If we could say one thing about Dutch weather, it’s this: no matter the season, it will rain. Okay, this summer was exceptionally dry, but autumn made it prettttty clear it was time to move on. Cue heavy rainfall. So, because you’re now in Amsterdam anyway, better make the most of your time here, right? We give you the best places in Amsterdam to hide from the rain.
The OBA is the central library of Amsterdam, next to central station, and has multiple levels FULL OF BOOKS. It’s awesome. If you are a bookworm you will find yourself having a good time for at least a whole rainy day. And you don’t even nééd to leave, because when you get hungry you simply get up the stairs to the nice little restaurant the library has. Or, you can go to Vapiano, an Italian restaurantchain with reallll good pastas, pizza and dolce.
The Moco Museum is the place to be if you like modern art. If you like Banksy, even more. Go wander around and find artpieces never shown before, but gathered by Banksy-enthusiasts all over the world. If it stops raining for five minutes, you can run to the next museum, because Museumsquare is full of them. If you want to know how to spend a full day in Amsterdam without getting bored, Moco is also a good way to kill a few hours.
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Beautiful capture of Banksy's 'Balloon Girl' here at Moco Museum. . The first 'Girl with Balloon' stencil appeared on the side of a bridge on the South Bank in London in 2002. At first glance, the stencil looks to be a young girl sadly watching her red heart-shaped balloon drift away. On a closer examination, the young girl is seen to be releasing her balloon as she stands still and emotionless. The heart shape, which is the only spot of colour, can be interpreted as a portrayal of innocence, dreams, hopes and love. More than being just a play toy, the balloon here could represent the child's fragility. The image of the young girl letting go of her balloon suggests that innocence can easily be lost. . Banksy is known to mock society and has implied through his work that society is a force that causes children to grow up too fast. The first stencil was accompanied by the sentence “There is always hope”, a positive message suggesting that no matter what happens, better days always lie ahead. . 📷 @occhidaorientalee
You might’ve heard the news: the Dalai Lama visited Amsterdam. Quite the honor. Why? Well, because the Nieuwe Kerk (New Church) hosts an exposition about Buddha. The Dalai Lama came to open the exposition. All in all enough reason to visit it yourself. If it’s good enough for him, it’s good enough for you. Other than that, the Nieuwe Kerk has a lot of nice expositions throughout the year. Visit the website of the New Church for more information.
If you go into the neighbourhood ‘Amsterdam West’, and then take the route to the Kinkerstraat, you’ll find with a bit of asking around, a hidden gem. This gem is called ‘de Hallen’ (the Halls). Best part? The foodhallen. You can eat your belly full with bao’s and gyoza’s, flammkuchen, pulled pork (pulled everything, basically), smoothiebowls, you name it. Everything a millennial foodie can ask for. Also available for you are two kinds of bars: one fancy cocktailbar and a regular one. It’s all very Instagrammable.
You had enough to eat? Go let it sink in while watching a movie in the filmhallen, next door. Kick back and relax.
Canalcruise (with roof and heater!)
If you are bummed out because the rain is stopping you from exploring the city, don’t be. Lock Luggage storage sells several tickets and one of them is for canalcruises. You’ll have a roof over your head ánd see all the beautiful things Amsterdam has to offer you. Winning!