The weather in Amsterdam is unpredictable at best. We get some hot days in the summer time, a couple of cold winter months and both rain and shine year round. But there's no need to let a rainy day ruin your holiday. Because no matter the weather, there are always a bunch of things to do in Amsterdam.
In this blog we give you our top 5 pick of things to do in Amsterdam when the sun is not on your side. Of course there are the safe picks like visiting one of the major museums or going to the movies. Fine choices but you probably already thought of these yourself. So here are 5 rainy day activities that you might not have come up with on your own.
1. Get your game face on
In the mood for some arcade style gaming? Get your crew together and head over to Ton Ton Club in the Red Light District for a few hours of healthy competition. Whether you’re in the mood for Super Mario, Mortal Kombat or a duel of Air Hockey, this place won't let you down. All the gaming got you hungry? They also serve up quality Mexican pub grub and a good selection of local beers.
2. Tour a brewery
Amsterdam and beer have a connection that dates back to the 17th century, when the water in the canals was so polluted that it wasn't potable. The solution? Brewing beer from canal water in order to make it drinkable. No worries, Amsterdam brewers have given up on these practices a long, long time ago. Modern breweries are popping up everywhere in Amsterdam. For a local experience, try Brouwerij ‘t IJ or Troost. Or find out everything there is to know about the most famous beer in the world at the Heineken Experience.
3. Visit one of the less crowded museums
The Van Gogh Museum and Anne Frank House are must-see museums when in Amsterdam but it’s best to avoid them on rainy days as queues can get kind of crazy. You’ll probably spend more time waiting in line than inside the museum. Instead opt for one of Amsterdam’s less crammed –but just as interesting!– museums. How about FOAM photography museum or the Hermitage? Both will keep you captivated for hours.
4. Get on board a boat
Rainy night? Treat yourself to an evening cruise and soak up Amsterdam’s beautiful scenery without getting soaked yourself. Try a variety of cheeses and matching wines on the Dutch Cheese and Wine Cruise or order your favorite drink on the Cocktail Cruise. Stay warm and dry while enjoying a front row view on Amsterdam's illuminated canals.
5. Try some typical Dutch food
Although the Dutch aren’t exactly famous for their refined cuisine, there are definitely some snacks you have to try! If you are going to taste one thing, let it be bitterballen. These delicious deepfried meat snacks are on the menu at almost every bar in town. In the mood for a complete dinner? It doesn’t get any more Dutch than stamppot. This traditional dish is made of mashed potatoes mixed with almost any type of vegetable. Head over to Hap Hmm for the real deal. Added bonus, meals here are also traditionally cheap!