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What started as a small and friendly gathering at The Lounge in Leeds was soon a pioneering force on the scene.

Mono_cult, one of the UK’s most loved underground promotions known for its grand New Year’s Day events and large warehouse parties at Canal Mills, is coming back for a one-off reunion party on March 4th at Canal Mills. The party features returning musical favourites marking ten years since the very first event in 2007.

Headlining will be event regulars Tale of Us, as well as Northern Irish party starters Bicep. Also on the evening, long time Mono_cult favourites Mood II Swing will be playing in the city for the first time in five years as well as Soundstream making only their second ever appearance.

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4 March | Mono_cult 10th Birthday | Tickets | Canal Mills

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The 5.9% drop in profit in the Rooms department at Amsterdam hotels this month was due to a 2.8% decline in Rooms Revenue, as well as rising costs, according to the latest data from HotStats.

Whilst hotels in Amsterdam were able to maintain room occupancy levels in November, at a lofty 80.9%, a 2.9% decline in achieved average room rate was directly responsible for RevPAR (Revenue per Available Room) dropping to €135.06.

The decline in RevPAR was in spite of the best efforts of Amsterdam hoteliers to drive demand via Online Travel Agents, evidenced by the 21.8% increase in Rooms Cost of Sales, to €7.31. However, the increase in this cost, as well as a 2.8% increase in Rooms Payroll, to €21.88 per available room, led to Rooms profit per room at Amsterdam hotels falling by 5.9% to €92.77 in November.

The performance of Amsterdam hotels this month reflects year-to-date trends. Despite RevPAR for the 11 months broadly remaining stable at €144.86, rising costs have resulted in Rooms profit conversion falling to 71.9% of Rooms revenue from 72.8% in 2015.

Commercial Demand Drives Strong Profit Growth for Prague Hotels

Hotels in Prague recorded a 32.5% increase in profit per room this month with top and bottom line performance being driven by demand from the commercial segment.

In addition to a 2.7% increase in achieved average room rate, to €91.12, RevPAR at hotels in the Czech capital was driven by a 7.3 percentage point increase in room occupancy, to 76.2%. This was not only due to in-house events at hotels polled, but also events at the Prague Conference Centre, which included the ECREA communication conference, which hosted more than 1,400 delegates.

The particularly strong month for the commercial sector was reflected by corporate and residential conference demand comprising more than 40.0% of total roomnights sold, compared to an average of 33.0% for year-to-date 2016; with strong rate growth achieved in both the corporate (+5.3%) and residential conference (+4.8%) segments.

In addition to the increase in RevPAR, year-on-year growth for the month was also recorded in ancillary departments, including Food and

Beverage (+23.9%) and Conference and Banqueting (+46.5%), which fuelled a 16.0% increase in TRevPAR (Total Revenue per Available Room) to €123.03.

Despite increases in both Payroll (+4.6%) and Overheads (+1.4%) on a per available room basis, hotels in Prague achieved a 32.5% increase in profit per room this month, to €51.71.

Warsaw Hotels Set for Second Consecutive Year of Strong Profit Growth

A 15.4% increase in profit per room this month has helped secure a second consecutive year of strong profit growth for hotels in Warsaw following the 6.0% profit increase in 2015.

Although hotels in Warsaw have recorded a 0.9 percentage point decline in room occupancy for year-to-date 2016, this has been more than offset by the 11.1% increase in achieved average room rate, which has fuelled a 9.9% increase in RevPAR, to €76.13.

Whilst growth in the commercial segment has been strong, illustrated by a rate increase in both the corporate (+12.8%) and residential conference (+10.9%) segments, rate growth has been primarily through the individual leisure segment, which increased by 21.9% for year-to- date 2016, to €90.22.

Year-to-date 2016, the profit per room increase at hotels in the Polish capital has been recorded at 10.0%, to €50.42, equivalent to a 43.0% profit conversion, one of the highest of all the European cities polled. The growth is in spite of increasing costs, including Payroll (+3.1%) and Overheads (+3.9%) on a per available room basis. 

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HFTP is bringing its cut-throat pitch competition for technology startups to Europe at its inaugural hospitality technology event

Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals (HFTP®), producers of Hospitality Industry Technology Exposition and Conference (HITEC®), is now accepting applications to participate in the successful Entrepreneur 20X (E20X) event at its premier HITEC Amsterdam. Hospitality technology startups who would like to apply for the exciting opportunity can do so by visiting the event website. The competition will take place as part of HITEC Amsterdam’s pre-conference events on the afternoon of 28 March 2017 at the RAI Amsterdam Convention Centre. HoReCa.digital will serve as the exclusive Entrepreneur 20X sponsor at HFTP’s inaugural HITEC Amsterdam.

