From business to pleasure in Amsterdam

From business to pleasure in Amsterdam

Combine business and pleasure: read more on how to spend some spare time in Amsterdam while keeping it light and easy.

If business takes you on a trip to Amsterdam, ideally book a hotel in the Zuidas or Schiphol Airport. Schiphol alone has over 500 different companies located around the area. The Zuidas business district in southern Amsterdam is home to over 700 including Google and ABN AMRO! Time is money, but you’re able to squeeze in a few hours between arrival, conference and departure? These tips will show you how to experience the city as an easy addition to your trip.
Within reach
The Zuidas and Schiphol are equipped with numerous offices so it’s no surprise that plenty of cafés and restaurants are spread throughout the area. From a simple coffee at Starbucks to gastronomy at Restaurant As in the Beatrixpark, there are dozens of culinary hot-spots within reach.
Around the Zuidas
On the edge of the Zuidas, you’ll find the Amstel river and the Amstelpark. Walking distance from the Rivierenbuurt and De Pijp, take a moment to gather yourself in this unique part of Amsterdam. Both neighbourhoods are perfect for a stroll and still carry the flavour of ‘the old’ Amsterdam, away from the hordes of tourists. Three available options in the area:
    Venture a little further inwards towards the city centre to the Vondelpark. Popular amongst joggers and other sporty types, it’s a perfect spot for a summer BBQ. Is the typical Dutch weather proving a hindrance? Then visit the Heineken Experience! The former brewery now functions as an interactive exposition. Learn about Heineken’s rich history and the brewing techniques behind this glass of golden goodness. Heineken is after all one of the most, if not the most, popular export product of The Netherlands. Prefer something a bit more cultural? Museumplein is only walking distance from the Vondelpark. Admire Dutch cultural art and history in the infamous Van Gogh Museum or Rijksmuseum.
Amsterdam canal cruise: 60-minute tourist
Perhaps the epitome of being a tourist in Amsterdam, a canal cruise offers a perfectly quick glimpse of the city. Most canal tours take an hour and depart several times a day from Amsterdam Central Station. A guide takes you through the landmarks and everything you need to know about the city and its canal system. Thinking about including your business partner(s) on a trip? Plenty of cruise companies offer luxury boats equipped with catering and staff. Should you wish to rent an entire boat privately, be sure to book in advance.
Blowing off steam
Looking to blow off some steam after a hectic business-filled day? Head to Leidseplein, the spot to soak up Amsterdam’s nightlife. Take your pick from a selection of bars and clubs like the easy-going Club Up. Jimmy Woo has a more exclusive feel with a lounge and dance floor lit by over 12,000 lamps. An alternative is Rembrandtplein, home to Studio 80 and Club Air, the later hosting different theme nights. Don’t worry about getting a taxi to your hotel as there are plenty around. Prefer something a bit more tuned down? Toomler in Amsterdam Zuid is a comedy café with stand-up entertainment that will leave your cheeks aching from laughter. Regular international, English-speaking, evenings are also held here.
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