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The 39 New York City Bridges That Matter, Ranked

On the heels of my widely-discussed and widely-shared ranking of all of New York City’s parkways and highways, I present the only correct ranking of …

Rem Koolhaas's De Rotterdam: cut and paste architecture

If you put the last 50 years of architecture in a blender, and spat it out in building-sized chunks across the skyline, you would probably end up with something that looked a bit like Rotterdam. Walking the streets of the Netherlands' second-largest city is like trawling a back catalogue of …

Step inside De Rotterdam, the mega-building from Rem Koolhaas – in pictures

Designed by Rem Koolhaas and dubbed the Vertical City, De Rotterdam is a 160,000 sq m monster – one of Europe's biggest buildings. And Koolhaas is just the latest starchitect to go wild in Rotterdam's redeveloped harbour district Wilhelminapier

Five reasons to visit Rotterdam

Rotterdam is your typical second city. While second cities might often be disregarded in favour of just checking out their popular counterparts (Amsterdam, we’re looking at you), to do so is a travel faux pas. Second cities are generally self-assured – existing for themselves and not just for …

Paris Review - Haruki Murakami, The Art of Fiction No. 182

Interviewed by John Wray<p>Issue 170, Summer 2004<p>The author at his jazz club, Peter Cat, in 1978.<p>Haruki Murakami is not only arguably the most experimental Japanese novelist to have been translated into English, he is also the most popular, with sales in the millions worldwide. His greatest novels …

The One Meal You Need To Eat In Amsterdam

But for now, let's focus on Indonesian food in Amsterdam, and what to expect from Indonesian restaurants here. There's a magic word in Indonesian restaurants: <i>Rijsttafel</i>.<p>Literally meaning "rice table," it's a great option for people like me who get food envy whenever anyone else at their table …

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In Pictures: What Happens When You Ask A Group Of Fashion Designers To Fit Out A Hotel In Amsterdam?

<b>Hotel The Exchange Amsterdam</b> is an eccentric hotel concept that brings sartorial style to the hotel business in a way that only the idiosyncratic Dutch can do – rather unexpectedly and with a good dose of irony.<p>Each of the 61 rooms at Hotel The Exchange have been designed by the brightest young …

Top 10 pop-up restaurants and food experiences in Amsterdam

Restaurants,Food and drink,Amsterdam holidays,Netherlands holidays,Europe holidays,Top 10s,City breaks,Short breaks,Travel,Restaurants,Food & drink,Life and style<p>Fresh tastes, clever design and a relaxed vibe are the order of the day for Amsterdam’s innovative and pop-up restaurants<p>Steps from …

A Modern Hotel in Amsterdam with Dutch History

It’s August and we’re still dreaming of summer holidays, whether it’s beachside or in the heart of an amazing city, and this month’s Destination …

Best Spots in Amsterdam for Authentic Dutch Cuisine

01 of 05<p><b>Address:</b> <i>Eerste Helmersstraat 33</i><p>Located near the popular Vondelpark, Hap-Hmm's homey interior and its menu of unfussy, classic Dutch dishes …

10 of the best clubs in Amsterdam

Club Up<p>Tucked away from the leery crowds prowling around nearby Leidseplein, this clandestine club can be spotted only by the long queues outside its discreet and narrow two-storey building. An intimate space with a great sound system, the club is also associated with the exclusive artists' society …

10 of the best boutique hotels in Amsterdam

Seven One Seven<p>Originally built as a sugar trader's opulent residence in the 17th century and later developed into a 19th-century complex that included a sugar mill and neighbouring warehouses, this private canal guesthouse now offers guests an all-in experience that exceeds most other hotels' …

10 of the best independent galleries in Amsterdam

Radar Architecture and Art<p>Founded by architect and music lover Marco di Piaggi in 2008, Radar has established itself as a gallery that focuses on art firmly rooted in and influenced by the city. De Piaggi considers the gallery an "avant-garde monitor" and uses his association with Amsterdam's …

10 of the best pubs and bars in Amsterdam

Café Belgique<p>One of the smallest bars in Amsterdam, Belgique still finds space for eight Belgian draught beers and more than 30 bottled varieties. Situated among tacky tourist traps in an alleyway just off Dam Square, Belgique has been able to preserve a sense of charm and credibility, partly …

10 of the best hidden art and culture gems in Amsterdam

PGC Hajenius – the art deco tobacco shop<p>Pantaleon Gerhard Coenraad Hajenius started his first cigar and tobacco shop in 1826 when he was only 19 years old, and gradually became the official supplier to several European courts. The shop, as it is now, was created in 1915, and boasts a superb art …

10 of the best budget hotels and hostels in Amsterdam

Flying Pig Uptown Hostel<p>Situated just off Vondelpark and the museum district, the Flying Pig Uptown was freshly refurbished in 2010 and is a fine alternative to the Flying Pig Downtown, the owners' ever-hectic flagship hostel in the red light district. Uptown you get the party-centric atmosphere …

10 of the best cafes and budget restaurants in Amsterdam

Getto<p>Getto is a burger bar with a difference: each burger is named after a drag queen who performs there – keep an eye on the website if you're keen to catch an act. It describes itself as "an attitude-free zone, for gays, lesbians, bi, queers and straights". Relaxed and friendly, the bar staff mix …

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Keith’s Amsterdam

Welcome back city lovers to another Friday edition of <b>I Heart My City</b>. This week Keith Jenkins, traveler and writer behind the Velvet Escape blog, gives us his insider’s tour of <b>Amsterdam</b>. Read on to discover some of Keith’s great tips, like where to score the city’s best Flemish fries.<p>Want to see …

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A new Amsterdam – and a new Rijksmuseum

At the medieval heart of Amsterdam is the Oude Kerk. The church, founded in 1213, is the city's oldest building, a stripped back Calvinist beauty with pearly light pouring through its tall windows, over its gilded carvings and across its stone flagged floors. It is the kind of serene interior …

Quick Guide To Amsterdam visitors never Run Out of Things

Amsterdam visitors never run out of things to do – this lovely old city has a city center that’s quiet and perfect for walking and biking – with over …

Summer in the city: Amsterdam

<i>It’s not just about a new royal reign in the Dutch capital: the Venice of the North is turning up the heat with a clutch of cool reasons to</i> …

Amsterdam Travel Sketchbook

Artist Lucy Knisley explores Amsterdam by bike in this illustrated travelogue<p>This week's installment of Recipe Comix is really more of an episode of …

Photos of Amsterdam canals

<b>Amsterdam</b> is my home and there’s no other city I’d rather live in (ok, for now!). Amsterdam is one of the most cosmopolitan cities in the world with …

Your Weekly Travel Zen: Amsterdam

This week's <i>Moment of Travel Zen</i> comes to us from Jessica Lacey of Ireland.<p>I used to live near Amsterdam so it is one of my favourite cities to revisit. Once you get off the beaten path a little bit, it is one of the most elegant and serene cities in Europe, with fantastic museums, and lovely little …

Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam Officially Opened by Queen Beatrix on September 22

Benthem Crouwel Architects have completed the new extension to the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam. According to the official press release we were …

The Student Hotel Amsterdam

Accommodations while traveling often break the bank and when you’re a student studying overseas you’re probably on a tight budget. The Student Hotel …

Urban Villa in Amsterdam by Pasel Kuenzel Architects

Urban Villa is a minimalist house located in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, designed by Pasel Kuenzel Architects. The building was recently completed, …