Dating in the Dutch capital? Make sure you check out Clink’s guide and discover some cute and unique date ideas in Amsterdam! Happy romancing you lovely people …
1. Hire a tandem bicycle and explore the city.
Why is it a good idea for a date? Teamwork is a great way to get to know your date and test out your compatibility. If you can’t cycle around Amsterdam together without falling off or getting lost, it’s doubtful there will be wedding bells any time soon.
Ranked as the most cycle-friendly city in the world, Amsterdam is perfect for cycling in tandem. Simply head to one of the many bike rental stores and opt for the double seated option. Once you have your bike you are free to navigate the city. Just be careful of the tram tracks, they are the exact same size as a bike wheel so are perfect for getting stuck in!
2. Win them over with wine
Where? Pazzanistraat 10
Why is it a good idea for a date? A nice glass of wine (or two!) always help to ease the nerves and help the conversation flow a little easier…
What better way to start a date than with a couple of casual glasses of wine in a beautiful and relaxed setting? Tell your date to meet you at Wester Wijnfabriek where you’ll find a veritable wine oasis. There, he or she will be wowed by a selection of over 70 wines by the bottle and 15 by the glass. We suggest arriving late afternoon and whiling away a few hours whilst sampling a few of the small bites. If all goes well (and why wouldn’t it, you charming thing you) you’ll have the whole evening ahead of you…
3. Show them your literary side
Where? Amstelveenseweg 53
Why is it a good idea for a date? With poetry, performances and delicious cocktails, you’ll be sure to always have something to talk about!
If you want to look like you’re really in the know about all that’s hip and happening in Amsterdam, then take your date to new hotspot Labyrinth in Amsterdam South. It’s totally unique! Plan your date right, and you’ll be able to catch one of their regular poetry and spoken word nights, which will provide you and your date with some top class entertainment which you can talk about over dinner. They call it ‘soulfood.’ We call it bloody delicious!
4. Start feline the love
Where? Marco Polostraat 211
Why is it a good idea for a date? Cats to stroke, coffee to drink, what’s not to love?
If your date is an animal lover then this date location is super cute and sure to be a hit. For just €3 you can enjoy up to two hours in this feline paradise, where 9 cats wander freely and love to cuddle. If you’re hungry, there’s a selection of tasty cakes, sweet treats and light lunches on offer.
5. Eat your way around De FoodHallen
Where? Bellamyplein 51
Why is it a good idea for a date? With over 20 street food vendors, there’s no need to worry about whether your date will like the food!
Not sure what food your date is into? Then De FoodHallen is the perfect choice! Take your pick from a wide selection of passionate street food vendors, offering everything from Greek meze to juicy burgers and wood-fired pizzas. With plenty of tables and perches and a lively atmosphere, it’s a relaxed and informal choice that should put your date at ease. If all goes well, head next door to FilmHallen, where the two of you can settle in to watch a movie.
6. Picnic in Vondelpark
Why is it a good idea for a date? There’s just something very romantic about al Fresco dates, especially if they involve wine, cheese and a checked blanket!
Amsterdam has some beautiful green spaces that are perfect settings for a date, especially when the sun is shining. Impress your date by picking up a selection of nice cheese, olives, cold meats and some freshly baked bread. Renzo’s, a traditional Italian deli, is a great bet and just a few minutes’ cycle from Vondelpark. Bring a bottle of something to share, for extra brownie points!
Top tip: Don’t forget cutlery, napkins and cups. Taking turns at swigging from a bottle of bubbly may leave your date feeling a bit deflated.
7. Unleash your inner kid at this old school arcade
Where? Polonceaukade 27 (West) Sint Annendwarsstraat 6 (Centre)
Why is it a good idea for a date? Because reminiscing about the 90’s always makes for a good time
If your date is a bit of a gamer then wow him or her with your unique choice of date at Ton Ton Club! Ton Ton has two locations, one central and one west. Head along to either and marvel at a massive collection of coin operated machines, ready for you to take on! Best of all, the retro classics include two player games like Bishi Bashi, Time Crisis and Dance Dance Revolution. So you and your date can get a little competitive, and then make up afterwards…
Looking for more late night activities? Here’s some of the most interesting things you can do in Amsterdam at night!
8. Break the ice with some comedy
Where? Rozengracht 117
Why is it a good idea for a date? Because what relationship can survive without a little laughter?
If you’re not a world renowned comedian, then fear not! Boom Chicago puts on a host of comedy nights which are bound to set your date off on a fun and lighthearted note. Bear in mind, if you find yourself sitting near the front, you and your date may end up starring in the show!
Top Tip: Bear in mind if you find yourself sitting near the front, you and your date may end up starring in the show.
9. Brew a little love
Where? Gedempt Hamerkanaal 85
Why is it a good idea for a date? Because you simply can’t go wrong with beer and burgers, especially when they’re this good
Jump on the free short ferry ride across the River IJ (or, if you’re staying at ClinkNOORD, you’re already on the right side of the river, you lucky thing!) and head to Oedipus Brewery and Taproom. Essentially located on the edge of a car park, don’t let it’s slightly unusual location put you off. Open every Thursday through to Sunday, the space is industrial yet homely.
You and your date can taste the freshest brews and latest experiments from the Oedipus team. We wholly recommend grabbing a famous Kimchief burger to line those stomachs.
We recommend the Mama pale ale, it’s super tasty with citrus and hoppy tones.
10. Escape the City
Where? Bloemendaal aan Zee
Why is it a good idea for a date? Because fresh air and adventure out of the city is good for the soul!
If you and your date fancy an excursion from the city, then Bloemendaal aan Zee is the place to head. This coastal gem boasts colourful hippy hangouts and regular beach parties in the summer. In the winter, wrap up and enjoy a romantic walk along the wild dune landscape with your date. Here’s how to get there.