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Terraces more expensive, Amsterdam on top

People going out for a round of drinks on a terrace will in some cities pay more than a year ago. Amsterdam is the most expensive city in the Netherlands in which to have a drink on a terrace, taking the first place from Haarlem. Haarlem is…
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My top 10 terraces in Haarlem for the summer

In the Netherlands, people are so anxious to sunbath that when the sun is showing up you can find everywhere in the streets improvised terraces in front of the doors. This is the Dutch way! In the Netherlands, let's be really clear, sun…
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Vijfhoekkunstroute 2015

This weekend the 10th edition of the Vijfhoekkunstroute (Vijfhoek Art Walk) will be held in "the 'Jordaan' of Haarlem".  More information about this edition of the Vijfhoekkunstroute... This year the ‘Vijfhoekkunstroute’ is emerging…
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¡Olé! Cantina023 is Real Tex-Mex in Haarlem

Finally Haarlem has good and authentic Tex-Mex! Cantina023 opened its doors in February and it's amazing. I've been there twice so far and am always looking for an excuse to go back. All of the standards are there, burritos, tacos (authentic…
A lot of tick bites in our dunes
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A lot of tick bites in our woods and dunes

The amount of tick bites is increasing in the Netherlands. In the last 2 years Tekenradar (the Ticks Monitor) has announced a record amount of ticks in the country. There is a relative big chance to be bitten. Below what to do if you, your family…
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The Rolling Kitchens weekend

Every spring The Rolling Kitchens Weekend comes back to Amsterdam's Westergasfabriek. Mobile food sellers and gourmets are gathering  together again from 13 -17 May, 2015 for the eighth edition of the mobile food festival! Taste the flavours…
4 & 5 May: Remembrance Day and Liberation Day (Photo: Melanie Caitlin)
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4 & 5 May: Remembrance Day and Liberation Day 2015

The Netherlands is unique among the other European countries in having two national ceremony days originating from the Second World War: Remembrance Day – ‘Dodenherdenking’ and Liberation Day – ‘Bevrijdingsdag’. On 4 May there…
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Thrill Grill opens its doors in Haarlem

My friend Lizzy of Haarlem Foodies tipped me: Thrill Grill opens its doors in Haarlem. Thrill Grill is THE place to be for people who like real burgers. The charcoal grilled hamburgers are made of 100% Dutch beef and served with fries from…
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EXPATSHAARLEM' S FIRST ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION

Happy Anniversary! EXPATSHAARLEM TURNS 1! It has been a year of challenges, of new experiences, old and new friendships, lots of wonderful articles, many great events, the start of services and our first partnerships. 10000 visitors…
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Flower Parade Bollenstreek 2015

The Bloemencorso Bollenstreek, or Flower Parade of the Bollenstreek (Bulbs Area) is one of the most famous parades in the world. More than a million people come to see the beautiful flower praalwagens (floats). The Flower Parade Bollenstreek…
Fresh and authentic Indian food: India Corner in Haarlem (Photo: Stephi)
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Fresh and authentic Indian food: India Corner in Haarlem

One of my great girlfriends, Carla brought me to her favorite restaurant some years ago. Her hair salon is located next door and she is used to coming for dinner to India Corner. I felt like being at home as soon as we sat down. Miriam,…
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EASTER GIFT IDEA: THE FOKKE AND SUKKE PODIUM CADEAUKAART

Are you looking for a nice gift for Easter? We have a tip: the Easter Fokke & Sukke Podium Cadeaukaart (Easter Fokke & Sukke Stage Gift Card) with the most popular ducks of the Netherlands. Surprise your friends, family or acquaintances…
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Uiltje Bar: A new place for craft brews

Maybe you've already hear of them or tasted had their beer but did you know that they will be opening their very own café this weekend?! That's right, Brouwerij het Uiltje will be opening the Uiltje Bar at Zijlstraat 18 in Haarlem on Saturday…
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Dutch man is bad lover

Dutch men are the second worst lovers in Europe. They are worse than French, Spanish and Swedish lovers. At least, according to the female members of Ashley Madison, a site for people with a relationship. The booby prize goes to the…
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The Foodie goes to SAN SEBASTIAN

First, San Sebastian is the culinary capital of Spain (and Europe's cultural capital in 2016). This northern Spanish seaside resort has much to offer, especially concerning food. Indeed, it is the city with the most starred restaurants per square…
Pizzeria Back to Basics
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Pizzeria Back to Basics

Recently the Zijlstraat and a few other streets in Haarlem have attracted new restaurants.. Since I'm a foodie I always happily volunteer wher/whenever possible to test new places. So.. what better than to try 'm out?! I heard good stories…
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ProefPark Haarlem indoor winter edition!

