Spanish Masters in Amsterdam

The ‘Spanish Masters from the Hermitage. The world of El Greco, Ribera, Zurbarán, Velázquez, Murillo & Goya’ exhibition can be admired in the Hermitage until 29 May. This exhibition draws attention to the broader context of painting in the Spanish Golden Century (second half of the sixteenth and the seventeenth century) and the echoes and continuation in subsequent centuries.

Spanish masterpieces were created during the reign of Philip II, the absolute monarch of a colonial empire who enforced strict rules for Catholic paintings. The period that followed was dominated by artists including Francisco de Zurbáran, also known as the Spanish Caravaggio.

A great many aspects of Spanish history are highlighted in this collection, such as the horrors of Napoleon’s conquest in 1808, bullfighting and Mediterranean pub life. The variation of the exhibition is also expressed in the alternation of Spanish painting styles: Baroque, Rococo, dramatic realism and spiritual minimalism.

10 most delicious restaurants

There's a big variety of restaurants in the Plantage area. This is a list of our ten favourite places, based on food, locations and atmosphere. From very affordable (€) to justifiably expensive (€€€)

1 De Plantage

Big, brassy, bold and sort of inside the zoo. Amsterdam’s beau monde meets French elegance in the best possible location.

2 Elkaar

Small, intimate, sensational food and kind service. Great advice on wines and close to the Tropenmuseum.

3 Noara’s

A heavenly mixture of Moroccan and French food set in Arabic elegance. Expect adventurous fish dishes and traditional tajines. 

4 Bloem

Beautiful terrace looking out over the canal. Good organic food and drinks with a lot of vegetarian options.

5 Cafe Kadijk

Nonchalant Indonesian cuisine with a great terrace on the Kadijksplein. Ideal spot from sunset to midnight.

6 Koffiehuis van den Volksbond

Simple, authentic, affordable en slightly off beat. Don’t expect anything fancy, just great comfort food in cosy surroundings.

7 De Groene Olifant

Sympathetic brown café frequented by locals at the back of the zoo. Good affordable food in the tradition of the eetcafé.

8 Burgermeester

Superb organic burgers in a wide variety: from lamb to fish to lentils and of course beef. To take away or to enjoy in the rather small booths.

9 Pizzabakkers

The best pizzas in the area. Take them to one of nearby parks or enjoy them with a glass of prosecco at the great sunny terrace.

10 Tempura

Intimate japanese with friendly service. Good and affordable menus.