How To Have a HAPPY New Year in Amsterdam

Where else would you rather celebrate the new year than in Amsterdam? But before 2019 starts you want to end 2018 the best way possible. We selected some nice places in the city to visit during the holiday season, beside visiting Boerejongens Coffeeshops!
We have our own traditions to celebrate a new year, just like any other country. Let’s try them!

  1. Eat an Oliebol

A real dutch guilty pleasure is “De oliebol” and yes the word “olie” means oil. Not really a healthy treat, but your weight is something to worry about in 2019. Locals will tell you that the best oliebollen can be found at bakery Hartog’s Volkoren (Ruyschstraat 56). You will also find a lot of stalls during December in Amsterdam where you can buy them. We selected a few places for you where you can buy them: 

  • Surinameplein (Close to Boerejongens Coffeeshop West and Boerejongens Coffeeshop BIJ)
  • Bos en Lommerplein
  • Mercatorplein
  • Kinkerstraat / Bilderdijkkade (Close to Boerejongens Coffeeshop West and Boerejongens Coffeeshop BIJ)
  • Bijlmerplein


2. Iceskating at Museumplein

Experience the ultimate winter feeling at the ice rink in front of the Rijksmuseum at Museumplein in the city centre. They rent skates (So you don’t have to bring them with you in your suitcase 😉 ). Every day the rink will be closed from 11:30 till12:30 and also between 17:30 till 18:30. 

3. Fireworks

There will be a free show at De kop van Java in the centre of Amsterdam. You can watch it at New Year’s Eve (0:00). The best view will be at Java-eiland, de Jan Schaefersbrug or the Noordwal

If you have your own fireworks please be aware that it’s not allowed to launch them everywhere in Amsterdam. There are 45 firework-free areas. Most of them are near hospitals and animal shelters. 

4. Celebrate

Pop the champagne and celebrate the new year. There are a lot of parties to go to on New Year’s Eve. We made a list with some of the best parties especially for you:

  • Escape – NYE 2018
  • BITTERZOET – NYE Block party x Bitterzoet
  • Sugarfactory – Stripped NYE
  • Shelter – NYE
  • Q-Factory – Fiesta Macumba NYE
  • Chin Chin – NYE
  • Juniper & Kin – NYE Rooftop Party
  • De Tulp – New Year’s Jungle Ball
  • Club NYX – NYX in WONDERLAND

There’s only one thing that we have to add to the list to make sure you’ll really have a HAPPY new year: Smoke the best weed in Amsterdam. Just a suggestion!
Happy New Year!