Amsterdam City Guide

Hey dears – Here is a little guide for fun!

Visit the famous flower market!

Really worth a visit! Especially in spring! SO BEAUTIFUL! Just go and see yourself.

Shopping-time in the 9er Streets

This is where you really should go! Vintage shopping, lovely cafes and a great breakfast restaurant called PANCAKES AMSTERDAM! There you find the bestest pancakes ever ever and you can have them with whatever you want, from raspberries to salmon. IF YOU LIKE PANCAKES. GO THERE.

A romantic evening walk in the city

You really should do this when you visit the city, the lights and all the bridges ( there are over 1000 bridges there) This is so romantic and beautiful. Great date idea.

Go to the Red Light District

Although it is very crowded, loud and there is a special special energy. It is worth a visit. Because it is not really something you see in other countries. You have to take a look at it. I personally was first a bit shocked  It is in the middle of the city, really really the centre and if it is too much for you than just two streets on each side and you’re back in the “normal” streets.

Food

Coffee & Breakfast 

  • Beans and Bagels is a great way to start your day
  • I also loved Coffee Company’s which is the Dutch answer to Starbucks and very popular in Amsterdam,; they have a great caramel cappuccino and soya milk is quite normal.

  • As mentioned before the pancakes Amsterdam restaurant in the 9er streets for a great start in the day (but you have to be early there – meaning no later than 10.00 AM) 
  • You should also check out the Starbucks the bank in Amsterdam at the Rembrandtplein. It is the biggest starbucks in Europe and very stylish. 
  • Great with kids is this place –  the Bakkerswinkel and perfect with a bit older kids – the KinderkookKafé – yep your kids will make your food :) great (bad weather) idea! 
  • The cafe Tisfris next to the Waterlooplein -market is the place to be in Amsterdam 😉 The cafe in the middle of the city is really popular and also a bit expensive. But the sandwiches are great and the staff is kind.

Lunch

  • The Burgermeester is really THE ADRESS for burgers and really in a delicious way. Great meat and no french fries 😀 but you can have a whole potato or corn. Really good! 
  • You’ll find very good fries on the Rembrandtplein. There are a lot of options and yes it’s very touristic, but sometimes you just need the full dose!;) And please order the Knoflooksaus (garlic sauce).

Dinner

Lovely to eat organic here at the greenhouse. Restaurant De Kas serves organic and healthy dishes with the emphasis on fresh produce. It is very special and also a bit expensive.

I heard of Blauw for good traditional Indonesian cuisine and I was there to confirm the rumors. Gosh this was really yummie! You should order the ricetable vegetarian or meat if you eat.

Italian food is great at Ristorante Pizzeria Le 4 Stagioni, Johannes Verhulststraat 32 – 1071 NE Amsterdam / tel. +31 (0) 20 6620071 – Kitchen open daily from 17.00 – 23.00 hours – Reservations taken up to a day before

Pure food is also great at the Restaurant As Prinses Irenestraat 19 1077 WT Amsterdam – Open: Tue-Sun 19.00-22.00 – lunch  12.00-15.00

and now it’s summertime so go for the best terraces in town

For waterside views try Café van Zuylen’s sprawling terrace on the Singel. De Jaren offers two levels of outdoor tables for great views of the Amstel, while the terrace at Zouthaven makes you feel like you’re floating in the middle of the IJ. REALLY NICE!!!!!

  • The Nieuwmarkt is circled by bars and cafés with outdoor seating, including elegant In de Waag. 
  • The Vondelpark is a perfect destination for a long lazy afternoon. The park has four cafés with large terraces, including Blauetheehuijs. And in Winkel the Dutch say that there is the best apple pie in town.

Other activities

Hema

If you do not yet know it be sure to go! It is so lovely. You find quite good sandwiches for 2 euros (!) and washitape as well as party deco stuff and beautiful kids clothes. It is really a everything-shop.

Grachtenfahrt

Also known as the Venice of the North you can have a good time on the water while on your Grachtenfahrt. 

Go dutch and rent a bike

They bycicle everywhere in The Netherlands, especially in Amsterdam. It is called the city of bikes. And it is really fun to do. If you have an opportunity you should do. If you have kids, than you can take them in the bakfiets around the city. It is fun! Important side note: Most of the rentals do not have helmets, so you can bring your own for your little ones. The next picture is a bakfiets.

Museum

There are so many museums. Visit the Van Gogh Museum, the Anne Frank Museum is also very popular and also the Rembrandt’s House. Also interesting the Hermitage Museum and the Tassenmuseum. Here is a list of all the museums. 

For your kids

  • Do you want to play in the city? Visit the Osterpark. There is a big playground and it is lovely! Another idea is the Tunfun Indoor Playground – where kids can play and you have a good coffee and read some newspaper.
  • For the older kids – visit Nemo Science Center, must be very interesting. We did not go, cause our baby is only one year old, but they really say it is a must if you have a bit older children. Also are there so many museums, so you should go in one or two 😉

Flea market Waterlooplein

Crazy Crazy Waterlooplein Market. Here are a few vintage funds and crazy stuff for sure. Some of the shop owners look like they are still in the 70ies. It is fun to go !

What: clothes, vintage stuff, bikes, art and more – When: Mo – Fr 09.00 – 17.00 h

Best side trips

  • Go to Bergen an Zee and Zandvoort. These two are very beautiful places close to the beach. In Bergen an Zee you have a lot of tulip fields. Soooo beautiful to see. Also very famous (and quite touristy) is the Keukenhof. Here you see Bergen an Zee. The tulips are so beautiful! You should really go in spring! 

And this Zaandvort. Also a magical place. There are a few nice cafes at the beach and the places are often so child-friendly! 

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