How to plan an unforgettable birthday in Amsterdam
For an unforgettable birthday in Amsterdam, start your day with breakfast on board Gs’ Brunch Boat. The boat sets sail from the Anne Frank Museum for a two hour trip around the canals. Along the way you fill up on eggs, bagels and waffles with Mimosas and Bloody Marys.
Spend the day exploring the city’s galleries and museums, cycle along the canals or browse Jordaan’s unusual shops. Make a stop in Jordaan for afternoon tea at Vesper Bar. This James Bond themed haunt is decorated in vintage style with lots of movie posters. As you’d expect they serve a good martini, shaken not stirred of course, as well as plenty of other cocktails. You can even get the bartenders to create a custom birthday cocktail for you. Their afternoon tea comes with cakes from the neighbouring bakeries and a teapot of cocktails.
Just before sunset, head to the Hotel Okura on Ferdinand Bolstraat and grab a seat and a glass of champagne in the Twenty Third Bar. As you can tell from the name, the bar’s high up on the 23rd floor where it has panoramic views of the city. If you get hungry you can order Michelin-starred bar snacks, like oysters from the hotel’s Ciel Bleu restaurant.
For dinner, visit Kamerlingh Onneslaan’s de Kas, a restaurant in a 1920s greenhouse. They grow their own organic vegetables and herbs to use in a Mediterranean-style menu, which changes daily depending on what’s been picked.
After dinner, finish your birthday night off at Weteringschans’s Paradiso. It used to be an 18th century church but is now one of Amsterdam’s best loved music venues and clubs. Big names like the Rolling Stones and David Bowie have played there over the years, on a stage overlooked by the church’s stained glass windows. Later on, the dance floor gets going with DJs spinning a mix of disco and funk tunes.