Create your own Pause moment and become a master chef for a day.

Pause is the kind of place you want to keep to yourself…. but can’t. The velvet green chairs, the relaxed atmosphere and a spacious terrace: Pulitzer Amsterdam’s well-known garden café in the centre of Amsterdam.

Now that all restaurants are temporarily closed, a visit to Pause at Pulitzer is unfortunately not possible. So, get started and bring a little bit of Pause to your own kitchen!

Surprise your partner in crime and eat your way through with the Croque Monsieur, also known as the Pulitzer Tosti: Pause’s most beloved dish. What would you need for 2 people?

Ingredients Croque Monsieur

  • Multigrain bread Vlaamsch Broodhuys      200GR
  • Ham                                                                200GR
  • Gruyère Mix                                                   140GR
  • Butter                                                             40GR

Ingredients Gruyère Mix

  • Crème Fraîche                                               125GR
  • Grated Gruyère                                             100GR
  • Mustard                                                           15GR
  • Egg Yolk                                                           10GR
  • Nutmeg                                                            4GR
  • Salt                                                                   1GR
  • Pepper                                                             0,5GR

Method of preparation: Mix all ingredients of the Gruyère Mix in a bowl. Butter the slices of bread. Prepare the sandwich by the following steps: slice of bread – Gruyère mix – ham – Gruyère mix – slice of bread. Lastly, bake the Croque Monsieur in a pan until golden on the top.

We hope to be able to welcome you again with big smiles in April and serve the beloved Pulitzer Tosti, until then, create a little Pause moment yourself at home. Bon appétit!

Pause at Pulitzer

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Pause at Pulitzer

Wondering what’s on the list of to-dos in Amsterdam for upcoming month? Let us fill you in! From food and drinks to activity and art, March offers a little bit for everyone.

Pancakes, pancakes, pancakes
Oh Crêpe! No plans for the 20th of March yet? No worries! This date being the National Pancake Day of The Netherlands is the best excuse to have pancakes for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Will you go for the Dutch, thin “pannenkoeken” or would you rather choose the fluffy American ones? Start your day with delicious buttermilk pancakes at Jansz. and, with the all-day breakfast at Pause at Pulitzer, enjoy more pancakes in the afternoon!

When: 20 March
Where: Pause at Pulitzer and Jansz.

CineDans FEST
Dancing is something that is enjoyed by many; some prefer the spotlights while others rather stay behind closed doors. As a form of art and genre, dance on screen is celebrated at the CineDans festival. Admire the international dance films and documentaries or get inspired by several presentations. Rather try the movements yourself? They also present a variety of interactive installations, VR projects, debates and workshops! Have a look on their website for more information and tickets.

When: 25-29 March
Where: Eye Amsterdam

Amsterdam Cocktail Week
Cocktail-lovers this one is for you! From the 16th until the 22nd of March, you have the opportunity to visit Amsterdam’s finest bars during the Amsterdam Cocktail Week. With 45 participating bars, you can easily fill up your week. Each bar will create at least two signature cocktails: an alcoholic and non-alcoholic one. At Pulitzer’s Bar, you can have an extraordinary experience, as you will choose your drink based on scent. Ready to stir up your senses? Click here for more information.

When: 16-22 March
Where: Participating bars in Amsterdam

International Women Day
On International Women’s Day, the social, economical, cultural and political achievements of women are celebrated globally. This year’s theme is #EachforEqual, aligned with the UN Women’s campaign for generation equality. On the 7th and 8th of March, the Mama Cash Feminist Festival will take place in Amsterdam, with every aspect of the event produced and executed by women. See their website for more information and tickets. Let’s all be each for equal!

When: 7-8 March
Where: Radio Radio & Stedelijk Museum

Sometimes a staycation is the best vacation. Take a break from the day-to-day responsibilities and relax in your own city, home country, or don’t leave the house at all. The staycation is on the rise, so let us fill you in on the benefits and insights of this trend.

The staycation trend enlarges your holiday possibilities, as the perfect little getaway might be closer than you think. You don’t have to leave your home country to have a well-deserved and relaxing trip. Nowadays, it is easy to hop on a plane and explore an unknown destination, but have you fully discovered your own country yet? Often, it has more to offer and see than you realize, creating the possibility to increase your knowledge about the place you call home.

