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City Guide: Amsterdam With Sandrien

De School resident Sandrien takes us on a guide to show us the best places in Amsterdam.

Happy Tuesday everyone. Hope the start of your week has been grand. Summer is in full effect, and traveling is at the top of many's priorities. If you've got the bug, but aren't sure where to go, or maybe you've already booked your tickets and are looking for things to do, our on-going and ever-growing City Guide series is here to help. This week, we are joined by De School resident Sandrien, as she takes us on a tour of Amsterdam. Perfect timing for those who are prepping for ADE later this year.

Words by Sandrien


We all like a good drink, so where are the top spots to head to before a night out?

Cafe Struik is a nice bar to have a drink or listen to music, every now and then they have some DJ's playing as well.

Cafe Struik Amsterdam

Where can you find the best clubs / late night venues in town?

I love playing and visiting De School - nice lineups, great people. It also holds a concert venue, a restaurant, and a gym. Other cool places are Shelter, Skate Cafe, Garage Noord amongst others.


Brunches are a weekend staple, which spots stand out to you?

I could definitely recommend Piet de Gruyter. Lovely place with a terrace, a lot of locals. You can go from brunch to having drinks with friends at the terrace, to end up having dinner there as well.

Piet de Gruyter Amsterdam

Piet de Gruyter

Where can we shop for records and music memorabilia in Amsterdam? 

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Rush Hour! You can buy records from house to techno, electronica, wave to soul, funk, disco, jazz, African, world music. New and second hand. Nice big shop so I would take some time to visit it.

Rush Hour Amsterdam

Your Sunday escape plan when you need to get away from it all?

My new home is in a more quiet part of Amsterdam, so I would chill on my terrace or otherwise I'll take my racing bike and ride around in nature outside of Amsterdam

Something everyone should do when visiting Amsterdam, but probably hasn’t?

A bike ride to Durgerdam.

A track that reminds you of the time you moved to Amsterdam?

Josh Wink - Higher State Of Consciousness.

What are other great exports that come from Amsterdam?

Ajax :)

A gift you can’t leave Amsterdam without taking home for friends?

A bottle 

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