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Guidebook for Amsterdam

Parks & Nature
Vondelpark is the largest city park in Amsterdam, and certainly the most famous park in the Netherlands, which welcomes about 10 million visitors every year. The Vondelpark is centrally placed south of Leidseplein and near Rijksmuseum, Stedelijk Museum and Van Gogh Museum. The Vondelpark is loved by Amsterdammers as well as by tourists, and is full of people - enjoying a sunny day, dog-walking, jogging, roller-skating, listening to music, people-watching, or just lazing about in grass. Free concerts are given at the open-air theatre or in the summer at the park's bandstand.
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Vondelpark
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Vondelpark is the largest city park in Amsterdam, and certainly the most famous park in the Netherlands, which welcomes about 10 million visitors every year. The Vondelpark is centrally placed south of Leidseplein and near Rijksmuseum, Stedelijk Museum and Van Gogh Museum. The Vondelpark is loved by Amsterdammers as well as by tourists, and is full of people - enjoying a sunny day, dog-walking, jogging, roller-skating, listening to music, people-watching, or just lazing about in grass. Free concerts are given at the open-air theatre or in the summer at the park's bandstand.
A place for everyone, young and less young. Would you like to walk, picnic, play football, enjoy the sun or jog? The Erasmus Park can do it all.
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Erasmusparkbuurt
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A place for everyone, young and less young. Would you like to walk, picnic, play football, enjoy the sun or jog? The Erasmus Park can do it all.
One of the larger city beaches in Amsterdam, located on the North shore of the Sloterplas lake (Amsterdam West). The water can be accessed for a swim. There's clean white sand, and trees provide shade, if necessary.
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Sloterplas Strand
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One of the larger city beaches in Amsterdam, located on the North shore of the Sloterplas lake (Amsterdam West). The water can be accessed for a swim. There's clean white sand, and trees provide shade, if necessary.
Located in the western part of Amsterdam, the Rembrandtpark is an ideal place to have a lounge in the sun and enjoy a picnic. The park is a green oasis of ponds, playgrounds and walking and cycling routes. You can also visit De Uylenburg, the oldest zoo in Amsterdam.
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Rembrandtpark
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Located in the western part of Amsterdam, the Rembrandtpark is an ideal place to have a lounge in the sun and enjoy a picnic. The park is a green oasis of ponds, playgrounds and walking and cycling routes. You can also visit De Uylenburg, the oldest zoo in Amsterdam.
On the edge of the Center is a pleasant, lively and particularly beautiful district: the Westerpark. This district owes its name to the modern and vibrant park it houses. In the Westergasfabriek, you will find trendy cafés, cozy bistros, galleries, a cinema and a club.
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Westerpark
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On the edge of the Center is a pleasant, lively and particularly beautiful district: the Westerpark. This district owes its name to the modern and vibrant park it houses. In the Westergasfabriek, you will find trendy cafés, cozy bistros, galleries, a cinema and a club.
Food Scene
The ‘Foodhallen’ opened in ‘De Hallen Amsterdam’ – a newly renovated tram depot – in October 2014. The concept was inspired by indoor food markets like the ‘Borough Market’ in London. Wander around in the large loft-like space of the ‘Foodhallen’ and discover the very best “culinary Amsterdam” has to offer. Various hospitality concepts will serve a selection of small (signature) dishes for locals and tourists to enjoy. With over 20 different stalls, varying from Michelin star concepts to international ‘streetfoods’, the Amsterdam ‘Foodhallen’ is an international foodie-hotspot like no other.
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Foodhallen
51 Bellamyplein
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The ‘Foodhallen’ opened in ‘De Hallen Amsterdam’ – a newly renovated tram depot – in October 2014. The concept was inspired by indoor food markets like the ‘Borough Market’ in London. Wander around in the large loft-like space of the ‘Foodhallen’ and discover the very best “culinary Amsterdam” has to offer. Various hospitality concepts will serve a selection of small (signature) dishes for locals and tourists to enjoy. With over 20 different stalls, varying from Michelin star concepts to international ‘streetfoods’, the Amsterdam ‘Foodhallen’ is an international foodie-hotspot like no other.
