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Cycle route East Amsterdam

August 26th, 2020 by

AMSTERDAM EAST

Before you embark on your Amsterdam exploration by bike, please remember that the Dutch use the cycling lanes also for regular traffic, including travelling to work. So please maintain the basic traffic rules. Keep right; do not ignore red lights; when turning, indicate your direction by a show of hand (left or right); only cycle on the red asphalt lanes.
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Hey! Nice to meet you!

Hey! We are Hanne and Krissie. We have met each other three years ago while living in Casa and we’ve become friends ever since. Casa has played an important role in our lives: we have found a new place together, but we’ve also met our boyfriends while living in Casa! When we’re together, we usually go out for a stroll around the neighbourhood of Oost. We’ll introduce you to our favourite spots that you can explore by foot or by bike.

The Start.
On a sunny free day, we’d love to start our day with a latte macchiato at the coffee corner of restaurant East in Casa. We’ve tried pretty much all coffee bars around the neighbourhoood but you’ll really get the best coffee only in Casa.  
First stop. Take some time to get to know the area!
Then, we’ll head over to Ringdijk. You can stop here for a picknick in the grass. We’d recommend taking a folding chair or some blankets with you, to prevent that your butt becomes all muddy. A bonus of picknicking around Ringdijk is additionally that Casa’s toilet – for which you don’t have to pay – is always nearby. You’ll also find a field where you can practice some sports: volleyball, tennis and Ping-Pong – even though we’ve used the Ping-Pong table primarily for beer pong.  
Second stop. Secretly watch your neighbour!
Alongside the waters of Ringdijk, you can stroll over to Oostpoort. It’s the central shopping area in East where you can find florists and convenience stores, but also nice places for lunch. On a good day, you’ll be able to enjoy your food and coffee on a terrace. Take a seat and observe how the locals hurry to pick up their daily groceries.
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Third stop. Time for a drink!
After Oostpoort, we usually head to either Oosterpark or Frankendael Park. Both parks are really amazingly green and good for a stroll, a nice picknick, some reading or some sunbathing. If you’d like to have a drink, you should pay a visit to Hotel Arena in Oosterpark, which used to be a Roman Catholic girl-only orphanage. A hidden gem in Frankendael Park is the Huize Frankendael, built in the style of the 17th century.  
Fourth stop. Can you make the same sound as a gorilla?
If the nature in East falls to your liking, you should also be sure to head to Artis, the city zoo, as well as the Hortus Botanicus. In Artis, you’ll find a large collection of various animals – from lions to penguins, and from gorillas to all kinds of creepy spiders – which are treated well, out in the open air. In Hortus Botanicus, you’ll find plants of which you didn’t expect that they were able to survive in the Netherlands.  
Fifth stop. Ready to see lots of boats?
After a quiet afternoon in the park, we’d love to head to a bar at Middenweg so we can meet our friends for drinks. Alternatively you can head to Bam Boa that is alongside Amstel River, where they have lovely sangria and Portugal-inspired dishes. If you’d like some special beers – together with a romantic sunset – be sure to head back to Casa for roof terrace GAPP. If you’re craving some authentic Italian, you could go to Enoteca Pepenero restaurant. And if after that, you feel like you haven’t really had enough drinks yet (and roof terrace GAPP Is about to close), be sure to head to nice former farmhouse Vergulden Eenhoorn or trendy lounge Mojo’s along the Ringdijk. We do that a lot, so you probably understand we don’t have much money left at the end of the month: hence we usually suffice with three bottles of wine for 10 euros at the Vomar supermarket.
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We hope you have enjoyed our little tour around the Casa neighbourhood. Remember, especially on our route, to take it easy: East is wonderful for relaxing. And as you’re on holiday, it’s time for you to relax!   Hotspots from other students along the route
  • Multiple students on the top floor (11th floor) recommend bar Gieter, near Leidseplein. “It’s accessible, open until late and amazingly cheap beer,” one says. Another student thinks it a bar where ‘typical Amsterdam vibes meet student life’. Recommendable is to cycle from Casa to Gieter and look around all the beautiful buildings you encounter, such as Amstel Hotel and Hermitage Museum.
  • If you’re around the Leidseplein area, one student recommends visiting a concert at “One of the reasons I’ve moved to Amsterdam is my love for hip hop, and the fact that all hip hop artists perform at Melkweg.”
  • Rather keep it close to Casa? One students cryptically refers to ‘that bench’ at Frankendael Park. “You can stare very chilled at the trees, the water and nature. It’s a good spot for meditation with the noises of nature in the background.” Perhaps a good idea for your hangover after going to bar Gieter!
  • A 9th floor student recommends the Bogortuin at Java Island, which is a wonderful place for swimming; for shopping, she refers you to De Pijp area, specifically Gerard Doustraat. 