Spending your holiday at home might not sound as exciting as last year’s exotic destination, but you can easily create that holiday feeling at home. To not fall back to the daily routine, the staycation requires a plan. Maybe you want to try that touristy activity in your hometown you never did before, finally finish that book on your bedside table or spend more time with your family. Make your vacation extra special and go all out at the supermarket, turn your bathroom into a retreat with your favorite toiletries and pamper yourself!

Staycation in Amsterdam
Living in The Netherlands? Recharge your batteries and plan a staycation in Amsterdam. The unique hotspots in different parts of the city, fun activities, plenty events, and vibrant atmosphere ensure your trip becomes a true holiday. Plan your staycation at Pulitzer Amsterdam before the 29th of February 2020 and receive a special staycation discount as an inhabitant of The Netherlands. Send an e-mail to or call to +31 20 5235235 to book your staycation.

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One hotel, 25 canal houses, 50 years, infinite stories… Pulitzer celebrates its 50th birthday this year! From the former residents of the Golden-Age-era houses to the opening of Hotel Pulitzer in 1970 and the transformation of the hotel in 2016, the history of Pulitzer is as captivating as ever. Of course, will celebrate the festive year with many activities.

Pulitzer’s History
The 25 historical canal houses date back to the 17th and 18th century, all with a rich history and its own story to tell. The founder of the hotel, Peter Pulitzer, bought the first ten houses in 1968. “The house of your neighbor is for sale only once” being his motto, resulted in an expansion throughout the years. In 1970, Hotel Pulitzer officially opened its doors for guests and, from this moment on, the hotel welcomed over four million guests from all around the world. Ten years ago, the Amsterdam Canal district was added to the UNESCO World Heritage List, including the part where the hotel is located.

Home away from home
From the first guest checking in 50 years ago until now, the main goal of the hotel has remained the same: giving guests that “home away from home” feeling while staying in one of the unique canal houses. In 2015, an intensive renovation and re-styling of the 400-year old canal houses took place and, after 1,5 years, Pulitzer Amsterdam reopened its doors as the independent hotel it is today. The new design reflects the history and characteristics of each canal house individually.

The year 2020 will totally be in the light of the 50th birthday of Pulitzer Amsterdam; from a special edition of the yearly Garden Party to the revelation of the Peter Pulitzer Statue. The theme for the celebration year is “Stories To Stay”, putting the focus on stories from the former residents, visitors, and hotel guests from the past 50 years. Celebrate with us and have a look at the 50 Years website to discover 50 reasons to visit Pulitzer Amsterdam and the exclusive celebration package. Of course, as it’s our birthday, we treat! We give away 50 overnight stays at Pulitzer Amsterdam on Instagram and a cocktail in Pulitzer’s Bar for everyone turning 50 in the hotel’s birthday month: October.

Looking for places to go in February? Look no further! We have created a list with the most exciting to-do’s. Spoiler alert: this month’s edition is especially interesting for those who love food. Well, who doesn’t?!

Japanese Winter Festival
Enjoy wintry activities and authentic delicacies at this Japanese Light & Food event. Try your favorite bites at the Japanese food hall or take a seat at the sushi bar to discover the latest creations. After having satisfied the appetite, it’s time to participate in the winter games, go ice skating or enjoy the shiny cherry blossoms. Who would you like to share your sushi with? Click here for more information and tickets.

 When: 28 February – 1 March
Where: DOK Amsterdam

Valentine’s Day in Amsterdam
On the 14th of February, it’s time for the flirtiest and most charming day of the year: Valentine’s Day. Make it one to remember: enjoy the city lights during a walk passed the canals and finish your evening at Sjansz.: a special Valentine’s dinner with a personal poem from a live poet, catchy Sjansz. one-liners, and a shared dessert. You can book a table via the website. Bring on the love!

 When: 14 February
Where: restaurant Jansz.

Chocoa Sustainable Chocolate Festival
This festival is a must-go for all chocolate lovers. Considering the rich taste and feeling of pure happiness when eating a piece, it’s probably everyone. At the festival, you can try 700 types of chocolate, learn more about the process from bean to bar, and discover exciting food and drink pairings. Furthermore, the organizations’ ambition for sustainable chocolate is represented. Want to read more or book tickets? Choc it out on their website.