HITEC Amsterdam E20X participants will compete for a grand prize of €2,500 EUR. As in the previous E20X competition, there will be two E20X awards given – the Judge’s Award and the People’s Startup Award. The Judge’s Award recipient will be determined by the expert panel of judges and also receives the grand prize. The People’s Startup Award recipient will be determined by HITEC Amsterdam attendees and serve as the popular, or crowd favorite, vote. HITEC Amsterdam attendees will be able to watch the companies compete, visit with company representatives and vote for their favorite competitor via the upcoming HITEC app. Immediately following the competition, HITEC Amsterdam attendees are encouraged to visit the E20X participants in room E108 in the convention centre to learn more about each company.

“This will be the third Entrepreneur 20X HFTP has hosted since the program’s creation two years ago at HITEC Austin,” said HFTP CEO Frank Wolfe, CAE. “With the overwhelming, positive feedback on E20X from competitors and spectators, we are thrilled to debut the program in Europe at our inaugural HITEC Amsterdam. The technology presented demonstrates what kind of technology is on the cusp for our industry — from the outlandish to the practical — and is another reason HITEC is an essential event. “

HFTP’s expanding E20X program features ambitious and innovative entrepreneurs presenting breakthrough business concepts to a panel of expert judges including hospitality CIOs, angel investors, serial entrepreneurs and industry insiders. The competition will be open to all HITEC Amsterdam registrants.

“We loved the HITEC E20X competition,” said David Temple, from Hello Scout Inc., the winner of the Judge’s Award at the HITEC New Orleans E20X competition on June 20, 2016. “It provided us with great exposure and let us get our story in front of lots of people that we wouldn’t have otherwise been able to reach. That the judge’s chose us as the winner was the icing on the cake.”

Videos from last year’s E20X competition at HITEC New Orleans are available on the HFTP/HITEC YouTube channel.

In addition to accepting participant applications for the HITEC Amsterdam E20X competition, HFTP is also accepting participant applications for the second E20X competition in 2017 at HITEC Toronto on 26 June in Toronto, Ontario Canada. Applications must be submitted separately via each event’s respective website, accessed directly from www.hitec.org.

HFTP’s inaugural HITEC Amsterdam is the first of three HITEC events planned for 2017, and will take place 28–30 March at the RAI Amsterdam Convention Centre in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. The pre-conference events will take place on 28 March, followed by the full HITEC Amsterdam event featuring two full days of education, an expo and networking party. HITEC Amsterdam registration is now available on the HITEC Amsterdam website.

In addition to HITEC Amsterdam, in 2017 HFTP is producing the larger HITEC Toronto on 26–29 June and HITEC Dubai in Fall in partnership with Naseba. For more information about HITEC and HFTP’s other global activities, contact the HFTP Meetings Special Events Department at education@hftp.org or visit www.hftp.org and www.hftp.org/hitec.

Stay tuned to HFTP’s main webpages: HFTP/HITEC; the world’s first hospitality-specific search engine: PineappleSearch® – mobile app available via iTunes App Store and Google Play; HFTP’s official blog: HFTP Connect; HFTP’s industry-specific, informational news sites: HITEC Bytes (technology), HFTP Club Bytes (club), HFTP Finance Bytes (finance) and HFTP News (association); and HFTP’s social media sites: Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter (@HFTP), Instagram (HFTP_HITEC), YouTube and Flickr for the latest updates.

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Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals (HFTP®) is a global nonprofit hospitality association, headquartered in Austin, Texas, USA, that uniquely understands the industry’s problems. HFTP has about 5,000 members and several thousand stakeholders across the globe. HFTP assists its members in finding solutions to industry problems more efficiently than any organization via its expert networks, research, conferences such as HITEC and certification programs. HFTP also owns the world’s only hospitality specific search engine, PineappleSearch.com. HFTP is recognized as the spokes group for the finance and technology segment of the hospitality industry. For more information about HFTP, e-mail membership@hftp.org.

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After two official events at WesterUnie and an exclusive ADE showcase alongside Behrouz’ Do Not Sit On The Furniture atop the A’DAM Toren, The Gardens of Babylon returns with ‘The Ajna’ – taking over De Marktkantine with a trio of Berlin talent – Acid Pauli, Chris Schwarzwälder, and Holger Hecler – set to guide the night.

