10 Things To Do In Amsterdam In November

The nights are getting longer, temperatures start to drop but that will not keep us from exploring Amsterdam. So here are the 10 things to do in Amsterdam in November.


1. Amsterdam Museum Night

Once upon a time in Amsterdam, I visited 57 museums in one night! Of course, that is impossible, but you are allowed to try. During Museum Night, 57 museums open their doors. Even if you’re not into museums you will love Museum Night as there’s more for offer than just art. Think of  music, fashion, food, dance and science. And don’t miss out on the after parties. Loved Museum Night but didn’t have time to fully explore your favourite museum? Well until the end of December you can go back with your Museum Night ticket to the museum you liked the most for a daytime visit.

When? 5 November (7pm) – 6 November 2016 (6am)
Where? 57 participating museums


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2. Vogue Beauty Night Out

Beauty lovers pay attention! You cannot afford to miss this event! Twice a year Vogue Netherlands organizes the Vogue Beauty Night Out. With only 100 tickets available this now is the time to get your ticket. Yes, it may seem a bit pricey but the beauty products and treatments you receive are worth a lot more than your ticket and from experience this is an event you don’t want to miss!

Vogue Beauty Night Out will take place in a hotel downtown Amsterdam. The rooms transform into little beauty salons. There are all kinds of brands. Drink a glass of champagne with the Vogue crew and enjoy the snacks. At the end of the night, you will go home with a well-stocked goody bag!

When? 29 November 2016 6pm-10pm
Where? One of the prettiest hotels of Amsterdam



3. Café in the City

New in town is Café in the City. You can find it near the famous Leidseplein. Go there for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Try the healthy acai bowl or cheat with American pancakes. What do you think about a tuna sushi bowl for lunch? For the sweet tooth, they server the most delicious desserts, like salty caramel with sticky date.

When? Open daily
Where? Kleine Gartmanplantsoen 5, Amsterdam



4. Lobster bar (Kreeftenbar)

Ever heard about the Olympics of Chinese food: ‘World Championship of Chinese Cuisine’? Eveline Wu has recently won the world title in the category “Chinese Kitchen”. Good news: she has a restaurant in Amsterdam! Come to the Kreeftenbar (Lobster bar), a fish restaurant with Michelin star quality and enjoy the Japanese kitchen. Eat the most delicious sushi and of course a well prepped lobster!

When? Open daily
Where? Europaboulevard 7, Amsterdam




During the world largest documentaries film festival – IDFA, Amsterdam transforms into a film paradise. The International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam shows over 300 international documentaries, that all give an unique impression of the world. You can see the poorest and the richest places on earth, sometimes in a poetic way, sometimes with a powerful statement. Definitely worth a visit.

When? 16-27 November 2016
Where? Various locations Amsterdam



6. International Storytelling Festival

Once upon a time… This is the classic beginning of many stories or when you talk about Museum Night (see above). Stories are a great way to meet people. That is why Storytelling Festival is great for meeting people. Everyone has his own story. Some of them are tough, touching or funny. Get fascinated and listen to people who are telling their own story.

When? 29 October – 6 November 2016
Where? Various locations Amsterdam



7. Turn on the Lights

Every year the official opening of the holiday seasons takes place at the Dam Square with Turn on the Lights. An international act will perform and surprise you. The peak of the performance is literally turning on the lights of the famous Bijenkorf (department store) building containing 600.000 LED lights. Afterwards you can go do some late night shopping at the department store. A great time for buying your Christmas presents!

When? 17 November 7pm-10pm
Where? De Bijenkorf, Dam 1, Amsterdam



8. Amsterdam Art Weekend

Four days of art, art, art. Want to expand your art collection? You should definitely go and have a look. The focus is on young talent. Thirty galleries open their doors for special exhibitions, artist talks and performances. Multiple large art institutes will join, like EYE, the Stedelijk and FOAM. There is a Festival Center at the Stadsschouwburg. Have a drink at the Festival Café.

When? 24-27 November 2016
Where? Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten – Sarphatistraat 470, Amsterdam



9. Meesterlijk

Design, art, food and fashion are combined in one event, Meesterlijk. While enjoying the exquisite bites and drinks you can have a look at the craftsmanship of beauty, quality and design. All different kind of designers, like food and fashion designers, come together. Buy unique products, leather goods and jewelry, directly from the designer and hear the story of your catch.

When? 25-27 November 2016
Where? Westergasfabriek – Polonceau-kade 27, Amsterdam


10. Samples Sales Amsterdam

Love shopping and finding a bargain? Do keep an eye out for the upcoming November 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 credit: Instagram Dutchie)


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