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6 Best Things To Do In Summer In Amsterdam

Amsterdam is a city for all seasons. From summer to winter, in all types of weather, you’ll find a million and one ways to entertain yourself. Amsterdam is especially great when the sun shines, bringing locals and tourists to the streets to enjoy al fresco drinking and dining and sun worshippers enjoying the dazzling sunshine in the local parks. Before you start adding to your summer bucket list, book the perfect Amsterdam accommodation in PREMIER SUITES. Our flexible, spacious serviced apartments in Amsterdam allow you the freedom to explore like a local. Book on our website today to enjoy our lowest available rates.

1. Enjoy Amsterdam Street Food

Despite our changeable weather, Amsterdam excels when it comes to street food. With festivals like Taste of Amsterdam, Rollin Kitchens and Kwaku taking place over the summer, you’re guaranteed to find something new and exciting you’ve never tasted before. Not too far from Vondelpark by bike, you’ll find Amsterdam Foodhallen packed with stylish new food stalls and a buzzing crowd. Many of the local restaurants have sunny terraces to eat and drink al fresco and the local markets can’t be beaten for fresh, local produce and food stalls. Summer is the perfect time to explore the Amsterdam food scene.

2. Festival Season

Summer is festival season in Amsterdam. From concerts and food festivals to family-friendly outdoor events, there is something for everyone on the events schedule in Amsterdam. Amsterdam Pride is one of the biggest and best festivals taking place over the summer months. Starting Saturday 30th July and ending on Sunday 7 August, Amsterdam Pride is one of the most iconic celebrations in Europe. With parades and parties galore, it’s one of the most colourful events you’re likely to see in Summer. You should also check out the Aalsmeer Flower Festival, Mystic Garden, and Taste of Amsterdam. If you’re travelling to attend one of the many events in Amsterdam or checking out what’s on while you’re here, our serviced apartment accommodation offers the perfect summer accommodation.

3. Cycle Around the City

If you love exploring but your legs won’t carry you as far as you like, the best way to get around Amsterdam is by bike. You can use a bike to tour around the city, hopping from attraction to attraction, or you can just explore in your own time, getting your bearings as you go along. If you fancy a tour on two wheels, there are lots of options both inside and outside of the city, if you want to avoid the hustle and bustle. There are so many bike rental places around the city, you’ll be spoiled for choice.

4. Enjoy the Canals

Did you know the canals in Amsterdam were originally built to maintain the city’s water levels? Or that these beautiful waterways are now a UNESCO World Heritage Site? Amsterdam is proud of its clean water and encourages swimming and water sports in the canals, especially during the summer months. Borrow a kayak, hire a boat or try your hand at stand-up paddleboarding and see the city from an entirely different perspective this summer. You can also enjoy a boat cruise with an experienced guide, enjoying not only the beautiful views but a glimpse of Amsterdam’s vibrant history and culture too.

5. Enjoy a Beer

If the beautiful architecture and relaxed atmosphere don’t entice you, the beer in Amsterdam is sure to fill a gap. With over 67 breweries in the city alone, Amsterdam is a true paradise for beer-lovers. With brewing locations in the wackiest of places (think windmills and nunneries!) you could spend days discovering the best beer in Amsterdam. Drinking isn’t limited to breweries, however. There are pubs, bars, restaurants and cafés on every corner – many of which have terraces to enjoy the sun. You can also pick up some fantastic local food pairings like bitterballen and croquettes to pair with the best beer in Belgium.

6. Enjoy a day at the beach

It may not be your first choice when you dream of a beach holiday, but just half an hour from Amsterdam by train are the popular beach resorts of Bloemendaal aan Zee and Zandvoort aan Zee. Enjoy vast expanses of golden sand, countless sunny cafes & terraces and plenty of water activities, if you’re feeling adventurous. Our local beaches are busy and popular when the sun shines so make sure to get there early to pick a prime spot in the sun (or shade!). Enjoy a day trip to Amsterdam’s local beaches and make it a day you’ll never forget.

Book your stay in PREMIER SUITES today to secure the perfect family, couples, and group accommodation in Amsterdam this summer. We look forward to welcoming you.


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