Top 36 Places to visit in Amsterdam

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Best things to do in Amsterdam and sightseeing in Amsterdam

Museumplein - Amsterdam

Lying around on the lush greens and relaxing, something you must make time for on a trip. And this is the perfect place
Ria Kumbhat

155 Followers, 31 Reviews


If the weather’s nice, pick up bread, cheese and fruit or yogurt at the nearest Albert Heijn or street market and take it over to Museumplein, Vondelpark or any of the city’s green spaces for a morning picnic.
Melissa Adams

223 Followers, 29 Reviews


Anne Frank House - Amsterdam

Makes you reflect and think
Sakshi Prakash

277 Followers, 36 Reviews


Many people come to Amsterdam with a bucket list—a compilation of tips gleaned from guidebooks, friends, family, curiosity and a little classroom history. Topping many lists is the Anne Frank House, one of the city’s most famous museums. Long deserted by its last residents, it’s where Amsterdam’s most famous teen writer vented daily frustrations in her world-renowned diary while hiding from the Nazis during World War II. Although the Secret Annex, where Anne Frank and her sister, parents and four other fearful Jews lived from 1942–1944, is both a testament to human courage and a reminder of wartime horrors, hordes of camera-toting tourists outnumber ghosts of times past these days. Arrive after 8:30—a bit early if you’ve enjoyed Amsterdam’s nightlife the eve before—and you’ll wait in line for hours. Fortunately, you can avoid wasting time by purchasing an e-ticket. For non-planners, there’s free WiFi for playing on your smartphone or tab while queuing up. If you lose patience, buy Anne’s diary and other accounts of the Holocaust at the English Bookshop in Amsterdam’s Jordaan district.
Melissa Adams

223 Followers, 29 Reviews


EYE - Amsterdam

My recent visit to EYE Film Institute Netherlands revealed an homage to international cinema replete with interactive displays, perched like an ivory spaceship ready for launch on the northern bank of the river Ij. The striking facility, accessible via a free ferry from Central Station, houses four movie screening rooms, a museum shop and exhibit space currently showcasing “Fellini,” the master of post-war Italian cinema best known for La Strada, La Dolce Vita and 8½, through September 22. Topping the contemporary structure is the eye-popping EYE bar restaurant, where you can wash down a plate of bitter ballen with beer on tap while musing about cinematography against a backdrop of the watery Ij. On sunny days, a spacious terrace beckons for lunch or just contemplating the world of the moving image. The new location in Overhoeks, Amsterdam’s new urban district across the water from Central Station, replaces the Film Institute’s previous headquarters in Vondelpark.
Melissa Adams

223 Followers, 29 Reviews


And EYE, the new film museum, is worth a visit not only for the aerodynamic zigzag of its architecture, but also for the private viewing pods, displays of hand - tinted silent movies, and great cinema programming.
Anvi

459 Followers, 56 Reviews


Rijsel - Amsterdam

For a more robust touch, and generous portions, head to Rijsel which serves dishes such as cod with mussel vinaigrette and steak with shallot sauce in a farm kitchen interior.
Anvi

459 Followers, 56 Reviews


The College Hotel - Amsterdam

The restaurant (luscious bouillabaisse, veal with truffles and chestnuts) is superb and well – priced. Hotel-school training ship The College Hotel is a stylish, affordable option, just a hop from the museums.
Anvi

459 Followers, 56 Reviews


Bazar Amsterdam - Amsterdam

Bazar Amsterdam had been on my list of places to visit for years. Ever since I had seen a small photo of the interior and caught a glimpse of the menu, I knew I had to eat there. What greeted me when I stepped inside, however, was a raw, sensory explosion that surpassed even my expectations. The cavernous space of the former Dutch Reformed church was filled with bright colours, Middle-Eastern music and tables with enough space around them to ensure you didn’t have your elbows in someone else’s food. Waiters carried metal serving trays that were almost bigger than they were and with good reason. Not a single main dish that left the kitchen was smaller than the average person’s head. The tavuk sis kebab that was delivered onto the worn wooden table in front of me was no exception. While I cut into the tender chicken that had been marinated in saffron infused yoghurt, I took in the fruit and vegetable crates behind me, the huge lamps hanging from the ceiling that no doubt had required more than a pair of hands and a ladder to hang and the decorative silverware in my possession. Everywhere you looked, there was something to admire. The bar in the centre of the restaurant, made out of tin cans, served my drink colder than the ice cold Heineken around the corner and just barely managed to outshine the canopy of fairy-lights in the hallway and the baklava that was served for dessert. Five moist and sweet pieces surrounded a Medjool date, all topped with something that could only be described as white sugar fur that had me doubting for a few seconds about its edibleness.
Heather Tucker

