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WHAT'S A HUNGRY BIRDS EXPERIENCE?
A Hungry Birds experience is a 4,5 hour-long food-and-drink adventure through Amsterdam. During this time, our 'Mother Bird' will take you to a number of family-owned businesses, specialty stores, cafes and market (only for our Daytime Experience) in order to share delicious food, drinks and stories with you. The Hungry Birds vibe is a combination of a food tour, the feeling of visiting a friend abroad and meeting local people and other travelers. During the experience, your 'Mother Bird' will feed you both traditional Dutch, as well as ethnic foods that are typical in Amsterdam (Depends on the type of experience you book). Delicious food and drinks aside, we'll also share some fun facts about Dutch culture and daily life in Amsterdam. We select the places we visit based on the quality of the food, as well as the passion, kindness and character of the local heroes behind it. Therefore, most of our partners are smaller family-owned places, market stall owners, specialty stores and delicious delis. Their stories are our focus, so that you can eat to understand.
WHERE DO WE MEET FOR THE TOUR?
Daytime Experience➙ Albert Cuypstraat 75
Evening Experience ➙ Ten Katestraat 42 (West)
Sunday Experience ➙ Weteringschans 140
Thirsty Birds Experience ➙ Oudezijds Voorburgwal 30
The exact address of our meeting point will be sent automatically together with a confirmation email after you've booked an experience with us. Please check the address and directions beforehand to know how to reach us on the day of your tour. In case you don't receive an email with meeting details from us, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
AM I A HUNGRY BIRD?
If you're a curious and hungry story traveler, YES. It’s mainly for people who want to travel 'deeper into a destination'. People who are open to experience the true taste and hidden stories of a destination while meeting other travelers.
FIRST TIME IN AMSTERDAM?
“Welkom” as we say in Dutch. You might have heard of the saying, “You'll never get a second chance to make a good first impression.” It's easy to get lost in the wide selection of Amsterdam’s touristy highlights, but we want to help you discover the real Amsterdam. By Amsterdam, we mean the people, the typical food and drink and the local culture. Skip the tourist traps and savor the good stuff with us.
YOU’RE AN AMSTERDAMMER?
That doesn’t mean you can’t travel in your own city, does it? Don't wait until you have guests in town to book a Hungry Birds experience. You live here, so we trust that you know how exciting it can be to feel like a tourist in our wonderful little urban village. Who says you have to go outside of Amsterdam in order to get the travel feeling, meet new people, eat good food and hear interesting stories?
JUST MOVED TO AMSTERDAM?
We’ll make sure you feel at home right away! During a Hungry Birds experience, you'll get an engaging and personal introduction to Amsterdam. You'll find out that you've just moved to a fun, vibrant, multicultural and especially tasty metropolitan village! We'll help you fall more in love with this ace choice of a city!
HAVE BEEN TO AMSTERDAM MANY TIMES?
You thought you knew Amsterdam... Until you’ve been on a Hungry Birds experience. :) Let us show you things and feed you foods that you might have missed out on during your previous travels. You'll love getting to meet some local taste-makers while discovering local gems and hidden stories with us. We'll make sure you come back to Amsterdam yet again!
WHY WOULD I GO ON A HUNGRY BIRDS EXPERIENCE?
Oh my “foodness”, where do we even begin? I guess you could say that we are Amsterdam’s must-eat and must-do at the same time. It's a personal, fun and tasty way to experience the village-feeling of the city through its street food, stories and neighborhood taste-makers. Let us introduce you to foods and places in Amsterdam where you'll discover (or rediscover) the city again as a multicultural melting pot of Dutch and ethnic flavors so good that you almost want to keep it a secret…
DO I HAVE TO BOOK IN ADVANCE?
Yes, please book via our booking page or email (email@example.com), call or contact us through our website and tell us what you’re after. Also, please let us know of anything you can’t/won’t/don’t eat or drink so that we can customize the tour to meet your needs.
ARE THE FOOD / DRINKS INCLUDED IN THE PRICE?
Yes, all the food and drinks that we offer during our experience are already included in the price. Of course, you're welcome to buy additional things - if you're still hungry or thirsty!
HOW MANY LOCATIONS ARE THERE DURING THE EXPERIENCE?
- Hungry Birds Daytime Experience (Monday to Saturday) - about 10 locations
- Evening Experience (Friday and Saturday)- about 7 locations
- Sunday Experience (every Sunday)- about 8 locations
- Thirsty Birds Experience (For private groups only)- about 4 locations
WHAT IS THE MINIMUM AND MAXIMUM NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS?
