinema at Nieuwemarkt
When & where? 2nd – 3rd of August, at Nieuwemarkt from 9pm
What? Inspiring movies in this open air cinema
Watch the movie The World Unseen, a film about identity, racial differences and desires on a big screen at the famous Nieuwemarkt square. Entrance is free!

Pride High Tea at The Duchess 
When & where? Until the 6th of August, at The Duchess
What? High Tea, Pride style
Especially for the Pride, restaurant The Duchess have prepared a colorful high tea for you. Expect unicorn cakes, sprinkles and tasty pink! Who’s joining between the 31st of July and the 6th of  August? www.the-duchess.com

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COCKTAIL – Amsterdam Gay Pride 2017
When & where? Friday the 4th of August, Sofitel Legend The Grand
What? Pride cocktails in style
Wanna go a bit fancy? Than this is your party! Tickets cost €42.50 p.p. but include a free welcome cocktail, four drinks and a goody bag. Info

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Team Unicorn: Pride Pop-Up
When & where? 4th & 5th of August, The Hoxton
What? Pink, sparkles and UNICORNS
Think sparkles, blowing bubbles, rainbows, glitter, lemonade, dances, balloons and laughs with some very special deals on some great unicorn tees. You’ll be all ready to hit the streets and dance for Pride with the whole team backing you up.

La Suite Pride Amsterdam
When & where? 4th of August, at 5&33
What? A fabulous pink indoor party
Amsterdam is world famous for its open minded culture and the yearly Gay Parade. To celebrate this special occasion we organize a La Suite Special the 4th of August. The line up includes; Ewout Colijn, Diva Mayday and one of our favorite DJ’s, DJ Sunny!

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PRIK Pride Street Parties – Gay Pride 2017 Amsterdam
When & where? 4 – 6 August, Spuistraat 109

What? A pride street party
After last year’s huge success the Prik pride street party is back in the Spuistraat. They say it will be even bigger than last year and one of the biggest street parties in Amsterdam! (also because the Reguliersdwarsstreet isn’t hosting a party this year) For 2 days the Spuistraat will be closed off for traffic to celebrate our pride and freedom in Amsterdam. A line up of Amsterdam’s best DJ’s will be on the outdoor stage opposite PRIK. Together with the outdoor bars, food trucks and happy crowd all the ingredients are there for a wonderful party.

This is my Pride Weekend – Dam square
When & where? 4 – 6 of August, Dam Square
What? Celebrate diversity on the most famous square of Amsterdam
A full party program from Friday until Sunday with a cool line up such as Boney M Revue, Lady Bee, New Amsterdam Orchestra live met Trijntje Oosterhuis, Candy Dulfer & friends and entrance is completely free! On Friday and Saturday the party starts at 4pm and on Sunday at 2pm.

Amsterdam Pride Canal Parade
Where & when? Saturday the 5th of August
What? Last but certainly not least is of course the best party of the whole pride. The canal parade.
From 10am till 10pm you can feast your eyes on colorful boats with half naked men and women dancing to loud music and pink confetti. 

Amsterdam Pride Guide 2017

Enjoy this year’s pride!

Love,

Wander-Lust

Urban Campsite Amsterdam » Sleep in an art object!

The Amsterdam Science Park will be transformed into a paradise of art and technology up until September. It’s called the Urban Campsite. This outdoor exhibition will make you feel like you’ve landed on a different planet while you’re still standing below sea level on Amsterdam ground. Urban Campsite combines technology and innovation in order to let you experience art in a new and unique way. Leave the city buzz behind, wake up your mind and let yourself get carried away in new perspectives. It’s time to go camping, 2017 style!