Amazing brew and an even better view—what's not to love about Hannekes Boom, a relaxing beer garden in the revitalized neighborhood surrounding Amsterdam's Central Station? In addition to drinks and hearty nachos, sandwiches, and burgers (all made with organic ingredients), this place offers stunning vistas of the city and of Nemo (the interactive science museum that resembles a green whale). Pull up a barstool, grab a terrace bench, or plunk down on the dock to dangle your toes in the water while watching small boats bob past.
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Hannekes Boom
4 Dijksgracht
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Amazing brew and an even better view—what's not to love about Hannekes Boom, a relaxing beer garden in the revitalized neighborhood surrounding Amsterdam's Central Station? In addition to drinks and hearty nachos, sandwiches, and burgers (all made with organic ingredients), this place offers stunning vistas of the city and of Nemo (the interactive science museum that resembles a green whale). Pull up a barstool, grab a terrace bench, or plunk down on the dock to dangle your toes in the water while watching small boats bob past.
You can find cozy Café de Sluyswacht on a bustling street in the heart of Amsterdam, steps away from the Rembrandt House. Originally constructed in 1692 as a home for the sluyswacht, the man who controlled the neighboring lock, the charming building has been converted into a welcoming gathering spot for locals and visitors alike. Sip your Jupiler beer on a patio overlooking the canal, or break for tea and hot chocolate at one of the adorable tables inside. If you're hungry, try the bitterballen—Dutch meatballs.
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Café de Sluyswacht
1 Jodenbreestraat
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You can find cozy Café de Sluyswacht on a bustling street in the heart of Amsterdam, steps away from the Rembrandt House. Originally constructed in 1692 as a home for the sluyswacht, the man who controlled the neighboring lock, the charming building has been converted into a welcoming gathering spot for locals and visitors alike. Sip your Jupiler beer on a patio overlooking the canal, or break for tea and hot chocolate at one of the adorable tables inside. If you're hungry, try the bitterballen—Dutch meatballs.
The precariously leaning, step-gabled houses that were joined to form this elegant dining room date back to 1614, and many of their original interiors remain intact, with beautiful delft-tiled walls, wood beams, and wide-plank floors. The restaurant’s name, which translates to "the Silver Mirror," serves locally sourced ingredients, such as Zeeland mussels, North Sea shrimp, and Dutch beef, with a contemporary flair; the award-winning wine list includes some 225 bottles from around the world. Order à la carte or try one of the tasting menus, which run from four to seven courses and are priced from €49.95 to €79.95 (about $60 to $95) without wine.
De Silveren Spiegel
4-6 Kattengat
The precariously leaning, step-gabled houses that were joined to form this elegant dining room date back to 1614, and many of their original interiors remain intact, with beautiful delft-tiled walls, wood beams, and wide-plank floors. The restaurant’s name, which translates to "the Silver Mirror," serves locally sourced ingredients, such as Zeeland mussels, North Sea shrimp, and Dutch beef, with a contemporary flair; the award-winning wine list includes some 225 bottles from around the world. Order à la carte or try one of the tasting menus, which run from four to seven courses and are priced from €49.95 to €79.95 (about $60 to $95) without wine.
On bustling Reguliersdwarsstraat—a street filled with gay cafés and clubs—Lion Noir stands out for its sophisticated, French-tinged menu and wildly eclectic, nature-inspired decor. The dual-level restaurant’s deep-green interior is accented with assorted taxidermy, framed tapestries of forest scenes, tiny animal skeletons, and birdcages; over the working fireplace presides a large stuffed peacock. The casual first-floor bar is a cozy spot for cocktails and light bites; upstairs offers a more extensive menu of seafood and meat entrées, priced around €25 ($30). The garden terrace, open seasonally, is a calm oasis.
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Lion Noir
28 Reguliersdwarsstraat
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On bustling Reguliersdwarsstraat—a street filled with gay cafés and clubs—Lion Noir stands out for its sophisticated, French-tinged menu and wildly eclectic, nature-inspired decor. The dual-level restaurant’s deep-green interior is accented with assorted taxidermy, framed tapestries of forest scenes, tiny animal skeletons, and birdcages; over the working fireplace presides a large stuffed peacock. The casual first-floor bar is a cozy spot for cocktails and light bites; upstairs offers a more extensive menu of seafood and meat entrées, priced around €25 ($30). The garden terrace, open seasonally, is a calm oasis.
