QO Amsterdam Ambassador Favorites

Out and about in Amsterdam - February

Our QO Amsterdam Ambassadors like to share their love and knowledge of the city with you. Offering you insights in things to do, places to visit and people to meet.

We take great pride in curating a list of events each month. When cultivating our list of “Amsterdam Favourites for the Month” we are always on the lookout for that off the beaten track, which in turn opens up a different and inspirational side of Amsterdam to you.

Therefore we connect you to the city and help shape your experience.

The Edible Plastic Soup Event

Our meeting areas are named after green entrepreneurs for whom sustainability is at the core of their ventures. One of our creative meeting areas is named after Kevin Kumala, renowned for creating a bag from cassava starch that is 100% biodegradable and even edible. So when we heard of the Expo&Tasting – The Edible Plastic Soup, we contacted the curator India Rose Klap. We heard great insights about the back story and we want to encourage you to visit the expo and be inspired.

It’s best to just read the words of India Rose Klap, the creator of this project

“About 8 million metric tons of plastic waste ends up in the ocean each year, if this doesn’t stop there will be more plastic than fish in the oceans by 2050. To address this problem, I created a recipe for a futuristic bouillabaisse; the edible plastic soup. The recipe has been printed upon a bio-plastic bag. The bag is made from cassava, it is 100% biodegradable and dissolves in warm water. The bag can be used as a binder and garnish for the soup.”

Date: 21st February 2019

Time: 7pm – 11pm

Venue: Amsterdam Roest,

Location: Jacob Bontiusplaats 1

Admission: FREE

Off the beaten track

One of our favourite off the beaten track museums in Amsterdam has to be Foam. This beautiful photography museum, located on the Keizersgracht, regularly showcases incredible exhibitions that are not to be missed.

The building itself is steeped in history and has been holding contemporary exhibitions for almost 150 years. In 2001 Foam took over this culturally esteemed property and held their first exhibition.

Since then they have held exhibitions by some of the greats including Richard Avedon, Diane Arbus and Mario Testino to name a few. This is such a special place to enjoy art and some very exciting exhibitions are currently on and we have outlined two of them below for you.

Event: Feast for the Eyes – The Story of Food in Photography

Dates: 21st December – 3rd March 2019

Event: Santu Mofokeng – Stories

Dates: 15th February – 28th April 2019

Venue: FOAM

Location: Keizergracht 609, amsterdam

Admission: 15 euro

 

Music Aficonados unite

If part of being sustainable is putting things back to work, than Concerto is at the absolute forefront. Concerto records is vinyl paradise for all aficionados and considered an Amsterdam favourite as the best beloved record store in town. And on a very important side note: the coffee and cake is great too!

This is the perfect Sunday afternoon hangout to lose yourself in an extensive collection of records that can be listened to on the readily available decks. They have a best of the month records wall and are always on hand to give heartfelt advise where needed. Opening your ears to artists you may not have come across just yet. Be sure to check out their upcoming shows as they regularly hold in-house gigs from some of the biggest names touring Europe.

It’s well located on the beautiful Utrechtsestraat that is arguably one of the best shopping streets in Amsterdam.

Venue: Concerto records

Location: Utrechtsestraat 52-60

Admission: FREE (Just buy some records)

 

A community of entrepreneurs and artists

De Ceuvel in Amsterdam North is one of our favorite spots. This is a bar/restaurant we share a similar sustainable ethos with.

De Ceuvel is located on a former shipyard and an experiment in urban renewal. The best way to describe this venture is as a creative and cultural hotspot, a circular test lab, a place to exchange power internally using blockchain technology, an aquaponics greenhouse and a biogas restaurant. It’s a little oasis serving local beers and having their very own floating island. Indeed worth a visit.

If you want to learn more about the processes they have in place that ultimately make this an interesting sustainable project in Amsterdam you can book a tour. De Ceuvel play host to their very own tour which gives you a great insight into the way the whole project was created.

We can highly recommend this tour for your next trip to Amsterdam.

Venue: De Ceuvel

Location: Korte Papaverweg 2 – 6

Admission: up to 20 people: €150 excl. vat (non-commercial groups)

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