Sleeping on a different planet
At this outdoor exhibition you will not find any red lines that you aren’t allowed to cross, compelling “do not touch” signs and outrageous amounts of security cameras. Urban Campsite managed to find a way to let you experience art while combining it with one of my favorite activities: sleeping. The twelve enriching artworks are not just treats for your eyes; you can even stay the night in them. The objects are different in size, comfort and style. They’re all equipped with a comfy bed and a romantic light. Even the art object Homeless, which is practically a garbage ban, offers you comfort. For your wake-up shower and beauty routines you’ll have to go to the shared sanitary facilities. After all, this is an Urban Campsite, not an Urban Hotel. To see all the different installations check here.  You can also book your reservation on Airbnb and treat yourself on a night you won’t easily forget.

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Where I slept; Universe 9

Waking up at Urban Campsite
Waking up at Urban Campsite

UrbanCampsite shows us science and art isn’t only a possible match, it’s also a match made in heaven.

The Art of Tech-Living
Besides the fact that it is extremely cool to sleep in an art installation, there is a little more to it. The goal of UrbanCampsite is to create a sustainable mini-society where visitors can experience how technology can make our lives more sustainable, yet comfortable at the same time. Every artwork tells it’s own story in this year’s theme The Art of Tech-Living. One of my favorites, Waiting for Water, from Stefanie Rittler and Sascha Henken. This pretty pink object provides a humorous but serious view on climate change; the residential will float if the sea level will get too high and floods the country. Sudio Valkenier also started a discussion with their see-though room a few meters above the ground, called Gigabed. It implies our current need to be available online at all times and the need to share our lives on social media. The bed offers you a great view, but don’t expect much privacy.

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Waiting for water – Stefanie Rittler & Sacha Henken. 

Pablo Picasso once said the purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls. Urban Campsite gives you the unique opportunity to do so in only one night. Inhabit works of arts by artists and designer and treat all your senses on something new. UrbanCampsite shows us science and art isn’t only a possible match, it’s also a match made in heaven.

Love,

Eva

Urban Campsite (UCA)
Sciencepark, Amsterdam
Website

8 x Natural Swimming Spots in Amsterdam

Give the Dutch one sun beam and you will feast your eyes on flipflops, shorts, skirts, bikini’s and white bodies ready to get tanned. People also seek water and options to cool down. Swimming in natural water seems to grow in popularity because the Dutch beaches can be too busy on hot summer days. Check out these 8 natural swimming spots in Amsterdam and you’ll never have to stand in traffic to the beach again.

Blijburg
If you live in Amsterdam, you have probably been here. Blijburg at sea had a makeover last year so the restaurant looks amazing right now. The beach is cleaner than ever and there are more parking spaces. We have to admit, it’s not the cleanest water in the world but as long as you don’t swallow the water, we think you will survive ;-)

Natural swimming spots in Amsterdam, Blijburg
The new Blijburg 

‘T Twiske
I have been here recently and I love this place. There are several man-made beaches with many natural swim spots. There are many relaxing activities such as playing golf, fishing, hiking, cycling or  you can enjoy a BBQ. There is even a nudist beach area so eh..if you want to swim in your birthday suit, you can do it here! Parking cost €3,50 for the first 3 hours.

Sloterpark 
I live here so I know this area very well. I think this park is one of the best parks in Amsterdam because the trees are high, so beautiful and ever changing. The water is around 35 meters deep and the East and West side of the Sloterplas are available for swimming from the grass, where you will find actual swimming-pool-like-stairs going in the water. There is also a newly refurbished beach area where they are also building Hotel Buiten, that will be ready in September. On sunny days, you can borrow free beach chairs, inflatables and inflatable armbands.

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Sloterplas

Gaasperplas
Did you know that the Gaasperpark and Gaasperplas are a 166 hectare together? Situated in South East Amsterdam, it might be a bit far out for you but if you love swimming, this is a great spot. Watch the sailboats and windsurfers though, because they love it here too.  There are showers, toilets and a farm for lunch called Boerderij Langerlust.

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Gaasperplas from above (Source)

Diemerpark Beach
This man-made beach area is in the far East of Amsterdam and is located in between the Amsterdam- Rijnkanaal and IJburg. It’s a place where nature get’s a fair chance so there are many fauna and flora around. The beach area is located on the north-side of the park. There are no showers but it’s perfect for getting your tan on.

