Friday Nights at the Van Gogh Museum - Amsterdam

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The Anne Frank House, Rijksmuseum and the Van Gogh Museum are usually the top three tourist attractions on everyone's Amsterdam must-visit list. Many visit these attractions during the day and get long lines, camera-happy tourists and fanny-pack-toting grannies. Skip the daytime visit and check out Friday Nights at the Van Gogh Museum. Every Friday around 6:00p.m., the museum dims the lights, adds a cocktail bar and creates the perfect atmosphere for a cultured, but fun night out. The first Friday of the month usually features a cool band or artist, so the party is bigger, but the ambiance remains the same every week; laid-back and chic. Visitors can still tour the museum to check out all of the amazing exhibits. The party ends at 10:00 p.m., so it's a great place to relax and enjoy the art before hitting the town.

Address: Museumplein 6, 1071 DJ Amsterdam, Netherlands

Shop Here: Moooi Showroom - Amsterdam, Netherlands

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On an unassuming street in the charming Jordaan neighborhood lies Moooi (which means beautiful in Dutch plus and extra 'o' to symbolize the extra quality) the modern yet eclectic furniture brand that has become a powerhouse in the past decade. The Dutch brand known for their out-of-the-box designs are re-imagining furniture and creating provocative yet classic pieces.

 

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Founded in 2001 by Casper Vissers and Marcel Wanders, the daring designs have catapulted the company exponentially with added locations in London and Milan. Featuring the visions of designers worldwide, the sensibility of the pieces has a furniture meets art appeal. The infamous Horse Lamp (a horse shaped lamp with a lamp shade on its head) is a testament to the you-never-know-what-your-gonna-get creations that shock yet intrigue buyers. In 2015, the Dutch brand will continue their takeover and open a showroom in New York. While in Amsterdam, take a walk through the  brand store and get inspired by chic and quirky designs.

 

Address: Westerstraat 187, 1015 MA Amsterdam, Netherlands  |  Web: www.moooi.com

4 Places To Check out in Amsterdam-Noord

There's Amsterdam, and then there's Amsterdam-Noord, the part of the city that many travelers tend to dismiss. Only a 15 minute ferry ride away, the once abandoned location is quickly becoming an artistic haven. Even the big dogs like MTV and Red Bull have planted roots in Amsterdam Noord. In its past life, it was an industrial area of shipyards and tolling stations, but now the abandoned warehouses and hangars are an oasis of creativity and a hangouts for the cool kids. Rent a bike, hop on a ferry from Amsterdam Centraal Station, and check out these cutting-edge yet charming parts of Amsterdam-Noord.

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1.  Street Art Murals

Perhaps one of the coolest parts of Amsterdam-Noord is the street art. On the side of the NDSM Wharf building, there's a  long stretch of graffiti murals by artists from all walks of life. Every now and then, you may be able to catch an artist in the midst of creating a masterpiece.

 

 

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2. NDSM Wharf | Tt. Neveritaweg 61, 1033 WB Amsterdam, Netherlands

Formerly a shipyard, the converted building houses talented artists of all media. The expansive space can be explored for free by foot, or even bike. The outside terrain hosts various block parties, festivals and markets. Stroll around and check out some of the work and chat with the artists.

 

 

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3. Pllek  | TT Neveritaweg 59, Amsterdam-North, 1033 WB Amsterdam

This enormous restaurant, made completely of shipping containers is a great chill out spot on a nice afternoon. It has tons of upstairs and downstairs seating, as well as an outdoor area with a beach-like view, sand and all. While the restaurant/bar is definitely a prime hangout for hipsters and hipsters at heart, the food options are debatable for some. Most come for hours of conversation and cocktails with amazing views of the IJ River. The place gets pretty packed on weekends so expect make sure you have time to spare when visiting. 

 

 

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4. Noorderlicht Cafe | Tt. Neveritaweg 33, 1033 WB Amsterdam

Another hipster haven, Norcelicht can be identified as the restaurant that looks something like a greenhouse. A hangout for many of the NSDM Wharf artists, you can find people hanging out having a beer while relaxing on the grassy areas surrounding the restaurant. The menu consists of seasonal and regional fare as well as organic options. It's definitely an eclectic mix of funky cool kids, so if you're into that type of scene, you should definitely stop by for a drink or three.