The night of mystical performances and visual dream effects is carried by the theme – The Ajna – or the third-eye chakra. To see the themes realised, the night’s musical selections will be accompanied by a multi sensory production featuring The Gardens of Babylon staple spiritual program alongside a night of live art performances, reiki healings, tarot readings and much more.

Berlin’s Acid Pauli is the captain on this special night through bliss. Returning to Amsterdam for the first time in quite a while, Acid Pauli has now evolved into a multi sensory DJ performance at the forefront to the International spiritual house movement. Joining Acid Pauli will be Germany’s Holger Hecler, who can truly be considered a visionary within underground electronic music. With the beauty of a daydream, Holger’s take of minimal techno and deep house, represents the all important belief in the moment, as well as a hope for the future. Chris Schwarzwälder completes the spiritual trinity of this The Gardens of Babylon edition with his metaphysical approach to dance music.

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21 January | Gardens of Babylon | Tickets | De Marktkantine

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Coffee. Cocktails. Competition. These three concepts are oft-invoked, yet rarely paired in an accessible and contemporary way. That’s all changing this coming March at the 2017 Amsterdam Coffee Festival, where our partners at Allegra Events will launch Coffee Mixologists, “a brand new competition that fuses the obsessive attention to detail of the world of coffee with the boundless creativity of the cocktail scene.”

It’s a battle of cocktailing verve and coffee spirit the likes of which the world has never seen, from the events team that brought you Coffee Masters at the London and New York Coffee Festivals. There’s a cool €1,000 cash prize on the table for the winner, plus a trip to the 2017 London Coffee Festival.

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The competition format calls for teams of two—a coffee expert and a cocktailer, or two hybrid professionals, or one super-mensch and a second pair of helping hands—who together will craft an unforgettable signature drink video as part of the selection process. The chosen duos will then have to recreate that drink live on stage in Amsterdam, before being asked to complete a series of secret ingredient challenges and on-the-fly beverage creations before a raucous festival crowd.

Complete event details are available here via the official Amsterdam Coffee Festival website. Coffee Mixologists at the Amsterdam Coffee Festival is sponsored by San Remo, Tia Maria, and Lot Sixty One. Submissions for entry are due January 31st, 2017 and are open to applicants worldwide. Go forth, ye strainers, ye shakers, and get filming!

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A one-day marketing event focusing on retail property leasing opportunities in the Republic and Northern Ireland returns to Dublin on February 28th when it will be be staged in the Printworks in Dublin Castle.

The London-based company Completely Retail Marketplace is again staging the event, bringing together landlords, letting agents and retailers to negotiate new trading opportunities.

Last year’s event attracted more than 450 people associated with the retail market, including 170 traders. Attendance is again restricted this year to landlords, agents and retailers as well as leisure operators involved in leasing retail properties.

A similar formula has worked well at two previous events in Dublin in the past as well as at the twice-yearly fairs in London, which usually attract more than 2,000 members of the retail industry. The promoters also stage a similar event in Amsterdam annually and are planning one for Stockholm next autumn to cater for the Nordic market.

‘Soapbox’

One of the features of the Dublin event will be “soapbox” presentations by representatives of new and emerging retail and leisure brands who will explain their current and future property requirements. Overseas retailers are also to be offered a tour of the main retail destinations in Dublin.

Sponsors for the Irish event will include Savills, CBRE, Multi, SuperValu and Centra. Cushman Wakefield are global partners for Completely Retail Marketplace. The Irish Times is a media partner.

Exhibitors at the Dublin event will include Multi, Hammerson, Savills, CBRE, Musgrave, Cushman Wakefield, Bannon, Lidl, Sigma, Lambert Smith Hampton, SCSI, Ibec Retail Ireland and Estates Gazette.

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Amsterdam Dance Event, one of the biggest industry-wide events in the world, has just announced the dates for its 2017 installment.

Amsterdam Dance Event (ADE) is an electronic music conference and festival, typically held in the fall, that brings together artists, labels, fans, industry professionals, and more for five days of artist showcases, label events, conferences, and beyond.

This year, ADE will return for its 22nd edition on Oct. 18-22, with an expected attendance of 375,000 visitors from both the Netherlands and around the globe.

“Amsterdam is the centre of the global electronic music scene during ADE, a hotbed for cultural and technological innovation,” ADE director Richard Zijlma is quoted in a press release. “It’s amazing to see that thousands of delegates and music enthusiasts are spending more and more time in the city each year.”