114 Followers, 16 Reviews


Vondelpark - Amsterdam

For active fun, join the free Friday Night Skate, held year-round (except in inclement weather). The 20km, three-hour adventures begin at 20:00 in Vondelpark.
Melissa Adams

223 Followers, 29 Reviews


Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam - Amsterdam

Across the way, the Stedelijk Museum , also now up and running after a 10 years hiatus, brings Matisse, Chagall and Bruce Nauman into the fray, as well as video art, performances, an exceptional collection of De Stijl, and designs including Ettore Sottsass teapots and the famous Gerrit Rietveld chair.
Anvi

459 Followers, 56 Reviews


Van Gogh Museum - Amsterdam

Van Gogh Museum—repositories of Golden Age art, iconic sunflowers and tormented starry nights. While our destination museums are rife with artistic treasures, they’re also chock full of tourists, especially in high season (May–September), when millions descend on the Dutch capital. Avoid the queues with an e-ticket or Museumkaart, or make use of free WiFi while waiting in line. Once in, don’t count on marveling at the work of Dutch masters in solitary reverence at either of these popular tourist attractions, especially if you visit in summer or during school vacation time.
Melissa Adams

223 Followers, 29 Reviews


Conservatorium Hotel - Amsterdam

Across the road from the Stedelijk, Italian interior designer Piero Lisoni brings muted tones and austere lines to a 19th - century bank building at the conservationism. Some original features remain (fin-de-siecle wall tiles and stained glass), and there’s ingenious use of space, such as split – level suites in more cavernous rooms.
Anvi

459 Followers, 56 Reviews


Rijksmuseum - Amsterdam

Although the Secret Annex, where Anne Frank and her sister, parents and four other fearful Jews lived from 1942–1944, is both a testament to human courage and a reminder of wartime horrors, hordes of camera-toting tourists outnumber ghosts of times past these days. Arrive after 8:30—a bit early if you’ve enjoyed Amsterdam’s nightlife the eve before—and you’ll wait in line for hours. Fortunately, you can avoid wasting time by purchasing an e-ticket. For non-planners, there’s free WiFi for playing on your smartphone or tab while queuing up. If you lose patience, buy Anne’s diary and other accounts of the Holocaust at the English Bookshop in Amsterdam’s Jordaan district.
Melissa Adams

223 Followers, 29 Reviews


Rijksmuseum Amsterdam - Amsterdam

This month, after more than a decade’s closure, the Rijkshuseum, with one of the world’s greatest start collections, at last reopens its doors. Rembrandt, Frans Hals, Jan Steen and a host of other glorious Old Masters are in place, alongside a treasure trove of silverware, delft and princely furniture, and exquisitely detailed doll’s houses made as showpieces for Golden Age grandees.
Anvi

459 Followers, 56 Reviews


The Flying Pig Uptown Hostel - Amsterdam

We landed in Amsterdam, check into one of the most happening party hostels. Flying Pig Uptown - highly recommended, there is a lovely pub in the ground floor - eat, drink, party and go back to your dorm hassle free. Be aware that there are lots of young and free people around. We spent a good 3 days at this hostel, the pub converts into a lovely breakfast place in the mornings - breakfast included in the stay ( I must mention delightful staff)
Harita Vinnakota

311 Followers, 45 Reviews


Max Euweplein - Amsterdam

From 10‒21:30 daily, meter-high chess pieces appear on a giant board on Max Euweplein, a square bordered by touristy shops and cafés including the always buoyant Hard Rock. Named for a world champion Dutch chess player of the ’30s, this is where you can challenge the locals in a free game or just watch the action from the sidelines.
Melissa Adams

223 Followers, 29 Reviews


Museum Van Loon - Amsterdam

You can step back in time at Museum van Loon, one of the best preserved of Amsterdam’s canal houses, offering a glimpse into the grandeur of 17th-century Holland. Built as a private residence in 1672, the museum was once the home of painter Ferdinand Bol (a pupil of Rembrandt). In 1884, wealthy merchant Hendrik Van Loon purchased it as a wedding gift for his son Willem, a founding member of the Dutch East India Company, whose grandson became mayor of Amsterdam. Today, its ornate detailing, historic paintings, exquisite furnishings, and precious silver and porcelain are reminders of the splendor of an earlier era. In the rear, a garden laid out in formal style borders a coach house where the Van Loon’s collection of historic carriages and harnesses is displayed.
Melissa Adams

