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In the words of John Paul Young, love is in the air! Welcome to this month’s Yays blog: the Romance Edition. Where we will give you all the local insights to simply sweep your loved one off their feet and for all those romantics out there.

Vincent op Vrijdag (Vincent on Friday)
Every Friday, the Van Gogh Museum organises a soiree where culture fans alike are invited to come and enjoy drinks, music and art. The events revolve around a theme and the museum regularly invites local artists to perform or display their masterpieces over the course of the evening. For more information on the upcoming Friday’s theme as well as tickets, click here.
Where: Vincent Van Gogh Museum, Museumplein.

Craft beer sampling at Brouwerij ‘t IJ
Sample some of Amsterdam’s favourite craft beers as you sit beneath the iconic Brouwerij ‘t IJ windmill! This establishment has been brewing characteristic beers in Amsterdam for over 30 years, and has evolved into a modern craft brewery pouring out a much wider range of beers, including local favourites; a fruity Triple, Zatte, a fresh wheat beer, IJwit and their firm, iconically labelled IPA. For guided tours, tastings and more, visit here.
Where: Brouwerij ‘t IJ, you can see the windmill from Yays Oostenburgergracht

Make it a brunch date
Now, there is something rather romantic about brunch; be it the mimosas or you lavishing your mate with love as you enjoy some tasty treats! Amsterdam is lucky enough to have some of the finest brunch/breakfast restaurants in which to ignite your senses, and two of them are our very own neighbourhood partners! Tickle your taste-buds and make it a romantic occasion in the city by visiting two of our partners: The Breakfast Club or The Brunchroom!
Where: The Brunchroom near Yays Oostenburgergracht and The Yays – Crane Apartment or The Breakfast Club near Yays Bickersgracht and Yays Zoutkeetsgracht.

Fall in love all over again at the Movies
Whether it be the latest blockbuster rom-con or a romantic art film, Amsterdam is sure to have something for everyone’s film taste. Amsterdam houses some of the best art-deco movie venues, such as The Movies! Founded in 1912, Amsterdam’s oldest operational movie theatre combines seventeenth-century charm with a contemporary movie selection, including the latest blockbusters and some from yesteryear.
Where: Pathé Tuskinski can be found in Amsterdam’s city centre, down the road from Rembrandtplein. The Movies can be found in the West, close to Yays Bickersgracht and Yays Zoutkeetsgracht!

Browse the local art galleries and meet the artists themselves
We all know about Amsterdam’s famous painters – such as Rembrandt and Van Gogh, but do you know Amsterdam’s more modern artists? Head over to local galleries in the Yays Amsterdam neighbourhoods for your own taste of the local artistic community. Meet the artists themselves as they share their own personal account about their work, in a more homely and intimate setting. Treat yourselves to our own unique and special Amsterdam souvenir too, there are plenty of hidden gems to be found!
Where: For Yays Zoutkeetsgracht and Yays Bickersgracht residents – Kunst-Huiskamer, Nieuw Dakota, and Liliane Top.
For Yays Oostenburgergracht and The Yays – Crane Apartment residents – Galerie Franzis Engels.

Get a couple's massage at Dr Feelgood
Dr Feelgood does what it says on the box! A highly professional massage company that is perfect for those days where you just want to relax! For couples massages, it is a good idea to book in advance, whether you prefer a different or the same room as you surrender to the hands of these therapeutic massage therapists.
Where: Our neighbourhood partner Dr Feelgood can be found in the East, close to Yays Oostenburgergracht. Make sure to book in advance to avoid disappointment!

Say it with flowers
Nothing says romance than gifting your loved ones with something that pleases the senses like a beautiful bouquet of flowers! And considering the Netherlands is the country of cheese, clogs, and tulips, you will be bound to find a florist on virtually every street corner. Treat your mate to something special with our Yays neighbourhood florists!
Where: For our Yays Zoutkeetsgracht and Yays Bickersgracht residents, you can find Madelief on the boutique shopping street Haarlemmerdijk.
For our Yays Oostenburgergracht residents, just a stone’s throw away, you will find Rinus Bloemenhandel a few shops to the right as you come out of your apartment building.

Go on a romantic tour of Amsterdam with Amsterdam Odyssey
Treat yourselves on a private tour guided by the lovely ladies from our neighbourhood partner, Amsterdam Odyssey. Besides the complimentary Saturday tours, these ladies offer a customised and exclusive romantic tour of Amsterdam featuring highlights such as Puccini and other romantic locations – both outdoors and in the catering industry. From a variety of either walking or cycling (don’t forget to book your own Yays bike with your concierge!) tours, unlock the essence of Amsterdam romance with historical love stories and landmarks!
Where: Book your special Amsterdam Romance tour by speaking to your local concierge or contact Hanneke and Eva directly here! 

Dinner by candlelight
The Yays neighbourhoods are filled with local restaurants and cafés who will go out of their way to accommodate your special romantic evening! Browse the local neighbourhood guide (for inhouse residents only) for your complete selection of restaurants, cafes and bistros offering you some of the finest wines, cuisines and local favourites to have on offer! Our neighbourhood partners accommodate any special requests you may have to make sure to speak to your concierge about your requests!
Where: Situated in and around all our Yays locations, for your pleasure!

And for that ultimate romantic city break stay...
Offering privacy and seclusion from the hustle and bustle of Amsterdam's city centre, let us present the ultimate and unique stay in the entire city; The Yays - Crane Apartment! Perfect for honeymooners or that romantic getaway, the bedroom itself features 360 panoramic views over the harbour, straight from your deliciously comfy bed! Enjoy a glass of wine on us in this perfect setting, designed by Dutch renowned interior designer, Edward van Vliet, the interiors will make add that special romantic ambience that every couple deserves! Got any special requests, or special celebrations, contact your concierge who will be sure to make sure it is one to remember! 

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Jan 21, 2019
By: Sarah
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