Flights to Amsterdam (AMS)

Laidback and liberal, Amsterdam boasts a vibrant entertainment scene, vast green spaces, and some of the world's most famous museums.
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Amsterdam, Netherlands

What to do in Amsterdam

Visit Amsterdam's museums

Two of Amsterdam’s best museums – Rijksmuseum and the Stedelijk – were closed for nearly a decade for renovations. Today, both are back and better than before. Don’t miss the Stedelijk’s design booth or the Rijksmuseum’s famous Rembrandt, Night Watch, which is still in its original location at the heart of the museum.

Rijksmuseum
Museumstraat 1
1071 XX
+31 20 674 7045 
rijksmuseum.nl/en

Shop at Noordermarkt

One of the best ways to soak up the atmosphere of any big city is to explore its markets. Amsterdam is no exception, from the big and bustling Waterlooplein flea market to the famous Albert Cuypmarkt. For the most authentic experience, spend a Saturday morning mixing with the locals at the Noordermarkt in the Jordaan neighbourhood, which specialises in organic produce.

Noordermarkt
1015 MV
+31 20 551 2512
noordermarkt-amsterdam.nl/en

Learn about Van Gogh and Anne Frank

The Van Gogh Museum is a must-see for visitors to the city, which houses the largest collection of paintings by the legendary artist. It’s not the only museum in the city to add to your itinerary, though – the Anne Frank House, where the young diarist hid during the Second World War, is also fascinating.

Van Gogh Museum
Paulus Potterstraat 7
1071 CX
+31 20 570 5200
vangoghmuseum.nl/en

Go biking

Make like the locals, skip the cabs and explore the city by bike. There are loads of rentals, but if you really want to blend in, try the two-wheelers at Bike City, an eco-friendly company with logo-free bikes. For more variety, Damstraat Rent A Bike offers everything from children’s bicycles to tandems.

Rent a Bike
Damstraat 20
1012 HK
+31 20 625 5029
rentabike.nl

Enjoy park life

Amsterdam’s parks are a huge draw for locals and tourists. On sunny days you'll find people walking, jogging and picnicking among the tulips. It’s hard to choose a favourite park in Amsterdam, but Vondelpark, Amstelpark and Westerpark are very popular. Make sure you visit the cultural centre Vondel CS when you visit Vondelpark.

Vondel CS
Vondelpark 3
1071 AA
+31 35 671 7915
web.avrotros.nl/cultuur/vondelcs (Dutch language website)

Embrace cafe culture

There are plenty to choose from, but one of the best is Espressofabriek, which serves up some of the tastiest coffee in town. Don’t leave without trying a slice of their famous apple pie.

Espressofabriek
Pazzanistraat 39
1014 DB
+31 20 674 7000
espressofabriek.nl

Where to eat in Amsterdam

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Ron Gastrobar Amsterdam (Mediterranean)

Ron Blaauw’s eponymous three Michelin-starred restaurant was the stuff of Amsterdam legend, and his gastropub is just as popular. There’s a lively atmosphere, the Mediterranean-influenced cuisine is impeccably cooked – try the wagyu burger with patatas bravas – and the prices are pretty reasonable too.

Sophialaan 55
1075 BP
+31 20 496 1943
+31 20 674 7000
rongastrobar.nl/en

Restaurant Azmarino (East African)

If you’re looking for something a little off the beaten track, head for Restaurant Azmarino. This hidden gem, with its colourful interior and chalkboard signs, serves up cheap but delicious East African cuisine such as stews and plenty of injera, a traditional bread. A great budget-friendly option.

Tweede Sweelinckstraat 6
1073 EH
+31 20 671 7587
+31 20 674 7000
azmarino.nl

De Kas (Mediterranean)

A lot of Amsterdam’s quirkiest finds are housed in buildings that used to be something else, and De Kas, a former greenhouse, is no different. This restaurant is perfect for adventurous, health-conscious food lovers as the dishes change daily, depending on what’s been harvested from the organic garden.

