Amsterdam is an amazing city, brimming with quirkiness and creativity and bursting with stories to tell. On this very special tour, we're telling the story of multiculturalism through food tastings and shared experiences with local immigrants. You'll also discover some hidden highlights and learn about the unique work by a local organization who are reaching out to the city’s new arrivals.
Your Amsterdam tour will begin in front of the Tropen Museum, a poignant place to start our tour given that we’ll be focusing on the cultural melting pot that is Amsterdam, and this space celebrates the people of the world and the wide-ranging cultures they have created.
If the weather is good, we’ll make our way through the peace and quiet of Oosterpark, arriving at a popular local shopping street where we’ll wander and make a beeline for the local market. On the way, we’ll try some Turkish desserts, an absolute must on this side of town. Then we’ll explore some of the most exciting and diverse shops in the area, meeting friendly vendors, including a grocer from Iraq and a talented haberdasher from Morocco. At the market, ask your guide to point out where the kibbeling stand is. These Dutch snacks consist of battered chunks of deep-fried fish, served with garlic mayonnaise or tartar sauce. There will be another treat too but we’re keeping that one as a surprise!
Next up, we’ll take a walk through the trendy Indische Buurt neighbourhood, before taking the tram towards our next stop, the Ondertussen Foundation. Here we will enjoy an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the important work they’re doing with refugees, offering studio space to both refugee and non-refugee artists which promotes cross-cultural engagement and supports new arrivals as they find their feet in a new city. The organisation's mission is to not only to help bring artistic freedom to refugees, but to also include and document the refugee experience in the contemporary Dutch arts scene and to encourage and embolden the cultural conversation in Amsterdam.
You will have the chance to hear personal stories from the artists themselves, who are using this historic space to produce and exhibit their art, helping them to make a life for themselves here in Amsterdam.
The tour ends here but if you want to continue your immersion into Dutch multiculturalism, the new Holocaust Museum is next door (entrance fees at your own cost). Alternatively, ask your in-the-know guide for tips on where to explore next.
Inclusions: Local English-speaking guide, three foodie treats, donation to the Ondertussen Foundation
Exclusions: Additional food and drinks, souvenirs and personal shopping, tips/gratuities for your guide and any vendors or shop owners. Any artwork you wish to purchase to help further support the Ondertussen in the Kweekschool.
Dress standard: Please wear comfortable clothing and shoes for walking.
Your Trip: For your Urban Adventure you will be in a small group of a maximum of 12 people.
Confirmation of booking: If you have your voucher, your booking is confirmed. We'll see you at the start point. Get in touch if you have any concerns or require more information via the email address or phone number (business hours only) on your voucher.
Child Policy: Children between the ages of 6 and 11 inclusively are permitted on this tour at the rate listed above. Please select ‘child’ above when booking. Children below the age of 6 can join at no cost.