Overlooking Dam Square, this sumptuous white-and-gilt dining room—the oldest in Amsterdam (it dates back to 1885)—is the setting for chef Jacob Jan Boerma’s strikingly innovative cooking. Creative flavor combinations artfully balancing acidity and spice are evident in dishes like tartare of dorade, dressed with lime and olive oil and dotted with fresh wasabi and cucumber granita. The list of mostly biodynamic wines, assembled by talented young sommelier Isabel van Bueren, features some surprisingly interesting and lesser-known labels. Dinner tasting menus are four, six, or eight courses, priced from €65 to €105 ($76 to $124); lunch has two- and three-course tasting menus priced at €32.50.
Restaurant The White Room
9 Dam
Overlooking Dam Square, this sumptuous white-and-gilt dining room—the oldest in Amsterdam (it dates back to 1885)—is the setting for chef Jacob Jan Boerma’s strikingly innovative cooking. Creative flavor combinations artfully balancing acidity and spice are evident in dishes like tartare of dorade, dressed with lime and olive oil and dotted with fresh wasabi and cucumber granita. The list of mostly biodynamic wines, assembled by talented young sommelier Isabel van Bueren, features some surprisingly interesting and lesser-known labels. Dinner tasting menus are four, six, or eight courses, priced from €65 to €105 ($76 to $124); lunch has two- and three-course tasting menus priced at €32.50.
By day, the low-slung leather chairs and chesterfield sofas at this spacious bar-restaurant in the trendy Hoxton hotel on the Herengracht canal belong to the laptop-and-coffee crowd. By night, the same lofty, mod-chic space morphs into a buzzy but sophisticated spot for drinks and bites. If you’d prefer a proper table, the restaurant area at the back—with a retractable roof that opens on temperate days—serves an Italian-influenced menu; it’s especially popular for weekend brunch.
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Lotti's Cafe Bar & Grill
255 Herengracht
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By day, the low-slung leather chairs and chesterfield sofas at this spacious bar-restaurant in the trendy Hoxton hotel on the Herengracht canal belong to the laptop-and-coffee crowd. By night, the same lofty, mod-chic space morphs into a buzzy but sophisticated spot for drinks and bites. If you’d prefer a proper table, the restaurant area at the back—with a retractable roof that opens on temperate days—serves an Italian-influenced menu; it’s especially popular for weekend brunch.
A recent addition to the Rembrandtplein, one of the city’s busiest nightlife squares, is Amsterdam’s first street-art restaurant—where you can drink and dine surrounded by canvases from the world’s top graffiti artists. Befitting its name (De Bajes is Dutch slang for “the prison”), the space has an industrial vibe, with gray floors, black ceilings and railings, and monochromatic furnishings—all punctuated by bright, riotous wall graphics from the likes of D*Face, Ben Eine, and the London Police. There’s a wide selection of craft beer, gin, and other spirits; the menu skews casual, with sandwiches, salads, and plenty of snacks and shareable plates.
De Bajes
11 Utrechtsestraat
A recent addition to the Rembrandtplein, one of the city’s busiest nightlife squares, is Amsterdam’s first street-art restaurant—where you can drink and dine surrounded by canvases from the world’s top graffiti artists. Befitting its name (De Bajes is Dutch slang for “the prison”), the space has an industrial vibe, with gray floors, black ceilings and railings, and monochromatic furnishings—all punctuated by bright, riotous wall graphics from the likes of D*Face, Ben Eine, and the London Police. There’s a wide selection of craft beer, gin, and other spirits; the menu skews casual, with sandwiches, salads, and plenty of snacks and shareable plates.
Essentials
Albert Heijn is the most popular supermarket in Amsterdam
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AH Gulden Winckelplantsoen
5 Gulden Winckelplantsoen
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Albert Heijn is the most popular supermarket in Amsterdam
Dirk is a supermarket chain that operates 110 stores in the Netherlands.