ADE will also be expanding internationally. This year will see ADE Global Sessions Mumbai, from Feb. 23-25, as well as a showcase at SXSW in Austin, Texas. According to Billboard, “Mumbai’s Global Sessions will include QAs, strategy meetings, master classes, plus networking and speed dating events – in case you’re looking for the industry professional of your dreams – and more.” Amsterdam Dance Event will also be featured as a co-presenter at India’s Biggest Guestlist Club Festival.

Check out the 2016 ADE after-movie below and get more information on this year’s here.

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Amsterdam Rooms Profit Hit by Falling Revenues and Rising Costs
The 5.9% drop in profit in the Rooms department at Amsterdam hotels this month was due to a 2.8% decline in Rooms Revenue, as well as rising costs, according to the latest data from HotStats.

Whilst hotels in Amsterdam were able to maintain room occupancy levels in November, at a lofty 80.9%, a 2.9% decline in achieved average room rate was directly responsible for RevPAR (Revenue per Available Room) dropping to €135.06.

The decline in RevPAR was in spite of the best efforts of Amsterdam hoteliers to drive demand via Online Travel Agents, evidenced by the 21.8% increase in Rooms Cost of Sales, to €7.31. However, the increase in this cost, as well as a 2.8% increase in Rooms Payroll, to €21.88 per available room, led to Rooms profit per room at Amsterdam hotels falling by 5.9% to €92.77 in November.

The performance of Amsterdam hotels this month reflects year-to-date trends. Despite RevPAR for the 11 months broadly remaining stable at €144.86, rising costs have resulted in Rooms profit conversion falling to 71.9% of Rooms revenue from 72.8% in 2015.

Commercial Demand Drives Strong Profit Growth for Prague Hotels
Hotels in Prague recorded a 32.5% increase in profit per room this month with top and bottom line performance being driven by demand from the commercial segment.

In addition to a 2.7% increase in achieved average room rate, to €91.12, RevPAR at hotels in the Czech capital was driven by a 7.3 percentage point increase in room occupancy, to 76.2%. This was not only due to in-house events at hotels polled, but also events at the Prague Conference Centre, which included the ECREA communication conference, which hosted more than 1,400 delegates.

The particularly strong month for the commercial sector was reflected by corporate and residential conference demand comprising more than 40.0% of total roomnights sold, compared to an average of 33.0% for year-to-date 2016; with strong rate growth achieved in both the corporate (+5.3%) and residential conference (+4.8%) segments.

In addition to the increase in RevPAR, year-on-year growth for the month was also recorded in ancillary departments, including Food and Beverage (+23.9%) and Conference and Banqueting (+46.5%), which fuelled a 16.0% increase in TRevPAR (Total Revenue per Available Room) to €123.03.

Despite increases in both Payroll (+4.6%) and Overheads (+1.4%) on a per available room basis, hotels in Prague achieved a 32.5% increase in profit per room this month, to €51.71.

Warsaw Hotels Set for Second Consecutive Year of Strong Profit Growth
A 15.4% increase in profit per room this month has helped secure a second consecutive year of strong profit growth for hotels in Warsaw following the 6.0% profit increase in 2015.

Although hotels in Warsaw have recorded a 0.9 percentage point decline in room occupancy for year-to-date 2016, this has been more than offset by the 11.1% increase in achieved average room rate, which has fuelled a 9.9% increase in RevPAR, to €76.13.

Whilst growth in the commercial segment has been strong, illustrated by a rate increase in both the corporate (+12.8%) and residential conference (+10.9%) segments, rate growth has been primarily through the individual leisure segment, which increased by 21.9% for year-to-date 2016, to €90.22.

Year-to-date 2016, the profit per room increase at hotels in the Polish capital has been recorded at 10.0%, to €50.42, equivalent to a 43.0% profit conversion, one of the highest of all the European cities polled. The growth is in spite of increasing costs, including Payroll (+3.1%) and Overheads (+3.9%) on a per available room basis.

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Five-star luxury. Creative cuisine. Innovative fashion and design. These aren’t the sort of enticements that typically spring to mind when you think of Amsterdam.

But the city is making an effort to leave its racy reputation behind and lure tourists with a taste for a different sort of “high life.”

Over the past decade, Amsterdam has invested €10-billion (about $14-billion) in cultural offerings, including renovations to the Van Gogh Museum, the Stedelijk Museum of modern art and the Rijksmuseum, home of Rembrandt’s masterpiece The Night Watch.

