The Complete Hipster Guide to Amsterdam

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Hipster Guide to Amsterdam: Neighbourhoods

Amsterdam centres itself around a glorious canal ring that presents the perfect opportunity to get lost. Make your way to each of these neighbourhoods to get a real local’s insight into the many personalities of this fascinating city!

My Fave Hoods

Jordaan – Easily the hippest hood of them all, Jordaan is full of quirky cafes, bespoke boutiques and a myriad of concept stores to work your way around.

Oud-West – Outside of the centre of town, my favourite neighbourhood to wander around at leisure (particularly on weekends when the locals are too wandering) is Oud-West. The accommodation is a little cheaper here, making it a great alternative if you plan to cycle in to the centre each day (just don’t forget where you parked your bike!) A couple of my favourite eateries are here also, including the super hipster Vegan Junk Food Bar (which sells food as the name suggests).

De Pijp – This neighbourhood centres itself around the most iconic market in Amsterdam; Albert Cuyp Markt, which operates daily. Around this area you will also find some of the best brunch spots in Amsterdam, including my personal favourite; Little Collins. 

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Where to Stay

Small boutique hotels & Air BnB’s are where you’ll find the most authentic Amsterdam experience

The Pullitzer Hotel – As one of my most memorable hotel stays the world over, I cannot recommend this place highly enough. Housed in old canal house mansions, the owners of the Pullitzer Hotel have been acquiring neighbouring real estate for decades and building an iconic luxe hotel with a uniquely boutique feel.

The Dylan – Overlooking the Keizersgracht canal is this extremely swanky, NYC inspired hotel with a strong design focus. Both the Dyland and the Pullitzer share the forward-thinking approach to design in common, but The Dylan is a bit more of a secluded experience.

Hotel Estherea – If you’re into old school luxe, check yourself into this time-warp of a hotel that literally feels like you’ve stepped back a century in the most grand of scales.

Canal House – Another beautifully appointed central hotel is the Canal House, which is a little less swanky and a little more affordable.

Rent a House Boat – Still one of the most iconic experiences to have in Amsterdam is to rent a houseboat and lives like the artists of the city historically have (though now, this is some of Amsterdam’s most expensive real estate!)

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Getting Around the Attractions

Bikes reign supreme in Amsterdam

The Sights to See!


Anne Frank House


Van Gogh Museum

Dam Square


Heineken Experience (even if you don’t drink the stuff)

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Beyond the Attractions

Amsterdam is a city you just take a stroll in for entertainment

Vlaams Friteshuis Vleminckx – hands down the best frites in Amsterdam. Expect a line but know that it moves quickly.

De Drie Graefjes – charming little cake shop in the centre of town, down an alleyway that resembles diagon alley.

Vegan Junk Food Bar – even if you’re not a vegan you will LOVE this place. Greasy vegan goodness awaits!

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Museums Guide

The streets of Amsterdam are a living museum but this city is also home to some of the world’s most renowned museums, so be sure to allow 2-3 days for these indoor experiences!

Museums you can’t miss:

The Anne Frank House

Van Gogh Museum

The Rijksmuseum 

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Concept Stores

Boutiques are in abundance in Amsterdam, the secret is knowing where to go!





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Day Trip to Utrecht


The only thing more hipster than Amsterdam is visiting its’ cooler cousin; Utrecht. The easiest way to visit Utrecht is by train (30 mins), but if you’re smart you’ll make more than a day trip of it as the hotel prices are a fraction of the price!

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    Isabella Jones
    February 23, 2018 at 8:14 pm

    My fav place. Been to Amsterdam twice already, with family. Planning for another trip this summer. Going with friends this time. I remember crying the first time I visited the Anne Frank House. Still get goosebumps thinking about it.

    February 22, 2018 at 10:08 pm

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    February 20, 2018 at 2:31 am

    What mini tripod do you use for your camera? I’m on the hunt for a good one!

    Thank you!

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      February 21, 2018 at 4:38 pm

      Hello! Its a little manfrotto 🙂

    February 15, 2018 at 6:15 pm

    Amazing blog with a lot of good information and stunning pictures. This place looks so awesome in these pictures.

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    February 9, 2018 at 1:47 am

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    Velysia Zhang
    February 7, 2018 at 6:53 pm

    Thanks for the suggestions! Gonna check them out for sure especially Oud-West!

    February 7, 2018 at 6:19 pm

    Saved and bookmarked! I think this is enough for me and my friends before we leave for the city of fun this fall. I am so ready that even some of my bags are done, and I am just looking for tips and tricks that will ease my trip. I am sharing this with my squad so expect more comments from my folks! Cheers!

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    February 7, 2018 at 5:00 pm

    This guide is really very awesome, Hipsters are very fond of exploring these type of places and Amsterdam is the city which every traveller wants to visit.

    February 5, 2018 at 9:49 pm

    Love this! As a native Dutch, I must admit that the only thing I’ve done in Amsterdam is visiting the Van Gogh Museum. I’m definitely going to cross the other museums and restaurants off my list too 🙂

    February 2, 2018 at 11:35 pm

    I adore this post! We all pretend we hate hipsters, but secretly seek out hipster places. It’s time to celebrate this!

    Borders & Bucket Lists
    February 2, 2018 at 3:29 pm

    LOL wow I absolutely love that you made a HIPSTER guide to Amsterdam. Amazing. And the weirdest part was I did most of these things in Amsterdam without realizing they would be considered hipster!

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    February 2, 2018 at 12:36 am

    I am going to Amsterdam in April and I am so excited – especially after seeing this post! And I already had Utrecht on the agenda! xx

    Cassie Jo
    February 1, 2018 at 7:37 am

    love!! i have amsterdam open on my tabs forever hoping to make a stop one day!!! thank you!! looks so beautiful

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    February 1, 2018 at 5:41 am

    Your photographs taken my heart away, they are just awesome simply awesome. I will definitely visit Amsterdam. Thanks for this post.

    Anand Tiwari
    January 31, 2018 at 11:38 pm

    Very nice information.. i love this blog

    Tosh Bene
    January 31, 2018 at 1:37 am

    Great read, Brooke. I’m heading to The Netherlands in March for ten days and will be hitting up Amsterdam, Haarlem, Leiden, Lisse (maybe), Delft, Utrecht and Maastricht. Can’t wait! Super stoked!!! =) xo

    Anjum sharma
    January 31, 2018 at 12:04 am

    Nice Blog !!!

    January 30, 2018 at 10:32 pm

    I’m about to move to Amsterdam so I’m using this list for sure!

    January 30, 2018 at 8:49 pm

    Thank you for sharing this amazing pics of amsterdam. Images are looking so so beautiful.

    January 30, 2018 at 7:41 pm

    I’d love to go back to Amsterdam some day! I’ve come across some of your recommendations – they’re all so on point. Hopefully I can explore more of the cafes/neighbourhoods you’ve mentioned

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    January 30, 2018 at 5:00 pm

    Wow! you have given just another thing which forces me to visit this city. Amsterdam is my favorite city because it has every thing and more importantly there is every thing legal. Thanks for sharing this post.

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    January 30, 2018 at 4:49 pm

    Wow! Amazing photos collections. I just reading you reading your article thus because I inspired of your uploaded images.