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Dirk van den Broek
1 Bos en Lommerplein
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Dirk is a supermarket chain that operates 110 stores in the Netherlands.
Vomar Voordeelmarkt is an independent supermarket chain in the Netherlands. The chain has 64 stores in The Netherlands.
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Vomar Supermarket
13-17 Gulden Winckelplantsoen
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Vomar Voordeelmarkt is an independent supermarket chain in the Netherlands. The chain has 64 stores in The Netherlands.
Fitness4me XL
92 Bos en Lommerplein
Closest hospital.
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OLVG, location West
164 Jan Tooropstraat
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Closest hospital.
Consultations with GP, small surgical interventions, medical diagnostic and analysis and physician's visits at your residence are the services Amsterdam Tourist Doctors offer as part of 24/7 medical care at an affordable price.
Amsterdam Tourist Doctors
8 Nieuwe Passeerdersstraat
Consultations with GP, small surgical interventions, medical diagnostic and analysis and physician's visits at your residence are the services Amsterdam Tourist Doctors offer as part of 24/7 medical care at an affordable price.
Arts & Culture
Step into Van Gogh's world. Explore the world’s largest collection of works by Vincent van Gogh at the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam.
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พิพิธภัณฑ์แวนโก๊ะห์
6 Museumplein
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Step into Van Gogh's world. Explore the world’s largest collection of works by Vincent van Gogh at the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam.
The Anne Frank House is a writer's house and biographical museum dedicated to Jewish wartime diarist Anne Frank. The building is located on a canal called the Prinsengracht, close to the Westerkerk, in central Amsterdam in the Netherlands.
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อันเนอ ฟรังค์ เฮ้าส์
263-267 Prinsengracht
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The Anne Frank House is a writer's house and biographical museum dedicated to Jewish wartime diarist Anne Frank. The building is located on a canal called the Prinsengracht, close to the Westerkerk, in central Amsterdam in the Netherlands.
The Rijksmuseum, which in English means – The State Museum, exists for more that two hundred years and today belongs to the most breathtaking museums in the world. During its existence, the museum went through many transformations and remains now, especially after its complete renovation, the attraction you should not miss during your trip to the Netherlands.
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พิพิธภัณฑ์แห่งชาติแห่งอัมสเตอร์ดัม
1 Museumstraat
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The Rijksmuseum, which in English means – The State Museum, exists for more that two hundred years and today belongs to the most breathtaking museums in the world. During its existence, the museum went through many transformations and remains now, especially after its complete renovation, the attraction you should not miss during your trip to the Netherlands.
The Heineken Experience, located in Amsterdam, is the historic brewery of the world-famous Dutch beer, Heineken. It now hosts a museum with the image of the famous beer that goes through all conceptual stages.
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Heineken Experience
78 Stadhouderskade
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The Heineken Experience, located in Amsterdam, is the historic brewery of the world-famous Dutch beer, Heineken. It now hosts a museum with the image of the famous beer that goes through all conceptual stages.
Everyone from Gustav Mahler and Louis Armstrong to Led Zeppelin and Sting has graced the stage of this gilded neoclassical concert hall, which dates from 1888. The building has three theaters, but top billing goes to the 1,974-seat Main Hall, a grand, white-walled space that’s renowned for its superb acoustics. Home to the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, the venue hosts primarily classical-music performances, but there are also occasional jazz and pop shows. If you’re short on cash, free lunchtime concerts take place every Wednesday (except in July and August). Or sign up for a 75-minute guided tour (in English) for €10 (about $12).
