10 Things To Do In Amsterdam In April

things to do in AmsterdamWith temperatures rising and the sun coming out, April brings plenty of things to do in Amsterdam. From the must-visit King’s Day to the Hermès Festival des Métiers and more, Amsterdam has some great things in store for us.

Scroll down for 10 things to do in Amsterdam in April 2016.

Hermès Festival des Métiers

1. Hermès Festival des Métiers

Fancy a rendez-vous with Hermès? One which gives you a peek inside the craftsmanship of Hermès? Then make sure to visit the Hermès Festival des Métiers this April. After having toured London and Vienna to name a few, the Hermès Festival des Métiers Hermès makes a stop at De Hollandsche Manege (the Dutch riding school) in Amsterdam.

Offering an unique occasion to meet and interact with Hermès craftspeople, this is not only an exhibition for Hermès and fashion lovers, but for everybody who appreciates the art of craftsmanship.

During two weeks De Hollandsche Manage, the oldest riding school of the Netherlands, opens its doors for the Hermès Festival des Métiers. Visitors can first hand experience how the artisans make the iconic Hermès scarfs, bags, saddles and other iconic items. Given the fact that Hermès started as amongst others a saddle maker, De Hollandsche Manege is the perfect venue for this exhibition you don’t want to miss.

For a peek inside the exhibition, see here.

Note: free entry

When? 1 – 10 April from 11am-6pm (closed 4 April)
Where? De Hollandsche Manege – Overtoom next to number 179


X Bank Amsterdam


A must see store is the newly opened XBANK. Part of the Hotel W, it’s not your regular store, as it combines art, fashion, jewellery, furniture, accessories and more from designers and artists in one place. With a new collection every month, you for sure find something new every time you visit.

When? Open daily: Sunday – Tuesday (10am-8pm) and Wednesday – Saturday (10am-10pm).
Where? Spuistraat 175, Amsterdam


stedelijk museum

3. Stedelijk Museum

The Stedelijk Museum is not just famous for its modern and contemporary art and design, but also for its building. Called the bathtub, by the locals, (you understand why when you see the building) the Stedelijk Museum it not a great place to see modern art, but its restaurant is also a great place for lunch or a good glass of wine.

When? Open daily
Where? Museumplein 10, Amsterdam


Boom Chicago Shot of Improv

4. Boom Chicago Shot of Improv

Saturday night is party-time at Boom Chicago, one of the best-known comedy clubs in Amsterdam! Enjoy 75 minutes of non-stop entertainment. A must-do for comedy lovers and anyone looking for a great night out. Improvised sketches and a bonus shot of Jägermeister for the person in the audience with a valuable contribution. As most of the scenes are in English this is a great night out for every nationality.

When? Every Saturday (doors open at 10:20pm show starts at 10:30pm)
Where? Rozengracht 117, Amsterdam


King's Day

5. King’s Day

Once a year, the Netherlands turns into one big orange party on King’s Day (27 April). On 27 April we celebrate King Willem Alexander’s birthday. Since Willem Alexander succeeded his mother, Queen Beatrix, to the throne in 2013, Amsterdam is turned into one big party city on 27 April  (instead of 30 April which for decades was formerly known as Queen’s Day).

On King’s Day, over 1 million people for the Netherlands and all over the world go to Amsterdam to visit festivals, the flea markets in the Vondelpark and on the canals and the parties. Bargain hunters can find some steals on the flea markets as locals sell their stuff. King’s Day is for sure one of the highlights if not the highlight of the year! For more info, see www.iamsterdam.com.

(credit image: iamsterdam.nl)

When? 27 April
Where? Downtown Amsterdam and the rest of the Netherlands


Imagine Film Festival (iamsterdam)

6. Imagine Film Festival

Film lovers, the Imagine Film Festival is the perfect place to watch movies from all over the world, from mainstream to art house. Taking you to an unknown world, it’s perfect for a rainy day or if you just want to watch a movie. Don’t miss the classics and save the date for the Night of Terror and the film quiz. International guests, film professionals, directors and actors are invited to talk about the movies.

(credit image: iamsterdam.nl)

When? 14-24 April
Where? EYE – IJpromanade 1


tulip festival

7. Tulip Festival

Say tulip and you will immediately think of the Netherlands or Holland as some say. From the introduction of the tulip (tulp in Dutch) to Dutch merchants early 17th century (the tulip originated from the Ottoman empire), the tulip has had a lasting positive impact on the Dutch economy.

Although the tulip has become a symbol of the Netherlands, it’s not like Amsterdam is swamped with tulips. Hence the Tulip Festival. Trying to bring back the tulip to the streets and gardens of Amsterdam, half a million of tulips were planted this year around Amsterdam. Think of parks, gardens, museums and more (all info at www.tulpfestival.com). During April you can see the tulips scattered around Amsterdam.

(credit image: iamsterdam.nl)

When? 1 -30 April
Where? Various locations



8. 5&33

We don’t have a lot of hot spots close to Amsterdam Central Station, but cocktail Bar 5&33 is definitely one of them! Perfect for cocktail lovers but art lovers might enjoy it too, as it has the largest international art installation of Europe. Foodies are also at the right place. Bar 5&33 offers  different kinds of dishes like soft shell crab and burata. Is the bar closing and you do not want to go home yet? Stay the night in the Art’Otel.

Do have a look at the ‘happenings’ at 5&33 well. There are exhibitions, sports classes and more.

When? Open daily
Where? Martelaarsgracht 5, Amsterdam


momo amsterdam


Located close to the Leidseplein (Leidse square in English), MOMO Restaurant, Bar & Lounge has been a favourite among locals and tourists for quite some time. Whether you go there for breakfast, lunch, dinner or drinks it’s a great place to sit and sample the Asian foods inspired by Japan, Thailand and Malaysia. Jade Jagger described it as “one of the best restaurants in Amsterdam” she has been to. If that doesn’t make you run to MOMO…

When? Open daily
Where? Hobbemastraat 1



10. Samples Sales Amsterdam

In the sample sale shopping mood? Make sure to check the April Amsterdam sample sales guide.


By Linda Joosen

(credit images: all photos have been sourced from the official event page websites listed above or separately aforementioned. Cover photo Instagram Dutchie)


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