Once Upon A Summertime: Amsterdam

July 23, 2021
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July 23, 2021
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Once again, the tale continues. After exploring London, Barcelona, and Brussels and most recently Los Angeles, we’ll be heading back to Europe and this time, Amsterdam. The city known for its canals, beautiful houses, ‘coffee’ shops and Red Light District, but there’s plenty more to discover.

During the summer months, we often like to spend our days in warm places, with beaches, and everything that gives us a summer feeling. But this sometimes does get a bit too hot, and every now and then we need alternative plans to cool down. And what better place to do that, than in the lovely city of Amsterdam?

If you’re visiting Amsterdam, or any other city, we obviously don’t want you to miss out on anything, which is why we bring Once Upon a Summertime to you… blogs from cities around the world where you can enjoy the recommendations that The Next Cartel has made for its readers.

The best plans for the summer, from open-air cinemas, concerts, art exhibitions, creative activities… all that, and are available every week right here at TNC.

In addition, we will let you know what TNC readers do, where they go, restaurants, pubs, and where they relax. So you can get inspired and find out about the coolest, non touristy things to do in the capital of The Netherlands!

Welcome to One Upon A Summer Time in Amsterdam!


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For its second edition, the luxury hotel transforms its historical patio into an actual sand beach of about 380 square meters. The venue has an outdoor bar, huge Big Green Egg-barbecues and different seating areas and cabanas.

This edition is all about relaxation, a tropical, Caribbean atmosphere with a exotic decor existing out of vibrant colours.

On the beach you can enjoy some amazing wines, fresh cocktails and dishes within the same Caribbean theme.

Throughout the summer they have multiple types of events from barbecues to cinema nights and even rum tastings!

If you’re in Amsterdam and still kind of miss the beach, definitely check out this place.

Where: Ferdinand Bolstraat 11

Price: Free


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Similar to Sofitel’s beach club, Pink Beach Amsterdam also opened a new venue in Amsterdam in the east side, about a 10 minute walk from the central station.

A very different vibe, as it feels more like a dream with the pink sand, palmtrees, and cacti. But the 300 square meter sunny terrace is the ultimate dreamscape if Sofitel’s is not that much your thing.

It is inspired by the dark periods we’ve all been through the last year and a half, and wanted to completely shift it into a place with beaches like in Indonesia and the Caribbean.

You can’t go wrong with either beach bar!

Location: Meeuwenlaan 88

Website: pinkbeach.nl

Price: Free


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After a relatively boring summer in 2020, this years summer seems to be quite a bit more full in regards to events. And the people at SWF are hoping it stays that way, since they’ve got quite the festival lined up for us!

On the 14th of August in the Havenpark Amsterdam, they’ll be hosting the first dancefestival of Amsterdam. After getting quite a hit due to the pandemic, they’ve made an effort to get over it and keep pushing for this event to take place. Constant talks with the government and health services in regards to updates and how things are evolving.

The lineup of SWF 2020 will be the exact same as 2021, being the following: Âme II Âme, ANOTR, ARTBAT, Chris Stussy b2b Prunk Colyn, Comrade Winston DJOKO, Floorplan, Franky Rizardo, Gerd Janson b2b Krystal Klear, Henrik Schwarz live, Honey Dijon, Iris Menza, Jesse Maas, Kerri Chandler, La La, Luuk van Dijk, Maceo Plex, Marcel Dettmann, Mella Dee, Mind Against, Mirella Kroes b2b Van Anh Nicky Elisabeth, Patrick Topping, Project89, ROD, Sam Paganini ,TOMAN, Wouter S.

Obviously, we never know what happens in these turbulent times, but the fact that it’s possible already gets TNC excited!

When: 14 August 2021

Where: Havenpark, Amsterdam

Info: strafwerk.org


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If you’re looking for a nice cultural thing to do, go visit the Foam Museum. The museum is all about photography and is an internationally operating organisation in the field of photography, based in Amsterdam.

They inform and inspire the widest possible audience by presenting all facets of contemporary photography. Foam organises a wide range of activities. These vary from exhibitions to publications, debates and educational projects.

It is Foam’s mission to make all facets of photography accessible to the widest possible audience and strive for a multitude of perspectives.

That’s it for this weeks’ tale. Can you guys guess which city we’ll be visiting next?

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