When: 19 – 23 February
Where: Beurs van Berlage

Little Italy Taste & Travel
You don’t have to leave Amsterdam to experience a bit of Italy during the Little Italy Taste & Travel event. Learn how to make the perfect pasta during one of the cooking workshops or discover the authentic, culinary products on the Italian food market. It’s also wine-lovers’ paradise, as the finest wines from the different regions are presented. Interested? Have a look at the website for more information and tickets.

When: 7 – 9 February
Where: Zuiveringshal at the Westergasterrein



Do you need inspiration for New Year’s resolutions? Add the following must-do’s in January to your list to start 2020 well!

Yay, the yearly Hotelnacht is back! During this weekend, ‘Amsterdammers’ have the opportunity to discover hotels in their hometown. Not only the locals can have fun, anyone with a ticket is able to enjoy the events. See the website for details. At Pulitzer Amsterdam, the focus is on chocolate (isn’t it always?!), with a chocolicious three-course dinner and a chocotastic party in Pulitzer’s Bar, both in collaboration with Lindt. Excited? Check the events:

Pulitzer Amsterdam door het Lindt:
Pulitzer Amsterdam x Lindt | chocolicious diner:

When: 18-19 January
Where: Hotels in Amsterdam

National Tulip Day
With the Dutch being the largest producers and exporters of tulips, a National Tulip Day is inevitable! Dam Square will be more colorful than ever as this year’s theme is World of Colors. Find around 200.000 tulips in the middle of the city and fill a bag with tulips to take home – for free! What is your favorite color? Click here for more information.

When: 18 January
Where: Dam Square

Chinese New Year
Why celebrate New Year’s only once per year when you can do it twice? The Chinese New Year celebrations can be found all around the world and guarantee spectacular fireworks, dance parades, and mouth-watering Asian food. Luckily, you can find all of this in Amsterdam as well. For more information, visit their website. Guo Nian Hao!

When: 25 January
Where: Dam Square and around Nieuwmarkt and Zeedijk

Impro Amsterdam
The festival IMPRO Amsterdam is all about improvised theater. With all performances being made up on the spot, every night is a surprise. Enjoy a wide variety of shows ranging from drama to humor by performers from all around the world.  Would you rather be in the spotlight yourself? Join the open stage or give it a try during one of the workshops! Click here for more information and tickets.

When: 25 January – 1 February
Where: Compagnie Theater

December, the most magical time of the year! Create wonderful memories by visiting the following happenings in Amsterdam this month:

Het Amsterdamse Winterparadijs
Find yourself in a true winter wonderland! The event is everything you can imagine it to be: from ice skating to après-ski and a Ferris wheel. You can even admire the one and only Coca-Cola Christmas Truck! Furthermore, magician Dion can’t wait to show you all his magic and illusions at the Magic Winter Theater. Find out all activities and more information here.

When: In and around Amsterdam RAI.
Where: December 21 – January 5

This winter, Museum Square will not only attract the crowd for its iconic museums! ICE*Amsterdam offers the unique chance to ice skate with the idyllic setting of the beautiful Rijksmuseum building. If you’d rather watch the spectacle from outside the rink, you can stroll around the market stalls or warm yourself up with a hot chocolate in Brasserie Winter! See their website for the details.

When: November 16 – February 2
Where: Museum Square

Amsterdamsche Kerstmarkt
Avoid the crowded streets in the city center and go to this lovely in- and outdoor Christmas market to find the perfect Christmas gift.Besides the market stalls, you can go ice-skating, play board games or take the stage at the Christmas karaoke! Tip: bring your own mug for some glühwein or hot chocolate! This popular all ages event is worth a visit. Click here to see their website.

When: December 20-23
Where: Westergasfabriek

New Year’s Eve
For a banging start of the new year, visit the fireworks show at the Kop van Java, with the spectacular view of the VOC-shop and the Maritime museum. Don’t miss out on the traditional Dutch delicacy the ‘oliebol’. For the most festive celebrations, visit the Nieuwmarkt or Rembrandt square to party until the morning comes. Click here for all new year’s parties in town. Happy new year!

When: December 31
Where: All over Amsterdam

Photo by: Amsterdamsche Kerstmarkt.

You only really get to know a country by its food, right? The Dutch have several peculiar ways to express themselves through their cuisine. In our opinion, the following are worth to try:

The literal translation of stroopwafel is ‘syrup waffle’; a wafer cookie made from two thin layers of baked dough, joined by a caramel filling. Nowadays, the Stroopwafel has many variations. For the most colorful ones in town, visit van Wonderen Stroopwafels!

