11 ways to cure your hangover in Amsterdam

11 ways to cure your hangover in Amsterdam

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Amsterdam is wild by night – and not bad the next day either, if you have a few local tips on where to find a killer brunch or chocolate rotisserie.

Need some new ideas on things to do in Amsterdam? If you have a hangover or just looking for weekend activities, Amsterdam's top activities will have you feeling better in no time.

1. Keep it up

It’s 9am and you feel like you’ve been run over by a streetcar. Most bars in the city don’t open until at least noon, but at ’t Smalle bartenders are busy at 10am seven days a week. As the day of misery wears on, down a cocktail that matches your state of being — The Walking Dead — at Hiding in Plain Sight.

2. Check in for the city’s highest and priciest jacuzzi

The Faralda Crane Hotel, a shipping-crane-turned-boutique-hotel, has a hot tub 150 feet above the city. Wash away alcohol BO while enjoying the view.

Top ways to cure your hangover in Amsterdam: Faralda Crane Hotel

3. Drop cash at the Hangover Information Center

Only in Amsterdam is there a shop that has an elixir to erase the damage you’ve done — the Hangover Information Center. You’ll be so annoyed at the entrepreneur who created overpriced vitamin water that you'll no longer have a pounding headache.

4. Test your survival skills in an adventure room

You can’t be too hungover to successfully play these escape games, where you’ll get an adrenaline high as the clock ticks down and claustrophobia takes hold. Too scared? Break into Sherlocked’s bank vault instead.

Top ways to cure your hangover in Amsterdam: Sherklocked escape room

5. Boost low blood sugar with chocolate

The Chocolate Bakery translates the concept of Turkish döner (lamb roasted on a spit and shaved into a bun) to a four-foot-tall chocolate rotisserie. You might also spot 'choco kebab' stands around the city.

6. Eat an omelet

Packed with protein and amino acids, Omelegg's dishes are go-to hangover remedies. Plus you can access their free WiFi to determine the extent of last night’s debauchery on Instagram.

Top ways to cure your hangover in Amsterdam: Omelegg

7. Refuel with a killer brunch

G's is a trendy joint dishing hip music, strong cocktails and greasy food. Order a variation of eggs Benedict and a Bloody Bacon.

8. Have a Heineken

Discover the brewing process and finish a few at the Heineken Experience. Beware: Interactive exhibits may increase dizziness and nausea, so bring your motion sickness cure.

Top ways to cure your hangover in Amsterdam: Heineken Experience

9. Ride a bike

Your idea of cardio post-bender might be lifting the remote, but even lazy, uncoordinated and hungover you are capable of cycling Amsterdam’s flat landscape. Trust me, exercise and fresh air will make you feel human again.

10. Commandeer a canal houseboat

The swaying vessel will lull you into a coma, so you can sleep it off.

Top ways to cure your hangover in Amsterdam: Houseboat rental

11. Gawk at the goods of the Red Light District

Hot girls in the windows and x-rated shows ensure your hangover isn’t the only thing on your mind.


Genevieve Northup / Reprinted with permission of Matador Network.

Genevieve NorthupGen moved from Texas to Germany in 2009 with her husband, pets and 10 suitcases. She's travelled most of Europe and is slowly tackling Asia, stuffing her face and shopping for bling along the way. When she’s not at her day job, Gen is designing jewelry, volunteering for nonprofits and cooking delicious dishes in her tiny German kitchen. Thumbnail credit: jeffryw.


Photo credits: Guilhem Velut (Omelegg), Boyko Blagoev (Faralda Crane Hotel), Master Maxim (Heineken), Katryiensis (Escape room).

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