223 Followers, 29 Reviews


Seven Bridges Hotel - Amsterdam

The more traditional Seven Bridges has rooms brimming with antiques, and brings bright fabrics and modern frescoes to a 17th century canal house – and has a thumping food breakfast in the azulejo tiled kitchen.
Anvi

459 Followers, 56 Reviews


Maoz - Amsterdam

The falafel is amazing!
Ria Kumbhat

155 Followers, 31 Reviews


Kattenkabinet - Amsterdam

Tired of highbrow culture? Sample a lighter approach to art devoted to a single theme at one of Amsterdam’s quirkiest museums: Katten Kabinet. While professionally curated, this homage to all things feline has a humorous edge. The collection features two floors of paintings, drawings, prints and sculptures by Picasso, Rembrandt, Toulouse-Lautrec and other renowned masters, all with cats on center stage. There is a gift shop on the first floor proffers cat-themed posters and souvenirs. Even if cats aren’t your thing, it may be worth the €6 entry fee just for the chance to enter a posh canal house on the Herengracht, where Dutch gentry dwelled in Holland’s Golden Age. Even if cats aren’t your thing, Katten Kabinet may be worth a visit for the chance to enter a posh canal house. Built in 1667 as a residence for the wealthy van Loon brothers, the structure was restored several times before affluent Dutchie Bob Meijer turned it into a museum in 1990 dedicated to the memory of his red tomcat John Pierpont Morgan. In 2004 it served as a set for the Hollywood blockbuster Oceans 12. A-list guests have included former Amsterdam mayor Jan Calkoen and American president John Adams. The present owner still resides on the upper floor of the building with his family and several felines who wander through the museum at will.
Melissa Adams

223 Followers, 29 Reviews


Grachtengordel - Amsterdam

Grachtengordel (canal ring) was added to the World Heritage List in 2010. Just getting lost in the 400-year-old waterways, which outnumber those in Venice, is like roaming around in a free, living museum that’s also a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Melissa Adams

223 Followers, 29 Reviews


Young Designers United - Amsterdam

Van Ravenstein is a one – stop shop for fashion by Dutch and Flemish designers, and fresh talent gets a look in at Young Designers United. While you’re shopping, keep an eye out for sculpted shoes from Jan Jansen and daringly coloured bags and briefcases by Hester van Eeghen.
Anvi

459 Followers, 56 Reviews


Bloemenmarkt - Amsterdam

Amsterdam’s floating flower market is a fine source for high-quality flora. Pick up a bag of tulip bulbs for the folks back home and they’ll thank you when they receive the gift, then think of you again in spring when the blooms come up. The thoughtful souvenir will cost you a few euros, but it’s free to smell the roses and photograph the stunning blooms at this fragrant open flower market lining Singel Canal between Muntplein and Koningsplein.
Melissa Adams

223 Followers, 29 Reviews


The Frozen Fountain - Amsterdam

The Frozen Fountain creates an alchemical fizz of hot new names reacting with established Dutch design, ranging from furniture to accessories – look out for Piet Hein Eek salvaged – wood tables and Claudy Jongstra felt carpets.
Anvi

459 Followers, 56 Reviews


Andaz Amsterdam Prinsengracht - Amsterdam

The vast atrium lobby/lounge is a prime spot to take a break from the museum, trail. Marcel Wanders is being the quirky interiors at the new Andaz Amsterdam Prinsengracht. The rooms have all the gear for a cool city break, with walk in wardrobes, great sound equipment, espresso machines and video art on the TV.
Anvi

459 Followers, 56 Reviews


Begijnhof - Amsterdam

After the glitz of the previous excursion, find respite in this hidden courtyard protected from the madness of central Amsterdam. Beyond the Begijnhof’s humble doors, an oasis of 14th century houses, gardens and relic-filled churches provides quiet escape from the buzz of the city. Once a residential sanctuary for the Bengijntjes, a Catholic sisterhood comprised of women who took no monastic vows but dedicated their lives to educating the poor and taking care of the sick, it’s now a place where people still gather to worship, marry and reflect.
Melissa Adams