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Amsterdam South-East Cycle Route

August 20th, 2020 by

SOUTH-EAST AMSTERDAM

Before you embark on your Amsterdam exploration by bike, please remember that the Dutch use the cycling lanes also for regular traffic, including travelling to work. So please maintain the basic traffic rules. Keep right; do not ignore red lights; when turning, indicate your direction by a show of hand (left or right); only cycle on the red asphalt lanes.

 

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Hey! Nice to meet you!
My name is Tahrim Ramdjan and I’m a student living in Hotel Casa. You probably know Amsterdam for its canalside houses, liberal drug policy and cycling lanes, but today I am going to introduce you to a neighbourhood that you probably haven’t heard of: district South-East, including the Bijlmer. I’m born and raised in this neighbourhood, even though I’ve been living in Casa for three years now. As a university student of law, living in Casa is a good solution for me to live near the city centre without paying a zillion euros. Next to my studies, I’m a journalist and reporter for Amsterdam daily newspaper Het Parool. If you’ve got a Dutch person close to you in your circle, he or she has probably told you some horror stories about the Bijlmer. It used to be a rather criminal place, though that was decades ago. So let me first tell you some history about the Bijlmer and then I’ll show you a nice cycling route to get familiar with the neighbourhood. I’ll promise you it’s totally different from your stroll along the Red Light District.
 
Let’s start with some history!
The Bijlmer has been built around the 1970s, as a neighbourhood for the ‘modern human’. You’re probably wondering what that may be, and so am I – but the conceivers of the neighbourhood felt that the modern human wanted to separate its activities into different levels of space and place. The design of the neighbourhood followed that philosophy. The ground floor was fully reserved for recreation and nature. Residents would find their houses in tall, colossal flats that aimed for the sky; and transportation would – ideally by car – occur on elevated thoroughways. For those who could not afford a car, a metro was built, and the Bijlmer is the reason why Amsterdam has a functioning metro today. What happened, though, is that the construction of the Bijlmer co-incided with mass immigration from former Dutch colonies. One of the most important Dutch colonies, Suriname, had acquired independence in 1975, leading to many Surinamese people emigrating to the Netherlands. No sufficient housing was available, though, so they were (quite literally) put away in the flats in Bijlmer with little opportunities, money or resources. Hence Bijlmer became a rather forgotten and criminal place over time. Tide has turned, though since the 1990s. The abolition of the tallest and most anonymous flats; the construction of football stadium Amsterdam Arena and event hall Ziggo Dome; and the restructuring of the public space started a second life for Bijlmer – one that’s more peaceful and more quiet, while Bijlmer maintained its image as a multicultural neighbourhood.  
The start.
Your bike ride to Bijlmer will take about 45 to 50 minutes, along a lovely route and will keep you busy for possibly a full day. Don’t be too anxious about the cycling: it won’t be busy along this route. Additionally, you can rent an easy-to-ride bike from Casa at hotel reception. As the planners and developers of the neighbourhood did, I have also split up the 5 stops into 5 different activities you can undertake in Bijlmer along the route.  
First stop. Prepare yourself for a healthy bike ride!
About 15 minutes in from Casa, you will find the sports fields of De Toekomst along your way. These are the fields where local soccer club Ajax trains, all in the hope to reach Champions League again like back in 2018. You might have the chance of running into a talented soccer player – scores well for your Insta and perhaps he can teach you some tricks.  
Second stop. Pamper yourself with a good lunch!
About 10 minutes further from De Toekomst, you have arrived well into Bijlmer. You will find the shopping centre Amsterdamse Poort here. Interesting here is that you have a lot of Indonesian, Surinamese and Afro-Dutch shops that sell fruits, food ingredients, spices – but also robes and decoration – that you would by no means find in areas like Kalverstraat.  
Third stop. Take a moment to enjoy some architecture.
A little bit to the east of Amsterdamse Poort, about ten minutes cycling away, you will find some remnants of the traditional honeycomb-structured Bijlmer flats, called Groeneveen and Klein-Kruitberg. You will also find a monument of the Bijlmer plane crash with El Al Flight 1862, which landed into these flats in 1992: 43 people were killed. In Dutch, this event is called the ‘Bijlmerramp’, and everyone in the nation knows about it.
Fourth stop. Have yourself an Indonesian snack while you listen to some birds.
You will find a little sibling to the Amsterdamse Poort at Kraaiennest. Here you can sit down, have a nice snack and enjoy the sounds of people mixing with one another in broad daylight. Those nice snacks include a baka bana (baked banana, by Indonesian recipe) or a bara (Indian spicy fried bread). If you’re lucky, you’ll find a delicious food stand selling fried bread with fish – by Surinamese recipe – near the metro station.  
Fifth stop. Enjoy a place where you will feel like you’re the only tourist in town!
Do you need a good rest from your cycling trip? Head off to the south to De Hoge Dijk, a wonderful nature area that will make you wonder whether you’ve just left the city. And in fact, you almost did! If you cross even further to the south, you’ll be on the border of the provinces of Noord-Holland (which includes Amsterdam) and Utrecht (which includes, well, the city of Utrecht). Do take the time to enjoy the flowers, the beaks and the sun in De Hoge Dijk. You’ve deserved it.     Hotspots from other students along the route:
  • A 10th floor student recommends the Amsterdam Underground Tour. “Former substance addicts take you through various neighbourhoods of Amsterdam and tell you how the city used to look like. They tell interesting stories about how it’s been to live in the middle of the city as an addict.” During the worst years of Bijlmer, addicts also often stayed in the tall flats.
  • Are you rather in for gaming? Pay a visit to Gamestate in Zuidoost underneath Bijlmer Arena station, says a gaming lover from the 9th floor. “Especially if you and your friend want to battle once and for all to know who’s the best in mini games. And a fun dating spot!”

