By Robin Pascoe, Christopher Catling
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Café-goers relaxing and soaking up the sun at de Jaren Terrace Orchestral performance at the Prinsengracht Concert AUGUST Uitmarkt (mid-Aug). A weekend of music and theatre performances at Leidseplein and Museumplein launches the start of the cultural season. Grachtenfestival (Wed–Sun, around third Sat). Classical concerts on Herengracht, Keizersgracht and Prinsengracht. The main concert is on Saturday on a barge in front of the Pulitzer Hotel (see p220). 52 I N T R O D U C I N G A M S T E R D A M AVERAGE MONTHLY RAINFALL Inches 4 MM 100 80 3 60 2 40 1 20 0 0 Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun AUTUMN Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Rainfall Chart Expect rain all year round in Amsterdam.
The main concert is on Saturday on a barge in front of the Pulitzer Hotel (see p220). 52 I N T R O D U C I N G A M S T E R D A M AVERAGE MONTHLY RAINFALL Inches 4 MM 100 80 3 60 2 40 1 20 0 0 Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun AUTUMN Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Rainfall Chart Expect rain all year round in Amsterdam. The pattern, however, is broadly seasonal. Visit the city in spring to enjoy the driest weather of the year. The heaviest rainfall occurs in autumn, reaching a peak in the windy and wet month of November.
Table service is standard in most cafés and bars, though not universal. Instead of paying for each drink, bars keep a running total which you settle as you leave. The exception is outdoor terraces, where you pay as you order. Most places are open from about 11am until 1am, but some around the Leidseplein and Rembrandtplein stay open until 4 or 5am at the weekends. BROWN CAFÉS The traditional Dutch “local pub”, the brown café, is characterized by dark wooden panelling and furniture, low ceilings, dim lighting and a fog of tobacco smoke.
Amsterdam by Robin Pascoe, Christopher Catling