223 Followers, 29 Reviews


De Laatste Kruimel - Amsterdam

Homemade is a big food trend in Amsterdam. Try the forest fruit bread puddings, dangerously good chocolate cake and pillowy scones at De Laatste Kruimel and the chunky soups at Letting are great for a quick lunch.
Anvi

459 Followers, 56 Reviews


Waterkant - Amsterdam

You can choose to sit outside or inside with a beautiful view on the Dutch houses and boats passing by. The bar serves little snacks like nachos and bitterballen (typical Dutch) and if its sunny, the place is just perfect to relax and escape the city vibe for a while.
Jovana

97 Followers, 4 Reviews


Chipsy King - Amsterdam

The holland version of the frencf fries must be tasted!
Ria Kumbhat

155 Followers, 31 Reviews


Museum of Bags and Purses - Amsterdam

Not only as frivolous as it sounds, the Museum of Bags and Purses has everything from medieval pouches to the latest Lulu Guinness design, as well as a café in a sumptuous baroque drawing room.
Anvi

459 Followers, 56 Reviews


Screaming Beans Hartenstraat - Amsterdam

Screaming Beans is open all day as a café and wine bar, with a black marble counter, low lighting and tinted mirrors. From a busy kitchen behind a see through, wine cabinet wall comes culinary perfection: prawn with ginger, red pepper, orange zest and radish carrots with marinade onion and sumac.
Anvi

459 Followers, 56 Reviews


Dam Square - Amsterdam

If you hang around Dam Square, Leidseplein or Rembrandtplein long enough, you’re bound to come across talented musicians, jugglers, mimes, break dancers and comedians who come from around the globe to perform in public squares for free. Many are aspiring stars and this is their livelihood, so be sure to throw a few euros their way if they’ve inspired a belly laugh.
Melissa Adams

223 Followers, 29 Reviews


Nieuwe Kerk - Amsterdam

Built in 1408, this soaring church has been the stage for royal weddings and coronations, including King Willem’s marriage to Maxima and his crowning as Holland’s first king in a century in 2013. Now used for major art exhibitions, it has a gift shop that leads to a free display about the church’s turbulent history.
Melissa Adams

223 Followers, 29 Reviews


Amsterdam Public Library - Amsterdam

If you think all libraries are created equal, visit this sunlit temple of print and electronic media to change your mind. Since opening in 2007 on the Oosterdokseiland, a five minute walk heading east from Central Station, Europe’s largest public library has drawn some 2.5 million visitors annually. Alongside books and multimedia, the seven-story structure overlooking the Ij River houses a 250-seat theater, radio station, meeting rooms, exhibition space, music department, study pods and readers’ café. A restaurant with an outdoor terrace provides panoramic views of the city. Visitors are welcome to use any of 600 Internet-connected computers, 50 multimedia workstations, 110 reference terminals and 11 print stations. You can also browse newspapers and magazines from around the world at no charge. If you’re lucky, someone will be showcasing some talent on the lobby piano or a special exhibit, film showing, reading, concert, lecture or workshop may be scheduled. Need to e-mail Mom, book a hostel or check Facebook? It’s possible seven days a week in Amsterdam’s Most Sustainable Public Building—its public library.
Melissa Adams

223 Followers, 29 Reviews


hannekes boom - Amsterdam

Enjoy beer with a view at Hanneke’s Boom near Central Station or Waterkant.
Melissa Adams

223 Followers, 29 Reviews


Moooi - Amsterdam

Moooi is the place to go for spectacular lamps, bizarrely shaped vases and more by designer Marcel Wanders, who is making a mark with his exuberant, often jokey objects and interiors.
Anvi

459 Followers, 56 Reviews


Droogbak - Amsterdam

Droog has a shop stocked with its own design ware, as well as clothing and beauty sections, and a sparkling white café (order the sockeye – salmon salad; fennel, celery and lemon juice) overlooking a quiet canal.
Anvi

459 Followers, 56 Reviews


Amsterdam-Noord - Amsterdam

Walk through Central Station, turn left and hop on the free ferry to NDSM Wharf in Amsterdam-Noord. On the ride across the Ij to what was once a derelict shipyard, take in the low, village-like skyline. In 15 minutes, you’ll arrive in an artsy community and cultural hot spot peppered with recycled-junk sculptures, a giant tiki head, and numerous funky restaurants and night spots. Throughout the year, festivals, performances, exhibitions and IJ Hallen, Europe’s largest flea market, are held in Amsterdam-Noord.
Melissa Adams

223 Followers, 29 Reviews


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