If there is any other city in Europe quite as alluring as Amsterdam then I’d love to hear about it. Amsterdam has all the charm of a small town with all the benefits of a large capital. Here’s everything you should try to see and do in Amsterdam to make the most of your time here!
1. Eat Patatje Oorlog from any “snackbar”
Not just any frites – but frites with mayonnaise, sate sauce and onions. A feast for the eyes AND tastebuds.
2. Cruise the Canals
Nothing could be more iconic than to cruise the canals of Amsterdam – after all, this city is best seen from the waterways!
3. Visit the Anne Frank House
A visit to the Anne Frank House is an absolute must for visitors to Amsterdam. The museum is informative and touching – a strong reminder that in order to change history, we need to understand it.
4. Meander the streets of Jordaan
Arguably the best neighbourhood in Amsterdam and full of charming boutiques, Jordaan is a great area to spend a few hours.
5. Stroll through Vondelpark
This city is full of gorgeous parks but none more so than Vondelpark – the most popular park in the city.
If you go to just one museum in Amsterdam, make it Rijksmuseum. The exterior of the building is just as impressive as the collections inside.
7. Van Gogh Museum
For Van Gogh fans, there really is no way you can come to Amsterdam without stopping in at the museum which hold’s the largest number of his works.
8. Walk over Magere Brug
Translated as skinny bridge, this is recognised as Amsterdam’s most romantic bridge.
9. Eat Cheese from De Kaaskamer van Amsterdam
Because you’ll find any and all varieties of cheese here. Seriously, it should be dubbed some sort of monument of national importance or something.
10. Visit the Flower Market
Located on the edge of a canal, the flower market is enjoyable throughout the year but especially so in tulip season!
11. Visit a “cafe”
Yep, you know what I mean. “Cafes” in Amsterdam are where mostly tourists go to smoke up and take benefit of the relaxed attitude the Dutch have to the plant. If it isn’t your thing, don’t worry. A real (drug free) cafe in Jordaan will suffice (caffeine works just as good for most of us!)
12. Eat Poffertjes from The Pancake Bakery
You know those mini pancakes covered in butter and sugar that you’ve tried at a local fair? Here’s the real deal!
13. Walk through Dam Square
You can’t go far in Amsterdam without crossing through the main public square at least once or twice.
14. Ride a bike through the city for the day
Do as the locals do and hop on two wheels to make your way around the city for the day. Just don’t run anyone over and stick to the bike lanes (trust me, it happens!)
15. See the Red Light District
Even if you just pass through to say you’ve been there, done that. Yep, it really is as there and still somehow alive and thriving.
16. Try the Heineken Experience
If you’re into your beer, then you’ll be delighted to know the headquarters of Heineken are located here and as such, you can try the full experience.
17. Skate the Canals in winter
If you’re visiting Amsterdam during the colder months this is the only way to see the canals!
18. Try a walking tour of the city
When you’re travelling, what is better than “FREE”? Try a Sandeman’s New Amsterdam Tour for free and learn much more about the city than you can learn from a brochure.
19. Visit Albert Cuypmarkt
Do as the locals do and head to Amsterdam’s most popular street market: Albert Cuypmarkt.
20. Shop for Clogs
Because… clogs. Because… Amsterdam.