Amsterdam Journals

Queen's Day in Amsterdam

An April 2003 trip to Amsterdam by quirine

The Dam Photo, Amsterdam, Netherlands More Photos
Quote: This journal describes Amsterdam during the last week of April, when the Dutch celebrate the Queen's birthday. The main dam turns into a carnival, the streets are closed off from traffic, and the entire city turns into a big party.

Queen's Day in Amsterdam

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Overview

The Dam Photo, Amsterdam, Netherlands
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Amsterdam is a city full of historical monuments, buildings, museums, and neighborhoods; however, this journal mostly focuses on a few of my favorite places and what it's like there during the celebration of the Queen's birthday. The dam, where you'll find the palace of Queen Beatrix, turns into a traditional Dutch carnival with a ferris wheel, rides, Olieballen ("oil ball", a traditional Dutch version of the beignet"), and Euro music pumping from the speakers. Every neighborhood has its own celebration, and you should feel free to walk the city during this time. There will be DJs and bands playing every few blocks, and on Museumplein is a hosted concert. Boats are back...Read More

Febo

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Febo Photo, Amsterdam, Netherlands
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In a drunken stupor, you too will be mesmerized by the big yellow sign that claims Febo is "de lekkerste", or "the tastiest". A vending machine wall is filled with various deep-fried delights that cost only 1.50 euros. If you prefer something fresher, go to the counter and order from a human. They'll not only make it to order, but they'll throw your tasty kroket into a white bun. Fries here also come with a variety of sauces, including Fritesaus (mayo), curry ketchup, peanut sauce (Indonesian-style), and many others you may want to try out. I am a big fan of the Fritesaus, which is the original topping. Whatever you do, don't order ketchup--you're eating fries in a foreign country,...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 18, 2005

Febo
Damrak 6
Amsterdam, Netherlands
(020) 638-5138

Simpel

Restaurant

Simpel Photo, Amsterdam, Netherlands
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Simpel is a modern restaurant in a very hip part of Amsterdam called de Pijp. The decor runs slightly more expensive-looking than Ikea with clean lines and materials ranging from plastic, wood and metals. The result is a surprisingly cozy restaurant. The dishes combine dutch simplicity with a touch of nouveau such as ham filled with potato and quail egg. Old stand-bys are available for the comfort-food fanatic looking for a top quality beef carpaccio with parmesan or steak with pepper sauce and french fries. For those more adventurous, try the catfish filet or the Guinea foul fillet with potato pie and balsamic sauce. Being in Holland for such a short time, I opted for more dutch-style food inclu...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on September 4, 2006

Simpel
Ferdinand Bolstraat 11
Amsterdam, Netherlands
+31 (20) 672-0672

Tujuh Maret

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Tujuh Maret has got to be one of the best Indonesian restaurants I've ever been to in Amsterdam. Word on the street is that the best in Holland are actually in The Hague due to a high population of Indonesians. If you don't make it there, and you should try to, because it's a great city not far from the sea, you should hit Tujuh Maret in Amsterdam.Please stay away from places in the Leidseplein area or Rembrandtsplein. You should walk up the Utrechtsestraat (which incidentally runs into the Rembrantsplein) for some great Indonesian. Utrechtsestraat takes you into a nice residential area with bodegas, flower markets (on every canal), and tons of little boutiques. Nestled in between is Tujuh Maret. T...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on September 10, 2006

Tujuh Maret
Utrechtsestraat 65-73
Amsterdam, Netherlands
020/427 9865

Jordaan Neighborhood/Markets

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Jordaan Neighborhood/Markets Photo, Amsterdam, Netherlands
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On the eve of Queen's Day, everyone goes out to drink. I recommend going to a neighborhood called the "Jordaan". It's just west of the "Centrum" , or the center of Amsterdam. The Jordaan was an area created for the poor about 400 years ago. Since then, it has become a really cute area that is inhabited by students and young professionals. The bars here are typically Dutch, with their wooden, small interiors and sometimes a few seats outside for a view of the canals. You'll find lots of cute little flea markets and various other markets during the day. On Saturday, head over to the Lindegracht for a market offering food, clothing, and flowers. On Mondays, go to...Read More

Jordaan Neighborhood/Markets
Jordaan
Amsterdam, Netherlands