This is a type of liquorice that comes in many variations: soft, hard, chewy, sweet, sour, salty and more! It is an experience for those who never tasted it. People say Dutch drop is evil; it subtlety tricks you into a false sense of security that might even taste quite nice.

‘Hagelslag’ can be described as chocolate sprinkles. It is the perfect allowed excuse for having chocolate for breakfast or lunch as the Dutch spread it on a sandwich with butter. Did you know that approximately one million sandwiches with ‘hagelslag’ per day are eaten by the Dutch?

This is the Dutch name for herring, a small oily silvery-colored fish caught in the North Sea – famous for being a remedy for hangovers! It is eaten raw, garnished with unions; the taste is extraordinary and strong. For the best ‘haring’ in town, try the fish stand on the Westermarkt.

If anything, cheese can’t be avoided in the Netherlands. The most popular Dutch cheese is Gouda; one of the oldest recorded cheeses in the world still made today! It’s named after the city of Gouda since it is produced and historically has been traded there.

Patatje Oorlog
Literally translated as ‘War Fries’. This is a portion of French fries with mayonnaise, sate sauce and raw onions on top. The historical background is that Indonesia is a former colony of the Netherlands, mainly used for trading spices used in the sate sauce. Try the best at Frietboutique!

Kroket / Bitterballen
It is a cylindrical shaped snack, filled with meat ragout (beef) and a very crispy and crunchy layer on the outside. Bitterballen are a variation to the ‘Kroket’, small savory balls with the same filling and texture that is often shared alongside a wine or beer.

It is one of the oldest Dutch recipes that remains popular today. Stamppot recipes use mashed potatoes as a base incorporated with a vegetable. Most often: sauerkraut (stamppot zuurkool), kale (stamppot boerenkool) and endive (stamppot rauwe andijvie). It is eaten with a ‘rookworst’ as meat on the side. Try restaurant Moeders for a delicious homemade stamppot of your choice!

This is a Dutch Pea Soup; a thick soup made with split peas, plenty of vegetables and pork. Traditionally it is served on New Year’s Day, but it is also enjoyed throughout the fall and winter months. It is the ideal dish to warm up!

Photo by: Anna Rita Granata.

New month, new events! To save you some time, we made a selection for your trip to Amsterdam this month:

Museum Night

Every first Saturday of November, Amsterdam’s finest museums open their doors for this special event. See Amsterdam’s museums in a new light – after the sun sets! One ticket can get you into over 50 museums, until 02:00 am. Experience exhibitions in another setting: live music, DJ’s, food, drinks, special events and other surprises. Find out about the participating museums and how to get tickets on the website.

When: November 2
Where: Several museums in Amsterdam

Westergasjes Wednesday
Families be aware! Every Wednesday the whole (former) Westergasfactory will be turned into a children’s paradise. Kids can enjoy an all day pancake party, icecream, music, creative workshops, a movie or other entertainment. Let your children run wild on the terrain while you enjoy a drink on the terrace. Some activities include an entry ticket so make sure to check their website for more information!

When: November 6,13,20,27
Where: Westergasfabriek

Amsterdam Art Weekend
Amaze yourself during a weekend filled with art! Amsterdam’s liberal climate inspires artists from all over the world to experiment and push boundaries. Discover exclusive contemporary art items as well as work by (upcoming) talent. More than 100 events in 50+ locations in the city are hosted. Events are organised by Foam, the Oude Kerk, the Stedelijk Museum, EYE Filmmuseum and more. Find out the details on the website.

When: November 21-24
Where: Foam, the Oude Kerk, the Stedelijk Museum, EYE Filmmuseum and many more.

Amsterdam Light Festival
This festival includes about 30 artworks that are exhibited throughout the city. This year’s theme is: Disrupt! A ‘disruption’, questions fixed assumptions, provokes new discussions, encourages to take action in order to move forward. Artists, designers and architects were challenged to question, test and shake up Amsterdam in alignment with the theme. Find the route and more information here. At Pulitzer, we offer a specliazed guided boat tour that takes you along the highlights of the Amsterdam Light Festival. Please find more information on our website.

When: November 28 – January 19, 2020
Where: Several locations in Amsterdam

Photo by Tracey Emin.