We like to keep things 'gezellig' (cosy) and we find 8 to be the magic number. However, occasionally we may have one or two more. We only run our experiences when we have a minimum of 2 guests.
HOW DO I PAY FOR THE EXPERIENCE?
At Hungry Birds, we require a full payment before the experience. You may pay through Paypal, credit card or bank transfer.
Here are our bank account details: IBAN: NL92 INGB 0007 7171 39 BIC: INGBNL2A
WHAT IS THE CANCELLATION POLICY OF HUNGRY BIRDS?
We realize that most people who cancel their reservations do so out of necessity. Nevertheless, cancellations are costly to administer and involve dedicated staff time and communications costs. Therefore, you can read our cancellation policy below:
– No cancellation fee applies for cancellations made 30 or more days in advance.
– A cancellation fee of 50% applies for cancellations made less than 30 days in advance.
– No refund will be provided for cancellations made less than 10 days in advance, or in case of a no-show.
WHAT IF IT RAINS?
As the Dutch often like to say, “We are not made of sugar”. Therefore the tours are held rain, shine or snow. Please do check the weather forecast for the date of your tour, dress appropriately and take a poncho or umbrella, if necessary. In case of heavy rain or very stormy weather, we may decide to reschedule or cancel the experience.
ALLERGIES AND DIETARY RESTRICTIONS?
Please let us know if you (or anyone in your group) have any dietary restrictions (for e.g. vegetarian, diabetic, allergy, etc.) when you inquire for the tour. As long as we know in advance, we'll be happy and do our best to accommodate your needs.
VEGETARIAN HUNGRY BIRD?
We love all foods, but yes we can adjust to our vegetarian friends! However, please let us know in advance if you are vegetarian and whether or not you eat fish. If you're not a fish eater, you'll have to skip one stop. But trust us, nobody walks away hungry. :)
VEGAN OR GLUTEN-FREE?
This is a tough question that deserves an honest answer. Even though we do our best to accommodate everyone, it's a big challenge to satisfy our vegan or gluten-free guests. During the experience, we taste some cakes, sandwiches and cookies, etc, that contain butter, flour and eggs. Therefore it’s impossible for us to find a substitute at each location. If you don’t mind skipping a few stops and you're flexible with your diet, we could probably work something out! If you strictly follow a vegan or gluten-free diet, you should probably skip the eating part of the experience. Sorry… :(
Yes, we'd be happy to organize a private tour for your company, family or friends. Please send us an email with your idea, number of attending food /drink-lovers and a date so that we can send you an offer.
DRINKS DURING THE EXPERIENCE?
During our food adventures, we have some stops that include drinks like water, coffee, tea or alcoholic beverages, etc. (Please be aware that not every stop includes a drink). We do recommend bringing your own bottle of water with you. Any extra drinks that are not included in our experiences will be at your own expense.
WHAT FOOD PLACES DO WE VISIT?
That depends on the experience you book. From local markets, little eateries, street food stands, small lunch houses, cafes to microbreweries, local bars and more. But hey, let’s not spoil all the fun and leave a part of this as a sweet surprise! ♥
DOES THE EXPERIENCE END AT THE SAME PLACE WE MEET?
No, the Hungry Birds experiences don't finish at the same location as the meeting point.
CAN I SHOP DURING THE EXPERIENCE?
We kindly ask you to wait with any shopping until after the experience (You can always ask your 'Mother Bird' if we have some time for that).
HOW MUCH FOOD IS SERVED?
We'll feed you. Big time! Lunch afterwards wouldn’t be necessary. While some people are obviously smaller ‘hungry birds’ than others, you could always decide to share a portion or get an extra one. We do recommend that you have a small bite before the tour just to get your engine started!
HOW MUCH WALKING IS INVOLVED IN THE EXPERIENCE? WHAT IS THE PACE?
We walk at a moderate pace. However, your 'Mother Bird' will always make sure to take into account everyone’s walking pace. We cover between 3.5- 4km, and very often, less.
ARE ALL EXPERIENCES IN ENGLISH?
Our regular experiences are always run in English, but we also offer private tours in Dutch, German, French and Polish for groups of 8 or bigger. For tours in German, French and Polish, there will be an additional fee of EUR 60 to cover translation cost. Please let us know in advance if your group prefers a tour in a language other than English.
Yes, Hungry Birds Gift Cards are available for all offered tours. To buy or learn more about our gift cards, please click on 'More', followed by 'Hungry Birds Gift Card'. If you have a question, email us!
MORE UNANSWERED QUESTIONS?
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Make sure to come HUNGRY.
The Mother Birds xxx