Nieuwe Meer
There are 3 main swimming spots here and lot’s of tiny little places to lay down and jump in the water. You find yourself in the middle of nature and you won’t even realize you’re in freaking Amsterdam. If you have a boat, it’s a great place to stop relax. The best way to get here is by bicycle but there is also a bit parking lot. Swimming here is at your own risk because there is no supervision.

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Amsterdamse Bos
The water here is excellent and very safe for children. The water in the big pond is around 1 meter deep and one of the best swimming natural swimming spots in Amsterdam. The big lake is very popular for water sports and many people go here to enjoy the water. Come early or plan a trip during the week if you want to enjoy the nature and scenery when it’s still quiet. There are toilets but no shower but the water is sweet and very clean. 

Beach De Hoge Dijk
This area is located North of the village of Abcoude and South of the Amsterdam district of Reigersbos. The good thing here is that there is a small puddle-like area especially for children that is save enough for them to play in. If you have a dog that loves swimming, this is also the place to do it but only from October until April.

Natural swimming spots in Amsterdam
A better experience than swimming in pools?

Ouderkerkplas
The water is being monitored every year and this water hasn’t had the best results. Meaning, you might get some stomach problems if you swallow the water. Mind you, it is still a nice place to visit and it qualified as safe enough. The sandy beach is around 200 meters in length and 20 meters wide. There is a ATM, restaurants nearby and showers.

If you are looking for waterspots for little children, the Westerpark, Vondelpark, Oosterpark and Beatrixpark are also nice options. The water here is shallow and filtered daily. To find out more about the water and swim quality in the Netherlands, check this website: www.zwemwater.nl

Have fun swimming this summer!

Love,

Elke

More tips about Amsterdam? Check our Amsterdam Guide!

Escape the city » 5 x nature in and around Amsterdam

Amsterdam is lovely but she can be a bit busy and hectic sometimes. Time to clear your head? These 5 spots in and around Amsterdam are just what you need!

Tuinen van West
Situated in Amsterdam New West, this area is easily overlooked by many people. Little do they know it’s a great place to walk and relax. You can find fields of open gras but you can also find the “Volkstuinen” here. These are little garden-houses people can buy and relax at when they want to escape the city and don’t own a garden. You may have heard of the escape room? Yep, also located around here plus you can also find one of my all time favorite secret spots in the Tuinen van West named Cantina (header photo)www.tuinenvanwest.info

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Kanaal Noord
Recently opened, this new spot by the water in Zaandam is the new kid on the block this summer. Open from Wednesday tot Sunday, you can come here for tasty food, drinks and relax while consuming it. In the food court they serve spare-ribs, crab burgers but also vegetarian options and all mains are served with a green salad and fries. It’s also a great place to take your kids to as they have a play area and children activities. www.kanaal-noord.nl

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Kanaal Noord

‘T Twiske
This green area is also located in Zaandam, just outside Amsterdam. I knew it was there but never went until last year and I was pleasantly surprised. The area is a staggering 650 hectare of green & waterland. You can also swim in natural water and there are several small man-made beaches. There are many relaxing activities such as playing golf, fishing, hike or enjoy a BBQ. Because it’s so secluded, there are a few dance/techno festivals that love using this space during summer. Parking cost €3,50 for the first 3 hours and you can only pay by card. www.twiske-waterland.nl

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The waterlands in ‘T Twiske

Spaarnwoude
In between Amsterdam, Haarlem and Hoofddorp you can find Spaarnwoude. It’s great for mountain biking, walking, cycling and there is a climb wall. It’s a great place for a children’s party or a BBQ with friends if you don’t feel like a busy park in Amsterdam. There are lot’s of things to do during summer for the young and old, so check the agenda! www.spaarnwoude.nl

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Crowds at Awakenings Festival (source: Awakenings)

