Not known for it’s tropical climate, you’d be forgiven for thinking that everyone in Amsterdam hides away inside when the winter rolls around.
We took three Clink backpackers out in Amsterdam Noord and beyond to prove that there’s plenty to keep you entertained in the winter months. The festive period may be over but we think it’s a great time to get out and explore the city. From cruising around on cool vintage bikes, tucking into delicious organic snacks, shopping in Europe’s biggest flea market and taking in Amsterdam’s festival of light, 3 backpackers got to see the best of the city in winter, and you can check out their day in out What’s Up! Amsterdam Winter Special.

TIP Noord Bike Rental 

Noord_bike rental

Arguably the best way to not only see the city, but to get around the city is one on of TIP Noord’s cool vintage bikes! Trust us, you’ll be the odd one out if you’re walking.

Buiksloterweg 5C, 1031
Open Monday to Saturday from 10am – 5pm
Top tip: Bikes sometimes available from CLINK on Sundays

Café de Ceuvel


Take a trip to this cozy pavilion where you can enjoy great food, drinks and music and know that you’re helping towards creating a greener Amsterdam. The team behind Cafe De Ceuvel are working on it becoming totally self sufficient.

Korte Papaverweg 4, 1032 KB
Open from Monday to Tuesday 7pm – 1am & Friday and Saturday 12pm – 2am
Top tip: Amsterdam Noord’s hip ‘green’ cafe and arts venue.

IJ Hallen Flea Market

Fancy being able to say that you’ve been to Europe’s biggest flea market, well one visit to T.T Neveritaweg and you can. With over 450 stands to peruse there is undoubtedly something for everyone.

T.T Neveritaweg 15
Opening days and times vary, please check in advance.
Top tip: Snap up a bargin at this huge flea market and try the Poffertjes from the stall outside – these are a Dutch sweet treats, a bit like a mini pancakes!

Noorderlicht Cafe

Noorderlicht, translated to Northern Lights, is the place to be if you’re looking for some delicious fresh organic food in a unique location with lovely, creative people.

NDSM Plein 102,1033 WB
Open daily between 11am – 12pm
Top tip: Seasonal, tasty food and regular live music and entertainment.

Kerstfair Markt


This gorgeous Christmas market is only around for a few weeks before Christmas, so it’s the perfect place to pick up that unique Christmas gift for a loved one back home.

Westergasfabriek, Haarlemmerweg 8E10104
Come back next near!
Top tip: The perfect arty market for festive gifts.

Amsterdam Light Festival

With walking routes, and routes to enjoy from the water, there is something for everyone in this 55 day festival, with installations from local and international artists, it will no doubt light up your winter season.

All around the city
Open: Running until 17th January 2016
Top tip: Installations from fantastic light artists  help Amsterdam shine this winter!


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