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Derek Robertson

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Derek Robertson is a freelance writer and editor based in Amsterdam, with expertise on music, culture and nightlife in the Netherlands. He has written for the Guardian, Independent, NME, Vice and more. 

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The 10 absolute best brunches in Amsterdam

The 10 absolute best brunches in Amsterdam

For food, culture and some serious partying, there is nowhere quite like Amsterdam. This city will take you by surprise, and in no time, you’ll be hopping on a bicycle, soaring through the streets, soaking up the art and spending hours upon hours in Amsterdam coffee shops. Chances are, you’ll have a pretty wild night out at some point too.  But when the latter strikes, there’s only one thing for it, really. And yes, that’s brunch. Brunch will save you when you wake up bleary-eyed from a nice on the town in Dam. Brunch will fill your Instagram feed with colour and fun. Brunch will have you ready for another long day of simply enjoying yourself. The best part? Amsterdam does brunch very, very well. From Bloody Marys and buttermilk waffles to cafés selling only fancy omelettes, here is the best brunch in the Dutch capital.  RECOMMENDED:🌿 The best coffeeshops in Amsterdam🍴 The best restaurants in Amsterdam📍 The best things to do in Amsterdam🏨 The best hotels in Amsterdam This guide was last updated by Karin Engelbrecht, a food writer based in Amsterdam. At Time Out, all of our travel guides are written by local writers who know their cities inside out. For more about how we curate, see our editorial guidelines. 

The 20 best restaurants in Amsterdam

The 20 best restaurants in Amsterdam

Whether you’re headed to Amsterdam to tour its galleries, pop out on a canal cruise, visit centuries-old cafés or sample one of its notorious coffee shops, there is one thing you absolutely should not miss – and that’s the food. From stroopwafels served fresh on the Albert Cuyp market to exciting Michelin-star dining, Amsterdam’s food scene has got better and better.  And now might be the best time to pay the city a visit, as there are eateries for every taste (and budget). Classic, family-run Dutch food. Trendy wine bars serving up small plates. The freshest vegetable-driven menus. Whatever tickles your fancy, there’s a restaurant in Amsterdam for you, guaranteed. Read on for our top picks across a range of categories right now.  RECOMMENDED:📍 The best things to do in Amsterdam🍳 The best brunches in Amsterdam☕ The best cafés in Amsterdam🍷 The best bars in Amsterdam This guide was recently updated by Karin Engelbrecht, a food writer based in Amsterdam. At Time Out, all of our travel guides are written by local writers who know their cities inside out. For more about how we curate, see our editorial guidelines. 

The 11 best clubs in Amsterdam

The 11 best clubs in Amsterdam

Though Amsterdam is trying to move away from being a tourist party destination, it’s still known for being very, very fun. From hen dos and party boats to the red light district and those infamous coffee shops, Amsterdam is a seriously good time, and one you’ve likely had on your bucket list for a while.  So if you’re ready for a night out that never has to end, you’ve come to the right place. Dam has a diverse nightlife scene to suit all tastes, from DJ sets at 24-hour thumping clubs to live music at a trendy 1940s bunker. Like Berlin? You’ll find the influence of its gritty nightlife scene right here. Budapest? Find ruin bar equivalents a-plenty. Read on for the best clubs in Amsterdam right now.  RECOMMENDED:🍷 The best bars in Amsterdam🌿 The best coffeeshops in Amsterdam📍 The best things to do in Amsterdam🍴 The best restaurants in Amsterdam This guide was recently updated by Callum Booth, a writer based in Amsterdam. At Time Out, all of our travel guides are written by local writers who know their cities inside out. For more about how we curate, see our editorial guidelines. 

The 13 best coffeeshops in Amsterdam

The 13 best coffeeshops in Amsterdam

Amsterdam is well-loved for its great food, scenic cycles and poppin’ nightlife, but often, its USP is its uber-cool, uber-chill and completely unique coffeeshops. And for those who aren’t yet familiar, we’re not talking about trendy croissants and latté art in the shape of little seahorses. Sure, they’ve got coffee in Amsterdam. But when we talk about coffeeshops, we mean licenced cannabis cafés, where you can choose from extensive marijuana menus. And they’re more than that, too – these joints are social hubs, creative spaces, and they often have great food menus for your munchies too. One thing to note, though, is that a few of Amsterdam's coffeeshops are really famous, and it's to their own detriment... These spots are now inescapable tourist traps, and we wouldn't recommend them (you won't find Smokey and Bulldog the First on here, for example). But if you want to visit a proper good one? Read on, friends. These are the best coffeeshops in Amsterdam. RECOMMENDED:📍 The best things to do in Amsterdam🍷 The best bars in Amsterdam🍴 The best restaurants in Amsterdam☕ The best cafés in Amsterdam This guide was recently updated by Callum Booth, a writer based in Amsterdam. At Time Out, all of our travel guides are written by local writers who know their cities inside out. For more about how we curate, see our editorial guidelines. 

