If you are planning a visit to Amsterdam, you have to know that locals love to eat sandwiches and toasts with cheese and this is what they have for lunch when outside or in their offices. Quite popular are the salmon sandwiches and the sandwiches with goat cheese and honey, which are quite tasty. However, if you want to try something different than a sandwich you can go and treat yourself well at the restaurant Dish. For three days each week this restaurant is open for dinner and also take-away. In this place you will find sandwiches of a different kind with some really interesting toppings and combinations. The place offers wonderful brownies and fruit shakes for those with a sweet tooth.
Another great place that is on focus here today is called “De Hegeraad” and it is placed in the city centre. This is an old pub where you can enjoy your long coffee in the afternoon or a few beers in the evening. This pub reminds of De Pilsener Club. It has a nice terrace set under lovely trees and is set on the Noordermarkt street. The pub could get quite busy during the weekends, but it is fun to be here.
The mentioned above “Pilsener Club” is also located in the center of the city and is open every day but on Sundays. This is among the oldest pubs in the city of Amsterdam and the atmosphere reminds of the past with the old pictures on the wall and its original sandy floor boards. Many people who come here are regular clients and some even have their name on plates set on their favorite seats, which is kind of cute. You can have some really tasty beer here, which goes well with Dutch cheese and the other specialties that are served in this pub.
Another place that deserves the attention if you like to drink beer is called “’t Arendsnest”, which is a very special beer bar, arranged in the typical Dutch way and atmosphere. Placed in the centre of the city, the pub is open every day for a great night out. This is actually the first Dutch bar that is specialized on selling beer. The bar offers to its customers different types of beer that are locally brewed and thus you will find here thirty beers on tap and thus you can try as many of them as you like and see how they taste. With the “’t Arendsnest” pub you can enjoy some private beer tastings or you can sign up for a master class or take part in one of the open events. Besides beer, the bar also serves different liquors, wines and whiskey.
The last bar to be presented here is called Melkweg, also set in the center of Amsterdam city. Here one can not only have a drink or two, but also can attend a concert of famous bands or a dance party, enjoy a movie, or take part in a festival or an exhibition. The program is always interesting and there is a nice restaurant. This is a kind of a cultural center and you will like to spend some time there for sure.
Easter is among the most important, pious and widely celebrated Christian holidays on earth, marking the resurrection of Jesus and the beginning of spring and new life. The Easter holiday is celebrated in a similar way throughout the Christian community around the world; however there are certain rituals that make the holiday different in each country. In general, the celebration of the Easter holidays in the city of Amsterdam and in The Netherlands as a whole is similar to the celebration of the holiday in the rest of the western countries. Still, there is one special tradition in this country that is called Easter Carnival.
The Easter carnivals in the Netherlands are something that is worth to be seen here. The preparations start in the previous year, exactly on the 11th day of the 11th month. These special Easter carnivals are events that are characterized with joyful celebrations full of color, during which are organized parades and dances, as well as many masque balls. In each of the Netherlands cities, is being elected a prince of the Carnival, who is being given the keys to the city.
The holiday starts on Palm Sunday, when children in the Netherlands go to the farms around and collect eggs. The kids carry special stick with them that is decorated with paper flags and egg shells, as well as other sweet things like figs and raisins, as well as oranges. The fun for the children is real, as they also search for the eggs that were hidden by the Easter Bunny and when they find them, they take part in the coloring of the eggs as well. Children also participate in a special game during which each knocks one’s egg with the other children to see which will break first and which will remain unbroken.
Amsterdam, like all the cities and villages in the Netherlands, is very quiet and peaceful on the Easter Sunday, when people usually go to church and attend the special Easter service. At noon, families organize an Easter lunch that could be done in the church or at home with the family. The table on that day is specially decorated and the food served looks very beautiful. The dishes on the table usually include boiled eggs, sweet bread with nuts, raisins and chocolate, and also shrimps and ham, butter with herbs, salmon or smoked fish, as well as chocolate sweets with the form of an egg. The main course on the Easter Sunday lunch is usually made of lamb. There is also one ritual, which is connected to the Easter celebrations in Amsterdam city and this is the Easter bonfire, which is being lit on the hills near the villages in the country. People who will participate in the event are collecting wood for several weeks in order to build a big bonfire. Then on Easter Sunday, after the family lunch, this bonfire is lit.