Concertgebouworkest
51 Jacob Obrechtstraat
Everyone from Gustav Mahler and Louis Armstrong to Led Zeppelin and Sting has graced the stage of this gilded neoclassical concert hall, which dates from 1888. The building has three theaters, but top billing goes to the 1,974-seat Main Hall, a grand, white-walled space that’s renowned for its superb acoustics. Home to the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, the venue hosts primarily classical-music performances, but there are also occasional jazz and pop shows. If you’re short on cash, free lunchtime concerts take place every Wednesday (except in July and August). Or sign up for a 75-minute guided tour (in English) for €10 (about $12).
tep inside the Eye Film Institute to discover an homage to international cinema replete with interactive displays and perched like an ivory spaceship ready for launch on the northern bank of the IJ River. The striking facility, accessible via a free ferry from the main train station, houses four movie-screening rooms, a museum shop, and an exhibit space showcasing the works of masters like Fellini and Kubrick. Topping the contemporary structure is the eye-popping Eye Bar-Restaurant, where you can wash down a plate of bitterballen with beer on tap while musing about cinematography. On sunny days, a spacious terrace beckons.
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Eye Film Museum
1 IJpromenade
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tep inside the Eye Film Institute to discover an homage to international cinema replete with interactive displays and perched like an ivory spaceship ready for launch on the northern bank of the IJ River. The striking facility, accessible via a free ferry from the main train station, houses four movie-screening rooms, a museum shop, and an exhibit space showcasing the works of masters like Fellini and Kubrick. Topping the contemporary structure is the eye-popping Eye Bar-Restaurant, where you can wash down a plate of bitterballen with beer on tap while musing about cinematography. On sunny days, a spacious terrace beckons.
Entertainment & Activities
Stroll among the shady trees, admire the diversity of plants and animals, travel to the stars, enjoy our heritage. Visit ARTIS Amsterdam Royal Zoo and experience nature right in the city centre.
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ARTIS
38-40 Plantage Kerklaan
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Stroll among the shady trees, admire the diversity of plants and animals, travel to the stars, enjoy our heritage. Visit ARTIS Amsterdam Royal Zoo and experience nature right in the city centre.
With its flamboyant facade, art deco foyer, and main hall outfitted with love seats and private boxes, the Pathé Tuschinski Cinema makes going to the movies a romantic affair. Framed by ornate twin towers, the historic building between the Munttoren (mint tower) and Rembrandtplein was constructed by Polish immigrant Abraham Tuschinski, a Jewish tailor who capitalized on a new craze. The imposing 1,200-seat theater mixes art deco elements with Dutch Amsterdam School style, art nouveau, and Tuschinski's own taste. Today, Hollywood blockbusters are screened in the theater, now operated by Pathé. In the main hall, snuggle up in love seats or order wine and a meal from a private box.
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Pathé Tuschinski
26-34 Reguliersbreestraat
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With its flamboyant facade, art deco foyer, and main hall outfitted with love seats and private boxes, the Pathé Tuschinski Cinema makes going to the movies a romantic affair. Framed by ornate twin towers, the historic building between the Munttoren (mint tower) and Rembrandtplein was constructed by Polish immigrant Abraham Tuschinski, a Jewish tailor who capitalized on a new craze. The imposing 1,200-seat theater mixes art deco elements with Dutch Amsterdam School style, art nouveau, and Tuschinski's own taste. Today, Hollywood blockbusters are screened in the theater, now operated by Pathé. In the main hall, snuggle up in love seats or order wine and a meal from a private box.
Drinks & Nightlife
Much of Amsterdam's nightlife centres around Leidseplein and the streets nearby. Famous music venues such as Melkweg and Paradiso can be found here, while Irish pubs, brown cafés and smaller nightclubs line the square and the streets radiating off it. For a classy night out, the city theatre, the Stadsschouwburg, sits directly opposite the tram stop on the square itself.
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Leidseplein
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Much of Amsterdam's nightlife centres around Leidseplein and the streets nearby. Famous music venues such as Melkweg and Paradiso can be found here, while Irish pubs, brown cafés and smaller nightclubs line the square and the streets radiating off it. For a classy night out, the city theatre, the Stadsschouwburg, sits directly opposite the tram stop on the square itself.
Rembrandtplein is one of the busiest squares in the city, at least when it comes to nightlife and clubbing. Originally a butter and dairy market, Rembrandtplein has long left its farm friendly origins behind and these days you are far more likely to find yourself enjoying a latte on the terrace of a café than buying milk from a farmer.
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Rembrandtplein
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Rembrandtplein is one of the busiest squares in the city, at least when it comes to nightlife and clubbing. Originally a butter and dairy market, Rembrandtplein has long left its farm friendly origins behind and these days you are far more likely to find yourself enjoying a latte on the terrace of a café than buying milk from a farmer.