Cycle route East Amsterdam

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August 20th, 2020 by

AMSTERDAM CENTRE

Before you embark on your Amsterdam exploration by bike, please remember that the Dutch use the cycling lanes also for regular traffic, including travelling to work. So please maintain the basic traffic rules. Keep right; do not ignore red lights; when turning, indicate your direction by a show of hand (left or right); only cycle on the red asphalt lanes.
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Hey! Nice to meet you!

I’m Cameron Bavay, a student of law at the University of Amsterdam. I love to read books on psychology in my spare time, as well as visiting museums. Apart from that, I like to travel, enjoy some good food and discovering new hotspots.

 

This year, Casa has made it possible for students to stay during summer, because of Covid-19. I really appreciate that I don’t have to move out – as we usually do during summer – so I could enjoy my summer in Amsterdam. I’ve had a good summer, mostly thanks to the roof terrace (GAPP), where I’ve also had a couple of morning workouts! That’s what I like about Casa: it combines the luxurious suite life in a hotel, with student life.

 

Casa is not the only place in Amsterdam where I’ve lived in. I’ve also stayed in the Jordaan, the Staatslieden area (near Westerpark) and the Hoofddorplein area (near Vondelpark). I also know the Pijp pretty well. You could say I’m a traveller in my own city. For today, I’d love to take you on a trip around my former neighbourhood in Jordaan. I’ll tell you what landmarks you absolutely have to see and show you where you can enjoy some wonderful food and drinks.

The Start

My Amsterdam adventure started in the Jordaan. The neighbourhood is one of the best-known districts in Amsterdam: partially because of the Anne Frank House, which is a wonderful museum that you’ve probably already heard of, but also because of its pubs, courtyards and narrow alleys.

I’d recommend you to discover this cosy neighbourhood by foot, or when cycling slowly. That way, you can optimally enjoy the serenity and beauty of it. You’ll find that serenity especially in the small alleyways and hidden courtyards. You should go on a hunt for those courtyards, such as the Hofje van Brienen, Zon’s Hofje, Suykerhofje and Raepenhofje. But be sure to do that in silence, because people still live around these courtyards: you could say it’s their garden.

First stop. Stoll through the Noordermarkt and treat yourself with a good meal

The Jordaan is traditionally a residential neighbourhood for workers. You can still see these roots during Saturday’s farmer market, at Noordermarkt square. I’d recommend you to stroll across the various stands, buy some good food and connect with the friendly locals. If you enjoy handmade apple pie, you should pay a visit to Winkel 43 at Noordermarkt square – I’ve had the best apple pie in my life over there. If you’d rather enjoy some other pastry or well-prepared sandwiches, head to Le Petit Deli.

If you’d like to enjoy an easy, affordable lunch for take-away, head to Smoked Crispy Bacon Sandwich House. Hans, the owner, will prepare his best sandwiches for you, with prices between 3 and 4 euros. If you’d rather rest a bit while having your lunch seated, head to Kessens  for soups and their classic ‘Toast Skagen’. Alternatively, D&A Hummus Bistro has amazing Middle Eastern dishes and hummus. Both are close to Anne Frank House.

Second stop. Time for a special evening drink with a view

When the sun’s out, definitely head past Bar Waterkant near Elandsgracht. They’ve got a huge terrace at the waterside with a chill vibe. You can observe the boats passing by, order some beers together with a large bowl of nacho’s and before you know it, your day has passed already. Time flies!

You can also have a lovely dinner in Jordaan. The best restaurants are in Westerstraat, Tweede Anjeliersdwarsstraat, Tuinstraat and Tweede Egelantiersdwarsstraat. My personal favorites are the Italian place La Florita and the Mexican restaurant Rosario Cocina Mexicana. Make sure you’re had enough food before you discover Amsterdam nightlife: close your day by heading into one of the traditional pubs in Jordaan, or head to Chin Chin Club if you’re rather in for a dance.

