Mother’s Day in Amsterdam
Forget the box of chocolate and that cheesy rom-com DVD – Amsterdam has everything you need to make this Mother’s Day special.
With the big day (14 May) quickly approaching, what better way to celebrate than spoiling your mum with the best gifts, restaurants and attractions that the Dutch capital has to offer? Read on for our top picks. Oh, and Brits, stop panicking; your Mother’s Day was a couple of months back!
For the foodies
If you want to spoil your mum with some traditional Dutch cuisine, head down to Moeders. Literally named after the Dutch world for mothers, the picturesque restaurant boasts all the typically Dutch favourites you can imagine; their Dutch Ricedish is well-known around the city for its unique combination of quintessential Holland cuisine, too. If the local grub isn’t your mum’s favourite, there’s a variety of international dishes on offer. The best bit: Moeders believe that all mothers are heroes (let’s face it: they are), so if you bring a picture of your mum, they won’t hesitate to add it the Mother’s Wall of Fame (check it out below).
For those of you with cultured mothers, you can’t go wrong with a spot of high tea at The Duchess Tea Room. The establishment has some of the most sophisticated tea in town – including lavish blends that feature a bouquet of caramelised sugar – and the room itself is stunning, with grand decorations that will amaze even the hardest-to-impress mothers. Of course, there are tonnes of delicious cakes, sweets and canapés on offer, and you can order a glass of champagne. Other go-to Amsterdam high-tea spots include Gartine, Beter & Leuk (great for vegans) and the Conservatorium Hotel.
If your mum is too hip for high tea – or at least thinks she is – the ‘Bring Your Mama’ beer brunch at the Oedipus Brewing Taproom should do the trick. The renowned brewery’s event features two musical guests to set the scene, including Dutch cellist Leonard Besseling and Russian cellist Anastasia Fervuela. Between 14:00 and 16:00, the restaurant’s resident ‘Beef Chief’ will be serving up some delightful taster plates. And there’s even a larger Big Mama on sale ale for those extra-thirsty mums.
You may think that flowers on Mother’s Day are an easy option, but we’re not talking about your bog-standard bouquets here. Amsterdam and its surrounding areas are world-famous for flowers; after all, there’s a reason that Holland has a 44% share of the worldwide trade in floricultural products. There’s no better way to make the most of this than to take a trip to the Keukenhof, which boasts 32 breath-taking hectares filled with 7-million tulips, hyacinths and daffodils. This year’s theme is Dutch design, giving you – and your mum – the chance to learn all about classic and modern art, fashion and interior design – all while enjoying the unique colours and fragrances of the Keukenhof. Naturally, Amsterdam’s famously talented florists will be offering some special Mother’s Day bouquets.
Pamper your mum
We’ve all taken our mums for granted at one point or another, and it’s easy to forget how much of a stress we all put them through growing up. The best way to make up for it: pamper their socks off (literally) at one of Amsterdam’s luxury spas. One highlight is Amsterdam’s Rituals Urban Spa, a tranquil getaway that lets you handpick a range of treatments from across the world. A refreshing Indian head-and-scalp massage? They have it. A Hammam healing treatment? That, too. A luxury hot Japanese shell message? You guessed it: they’ve got it. In addition, the company sells their products at retail, which makes for some perfect gift opportunities: everything from body and facial care and scented candles to perfume and tea. They have a bunch of limited-edition Mother’s Day gifts on offer, too.
If homeware and design is more your mother’s bag, you can pick up the latest Hamman34 towels from the I amsterdam Store (new colours include The Great Escape Yellow, Smoke and Beige), along with a range of other high-quality local Amsterdam design brands. The store has everything from Hester van Eeghen leather wallets to some stylish water carafes and glasses from eco-brand KRNWTR or this understated canal house necklace from Amsterdam jewellers Riverstone.
And there are plenty of other homegrown stores and brands around Amsterdam to pick up that ideal Mother’s Day gift, including Sissy-Boy Homeland, whose chic range of clothing, home décor and kitchenware is great for trendier mums.
Liven things up with a concert
They say music is one of the best ways to connect with another person, so taking your mum on a day out – or dagje uit, as the Dutch would say – to a concert is a wonderful way spend Mother’s Day. Luckily – as always – Amsterdam has an impressive selection of gigs happening on 14 May. If your mum’s a rocker at heart, the Simple Minds gig at Carré will keep her happy. The band will be playing acoustic versions of all their rock classics, so you can expect a tear or two when they perform their iconic hit ‘Don’t You (Forget About Me)’.
If she’s more into jazz or classical music, the Jazz Orchestra of the Concertgebouw will be welcoming two Dutch musical heroes this Mother’s Day: classical vocalist Nora Fischer – renowned for her eclectic repertoire that ranges from 16-century classical to modern hits – and guitarist Reinier Baas, who is the proud leader of The More Socially Relevant Jazz Music Ensemble.
Does your mum prefer to get up and dance at concerts? There’s a salsa and Latin session event happening in Hannekes Boom between 15:30 and 17:30. Salsa sextet Las Chicas del Barrio will be providing the tunes, encouraging all to dance, sing and bop along to their Cuba-inspired beats. Alternatively, you can always head to Ziggo Dome for the Ariana Grande gig if you fancy annoying your mum (and probably yourself, too).
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