Unlike in many European cities, the craft-cocktail movement is just catching fire in Amsterdam. This swanky watering hole, tucked inside the historic, canal-fronted Pulitzer Amsterdam hotel, is one of the best examples. The vibe is vintage gentlemen’s club, befitting its 17th-century-canal-house setting: Comfy leather armchairs, antique furnishings, deep-green walls lined with books, oil portraits of stern Dutch ancestors, and a roaring fireplace. Its cozy, candlelit nooks are ideal for a clandestine beverage. Or grab a stool at the long wood bar and watch the suspendered, bow-tied bartenders whip up signature updates of classic cocktails, like an old-fashioned made with jenever (Dutch gin),
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Pulitzer's Bar
234 Keizersgracht
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Unlike in many European cities, the craft-cocktail movement is just catching fire in Amsterdam. This swanky watering hole, tucked inside the historic, canal-fronted Pulitzer Amsterdam hotel, is one of the best examples. The vibe is vintage gentlemen’s club, befitting its 17th-century-canal-house setting: Comfy leather armchairs, antique furnishings, deep-green walls lined with books, oil portraits of stern Dutch ancestors, and a roaring fireplace. Its cozy, candlelit nooks are ideal for a clandestine beverage. Or grab a stool at the long wood bar and watch the suspendered, bow-tied bartenders whip up signature updates of classic cocktails, like an old-fashioned made with jenever (Dutch gin),
Nestled in the heart of Flevopark, a sprawling green space in the eastern corner of the city, this distillery and tasting room serves around 100 different jenevers, vodkas, and liqueurs—all made on-site in a restored 19th-century pump house. Exotic liqueur flavors, many of which are based on age-old recipes, include Rose Without Thorns (which has infusions of rose and geranium petals) and Kraamanijs (a blend of anise, coriander, and fennel). There's also beer, wine, and cider on offer. In the warm months, the terrace is a tranquil setting for a drink, bordered by a pond, fruit trees, and an herb garden.
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Distillery 't Nieuwe Diep
13a Flevopark
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Nestled in the heart of Flevopark, a sprawling green space in the eastern corner of the city, this distillery and tasting room serves around 100 different jenevers, vodkas, and liqueurs—all made on-site in a restored 19th-century pump house. Exotic liqueur flavors, many of which are based on age-old recipes, include Rose Without Thorns (which has infusions of rose and geranium petals) and Kraamanijs (a blend of anise, coriander, and fennel). There's also beer, wine, and cider on offer. In the warm months, the terrace is a tranquil setting for a drink, bordered by a pond, fruit trees, and an herb garden.
This funky spot stands out among Amsterdam’s many urban "beach bars." You can laze away a sunny afternoon at one of the picnic tables or chairs set up on a wide stretch of sand. Cocktails and beer slake your thirst, while decent pulled-pork tacos, burgers, and poke bowls keep hunger at bay. If the weather isn’t agreeable, the café—located inside a converted warehouse—strikes all the right hipster notes: Think distressed, graffitied concrete walls; leather sofas; vintage television sets; and groovy lighting. An adjacent warehouse hosts all sorts of events, from flea markets to film screenings to dance parties.
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Amsterdam Roest
1 Jacob Bontiusplaats
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This funky spot stands out among Amsterdam’s many urban "beach bars." You can laze away a sunny afternoon at one of the picnic tables or chairs set up on a wide stretch of sand. Cocktails and beer slake your thirst, while decent pulled-pork tacos, burgers, and poke bowls keep hunger at bay. If the weather isn’t agreeable, the café—located inside a converted warehouse—strikes all the right hipster notes: Think distressed, graffitied concrete walls; leather sofas; vintage television sets; and groovy lighting. An adjacent warehouse hosts all sorts of events, from flea markets to film screenings to dance parties.
