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Amsterdam, North Holland, Netherlands
November 20, 2012
From journal Leiden in the Netherlands
August 21, 2005
After this, you may want to head to the Pieterskerk to check out the original pilgrim church, if the renovations have ended (when I left in July 2005, it was only open for special events). If you can get inside, do it--it's beautiful and spacious. Then go back to the carnival and street entertainment until you work up an appetite for dinner. I recommend eating hutspot at Cafe de Hooykist, located a block before the old hospital, Hooigracht 15, on that same street. This eetcafe is small and great for a rainy day. Inside, the restaurant is dimly lit, and they have a wide array of beers on tap. And their hutspot--pretty delicious, I must say. What exactly is hutspot? Meat or veal served with a mashed concoction of carrots, potatoes, and onions. This meal is very hearty. At Cafe Hooykist, the hutspot tasted very good (even after a day of eating at the various outdoor stands), and was the best dish I had there when I returned other times. Hutspot is only served on the October 4 weekend.
At night, bars open their doors and their tunes onto the streets, where hundreds of Dutchmen throng under the tarps and dance. Depending on where you go depends on the kind of music you'll hear. Across from Hooykist, at a bar with cows drawn on the outside, you'll listen to more traditional Dutch music. On the Rapenburg, at Cafe Barrera, a techno DJ is set up outside. And this is everywhere. The beer is free-flowing and the atmosphere happy and exuberant. If you happen to be in Holland on October 4 (and especially if you've never been in Paris for the Fete de la Musique or another city with an outdoor street party), get to Leiden.
From journal Dutch Day Trips: Utrecht, Leiden, and Delft