First and foremost, we’d like to extend a warm welcome back to all of our guests and readers of The Dylan Mag. It has been a challenging three months, however we’re happy to be able to once again open our doors and do what we do best: Provide you with an unforgettable stay in the beautiful heart of Amsterdam. Summer is an exciting time here and, although some safety measures are still in place, we have a great list of what to do to get the most out of June in the Dutch capital.
Cinemas in Amsterdam
After nearly three months of watching Netflix, how refreshing it is to be able to go out to see a movie! Amsterdam is no stranger to the classic cinema. Think plush red seats, big screens and buttery popcorn. Head to The Movies on Haarlemmerdijk to watch the latest blockbusters as well as independent productions. Or try the student-run Kriterion in the east to see cult films or movies from up-and-comers. For that true old Hollywood feeling, go to Tuschinski in the centre and marvel at the glamorous art nouveau decorations. Tickets for all cinemas must be purchased online in advance.
Shopping in De 9 Straatjes
Amsterdam Canal Belt
Nothing beats strolling along the canals on a sunny afternoon and doing a bit of shopping. The famous 9 Streets – De 9 Straatjes – offer this idyllic experience. Go antiquing in one of the many vintage shops or peruse the latest fashions from local and international designers. Pick up a collection of art prints in one of the galleries or a coffee table book as a gift. Charming and compact, these intersecting streets house the crème de la crème of Amsterdam’s shopping scene – and staying at The Dylan puts you right in the heart of it, so book your room today.
Bar Brasserie OCCO
There’s only one way to satisfy post-shopping fatigue and it’s with an exquisite lunch or afternoon coffee at Bar Brasserie OCCO. Located in The Dylan and open all day, OCCO is where quality, service and craftsmanship meet to bring you dazzling refreshments, like bespoke cocktails and the one-of-a-kind High Wine service, as well as a delectable menu made up of classic brasserie dishes. Feast on duck breast with king oyster mushrooms or steak tartare while planning which shops to hit next. You can reserve a table here.
Although it’s always one of the most popular spots in Amsterdam, these days the Vondelpark is the subject of additional appreciation. The park was first opened to the public in 1865 as a horseback riding and strolling park called Nieuwe Park. Renamed after the Dutch poet Joost van den Vondel in 1877, Vondelpark comprises a mix of flora, including Dutch red chestnuts, catalpas and a variety of birch trees. Home to all sorts of birds, the park is probably best known for the flock of wild parakeets that can sometimes be spotted in the trees. Stroll or cycle down the tree-lined lanes, discover the handful of sculptures and enjoy the splendour of this grand and green gem of Amsterdam.