7 noves meravelles del món per visitar aquest 2022

7 noves meravelles del món per visitar aquest 2022

Ens agradaria que el 2022 fos l'any de la tornada definitiva a la normalitat i per això hem demanat als nostres editors d'arreu del planeta que ens presentin algunes de les noves meravelles que es podran visitar enguany als seus països i ciutats. Uns quants nous motius per viatjar a destinacions com París, Nova York, Lisboa, els Països Baixos, el Japó, Taiwan i Egipte: nous museus i teatres, una exposició floral que té lloc només un cop cada deu anys, un nou parc temàtic basat en els personatges de Miyazaki i una experiència sísmica a Lisboa. Tremolem d'emoció. NO T'HO PERDIS: Els pobles més bonics de Catalunya

Les 21 millors coses per fer a Amsterdam

Les 21 millors coses per fer a Amsterdam

Amb la xifra de visitants en continu augment, sembla que Amsterdam continua sent tan popular com sempre entre els aficionats a les escapades urbanes, i el nombre de coses que fer a Amsterdam creix més cada temporada. Fins i tot per als residents, la naturalesa sempre canviant de la ciutat ofereix multitud de llocs que explorar. Si bé l'hedonista vida nocturna de la capital holandesa encara atreu hordes de comiats de solter i a aquells que volen gaudir de la festa conseqüent, Amsterdam és molt més que taboles fins a l'alba i drogues legals. Explora el majestuós Jordaan, passa l'estona als voltants elegants de De Pijp, o passa per Oost, on els fruiters turcs de la vella escola es troben un al costat de l'altre amb restaurants increïblement moderns, cafeteries on prendre el brunch i tot tipus de boutiques. Culturalment, és una de les destinacions més eclèctiques i diverses d'Europa, i amb molts dels seus projectes de renovació i regeneració ja completats, Amsterdam és més vibrant que mai. Has fet alguna cosa en aquesta llista i t'ha encantat? Comparteix-ho amb l'etiqueta #TimeOutDoList i etiqueta @TimeOutEverywhere. També pots trobar més informació sobre com Time Out selecciona les millors coses per a fer a tot el món.    

The 12 best museums in Stockholm right now

The 12 best museums in Stockholm right now

Stockholm’s cracking culture scene is no big secret, but the sheer breadth of it is still wildly impressive. Stockholm hasn’t just got grand history museums coming out of its ears, it’s got modern art, sculpture – and who can forget the ABBA museum? The best museums in Stockholm come in all shapes, sizes and styles, so if you’re ready to fill up your weekend itinerary, check out the best museums in the city. From naval history to vikings, here are the museums you should be seeing in Stockholm right now. RECOMMENDED:🛍️ The best spots for shopping in Stockholm📍 The best things to do in Stockholm🍽️ The best restaurants in Stockholm🏘️ Where to stay in Stockholm  This guide was written by travel journalist Derek Robertson. At Time Out, all of our travel guides are written by local writers who know their cities inside out. For more about how we curate, see our editorial guidelines. 

Where to stay in Amsterdam: your essential guide to the top areas

Where to stay in Amsterdam: your essential guide to the top areas

Amsterdam is one of the most popular city destinations in the world, and it's no surprise. From distinct districts each with their own unique offering to the cool and hip coffee shops, the Dutch capital truly has something for everyone. The ‘small but perfectly formed’ cosmopolitan city packs a vibrant punch of fine neighbourhoods to explore – and we’re here to show you the best places to stay while you're here. The city has every vibe you might want. From the bustling tourist centre to the more laidback and trendy Jordaan, there's a neighbourhood for any type of explorer. Amsterdam has it all, so learn about the various neighbourhoods and their best eating, drinking and sightseeing before booking that all-important bed at one of Amsterdam’s best hotels or best Airbnbs. This article includes affiliate links. These links have no influence on our editorial content. For more information, click here.