Today, the Netherlands’s capital encompasses 44 museums, 55 theatres and performance halls and more than 1,300 restaurants capable of satiating the most ravenous attack of the munchies. Even alleyways are getting a makeover.

Here are our top picks for Amsterdam’s best new attractions, including this winter’s festive holiday events.

Haute cuisine

Amsterdam’s foodie scene is a culinary constellation of sophistication these days. At the Dec. 12 launch of the 2017 Michelin Guide to the Netherlands, Amsterdam earned three new stars – one each for Bolenius, Mos and Rijks – bringing the city’s total count to 21.

For superb seafood, check out the one-star Bridges at Sofitel Legend the Grand Amsterdam. For veggie-centric fare with flair, try Vork Mes, which Michelin dubs “a particularly pleasant restaurant,” or wrap your tongue around the “flexitarian” victuals at Swych, a new eatery at one of Amsterdam’s oldest hotels, the Doelen.

Jordaan food tour

Combine an appetite for architecture, history and traditional nibbles which embrace the savoury contributions of the Netherlands’s erstwhile colonies on an Eating Amsterdam walking tour of the hip Jordaan neighbourhood. You’ll visit eight proprietors, who dole out Dutch treats such as puffy poffertjes pancakes, herring, baka bana (fried plantain with satay sauce from Surinam), deep-fried bitterballen (flour-coated balls, usually filled with meat) washed down with a local brew.

Puffy poffertjes pancakes are among the dishes you’ll taste on an Eating Amsterdam walking tour of the hip Jordaan neighbourhood

Puffy poffertjes pancakes are among the dishes you’ll taste on an Eating Amsterdam walking tour of the hip Jordaan neighbourhood

Guide Jelte van Koperen ensures you get your fill of interesting facts, as well. He explains, for instance, that canal houses lean forward by a few degrees to make them look taller – and not because drunken builders had indulged in too many pints of India Pale Ale, which, as van Koperen can tell you, originated with Dutch merchants who added extra hops to their beer to keep it fresh on journeys to India.

A’DAM Lookout

The A’DAM Lookout, which opened in May across the IJ River from Amsterdam Central train station, offers a new way to get high. The tower’s rooftop terrace, Lookout, boasts 360-degree views, but the main attraction is a pair of metal swings that extend over the edge of the building. As your legs dangle nearly 330 feet in the sky, there’s nothing but air between you and the city below.

You’re going to need a drink after that (or, perhaps, before), and A’DAM Lookout is not short on options. Sip on a cocktail from Madam as you explore multimedia exhibits about Amsterdam, reserve a table at Moon revolving restaurant or head to the Butcher Social Club on the ground floor, which serves “bloody delicious burgers” in a lounge-like atmosphere kitted out with a billiard table, pinball machines and video games.

The A’DAM Lookout in Amsterdam boasts 360-degree views and a pair of metal swings that extend over the edge of the building.

The A’DAM Lookout in Amsterdam boasts 360-degree views and a pair of metal swings that extend over the edge of the building.

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If you don’t want to wobble back across the river afterward, book a room at the just-launched Sir Adam hotel. It’s got a chic, minimalist aesthetic and a music theme which extends from a “disco elevator” to in-room records and turntables and a “room service menu” of guitars which you can play during your stay. adamtoren.nl

Pulitzer Amsterdam

In September, the Pulitzer Amsterdam – a 225-room, five-star hotel flanked by the Prinsengracht and Keizersgracht canals – emerged like a butterfly from an 18-month chrysalis of renovation. Housed within a luxe labyrinth of 25 interconnected 17th-century buildings, the property occupies an enviable position in the Nine Streets, a neighbourhood packed with one-of-a-kind boutiques and restaurants.

The Pulitzer Amsterdam, a 225-room, five-star hotel, occupies an enviable position in the Nine Streets, a neighbourhood packed with boutiques and restaurants.

The Pulitzer Amsterdam, a 225-room, five-star hotel, occupies an enviable position in the Nine Streets, a neighbourhood packed with boutiques and restaurants.

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Jacu Strauss – whose recent projects include the Mondrian London in the old Sea Containers building along the Thames – oversaw the top-to-toe transformation, creating a clever mix of modern art and antiques that pays homage to Amsterdam’s history. In lieu of a chandelier, the new double-height entrance features a grand piano suspended from the ceiling, in recognition of a classical concert the hotel co-sponsors each year. In the lobby, massive wooden ceiling beams and reception desks encased in Delft tiles accompany swathes of velvet drapes and sleek upholstered sofas, a nod to the riches wrought during Amsterdam’s Golden Age of trade. New glass hallways connect the two main wings, offering views onto a quartet of courtyard gardens.

