Though we pride ourselves on having an international team and offices around the world, Pointer was founded in Amsterdam and still retains its biggest base here. Having spent eleven years in the Dutch capital, we consider ourselves well versed in what the city and all of its distinct neighborhoods have to offer. For the attendees of the 10th annual Global Brand Protection Summit, we’d like to share our insider’s guide to Amsterdam Oost and de Pijp, the two neighborhoods that border the Mercure Hotel where the GBPS is taking place. From a stunning nearby park to excellent Italian cuisine, we believe these five recommendations will have something for everyone — and they’re all within walking distance of the event itself.
- Albert Cuyp Market – The largest and most popular outdoor market in the country is the historic Albert Cuyp Market, which is open from Monday to Saturday all year long. Located in one of Amsterdam’s most popular neighborhoods, de Pijp, the Albert Cuyp Market offers a variety of international delights, affordable clothing, and a trove of knick-knacks and trinkets. If you haven’t yet tasted a warm stroopwafel fresh from the waffle iron, you’ll want to make your way to the market for this delectable treat. At roughly a half-hour walk away from the GBPS, this is the furthest recommendation on our list, which may make an 8-minute Uber ride more appealing.
- L’Osteria – Less than a ten-minute walk from the Mercure Hotel Amsterdam City is a pleasant park overlooking the Amstel river. At the east end of the small park sits L’Osteria, an Italian restaurant with authentic stone-oven pizzas large enough to please a Neapolitan family of four. The large restaurant has plenty of room for groups — just be sure to make a reservation in advance! With great ambiance, a fantastic location, quality food, and a long list of wines, L’Osteria checks all the boxes for a relaxing dinner after a busy day.
- DOK – Part event center, part cafe, and all man-made beach, DOK is Amsterdam Oost’s newest and hippest addition. They host everything from festivals to barbecues to silent disco nights, depending on the date and time. But even when there isn’t a scheduled event on, their cafe is a great place to grab a bite and a beer and soak in the last remaining rays of the Dutch summer sun (if the weather should be so kind). The best part? DOK is conveniently located directly beside the venue of the Global Brand Protection Summit 2019.
- Adam’s Boat Rentals – If you’re feeling adventurous, Amsterdam’s waterways make for the perfect evening cruise at your own leisure. Rental boats are docked and ready for your use just across the canal from the Mercure hotel through Adam’s Boat Rentals. For just €45 per hour, you can sail with your cohorts through the fabled canals, captaining your own electric boat and taking in the city from a different perspective.
- Frankendael Park – Just a fifteen-minute walk from the Mercure hotel, Amsterdam Oost’s Frankendael Park is an idyllic ecological hideaway from the bustling city streets. The park contains two historic gardens, with stunning flora and fauna that is well-maintained year-round. For a peaceful morning stroll or a scenic afternoon, Frankendael is worth a trek from the event venue as the journey there also means ambling through the historic cobblestoned streets and past many more quaint Dutch shops and cafes.
Will you be attending the 10th annual Global Brand Protection Summit? Make sure you swing by the Pointer booth to speak to a Pointer representative! If you won’t be in attendance but would like to get in touch, please feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org