De Oeverlanden
We’ve written about this area before but it’s well worth mentioning again. Right across from the famous Amsterdamse Bos, you can find the Oeverlanden. This area has stayed untouched so plants had a good change to grow in their natural habitat. During the summer you can participate in water sports such as flyboarding. Don’t be surprised if you see a herd of Scottish Highlanders grazing around, they maintain the natural balance in an ecologically responsible way. They won’t bother you unless you don’t bother them. No feeding and no padding! We walked for around and enjoyed the beautiful view of the Nieuwe Meer. The best other thing about this park is that you have plenty of secret swim and sunbathing spots. So you can get a tan without getting disturbed. www.oeverlanden.nl

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De Oeverlanden

What’s your favorite spot to escape the city?

Love,

Elke

More secret spots in Amsterdam? Click on the picture: 

5 secret spots in Amsterdam

Het Amsterdamse Terrassen Festival is coming!

If you know one thing about Amsterdam, it’s that people love to sit outside whenever they can. When the first rays of sunlight appear, you will see outside terraces in each part of the city. To celebrate the end of an already fantastic terrace season, several cafe’s and restaurants are joining forces and will transform into the largest outside terrace at the Amsterdam Terrace Festival! (Amsterdamse Terrassen Festival)

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From East to West and North to South, you can expect them all!

On the 1st, 2nd and 3rd of September you will be able to find around 20 different cafe’s and restaurants at the festival, all with their own specialty and allure. It’s being organised by the same people behind popular party starters Het Amsterdams Verbond and Bevrijdingsfestival so these guys know what to do to create a successful festival with all elements. Some of the participants are ROEST, Brandstof, Terpentijn X JAJEM, ‘T Blauwe Theehuis and Het Paardje. From East to West and North to South, you can expect them all! Some of them will host a bar whilst others highlight their food.

Besides the drinks and food, there will also be some entertainment such as Karaoke from Duke of Tokyo, Silent Disco by Vondel Disco and DJ’s. There will be an ongoing competition where they can win the titel for best terrace, best bar host (men and female) and best served beer. (very important of course ;-))

Oh and one more thing, the entrance is totally free! Who will join us in September?? (and celebrate Elke’s birthday :-))

Het Amsterdamse Terrassen Festival
1 – 3 September in Oosterpark
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Love,

Wander-Lust

Amsterdam in top 10 most popular cities

We knew Amsterdam is a great city, and I guess many of you must agree because Amsterdam just kicked off Hong Kong out of the top 10 most popular cities in the world.

Market research company Ipsos ask more than 18500 people of 26 different countries what their favorite city was to live, work or do business in and they could choose between 60 different cities. Amsterdam made it to number 9 in the overall standings and that’s a great improvement because our capital city was on the 14th place back in 2013. 

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New York holds the overall number 1 spot, followed by Abu Dhabi and surprisingly London made it to third place. Then again, the research was done before the many terrorist attacks happened. 

To see the full list check the Ipsos Report

Love,

Wander-Lust

Wanna know why we think Amsterdam is so awesome?

Why we love Amsterdam

Amsterdam Event Calendar for July 2017

Hello July! Full of sunshine, flipflops, shorts and skirts. (ok, we will experience the occasional rain, because it’s a Dutch summer after all) But we are happy that July has arrived because there are so many cool events! Here are our favorites!

Andy Warhol Expo, Beurs van Berlage
When? From the 2nd of July until the 30st of Sept
What? Portret, soup cans and coke bottles from the famous artist

Summer Nights in Artis (Zomeravonden)
When? June – July – Aug, Artis Zoo
What? Saturday evenings in the Zoo until the sun goes down.
Artis Zoo let’s people enjoy Saturday evening until the sun goes down by opening up their doors to the public. There will be performances, music, storytellers and you can learn about the animals and their nightly activities. Check the website for more info

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Zoo nights in Artis

Vondelpark Yoga
When? 8th of July 10.30 – 11.30
What? Morning yoga session to get you going
Start your Saturday morning off right & enjoy the beautiful summer weather while you practice! Join Shannon for a Vinyasa Flow practice that will recharge you and leave you feeling energized. This class is suitable for all levels, from beginning to advanced students. Bring some friends & meet some new yogis on the mat! The lessons cost €10,-. More info here.