The Pulitzer has also introduced a casual café, Pause, and the elegant Jansz, providing fine-dining throughout the day. Pulitzer’s Bar is dark and seductive, with Persian rugs, cozy seating and bookshelves filled with antique leather tomes.

Every room is different, although each includes thoughtful touches such as a bicycle-repair kit, a specially designed desk that converts into a dressing table and a wooden headboard with a silhouette echoing Amsterdam’s distinctive rooftops. For a treat, book the expansive Pulitzer’s Suite, with its super-king-sized bed, or one of four new Collector’s Suites, each of which is devoted to a different creative passion: art, antiques, music and books.

Holiday Happenings

The Amsterdam Light Festival, now in its fifth year, brightens up the night with whiz-bang illuminated installations along the canal belt. Through Jan. 22, you can board a “Water Colours” boat tour to view 20 sculptures, ranging from a neon rainbow to Day-Glo tulips. For more seasonal cheer, check out the outdoor ice-skating rink (through Feb. 5) at the Museumplein facing the Rijksmuseum.

X-Bank

This 700-square-metre concept store, located in a former bank, is completely devoted to Dutch design. Spend as little as €7 on wine-flavoured candies or as much as €1,700 on a black leather dress from Blck. You’ll also find art installations, bicycles, liqueurs, lacy lingerie and everything in between.

Save time for a drink at the Duchess, the glamorous bar and restaurant next door. Here, senior bartender Wouter Bosch serves up a dangerously more-ish punch, as well as philosophic punchlines (ahem).

Beurspassage

If you’ve ever wondered what lies beneath the surface of Amsterdam’s ubiquitous canals, skip the dip and take a stroll through the Beurpassage. The barrel-vaulted alley, which opened in December, connects Nieuwendijk and Damrak, but it’s more than a shortcut between two of Amsterdam’s busiest shopping streets. It’s a 30,000-square-metre artwork that serves as a witty tribute to this multifaceted city, where cast-off items form a sort of primordial soup within the aquatic melting pot of the canals.

Artists Hans van Bentem, Arno Coenen and Iris Roskam have incorporated elements such as a red stiletto (a winking reference to the red-light district) within the intricate mosaic ceiling, a green glass wall sconce in the shape of a flaming spliff and gilded chandeliers comprised of bicycle parts, thousands of which are hauled out of the canals every year. “We were not afraid of clichés,” van Bentem grins. You can even drink from a fish-shaped water fountain, dispensing what van Bentem calls “Amsterdam’s tolerance elixir.”

Museum Van Loon

Passersby can’t resist peeking in the windows of historic homes lining the canals, but Museum Van Loon offers an eyeful with rare, behind-closed-doors access to a 17th-century mansion that once belonged to a founder of the Dutch East India Company. Filled with 18th-century furnishings and portraits of stern-looking ancestors, with a manicured garden and renovated coach house at the back, the estate has welcomed key players on the world stage, from Vladimir Putin to François Hollande.

“We don’t cut off the rooms with ropes, and there’s no audio guide,” says director Tonko F. Grever, who wants visitors to feel at home. museumvanloon.nl

Otentic Perfumes

Follow your nose to Otentic, one of only three outlets in the world where you’ll find these exotic perfumes, produced in Grasse, France. At the light and airy shop, which opened in April, you can sample more than 64 unisex scents, which are divided into various “mood” categories, from Grasslands (“earthy and spicy”) to Sedux (“sweet and fruity”). Touchscreens offer detailed descriptions of each, and bulb-bottomed vials allow you to take a sniff before you spray.

Nieuwe Kerk

Amsterdam’s “new church” actually dates to the 1400s, but it does embrace a novel concept. Since 1980, this neo-Gothic landmark has served as an exhibition centre, focusing mainly on biographic showcases.

Through Feb. 5, the former church is hosting a retrospective dedicated to Marilyn Monroe. Highlights include a documentary about the iconic blonde bombshell, costumes and scripts from some of her most popular films, and intimate artifacts, including cosmetics, hair curlers and a bottle of her favourite perfume – “Chanel No. 5, of course.”

The writer travelled as a guest of iamsterdam.com. It did not review or approve the article.

Article source: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/life/travel/destinations/a-different-high-life-the-best-new-attractions-inamsterdam/article33632933/