One of the greatest cities in Europe, Amsterdam is a charming gem. Endless canals decorated with flowers, floating house boats, and loads of bicycles makes for a picture-perfect postcard on almost every corner. I found the time in Amsterdam energetic yet calm. You could retreat to a cafe or be amidst the fun at a local bar. There are plenty of museums for the art-traveler, or history-filled rooms like Anne Frank’s house.
Where and What: Amsterdam City Guide
Good to Know
- The city is rather busy, always be sure to look before stepping as bicycles are everywhere and trams have the right of way.
- The cheapest way to get from the airport to city center is by train, and it’s conveniently located under the airport. A taxi will run from 35-40+ euros into town.
- English is widely spoken, so no need to worry about communicating in Dutch!
- For tipping, just round up. I.e: if your bill is $38, leave a $40.
- It is generally a very safe city, so feel free to explore away in the city center.
Where to Stay in Amsterdam
- Conservatorium Hotel: A luxurious hotel centered in the heart of the museum quarter, this stylish stay is one for the books. With an indoor pool and sauna, it’s the ultimate city retreat in a beautifully designed space.
- The Hoxton: A modern with mid-century flare hotel in the heart of the Amsterdam. The downstairs restaurant Lotti, is partnered with Soho House & Co and delivers the same service that is expected at Soho. Each of the 111 rooms are beautifully and cleverly appointed.
- The Pullitzer: A blend of historic and elegant Amsterdam, this hotel is both luxurious and comfortable. With courtyards and a neighborhood location, it’s the perfect introduction to the city.
Where to Eat and Drink in Amsterdam
- Bar Spek: Also known as Bacon Bar, this a great spot to grab a snack and drink.
- Jansz: The classics done in an approachable way inside an elegant cafe.
- Venkel: Local products and healthy salads in a fun space.
- Morgan & Mees: Inside a hotel, the restaurant is a modern takeon Mediterranean fare.
- Louis: A cozy cafe.
- Bocca Coffee: One of the best coffee shops in the city, this beautiful space is the place to grab a cappuccino or tea.
- The Breakfast Club: Breakfast, dinner, and drinks spot that has a fresh space and modern menu.
- George: A yummy cafe for either a quick bite in the bar or a proper sit down lunch.
- La Olivia Pintxos & Vinos: Tapas done incredible well.
- Cottoncake: A yummy (and rather healthy) breakfast and lunch spot with dishes like granola and waffles.
What to Do/See in Amsterdam
- Van Gogh Museum: The largest collection of Van Gogh’s pieces, this museum should be at the top of the list.
- Rijksmuseum Museum: Take a look at Dutch history at the national museum of the Netherlands.
- Stedelijk Museum: For all things modern, this museum boasts a wide variety of international artists.
- Canals: Spend your afternoon wandering the endless canals that get more picturesque with every turn.
- Boerenmarkt: A local’s farmers market for all things fresh and ready.
- Foodhallen: A hall with around two dozen food stalls featuring Amsterdam’ favorites.
- Anne Frank House: Dive deep into Jewish history, and tour the house of the diarist Anne Frank.
- Cruise: Take a covered boat canal tour through the city.