Fancy a city-trip? So do we. And good preparation is half the work; which is why Summum Woman gives you all the tips for the best places to eat, drink, sleep, and go shopping when you’re abroad.
Of course, you can tour around the world-famous museums in the capital city, but you can also drop by some of the bustling galleries and smaller museums. An original weekend tip!
Everyone is familiar with Amsterdam’s most important museums: the impressive Rijksmuseum, the beautiful Van Gogh Museum and the inspiring Stedelijk Museum for modern art. All three of these are absolutely not to be missed. Before you go, try to read up on their events programmes. For example, the government regularly organises drawing lessons in the large halls and you can attend lectures in the Stedelijk Museum. You could also visit during the Museum Night Amsterdam: dancing with a beer in hand in the city’s most beautiful museums.
Eye Film Museum Many people didn’t like it when the film museum left Vondelpark. At the time, however, hardly anyone knew that a dream museum of international stature would replace it. On the other side of the IJ (it will take you three minutes to get there by ferry from behind Amsterdam Centraal station) a large, futuristic white building was built, where you can not only see old films and see a variety of exhibitions, but where you can also go to the cinema to see brand new arthouse films. There is also a beautiful terrace overlooking the water.
Foam Foam, an international photography museum based in Amsterdam, is located on Keizersgracht and, thanks to numerous creative, surprising and inspiring collaborations with Disney and Hema, for example, it has managed to remain up to date for years. In recent years, Foam has become much more of a brand than ‘just’ a contemporary museum with changing exhibitions in all sorts of photographic genres, from historical photographs, art pics, news and reporting material to fashion records. Haven’t got much time? Then at least dive into the bookshop and get your hands on the FOAM magazine.
In an old anatomical pathology laboratory in Amsterdam-West you will find Lab111, a creative space with a cult cinema, exhibition space and bar & restaurant called Strangelove. You can see that the space was once a lab from the cool/cold tiling, but Lab111 has managed to create a warm atmosphere with a raw edge to it. Film programme, with documentaries and unconventional genre films, and the exhibitions often by young, slightly controversial artists make it a unique place to visit. There’s also great food to enjoy here – and the bar’s alchemists brew up cocktails to die for.
Kahmann Gallery If you’re looking for the best gallery in Amsterdam, prepare yourself: there are over 140 of them. A favourite is the black and white Kahmann Gallery on Lindengracht, behind Noordermarkt. Here, there is vintage and contemporary photography on display and for sale. The vintage collection runs from 1930 to 1970 and represents over thirty photographers, both Dutch and international. The gallery also displays work by gifted young photographers. Kahmann Gallery organises a minimum of six exhibitions per year and collaborates with various art fairs such as Haute Photographie, Unseen Amsterdam, This Art Fair Amsterdam, Photo Basel, Paris Photo and PAN Amsterdam. Want to come along?