Kamerlingh Onneslaan 3
1097 DE
+31 20 462 4562
+31 20 674 7000
restaurantdekas.nl

Bistro des Alpes (International)

This stylish yet cosy little restaurant is a hidden gem off the tourist track. You’ll have to book ahead, but it’s worth it. This is European comfort food at its best – think gooey cheese fondue with crusty bread or a rich potato gratin. The prices are reasonable and there’s a good children’s menu too.

Utrechtsedwarsstraat 141
1017 WE
+31 20 620 7393
bistrot-des-alpes.nl

Yamazato (Japanese)

Headed up by pioneering Chef Akira Oshima, Yamazato is the only Michelin-starred Asian restaurant in the Netherlands. It’s famous for having more than 50 authentic Japanese dishes on the menu, which change depending on what local ingredients are in season. The service is excellent and the prices won’t break the bank.

Ferdinand Bolstraat 333
1072 LH
+31 20 678 8351
+31 20 674 7000
okura.nl/en/culinary/yamazato/

Sawaddee Ka (Thai)

For something cheap and cheerful (but no less tasty), locals rely on this welcoming Thai restaurant in Leidseplein. Expect the usual suspects – stir-fries, noodles and creamy curries – served in generous portions. It’s perfect for a quick bite to refuel while you’re exploring the buzzy neighbourhood.

Overtoom 49
1054 HB
+31 20 612 7537
sawaddeeka.nl

Places to stay in Amsterdam

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Waldorf Astoria Amsterdam

This luxury hotel is housed in a beautifully restored canal palace. It’s an architect’s (and art lover’s) dream, with old ceiling paintings, wooden beams and grand staircases bathed in natural light. The legendary Sidney Schutte helms the Michelin-starred signature restaurant, Librije’s Zusje Amsterdam.

Herengracht 542-556
1017 CG
+31 20 718 4600
+31 20 674 7000
waldorfastoria3.hilton.com/en/waldorf-astoria-amsterdam

Stayokay Hostel Amsterdam Vondelpark

This budget hotel makes a great base if you want to stay close to the action at hip hangout Vondelpark. This colourful hostel is also one of the largest in Europe – perfect for meeting fellow travellers. It’s uniquely located right in the middle of the park, and you can rent bikes for exploring.

Zandpad 5
1054 GA 
+31 20 589 8996
+31 20 674 7000
stayokay.com/en/hostel/amsterdam-vondelpark

Sir Albert

Housed in a former diamond factory, Sir Albert is a relatively new addition to Amsterdam’s hotel scene. The rooms are cosy, and the library is a lovely spot to while away an afternoon. Izakaya is the on-site restaurant, which serves tasty Japanese cuisine.

Albert Cuypstraat 2-6
1072 CT
+31 20 305 3020
siralberthotel.com

Hotel Ambassade

If you want a canal-side hotel in Amsterdam, but don’t want to push the boat out, Ambassade is a good choice. It’s a stylish, mid-range hotel set in a 17th century townhouse in a quiet neighbourhood, with all the fun of the city a short walk away. Check out the impressive library, which boasts a huge collection of first editions.

Herengracht 341
1016 AZ
+31 20 555 0222
ambassade-hotel.nl

Hotel 717

For Old World glamour with all the mod cons, head to the stylish Hotel 717. Located in a converted merchant’s house, the rooms, each named after famous authors, artists or composers, are spacious, the rates are reasonable and it’s just a short bike ride from the lively city centre.

Prinsengracht 717
1017 JW
+31 20 427 0717
+31 20 674 7000
717hotel.nl/en

Conservatorium

This stylish hotel is a great option if you want to be close to Amsterdam’s museum trail. In addition to its handy location in Van Baerlestraat, the 19th century building is also home to two spots popular with the trendier locals – a relaxing lobby lounge and chic Spanish restaurant Tunes.

Van Baerlestraat 27
1071 AN
+31 20 570 0000
conservatoriumhotel.com

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