With its relatively low skyline, Amsterdam doesn’t have many rooftop bars; this one, seven stories up on peak of the Volkshotel, offers a panoramic look at the city from both its spacious, windowed interior and its generously sized terrace. By day, it’s a quiet spot for breakfast and lunch; come early evening, it shifts into lively post-work-cocktail mode, with young Amsterdammers flocking here for the excellent sunset views and affordable drinks. On Fridays and Saturdays from 11 p.m. until the wee hours, the space transforms into a throbbing nightclub, with DJs spinning a mix of house and disco.
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Canvas
150 Wibautstraat
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With its relatively low skyline, Amsterdam doesn’t have many rooftop bars; this one, seven stories up on peak of the Volkshotel, offers a panoramic look at the city from both its spacious, windowed interior and its generously sized terrace. By day, it’s a quiet spot for breakfast and lunch; come early evening, it shifts into lively post-work-cocktail mode, with young Amsterdammers flocking here for the excellent sunset views and affordable drinks. On Fridays and Saturdays from 11 p.m. until the wee hours, the space transforms into a throbbing nightclub, with DJs spinning a mix of house and disco.
Wynand Fockink founded his namesake distillery on this narrow alleyway off Dam Square in 1724 (and the building is even older, dating to 1679); some 70 varieties of jenever (Dutch gin), fruit brandy, and liqueur are still produced here today. In the small, beautifully preserved tasting tavern you can learn about—and more importantly, sample—both oude (old) and jonge (young) jenevers, as well as classic Dutch liqueurs like Bruidstranen (bride’s tears), an orange-flavored cordial with flakes of silver and 22-karat gold. Let the bartenders guide you on the traditional method: Bend down and slurp from the tulip-shaped glass—no hands allowed! You can also sign up for a one-hour tasting session.
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Wynand Fockink Proeflokaal and Spirits
31 Pijlsteeg
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Wynand Fockink founded his namesake distillery on this narrow alleyway off Dam Square in 1724 (and the building is even older, dating to 1679); some 70 varieties of jenever (Dutch gin), fruit brandy, and liqueur are still produced here today. In the small, beautifully preserved tasting tavern you can learn about—and more importantly, sample—both oude (old) and jonge (young) jenevers, as well as classic Dutch liqueurs like Bruidstranen (bride’s tears), an orange-flavored cordial with flakes of silver and 22-karat gold. Let the bartenders guide you on the traditional method: Bend down and slurp from the tulip-shaped glass—no hands allowed! You can also sign up for a one-hour tasting session.
Hop on the free ferry from the city’s Central Station for the 15-minute ride to the NDSM wharf, an old shipyard that’s transformed into a hipster haven with restaurants, bars, and artists' studios. The waterfront “beach bar” Pllek is a popular spot here; built out of old shipping containers, the soaring, dual-level space has an industrial vibe, with corrugated-metal walls warmed by bright artwork, an indoor fireplace, and huge windows looking out over the IJ River. But it’s the man-made beach that draws crowds in warm weather, with comfy beanbags and loungers where you can while away the afternoon. There’s a nice selection of beer and wine; the food is simple but surprisingly good.
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Pllek
59 T.T. Neveritaweg
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Hop on the free ferry from the city’s Central Station for the 15-minute ride to the NDSM wharf, an old shipyard that’s transformed into a hipster haven with restaurants, bars, and artists' studios. The waterfront “beach bar” Pllek is a popular spot here; built out of old shipping containers, the soaring, dual-level space has an industrial vibe, with corrugated-metal walls warmed by bright artwork, an indoor fireplace, and huge windows looking out over the IJ River. But it’s the man-made beach that draws crowds in warm weather, with comfy beanbags and loungers where you can while away the afternoon. There’s a nice selection of beer and wine; the food is simple but surprisingly good.
The trendy Amsterdam-Noord district is home to the city’s newest outpost of the famed burger joint called the Butcher. Set inside the hip designer hotel Sir Adam, the sprawling, dual-level space is pure fun, with table tennis, pinball, billiards, and live DJs five nights a week. Open 24 hours on Fridays and Saturdays, and until 1 a.m. Sundays through Thursdays, this is where you’ll find chic young locals devouring gourmet burgers and fries and sipping fancy cocktails. The waterfront terrace offers excellent views of the IJ River. It’s a free five-minute ferry ride to the restaurant from Amsterdam’s main train station.
