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more questions re: this weekend

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more questions re: this weekend

thanks for the replies earlier, they were very useful. i wonder if i might impose on you a little more?

We have come up with a shortlist of places we are interested in seeing...museums, eateries, shopping areas etc, but are having trouble grouping them in a logistical manner.

we arrive Thursday morning and leave sunday evening, with Uni Open Day on saturday 10am til 2pm.

we would like to include Foam,Huis Marseilles, Stedelijk, , the De Nieuwe Ooster cemetery (and possibly the distillery). Shopping wise we fancy the Jordaan, 9 streets, waterlooplein market and ijhallen flea market on sunday...we have earmarked a few vintage shops in these areas.

Food and drink wise we like the recommended Brown cafes near our hotel (The Lancaster), Toko MC, Walem,Spanjer and Van Twist, Door 74, G and Ts, and fancy a cocktail at the Doubletree. Also thought we might try Thursday evening at cafe Prik.

Please feel free to comment on what may or may not be a good idea, and to add others!. thanks janedona

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Current weather forecasts for Amsterdam predict rain for Thursday morning and Sunday. That can still change...

You're lucky to catch IJhallen which only takes place once a month. The best products and deals are found right after opening. It is indoors so you'll avoid the rain. You can reach it by taking the free ferry to NDSM from the north side of Central Station, it'll take about 15 minutes. Make sure you catch the correct ferry (the one most to the left, NDSM should be marked on the sign above, or ask locals). http://ijhallen.nl/agenda.php

DoubleTree is right next to Central Station so perhaps you can go there for coffee after visiting IJhallen (after coming back on the ferry).

Cafe Prik is a gay bar and on this *Friday* after 10pm a duo of female deejays will be playing because they've been a deejay duo for 7 years. There will be lots of men and some women. ;-) There is a tiny dance floor, and great atmosphere and a mix of ages. I don't know what the place is like on Thursdays.

You may also be interested in gay cocktailbar / burger restaurant Getto (sic) in Warmoesstraat. Very nice vibe as well. All their burgers are named after famous Amsterdam transvestites, but they also serve other dishes and soups. And over 20 types of cocktails.

As for the other places: 9 straatjes, Huis Marseille and Spanjer & Van Twist can easily be combined, perhaps some other places too. Pettycoat vintage clothes shop is not far from there either.

I suggest you take a map and mark all those places in it.

De Nieuwe Ooster is a beautiful cemetery with a wide range of different types of trees as well that they are very proud of. A guided tour is not taking place this weekend but you can find some info in Dutch on their website and use Google Translate to read it. http://www.denieuweooster.nl/arboretum/ You can get a map of the cemetery at the entrance, which I recommend getting because it's quite big and the curvy paths may cause disorientation. Some famous Dutch people are buried there, but my favourites are the kitsch, over-the-top gypsie graves, often with empty beer cans from their parties on the graves. There is also a small museum about death and all the rituals people use worldwide, by the entrance. I don't know if it's in Dutch only.

In order to get to the entrance of De Nieuwe Ooster you take tram 9 from the center (Central Station or De Munt for example) to stop Kruislaan, takes about 20 minutes. From there walk to the entrance, see map: http://goo.gl/maps/W1jHJ

In case you're interested in ice skating with the locals; Jaap Eden ice skating rink is a 10 minute walk from that cemetery. http://goo.gl/maps/aZzfZ / www.jaapeden.nl

To get to the distillery in Flevopark is a bit more work, or would be easier if you have bikes. :-)

I suggest just going for drinks at Jaap Eden ice skating rink (they have a lovely old-style cafe called Skeeve Skaes, with old wooden&leather ice skates hanging from the ceiling), or at Cafe Elsa's on Middenweg (13 minute walk), which could be combined with Park Frankendael (nice park with a beautiful mansion, which also contains a cafe/restaurant called Merkelbach), or taking a tram back to the center.

Or if you're up for walking all the way back to the center in stages, from De Nieuwe Ooster, you could stop at vintage / refuse shop Budget Store (Leger des Heils / Salvation Army) on Middenweg; at small vintage shop Zora on Linnaeusstraat, and at Henri's cocktail bar (at the corner of Oosterpark). Along the way you may see other shops you like.

Without stops this would be a 40 minute walk: http://goo.gl/maps/Vl6YU

Or if you want to go really, really local this would also be a nice walk taking in the liquor distillery at the end: http://goo.gl/maps/QJ6Dn > it also includes beautiful village-like square Linnaeushof, very pretty streets Linnaeusparkweg and Hogeweg, cafe 1900 on a little square with a fountain. The opening hours of the distillery in Flevopark are 3pm - 6pm this time of the year (and by 6pm it'll be pitch dark in the park so better go earlier). www.nwediep.nl/nwe-diep-proeflokaal.html

Hope this helps,




Edited: 06 November 2013, 15:06
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