A night out in Amsterdam is one of the world’s great travel experiences. Not convinced? Visitors to this famous city have been stopping for a drink or three since the 1600s when sailors and traders alike exchanged tales over tipples before going their separate ways. The Dutch capital’s sightseeing options are among the best on the continent, but the best bars in Amsterdam keep the fun going late into the night.
Amsterdam’s eclectic soul shines brightest in its bars, where the traditional taverns of yesteryear sidle up to sleek lounges, hyper-stylish cocktail bars and craft breweries that continue this city’s proud history of revolution and innovation. You don’t need too much of a reason to stop for a drink in Amsterdam, and these bars should be high on your must-see list.
While the creek that fuelled Vancouverâ€™s nineteenth-century brewery boom is long gone from Mount Pleasant, this historic neighbourhood remains the cityâ€™s go-to spot for craft beer â€“ itâ€™s easy to hit half a dozen tasting rooms in an afternoon on foot. The otherwise nondescript industrial and office buildings of this ever-evolving area are festooned with multi-storey murals, while its classic brick warehouses and storefronts are home to great vintage stores, galleries and artistsâ€™ studios. The neighbourhood vibe is perhaps best captured by Dude Chilling Park, so named after a guerrilla art installation mimicking an official city sign kept appearing with this name. Locals rallied to make the sign official, and it now has public art status.
The perfect day:Â Line your stomach with a peanut butter and jelly doughnut, plus locally roasted coffee, atÂ 49th ParallelÂ before strolling down Main Street to the cluster of breweries between 8th and 2nd avenues. Finish your night with craft cocktails atÂ The Narrow LoungeÂ or catch a show at theÂ Fox Cabaret.
Plan your trip:Â For theÂ Vancouver Mural Festival, in August, which culminates in an epic street party with multiple stages across Mount Pleasant. –Christina Newberry
Odds are, you’ve spent a lot more time outdoors this year than usual. City parks and restaurant patios have become sacred spaces for spending time with loved ones or simply escaping the constant pull of the home office. We’ve learned to head outside to reconnect with others and ourselves, to find our centre and replenish our physical and mental reserves.
As travel resumes, British Columbians have the chance to dive deeper into nature, exploring the vast wilderness of this province that we call home. It’s a summer to spend the days watching wildlife in wild spaces and falling asleep to the sound of the wind in the trees. Whether you’re looking for a back-to-basics getaway or a luxurious holiday in the great outdoors, there’s no shortage of options right here in beautiful BC.
This southern stretch of the Okanagan is a sunny vacation paradise with good food, great wine, and sandy beaches for that perfect summer weekend escape.
Walnut Beach Resort
When youâ€™re lying on the sand under a straw umbrella, you know youâ€™re on vacation. When itâ€™s 30+ degrees and someone delivers a freshly made cocktail straight to your waterfront lounge chair, youâ€™ve taken it to the next level. Thereâ€™s only one licenced beach in Osoyoos, found at the Walnut Beach Resort (@walnutbeachresort). Private for hotel guests only, itâ€™s a serene place to wiggle your toes in the sand, gaze out at the lake and pretend youâ€™re in Mexico. I love the large pool and hot tubs, too, but itâ€™s hard to beat the beach.
In the buzzing borough of Amsterdam-Noord, shipyards have become cultural playgrounds and wide-open spaces beckon young families, artists, brewers and entrepreneurs. Hop on the free ferry from Centraal Station, in the opposite direction to most international visitors, to reachÂ NDSM Wharf: the centre ofÂ Amsterdamâ€™s street art scene and home to Europeâ€™s largest monthly flea market at IJ-Hallen (these days with increased stall spacing and one-way route markers).
On this side of the River IJ, Noordâ€™s young creatives have built a flourishing community of multi-concept businesses, like the cinema-slash-waterfront restaurant at FC Hyena (now with added drive-in theatre), SkateCafe â€“ where you can take a break from the half-pipe for a meal and a glass of natural wine â€“ and the urban beach at Pllek, with its airy organic restaurant built from old shipping containers.
The angularÂ Eye Filmmuseum, Noordâ€™s most iconic modern building, lies just a short bike ride from traditional villages lined with gabled wooden homes. Then, for a dose of adrenalin (plus an awesome view of the entire neighbourhood and the rest of Amsterdam beyond), brave Europeâ€™s highest swing, perched atop Aâ€™DAM Tower.â€”Christina Newberry
Amsterdam is a compact capital city thatâ€™s perfect for exploring on foot. At its centre, the concentric circles of the 17th-century canal ring ensure you never walk in a straight line for long, and thereâ€™s something to discover around almost every bend…
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