The 24 best things to do in Amsterdam

The 24 best things to do in Amsterdam

Ah, Amsterdam. Our love affair with this city never ends, from its innovative food scene to its most well-known attractions. Perhaps most famous for its art galleries and museums, from the Van Gogh Museum to the Anne Frank House, Amsterdam stands proudly as one of the most culturally significant cities in Europe, but, of course, it’s got a poppin’ nightlife scene too.  In fact, the capital’s ‘fun’ side has historically lent itself to swathes of tourist stag dos, desperate to try out Amsterdam’s notorious coffee shops and canal cruises – something its government is trying to crack down on. But as it stands, there’s no escaping its reputation as a Seriously Fun Place To Be. Whatever you’re in Amsterdam for, there are some things you simply have to do. With the help of our experts and contributors on the ground in ‘Dam, we’ve rounded up 24 of the most essential things to tick off. Happy travels! RECOMMENDED: 🥨 The best restaurants in Amsterdam🕺 Check out Amsterdam’s best clubs⛵ The best day trips from Amsterdam 🏠 The best Airbnbs in Amsterdam📍 An Amsterdam weekend itinerary

LGBTQ+ Amsterdam – the 14 best gay bars and clubs

LGBTQ+ Amsterdam – the 14 best gay bars and clubs

Up there with Berlin, Amsterdam is one of Europe’s party capitals. What that means is that this city knows how to party, be it all-night clubs or an ace cocktail bar. But Amsterdam also has one of the best queer scenes around, so the two go hand in hand, and the LGBTQ+ party scene is second to none. In fact, the whole of the Dutch capital is one big gay scene, with fantastic gay bars and clubs stretching across the city. Of course, many of them reside on Reguliersdwarsstraat, Amsterdam’s most famous gay street, but there’s a ton more to be found, from the city’s legendary first gay club Cafe ‘t Mandje to tiny drag bars with karaoke. Just don’t be surprised to see some open-minded straight people frequent these joints – these are some of the best clubs in a city famous for its nightlife, after all. Read on for the best gay bars and clubs in Amsterdam right now.  RECOMMENDED:🍹 The best bars in Amsterdam🪩 The best clubs in Amsterdam🌿 The best coffeeshops in Amsterdam📍 The best things to do in Amsterdam🥑 The best places for brunch in Amsterdam Planning your next trip? Check out our latest travel guides, written by local experts.

The 12 best markets in Amsterdam

The 12 best markets in Amsterdam

You know it and we know it, Amsterdam is a seriously cool place. And as effortless as it may seem, quite a lot goes into keeping this city so trendy. One of the things holding it down? That’s the never-ending rotation of incredible markets on offer, selling clothes, furniture, bric-a-brac and more, all over the city.  With a coffee in hand, Amsterdam’s markets are the place to fill out your weekend city break dreams. Discover tiny trinkets and hidden gems, spend your Sundays switching up your style at a vintage market, or grab some of the best cheese around on a floating barge. Amsterdam has it all. Here are the best markets in Amsterdam, for all your achingly trendy needs.  RECOMMENDED: 🍴 The best restaurants in Amsterdam☕ The best coffeeshops in Amsterdam📍 The best things to do in Amsterdam🍸 The best bars in Amsterdam🏨 The best hotels in Amsterdam Planning your next trip? Check out our latest travel guides, written by local experts.

The 51 coolest neighbourhoods in the world

The 51 coolest neighbourhoods in the world

It’s been a rough few years for the world at large – but in many ways, a fantastic one for neighbourhoods. Although we haven’t been able to travel the world as freely as we once did, billions of us have been spending more time than ever closer to home. And in many of the world’s greatest cities, the result has been a full-blown neighbourhood renaissance. It’s true that much-loved local shops, restaurants, bars and creative spaces have, sadly, shuttered for good. But there’s also been a whole wave of new businesses opening, driven not just by increased footfall outside city centres, but also by the ‘great resignation’. City-dwellers have quit their corporate jobs to finally follow their joy, whether it’s opening that corner café or much-needed local LGBTQ+ bar, or just spending more time living slowly and spending more time (and money) in their local area. At the same time, local officials the world over have been re-establishing their neighbourhoods as places for people. In some cases that’s meant overhauling street space: less driving, more walking, cycling and hanging out. In others, it’s meant tackling problems like overtourism, inequality and air pollution. All of this has led to districts looking very different than they did just a few years ago – and becoming better places for locals and travellers alike. RECOMMENDED: The 33 coolest streets in the world Every year, we canvas thousands of city-dwellers around the world in our Time Out Index survey. As always, this year