Urban Camp Site, Science Park
When? Until the 31st of August
What? Sleep in a work of art
If you’re into camping, you’re going to love this camping site! Sleep in various works of art that all have their own unique little secret or function. All objects are transformed in a little hotelroom. Be quick as bookings go fast! www.urbancampsiteamsterdam.com

Pizza Run
When? 8th of July, Amsterdamse Bos

What? Run 5km and eat pizza
Yep, that’s all you gotta do. Run 5km and run into a field full of foodtrucks and 20 different kinds of pizza. It’s Europe’s first ever Pizza Run so get on going! www.amsterdampizzarun.nl

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Umami Park: Asian festival in het Oosterpark
When? 9th of July in Amsterdam Oosterpark
What? Asian food market
Asian festival with food, culture, workshops, music and more. UMAMI Park is held in the dreamy garden of De Tropen and offers all the best from Asia. Nibble on mouthwatering streetfood, enjoy a demonstration, join a workshop or just chill by the magical pond. The little ones can get an Asian face painting or have a go on the bouncer. Facebook

Blogger Closet Sale 
When? 9th of July at The Student Hotel

What? Fashion Bloggers sell their items
Hashtag by Lily, Maureenpowel, Formulafarah, Larissabruin and Gabriella Koster are just a few of the fashionista’s that will sell cool items at this blogger sale. Not only that they will be there to offer their help on styling. It’s cash only and admission is free. Facebook

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Amsterdam Fashion Week
When? 13 – 16th of July
What? Dutch & Belgian designers showcase their best and newest collections
Enjoy fashion shows, expo’s and dress your best at this summer’s fashionweek in Amsterdam. One to watch is the ‘circular fashion’ show where 6 designers use old items (bought at the Kingsday markets this year) to create fashionable items. Tickets are available from as little as 5 euro and go up to around 35 euro. Get yours here.

On The Roof 
When? Until the 15th of August
What? Music with a view
Enjoy jazz sounds and world music on top of the Op Zeezand with a fantastic view over ‘T IJ. Ticket are available from €14,-. The capacity is limited with only 100 seats per show, so make sure to book your tickets in time. www.on-the-roof.com

Wicked Thoughts (2nd edition)
When? 12th of July at Wicked Grounds Warehouse
What? When thoughts become things
Wicked Thoughts is there to bring you new thoughts or revive the old ones. This can be the first step toward a more meaningful and conscious life that will guide you to a new path. Set up by a few friends, this is the second edition. Too confusing? Check the Facebook event page for more info.

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Vondelpark Open Air Theater
When? from the 5th of May throughout summer
What? Concerts, performances and fun for children
This open air theater in the middle of the famous Vondelpark has been organizing music performances since 1974. For the next 5 months you can enjoy performances and concerts on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. For all the dates check www.openluchttheater.nl

Trek Food Truck Festival
When? 14th – 16th of July, Amstel Park
What? Mobile trucks with great food
This weekend, the Amstel Park, one of our favorite parks by the way, is transformed into a food truck market with lot’s of delicious meals to choose from! This food festival is a moving festival and Amsterdam is just one of the cities where they will strike down. www.festival-trek.nl

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Buiten Westen Festival
When? 15h of July at De Ouderkerkerplas
What? Techno, Tech house and Minimal
A new location by the water and limited tickets are available at www.buitenwesten.am/tickets

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Milkshake Festival
When? 29th of July in Westerpark

What? LGTB Festival for all
If your milkshake brings all the boys to the yard, you’re at the right address because this LGTB friendly festival is bright, pleasantly shocking and fun! www.milkshakefestival.com