I hope you’ve enjoyed my ‘life tour’ through Amsterdam. Oh, and I have a great last tip for you: Van Stapele Koekmakerij in the city centre. No visit to Amsterdam is complete without trying these fresh-baked cookies. Don’t hesitate when you stumble upon a rather long line, because they have the best cookies you’ll ever have. Thank me later for this life-changing experience!   Hotspots from other students along the route
  • Our 10th floor students recommend brewery De Prael. “Amazing beer at a fantastic location, with a cosy – ‘gezellige’ – ambiance inside.”
  • And our 9th floor students recommend cycling across the Magere Brug in the centre. “Between the busy streets, you have a wonderful view on the Amstel river, the old canal houses, the little boats and – in dark – all the lights that shine,” says one student. “It reminds me of how wonderful of a city Amsterdam is.”

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Beer entertainment in quarantine time

April 24th, 2020 by

Beer amusement during quarantine

I am in the mood for something adventurous. With me as a beer enthusiast, my view on the world always gets a bit more beautiful after a couple of beers.  Exactly what I need during quarantine! Every week, I will update this blog with news and events from my favourite gappies; beer brewers from Amsterdam.
 
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Upcoming
Brouwerij Gebrouwen door Vrouwen
On Sunday, the 10th of May, we celebrate the most important woman in our life. Gebrouwen door Vrouwen has prepared something nice; a lemon blueberry cake made by Baksels Amsterdam, Bloesem Blond & Gin Weizen and on top of all of this; a Gebrouwen door Vrouwen beer glass. Would you like to spoil your mom? Then order this package via Gebrouwen door Vrouwen and pick it up on Friday, Saturday or Sunday. Check out the link for more information: https://www.instagram.com/p/B_xELbVlYwH/
Brouwerij Poesiat en Kater
Mmmm! Asparagus! This week (04-05 till 10-05) brouwerij Poesiat en Kater has made a delicious week special for you! White asparagus with egg, ham and Hollandaise sauce, for only €17,50. Their beer suggestion with this dish is ‘Princessebier’. For takeaway and delivery. https://www.instagram.com/p/B_zJOTQJNWV/
Always there for you during quarantine
 
Oedipus

Oedipus has something nice for you; new funky studio beers! And we have to admit; they are real beauties. The experiment has led to new surprising flavours and a beautiful design, numbered from 1 to infinity. Check them out at their shop! https://oedipus.com/shop/

Also, Oedipus offers a freshly brewed beer, which varies weekly to challenge your taste buds! You can pick up this beer and other prizewinning beers every Friday to Sunday between 14:00 and 18:00 at Badhuis Javaplein! https://www.instagram.com/p/B_Ugx7mJDb-/

 
Brouwerij de leckere

UTRECHT ONLY                                                                                                            Every Friday evening at 19:00 Brouwerij de Leckere goes live at Werkspoorcafe de Leckere with a beer tasting. They have made a beer and bite box with 12 beers and snacks for €29,50. Every Friday they deliver it in person to your house, right in time for the tasting! Order the box before 08:00 to be sure the box will be on time. https://www.deleckerewebshop.nl/ 

 
Brouwerij Homeland       

Waking up thirsty? Order a box of beers berfore 10:00 and enjoy your beers the same day! Sustainably delivered by bike.                                                                https://homelandshop.nl/

 
Gebrouwen door vrouwen

Walking your dog? Walk by the Gebrouwen door Vrouwen bar! They offer an amazing drinks and snacks platter, with admission to the Gebrouwen door Vrouwen live stream on Friday, at 18:00. Pre-order it, pick up at Thursday, Friday, Saturday or Sunday between 14:00 and 19:00. The costs are €21,95.

These woman not only surprise us with this pop-up bar, also they introduced “beer and balcony”! Every Sunday you can grab your bike, scooter, car or whatever vehicle you like the most, and go to the drive through at the Nieuwe Hemweg 4f from 12:00 till 17:00. Drink your beers at home, at your roof terrace or balcony or in the neighbors’ garden!

https://www.instagram.com/gebrouwendoorvrouwen/ 

 
Jopenbier

“During quarantine you need to entertain yourselves”, is what Jopenbier must have thought. They have made a crossword puzzle (“anything but makkelijk”), special Jopen church backgrounds for the daily Zoom meetings with your colleagues and you now can organize a beer tasting at home! Check it out at their website: https://www.jopenbier.nl/

 
Brouwerij troost

Every Monday Brouwerij Troost organises an online pubquiz starting at 20:00. The winner receives a box of New England beers!  Log in at https://www.twitch.tv/jerk_at_thecastle on monday evening before 20:00 with your team of maximum 3 persons! https://brouwerijtroost.nl/oud-west-amsterdam/

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Amsterdam Centre Cycle Route

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