THE BUTCHER Social Club
7 Overhoeksplein
The trendy Amsterdam-Noord district is home to the city’s newest outpost of the famed burger joint called the Butcher. Set inside the hip designer hotel Sir Adam, the sprawling, dual-level space is pure fun, with table tennis, pinball, billiards, and live DJs five nights a week. Open 24 hours on Fridays and Saturdays, and until 1 a.m. Sundays through Thursdays, this is where you’ll find chic young locals devouring gourmet burgers and fries and sipping fancy cocktails. The waterfront terrace offers excellent views of the IJ River. It’s a free five-minute ferry ride to the restaurant from Amsterdam’s main train station.
Unexpected surprises abound in Amsterdam. On the city's east side, you'll find one denoted by a tall windmill: Brouwerij 't IJ (the IJ Brewery), a small brewery and pub situated in the former Funen bathhouse, next to the De Gooyer windmill. Opened in1985 by former musician Kaspar Peterson, Brouweij 't Ij prides itself on a large selection of unfiltered, non-pasteurized beers and seasonal offerings. All are certified organic and made on the premises. Belly up to the bar next to the big mill and order your beer from a chilled tank. Follow the scent of hops onto the large outdoor terrace, where you can enjoy your brew with an order of peanuts, boiled eggs, abbey-made cheese, salami...
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Brouwerij 't IJ
7 Funenkade
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Unexpected surprises abound in Amsterdam. On the city's east side, you'll find one denoted by a tall windmill: Brouwerij 't IJ (the IJ Brewery), a small brewery and pub situated in the former Funen bathhouse, next to the De Gooyer windmill. Opened in1985 by former musician Kaspar Peterson, Brouweij 't Ij prides itself on a large selection of unfiltered, non-pasteurized beers and seasonal offerings. All are certified organic and made on the premises. Belly up to the bar next to the big mill and order your beer from a chilled tank. Follow the scent of hops onto the large outdoor terrace, where you can enjoy your brew with an order of peanuts, boiled eggs, abbey-made cheese, salami...
With just a few tables and a handful of barstools, this bar may be tiny, but it packs a lot of character into its diminutive space. Walls are decorated floor-to-ceiling with a mix of beer posters and racy street art; at the small wood bar, eight curving brass taps dispense top-notch Belgian-style draughts like La Chouffe and La Trappe. Around 50 specialty beers are also available by the bottle, many of them rare craft brews. During evenings, the bar even manages to squeeze in a DJ, who spins funky old-school jazz.
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Cafe Belgique
2 Gravenstraat
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With just a few tables and a handful of barstools, this bar may be tiny, but it packs a lot of character into its diminutive space. Walls are decorated floor-to-ceiling with a mix of beer posters and racy street art; at the small wood bar, eight curving brass taps dispense top-notch Belgian-style draughts like La Chouffe and La Trappe. Around 50 specialty beers are also available by the bottle, many of them rare craft brews. During evenings, the bar even manages to squeeze in a DJ, who spins funky old-school jazz.
Sightseeing
The central square of Amsterdam with important points of interest around one big square - the Palace of The Queen, the monument of freedom National Monument), a beautiful protestant church – Nieuwekerk and an elegant department store De Bijenkorf.
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Dam Square
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The central square of Amsterdam with important points of interest around one big square - the Palace of The Queen, the monument of freedom National Monument), a beautiful protestant church – Nieuwekerk and an elegant department store De Bijenkorf.
It is very likely that you have heard about this neighbourhood and to be frank, everything you have heard is probably true. From brothels to sex shops to museums, the Amsterdam Red Light District has it all. But contrary to what a lot of people might think, the Amsterdam Red Light District has a very friendly atmosphere and isn't as dangerous as it used to be.
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Red Light District Tours
28 Saenredamstraat
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It is very likely that you have heard about this neighbourhood and to be frank, everything you have heard is probably true. From brothels to sex shops to museums, the Amsterdam Red Light District has it all. But contrary to what a lot of people might think, the Amsterdam Red Light District has a very friendly atmosphere and isn't as dangerous as it used to be.