Which is the most beautiful part of Amsterdam? Where is it best to stroll, shop and eat? We are back, with great tips in the luggage.
Sweet neighborhood 9 Straatjes (named after the nine streets that make up this district) is criss-crossed by the Prinsengracht, Herengracht and Keizersgracht, making it the perfect choice for a leisurely shopping spree followed by a visit to the café. The typical Dutch townhouses make up the special flair of the neighborhood, but the 9 Straatjes also house great shops such as the Marie-Stella Maris beauty shop (Keizersgracht 357HS), the Marqt (Wolvenstraat 32) supermarket chain with its tasty organic produce or the interior and concept store Ko (Wolvenstraat 9) a few doors down. Or do we want to eat something first? Ree7 (Reestraat 7) serves delicious breakfasts and lunches.
“The Night Watch” by Rembrandt, Vermeer’s “Maidservant with Milk Jug”, Frans Hals’ “Portrait of a Young Couple”: The Rijksmuseum Amsterdam is the best place to admire the world-famous paintings of the Dutch “Golden Age”. You can see around 8,000 exhibits – time flies by in this museum like in flight!
Cities compete with Amsterdam around the world when it comes to the number of bridges … New York, Hamburg, Los Angeles and Vienna are in the lead. Which city may really celebrate as the “bridge queen of the world”, probably no one knows exactly – but it is undisputed that Amsterdam is crossed by 165 canals. And on a boat trip, the city can be explored quite differently than on foot. Super: Some boat tour companies allow passengers to bring their own food. So wrap up a bit of cheese and a bottle of wine, sit back and let yourself be swept through the city. Provider can be found at www.iamsterdam.com .
Fancy a bit of green and a picnic in the sun? In the Vondelpark (photo), it can be wonderfully depend and in the Hortus Botanicus stroll, one of the oldest botanical gardens in the world, with impressive greenhouses and avenues. And afterwards you can have a nice café around the corner in the beautiful Café-Restaurant De Plantage .
You love street food? Perfect location for it: the food halls (Bellamyplein 51). From mezze to burger to quinoa sushi – everyone will find their favorite food here. Are you looking for a cozy restaurant? Then off to the Kanarie Club . The brasserie is housed in a separate area of the food halls and offers great food at reasonable prices. Our favorite: goat’s cheese salad with beetroot, artichokes and chicory.
The center of Amsterdam’s nightlife is the Leidseplein with its sidewalk cafes, bars and clubs. Anyone who has scoured everything here can reach Rembrandtplein in just over 15 minutes, which is brought back to life by locals and tourists in the evening. And otherwise? Near the train station, the whiskey bar Caf é Zilt attracts with its huge selection – the counter people know each other and there is always something going on. In the beautiful bar Hiding in Plain Sight , you sit with luck on a leather couch and enjoy the celebrated cocktails – sometimes even with live music. In addition to theatrical performances and DJs, there’s also Sugarfactory, which brings both international stars and young talents to the stage.
Stop, stop, no one leaves the city without eating a pancake! Because it would be a great pity if you had not visited any of the traditional Dutch pancake houses – for example the De Carrousel , where you can choose between sweet and salty. And for dessert, there are delicious poffertjes and waffles …
The Albert Cuypmarkt boasts of being the largest outdoor market in Europe – and has been offering everything from fashion to fruits, vegetables, fabrics, flowers and jewelery to home accessories and souvenirs since 1905. Great for strolling and enjoying!
The Anne Frank House brings you closer to the life of the Jewish girl who spent 761 days hiding with her family and four other Jews in a back house from the Nazis until the inhabitants were betrayed. On August 4, 1944, all were arrested and deported by the Gestapo. Very depressing, very illuminating.
Enough of the bustle? In just 13 minutes you drove on the train from Amsterdam to Haarlem. The pretty little town has retained its medieval character with its cobblestone streets, pretty gabled houses, windmills, canals and drawbridges. Beautiful in spring: in the north and south of the town are huge flower fields full of tulips, crocuses, daffodils and hyacinths.
Amsterdam is full of sights …
… but we never manage to look at everything! Therefore, we have brought you from our city trip 10 special tips and more addresses that we recommend to you.