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Your city trip begins here!

If you're after that 'neighbourhood feeling', get it before you even meet the welcoming smile of your concierge. The discovery begins long before you finally set foot in your Yays boutique apartment with a complimentary copy of the Yays Neighbourhood Guide in your hands. You have landed on the right page to feed your wanderlust and set your imagination in motion.

The Yays blog is where we share our local knowledge, insider tips, and background stories exploring the hidden side of your destination.

…And if you’re wondering what a stay at Yays feels like, keep an eye on our selected guest posts to discover their side of the story.
Enjoy your read!

Concrete Matter
Oct 9, 2017
Concrete Matter

Concrete Matter, the Man’s Gift Co. began as a collaborative effort between Tim, Tomas and Jacob - three young, creative guys from Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

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Museum Het Schip
Sep 26, 2017
Museum Het Schip

Museum Het Schip is the architecture and design museum about the Amsterdam School. It is located in the world famous worker's palace 'Het Schip' by architect Michel de Klerk in Amsterdam.

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Toki Ho
Sep 26, 2017
Toki Ho

As the sign outside says, Toki Ho is a great new hangout in the Haarlemmerdijk area. Kick off your day with a coffee or wind down after a hard day's work with a Japanese beer in on of Toki's little niches.

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Kanis & Meiland 3.0
Sep 12, 2017
Kanis & Meiland 3.0

If you are looking for a somewhat trendy cafe along the IJ waterfront, you simply can’t go wrong with Kanis en Meiland 3.0. The location of the cafe has her history in the shipping industry, just like many other venues in this part of Amsterdam.

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Museum 't Kromhout
Sep 12, 2017
Museum 't Kromhout

Museum 't Kromhout (The Kromhout Shipyard) is located on the Hoogte Kadijk in Amsterdam. It’s one of the few shipyards of cultural and historical importance that is still operating – a unique combination of an industrial monument, operating shipyard and museum.

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REM Island
Sep 12, 2017
REM Island

REM Eiland used to have the purpose of generating an experience. As a broadcasting platform, it made sure that millions of viewers enjoyed the first Dutch commercial television. It was the rebellious piracy channel called TV Noordzee that reached a broad audience.

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Westergasfabriek
Sep 12, 2017
Westergasfabriek

Once a gas factory built to power the streetlights, today the Westergasfabriek is a laid-back stomping ground for culture lovers. Catch an art house movie, stroll around the Sunday Market or just marvel at the 19th-century architecture. It's all there in one of Amsterdam's most beautiful parks.

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Marqt
Sep 11, 2017
Marqt

Central to the concept of Marqt is ‘real food’. According to Marqt, real food is authentic, produced with due respect for the environment, really fresh (local and seasonal products), inspired (enthusiastic, caring producers) and tastes really good (every product is approved on taste, smell and texture).

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Vesper
Aug 15, 2017
Vesper

Long before cocktail bars became all the rage, there was Vesper. Tucked away in the Jordaan, this is where you go for snazzy drinks like a Florist, Hipster Alert or Pink Death.

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Nautiek
Aug 15, 2017
Nautiek

Together with his team, owner Rob puts together a local experience in watersports at Nautiek. Not only by giving sailing lessons, but also by introducing other sports and events.

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Boerderij Westerpark
Aug 15, 2017
Boerderij Westerpark

This petting zoo will not let any kid (or grownup) down. Walking around the farm makes you forget the bustling city in the blink of an eye while your kids enjoy the country life with their new friends Mister Goat, Miss Piggy and Sir Chicken.

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't Blaauwhooft
Aug 14, 2017
't Blaauwhooft

When residents of the Jordaan venture outside their own beloved borough to visit a restaurant, you know it must be special.

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De Kompaszaal
Aug 14, 2017
De Kompaszaal

De Kompaszaal will instantly throw you back in time since the building used to function as the first class departure and arrival hall of the former K.N.S.M.

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Pllek
Aug 1, 2017
Pllek

Pllek is almost entirely built out of orange and blue shipping containers and is easily recognized from the IJ when taking the ferry. Beer in hand, organic food, feet in the sand and live music, what else do you want from a hangout in the artsy Amsterdam North neighbourhood?

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Amsterdam Oddysey
Aug 1, 2017
Amsterdam Oddysey

Private customised tours, excellent local guides: that’s Amsterdam Odyssey. Amsterdam Odyssey offers customised tours into the heart and soul of the city, focusing on the aspects that make Amsterdam feel like home for its inhabitants and like a source of inspiration for its visitors.

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Hortus Botanicus
Jun 9, 2017
Hortus Botanicus

It's lush greenhouses and exotic herbs and plants have been attracting visitors from all over the world for nearly four centuries. Founded in 1638 to accommodate pharmacists and doctors for medicinal and healing herbs, the Hortus Botanicus is one of the oldest botanical gardens in the world.

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BAK Restaurant
Jun 8, 2017
BAK Restaurant

BAK takes innovative cooking to the next level with their ‘forgotten’ ingredients, natural wines and locally produced products of high quality.

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De Gouden Reael
Jun 7, 2017
De Gouden Reael

Located on the Western Islands near Yays Zoutkeetsgracht, 'De Gouden Reael' is one of the most characteristic bar-restaurants of Amsterdam. Overlooking a tiny picturesque harbour, you can enjoy some delicious food and various glasses of exceptional and exclusive wines, every day of the week.

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De Pizzabakkers
May 29, 2017
De Pizzabakkers

De Pizzabakkers has been known to serve delicious thin crust pizzas & prosecco cocktails (dare we say better than in Italy?)!

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EYE
May 24, 2017
EYE

EYE Filmmuseum is a architectural masterpiece along the IJ waterfront. It is both a cinema and ambassador for film culture in the Netherlands.

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Gallizia
May 23, 2017
Gallizia

This Italian restaurant is the epitome of the Italian way of life!

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Brouwerij 't IJ
May 22, 2017
Brouwerij 't IJ

Everything about this brewery breathes authenticity. The building, the brewing process, even the first beer ever brewed here is still on the menu. Take a tour or just en joy a drink on the large terrace. It's all about the beer and it always will be.

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Bickers aan de Werf
May 22, 2017
Bickers aan de Werf

A terrace overlooking a picturesque marina and great food served with passion. Need we say more? Well, maybe that owners Raymond and Danielle pull ouyt all the stops to make sure you have the best night out imaginable.

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