Pride Amsterdam
When? 29th of July – 6th of August, Amsterdam
What? The Pride festival in Amsterdam!
Follow the rainbow and enjoy days full of music, arts, the famous canal parade and lot’s of pink! You can also check out a rainbow market in the famous Vondelpark this year and if you want to head over to the beach in Zandvoort, there is a small pride at the beach. www.pride.amsterdam

Bohemian Universe Festival
When? 29th of July in Scheveningen beach

What? Spiritual music and arts festival
Not
in Amsterdam but worth mentioning. It’s the first time this festival is hosted and it’s probably exactly what you need in a month full of busy and loud music festivals. You can listen, experience and participate. There will be inspirational speakers, advice about healthy food and at night you can enjoy music from Omar Souleyman, Radio Noet Noet, RedLight Radio DJ’ team, and othertoffe local dj’s including our favorite girl Emanuelle Vos. Ticket are available here for €19,50. Facebook

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Enjoy the summer in Amsterdam!

Love, 

Wander-Lust

*This calendar will be updated weekly

Have you been to these new hotspots yet? (click on photo)

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7 x New Hotspots in Amsterdam this July

This month, Amsterdam is welcoming several new hotspots we just can’t ignore. Whether it’s food, a lively new bar or a pop up. We have them lined up for you. Where will we see you this month?

Bar7 by Showpony (Pop Up)
If you’re into parties, you may have heard of Showpony Productions. They manage events and beautiful hostesses to give a party that extra boost. They are 7 years old this year so to celebrate in Showpony style, they are opening up a pop-up bar that will be around for the next 3 months. What to expect? Beautiful women, nice cocktails, funky tunes and a great vibe. Reguliersdwarsstraat 37, Website

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Photo by Maxim Kuijper

De Tulp
Located on the recently renovated Marie Heineken Square, De Tulp is a new tropical bar in De Pijp district. Come here for drinks (they serve Jajem Jenever!) and a bite to eat whilst enjoying the jungle fever. There is a nice space to sit outside and people without a garden are going to love this place! They are open every Tuesday till Sunday until the early hours. Marie Heinekenplein 33, Website

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Hoed en Krelis
Walk a bit further and you will also find this new hotspot in De Pijp. They have just opened their doors so we haven’t even had the chance to pass by yet but the interior and menu already makes us happy. Seasonal vegetables are the headliners in this restaurant but they also serve fish and meat. They are open everyday from 9am till close. Ferdinand Bolstraat 58 – 60, Website

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The Backstage by The Avocado Show
This is a clever little project from the immensely popular Avocado Show. All we can say now is, that it will be near the Avocado Show’s location and it will be a shop and more…We will let you know when it will open, but we think you can expect it somewhere this month! Read here about the Avocado Show.

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Five Brothers Fat, Champagneria
They are bringing Barcelona to Amsterdam and we like it! Enjoy Spanish dishes, cava and champagne until late. The food menu will change every month so there is enough reason to come back. (They had us at champagne..) The opening should be within the next 2 weeks so keep an eye on their Facebook Page. De Clerqstraat 56, Website

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Joya
And suddenly it was there, this new Asian Fine Dining cusine from one of Amsterdam’s most famous hospitality entrepreneur Casper Reinders and newcomer Jeabby Chaiyasat. Influenced by the Thai and Japanese cusine, this is another Asian jewel in Amsterdam. Good news, there is an outside terras! It’s perfect for a dinner that turns into cocktails with your friends. Check this place out! Spuistraat 3G/H, Website

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Dr. Blend
We love this healthy juice and food bar! This new and second location is right in the heart of Amsterdam West so you can easily pop by to get your daily vitamins! Besides all the delicious juices and smoothies, they also serve amazing salads, sandwiches and wraps. Jan PieterHeije 131B, Website

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Enjoy these new hotspots in Amsterdam and eh..see you soon?

Love,

Wander-Lust