A PERFECT WINTER DAY IN AMSTERDAM
Winter is coming and the holidays are practically here, which means the city is awash with a warm cozy feeling and more festivities going on than chocolates in a family sized variety pack! Speaking of family, for many of us this is the time of year we have visitors to the city we’ve adopted as home. December couldn’t be a more perfect month to entertain guests in our awesome Amsterdam. Here is the perfect TrueStory one-day wintery guide.
Rise and energize
Nudge your guests out of bed, bundle them onto the (bak)fiets and head to our juice bar at Market 33 for the breakfast of champions. Have a pure bowl of energy with our açaí or chia puddings, paired with fresh cold-pressed juice that’s packed with nutrients to fuel us for the rest of the day. And we always welcome a nice morning chat at our Juice Bar!
Back on the bikes and perhaps pop by a brown café for a cozy coffee. If you’re on the Amstelveenseweg, stop by the gracefully aged Anno 1890. If you head directly into the city, head to the Jordaan’s Festina Lente in all its vintage chic and warm brown hues.
It's not Christmas without a market!
The season of giving has us ogling after goodies and scratching our heads over what to get our loved ones. Thankfully Amsterdam leaves no market-fan wanton, as there are plenty of great ones! Our 3 favorites though, have taken on the real spirit of Christmas with sustainability, health and charitableness at their heart.
The Pure Winter Market (11 & 18 Dec) offers some of the best sustainable creative and organic products sold by the producers themselves with a generous helping festive cheer.
The Conscious Christmas Fair by Holistik (18 Dec) will offer some beautiful products made with respect for people, animals and the environment.
The Neighborhood Food Market (17-18 Dec) at the Westergasfabriek is a gathering of organic farmers and local vendors for some serious festive feasting at this foodie focused market.
On your Skates!
Museumplein does look grand in its sparkling winter jacket and it’s a great place to swap your bicycle wheels for skates. The Ice* Amsterdam turns the fountain into an ice rink, to really get you in the festive mood. If skating is not your cup of tea, it's also a great place to people watch, whilst sipping on mulled wine.
Amongst the ice
We’re going to throw a delightfully wintery alternative in the mix. This year Amsterdam is hosting one of the biggest ice sculpture festivals in the world. It’s an icy wonderland of hundreds of incredible sculptures in a giant cooled warehouse. So, if rather than skating on ice, you’d rather explore a world made of ice- then the Amsterdam Ice Sculpture Festival is the place for you (Dec 10-Feb 5).
Wine & dine
Tummies are likely rumbling. It’s time to unwind and treat yourselves to some incredible dining on offer in Amsterdam from restaurants that combine flavor with sustainable organic produce, offer indulgent 7 course meals and wine pairings at reasonable prices. Experience to believe it at our top choices
Bak feels like secret hideaway in a warehouse near Westerdok. It’s daily changing seasonal menu offers elegant dishes centered round local organic produce. One of the co-founders is a sommelier and has put together an incredible selection of natural wines.
Choux is quietly tucked away next to central station in Spring House. It’s creative and contemporary menu (of which there are 3, 5 or 7 chef-selected courses) combines interesting flavors and textures from seasonal local produce, with a focus on vegetarian food. Choux too also has an awesome selection of bio and natural wine.
Restaurant DS at De School epitomizes great quality with a laid back feel. Located in an old school [link to women’s health] turned creative spaces, gym and nightclub. The menu is super modern and great for vegans, using organic local ingredients in beautiful ways across many courses. The wines here too are all natural and sulfite free.
Let there be light!
End the day with a magical boat ride. The city is set alight from 17:00-23:00 every evening (1 Dec-22 Jan) in a city-wide festival of light installations that span across canals and bridges displaying innovative and interactive (LED) light designs inspired by the city. There are two different routes with their own theme and artwork. You can take in the Light Festival by foot, but to really experience the installation on the ‘Watercolor’ route, snuggle up on a canal boat and see it from the water with mulled wine to keep those hands warm.
Photos accredited to Ice* Amsterdam, Neighbourhood Food Market, Amsterdam Light Festival, BAK