Amsterdam, Netherlands
Arjan, 52
Event Producer
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What do you do and why do you do it?

I am a blockchain educational event producer; I do this because I believe we need proper education in this industry for mass adoption.

You’re broken hearted - what tracks does your heartbreak playlist consist of?

Kygo, all of the albums.

What are the best TV shows of all time?

Golden Girls, The Nanny, Roseanne.

Name some spots in Amsterdam that are good for a Tinder date.

Vondelpark, De Pijp.

Who’s your hero and where in Amsterdam would you take them out for a serious hang?

Madonna. To Vondelpark 😁

Where do you buy those fabulous clothes of yours?

The nine streets area, Van Baerlestraat and Beethovenstraat.

What’s the area/ spot in town you’ll never be caught dead in?

Dam Square area and Rembrandt Square area.

What’s the thing you LOVE to do in your city that you never get to do?

Biking around the canals. I do that only every now and then and it never gets old.

What’s the most decadent / extreme dish you ever ate in Amsterdam and where did you get it?

Seafood at Bridges. Amazingly good.

Is there a hidden bar / hole in the wall in Amsterdam that you particularly like?

Club Church (gay club) and Taboo (gay bar).

What’s the most expensive restaurant / spa / hotel you’ve ever been to in Amsterdam? How much did it cost and what did you get there?

The Grand. About €400 incl breakfast for two. Perfect location and 5 star service.

What restaurant in Amsterdam looks crap, but the food’s amazing?

Burgermeister.

Where can you get the best cocktail in Amsterdam? Which one do you like?

Nyx. I only drink G&T, Hendricks.

Where would you take your partner in Amsterdam if you wanted to really pamper them?

The Grand.

Which snacks can you only get in your country, and which ones do you recommend?

Kroketten, bitterballen and frikandellen. Febo.

What’s the one place you think is overrated in Amsterdam?

Everything in the centre. Avoid it!

What’s the one place you think is underrated in Amsterdam?

The little things like biking around the canals early in the morning or in the evening when it is quiet and you can only hear birds.

What are the Amsterdam spots a first-time visitor can’t miss?

Vondelpark, and getting boat rental so you can cruise the canals yourself. Do not go on the big cruises, explore the canals yourself. Bring wine and bites to upgrade your experience.

Tomorrow’s your last day in Amsterdam. How do you spend it?

Sipping coffee on the first floor patio at Blauwe Theehuis in Vondelpark.

What’s your favorite vacation city in the world and why?

Fort Lauderdale. The air, temperature and beach nourishes my soul.

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