After two successful summer editions from ProefPark the time has come for an indoor winter edition on the last weekend of January. expatsHaarlem was together with some Haarlem media and some well-known food bloggers among the first to receive…
Reaching the center of Haarlem during Serious Request (Photo: Olaf Kramer Fotografie; www.olafkramerfotografie.nl)
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Reaching the center of Haarlem during Serious Request

Thursday evening December 18, the door of the Glass House on the Grote Market will be closed. This is the moment that 3FM Serious Request has officially begun and Haarlem can six days long welcome many visitors. According to nu.nl Haarlem expects 600.000…
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CtheCity

CtheCity is an amazing experience where you have the opportunity to "see" Amsterdam through the eyes of someone who is blind. Did you ever wonder what it would be like to walk around the city with one of those white canes? It's a lot less…
ESPRESSO LOUNGE: COOL!
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ESPRESSO LOUNGE: COOL!

Espresso Lounge opened its doors in the Kleine Houtstraat in May this year. It is is a relaxed café with good coffee, cake and sandwiches for a fair price. Plus a special Kids Lounge. During the whole month of NOVEMBER expatsHaarlem Parents…
5 october: Bokbierdag 2014 in Haarlem
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5 october: Bokbierdag 2014 in Haarlem

Fancying to taste a special seasonal beer? Go to the center of Haarlem and taste a great bokbier. There is plenty of it today as: it is Bokbierdag! Is one bier not enough? Take a bokbier crawl!  Bokbierdag 2014 beer crawl You can start…
Libelle opens pop-up shop in Haarlem
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Libelle opens pop-up shop in Haarlem

With Libelle Beach Café the known Dutch women's weekly magazine Libelle wants to bring the atmosphere of the beach to the heart of the city of Haarlem. From Wednesday, September 17 the magazine Libelle brings a month-long the atmosphere…
Variée restaurant in Haarlem
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Variée restaurant in Haarlem

Some weeks ago we went to try Restaurant Variée, because I spent the last 2 years passing by but never stopping by! It was time to discover the place and the cuisine. The owners prepared us a special menu and welcomed us as I never had…
Amsterdam 12th most expensive expat city in Europe
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Amsterdam 12th most expensive expat city in Europe

Last month Mercer released its annual Cost of Living City Rankings. The global survey ranked Amsterdam as the 39th most expensive city for expats worldwide and the 12th most expensive within Europe. Cost of Living City Survey Mercer's…
Belgians drink the most on holiday (Photo: Ibiza.nl)
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Belgians drink the most on holiday

With an average of 3.7 drinks per day, Belgians are the biggest drinkers among European holidaymakers.  This results from a study conducted by the travel website Zoover, surveying 4.000 Europeans from 10 different countries. Dutch…
Haarlem gets ready for Jazz & More (Photo: Ad Timmers)
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Haarlem gets ready for Jazz & More

Just a few days to go and the center of Haarlem will be "filled" by Jazz & More. Haarlem Jazz & More is the biggest free Jazz Festival of Europe and takes place in our fantastic city! From August, Wednesday 13th till Saturday 16th the…
Haarlem has most expensive café terraces, Nijmegen is cheapest (Photo: Arianna Ardia)
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Haarlem has most expensive café terraces, Nijmegen is cheapest

Haarlem tops the list of expensive terraces. This results from its annual survey of the best places to drink a beer or glass of wine in the summer sunshine, the Telegraaf says. The cheapest café terraces in the Netherlands are in Nijmegen. The…
The Amsterdam Casual sex guide (Photo: Thinkstock)
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The Amsterdam Casual sex guide

The sun has been shining in Amsterdam, everywhere I look I see what appears to be the new fashion trend here, micro hot pants, or as the Jamaicans call them ‘batty riders.’ Here’s a tip for my female readers. If you’re wearing a backless…
Jopenkerk in Haarlem turned into the Temple of Beer (Photo: Luca Coppola)
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Jopenkerk in Haarlem turned into the Temple of Beer

The most amazing thing in Holland is the attitude to consider that nothing is useless.. and that everything can produce income taking on a new value in the function of a new activity. This concerns particularly the new destinations of old churches.…
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Spaarne 66, second best terrace!

Haarlem's restaurant "Spaarne 66" has ended as second best in the contest "Best Terrace of the Netherlands". The jury of the Misset Terras Top 100 was overwhelmed by the warmth of this family business which consists of mother Marianne Lemmers…