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アムステルダムの循環型経済を支える「ドーナツモデル」

アムステルダムの循環型経済を支える「ドーナツモデル」

アムステルダムを「罪の街」と呼ぶのは簡単だ。この街は観光客にとってはもちろん、一部の地元の人たちにとっても、(毎晩ではないにせよ)酒色にふけり楽しい時間を過ごせる場所だろう。しかし、きらびやかな運河と絵のように美しい切妻屋根の家々が並ぶアムステルダムは最近、持続可能性とグリーンイノベーションの砦(とりで)としての地位を確立しつつある。それを裏付けるように、今年タイムアウトが実施した都市調査でも、この街は世界で3番目に「環境に優しい都市」「サスティナブルな都市」に選ばれた。 同市がそうした状況にあるのは、循環型経済への全面的な取り組みとして、いわゆる「ドーナツモデル」を採用している結果といえる。これはオックスフォード大学の経済学者であるケイト・ラワースが、2012年に発表した現代的な持続可能性を実現するためのビジョンで、「廃棄物と汚染を可能な限りの排除すること」「製品や素材を使い続けること」「自然のシステムを再生させること」の3つの要素が指針とされる。アムステルダムではこのように、再生可能なエネルギーと素材の利用に重きを置きながら、さらに「デジタル・イノベーション」にも焦点を当てている。 これらの取り組みのゴールは、人類のニーズを満たしつつ、地球のために実行可能な未来を創造すること。そういう意味では、このスイートスポット(つまり「ドーナツ」)は、あらゆる政府が目指してもいいのかしれない。 ドーナツモデルの採用 アムステルダムは2015年、世界で初めて都市レベルでドーナツモデルの可能性について検討するため、調査を実施。その後は報告書に基づいて、再生可能エネルギーや緑地、持続可能なフードシステムの構築、消費の削減など、数多くの野心的な政策や目標を採択してきた。 市は2030年までの目標として、「二酸化炭素排出量の55%削減」「電力の80%を再生可能エネルギーで賄うこと」「個人消費の50%削減」を設定。さらに公園の数を増やしたり、あらゆる製品を修理して再利用するためのインフラを整備するといった、市が長期的な視点を感じ取れる具体的な目標も掲げている。 アムステルダム版ドーナツモデル『Amsterdam City Doughnut』の影響範囲は幅広く、市の『Circular Strategy(循環戦略)2020-2025』の中心的構成要素としても位置づけられている。この戦略は「地球の限界を尊重しながら、全ての市民に繁栄をもたらす、リジェネラティブでインクルーシブな都市」の実現するために策定されたものだ。 コロナ禍のドーナツモデル 「変革のためのツール」と銘打たれたこの戦略は、ラワース本人も協力した開発フェーズを経て、2020年4月に発表された。しかし、その頃ちょうど世界中でロックダウンが発生。ところが、パンデミックはこの戦略の障害になるどころか、多くの都市住民が根本的な「変化」を待ち望んでいたことを気付かせてくれるきっかけとなった。 「タイミングには疑問も感じていましたが、結果的には人々は危機後の経済を立て直すためのアイデアを求めていることが分かりました」と語るのは、アムステルダムのサステナビリティ担当副市長のマリーケ・ファン・ドーニンクだ。 彼女は同市の循環戦略について、「単に 『それまでのビジネス』に戻るのではなく、経済を異なる形にする方法を模索するためのツール。経済回復のための計画としても注目されています」と教えてくれた。さらにそのメリットは誰の目にも明らかであるべきだと、次のように強調した。「循環型経済は生産、消費、再処理が地域で行われるため、より

How Amsterdam is embracing the ‘doughnut model’ – and why other cities should too

How Amsterdam is embracing the ‘doughnut model’ – and why other cities should too

It’d be all too easy to dismiss Amsterdam as a City of Sin, with hordes of tourists – and a fair few locals – pursuing debauchery and late-night revelry seven days a week. But recently this city of glittering canals and picturesque gabled houses has also positioned itself as a bastion of sustainability and green innovation. So much so that earlier this year, Time Out readers voted it the third ‘greenest’ – and third most ‘sustainable’ – city in the world. This is largely thanks to the Dutch capital’s wholehearted embrace of a circular economy, the so-called ‘doughnut model’: a vision of modern sustainability first set out by University of Oxford economist Kate Raworth in 2012. This is driven by three guiding principles: eliminate waste and pollution as far as possible, keep products and materials in use, and regenerate ‘natural systems’. Renewable energy and materials should be prioritised, and there should also be a focus on ‘digital innovation’. The main goal is to create a viable future for the planet, while also meeting the needs of the human population: this sweet spot, the doughnut, is what all governments should be aiming for. Back in 2015, Amsterdam was the first city in the world to commission a study into the model’s potential at the city level. That report led to the adoption of a raft of ambitious policies and targets, ranging from renewable energy and green spaces to building sustainable food systems and reducing consumption. The city aims to cut carbon emissions