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Out with the old and in with the new, Amsterdam is stepping up its game with piping hot food places, music festivals and exciting exhibitions. Not sure where to head? We've put together the hottest neighbourhoods and bars you need to be in 2019. 

Where to eat

  • In the know

    Fashionably late to the foodie revolution, Amsterdam’s eating scene is piping hot right now. Hunting the tastiest local morsels, Lauren Comiteau and Karin Engelbrecht’s new podcast Mokumista is a feast for the ears.

  • All-day treat

    Aussie brunch mecca Little Collins has branched out with a new place in Amsterdam-West. Expect Melbourne-inspired smoked tofu and mood-brightening cups of Joe.

  • Winter comfort

    Van Baerlestraat 27, 1071 AN

    Fast food joint FEBO gets an haute cuisine makeover this January courtesy of whizz chef Schilo van Coevorden of Taiko fame. Langoustine frikandel? We predict great things for Dutch comfort food in 2019.

  • For locavores

    Damrak 1-5, 1012 LG

    Fans of star chef Maik Kuijpers look forward to 5 February, when he opens his new brasserie, Carstens, opposite Centraal Station. Tuck into elegantly plated classics with a twist.

For night owls

    • Indie sounds

      Last year they supported The Breeders and Garbage. 2019 threatens to be indie-grunge darling Pip Blom’s breakthrough. Catch them playing tracks from their first album at Indiestad festival in their home town, before they hit Paris, Rotterdam and Bruges.

    • Late-night tipples

      Serving imaginative cocktails with Asian flair (Expired Visa, anyone?), newcomer Branie is the drinking den to attend. And just a hop and a skip from Foodhallen, too.

    • The new haunt

      Keep a beady eye on Temp, the pop-up club in Amsterdam-Zuid boasting art-and-culture mashups galore.

    • Summer fun

      The western suburbs are the hottest place to be in August, when the whopping Loveland dance festival returns to the Sloterpark.

Culture fix

  • All the Rembrandts

    Museumstraat 1, 1071 XX

    Arguably, every year is Rembrandt year in the city where he made his name. To mark the 350th anniversary of the Old Master’s death, the Rijksmuseum is displaying its entire collection for a once-in-a-lifetime exhibition.

    From 15 February to 10 June.

  • Feast for the Eyes

    Keizersgracht 609, 1017 DS

    Don’t go to see Foam’s latest must-see show – a lavish exploration of food photography past and present – on an empty stomach.

    Until 3 March.

  • William Kentridge

    IJpromenade 1, 1031 KT

    The EYE Filmmuseum displays immersive work by the South African artist William Kentridge. A chance to experience his breakthrough animated charcoal Drawings For Projection.

    Summer 2019.

  • A Little Life

    After its acclaimed world premiere last year, the (subtitled!) Dutch stage adaptation of Hanya Yanagihara’s bestselling novel A Little Life returns to the International Theater.

    From 18 April.

New neighbourhoods

    • Amstelkwartier

      Eyebrows raised years ago when Dutch glossies including Vogue relocated to offices a stone’s throw from the unlovely Spaklerweg metro station. Now, thanks to the reinvention of the marina and the arrival of Café George, Amstelkwartier is the place to be.

    • Jordaan

      The chocolate-boxy Jordaan still has classic brown cafés in spades but the likes of newcomer Bar Parry are stirring things up with chic aperitifs.

    • Stadionbuurt

      Thanks to new eateries including the palatial pink MaMa Kelly, instagramming your dinner in the Stadionbuurt is becoming an Olympic event.

    • Czar Peterstraat

      Out east, the long and straight Czaar Peterstraat has been reinvented as a gauntlet of local food shops including the oil-obsessed Olie & Zo and peanut butter specialist De Pindakaaswinkel. Yum!

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Image credits: © MaMa Kelly; © MaMa Kelly; © Florencia Viadana; © Little Collins; © Restaurant Taiko; © Carstens; © Pip Blom; © Ash Edmonds; © Brandon Erlinger Ford; © Loveland; © Rembrandt van Rijn, De waardijns van het Amsterdamse lakenbereidersgilde, bekend als De Staalmeesters, 1662; © Joseph Maida; © Eye Filmmuseum; © Jan Versweyveld; © George Marina; © Bar Parry; © MaMa Kelly; © De Pindakaaswinkel