Canals, Museums, and a Vibrant Culinary Scene in Amsterdam
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Arts & Culture
Amsterdam is a world-class city that boasts a rich cultural heritage and stunning architecture. Its iconic canals, vibrant nightlife, and world-renowned museums, such as the Van Gogh Museum and Rijksmuseum, are a must-see. With an abundance of restaurants, cafes, and shops to explore, Amsterdam is an unforgettable destination that should be on everyone's travel list.
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Where to stay in Amsterdam
Kimpton De Witt
Polished hotel with a casual restaurant and coffee shop in the heart of Amsterdam's city center.
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A longtime favorite and award winner for its striking architecture, modern style and central location in the Museum Square district.
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Things to do in Amsterdam
Museums in Amsterdam
Rijksmuseum: The Rijksmuseum is the largest museum in the Netherlands, housing an impressive collection of Dutch art and history. Visitors can see masterpieces such as "The Night Watch" by Rembrandt and "The Milkmaid" by Vermeer.
Van Gogh Museum: The Van Gogh Museum is dedicated to the life and works of the famous Dutch painter Vincent van Gogh. The museum boasts the world's largest collection of his artwork, including many of his iconic paintings such as "The Potato Eaters" and "Starry Night."
Anne Frank House: The Anne Frank House is a must-visit for anyone interested in the history of World War II. The museum is housed in the actual building where Anne Frank and her family hid from the Nazis during the war, and visitors can see the rooms where they lived in hiding.
Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam: The Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam is a modern and contemporary art museum that showcases works from a variety of artists, including many from the Dutch art movement De Stijl. Visitors can see pieces by famous artists such as Mondrian, Kandinsky, and Malevich.
Rembrandt House Museum: The Rembrandt House Museum is housed in the former home and studio of the famous Dutch painter Rembrandt. Visitors can see a collection of his works, as well as his etching press and personal belongings.
Walking around Amsterdam
Walking around Amsterdam is an experience like no other, and exploring the neighborhoods of De Pijp and Jordaan is a must-do for anyone visiting the city.
As you stroll through De Pijp, you'll be greeted by the lively sounds and smells of the bustling Albert Cuyp Market, where you can sample some of the city's best street food and pick up some unique souvenirs. This neighborhood is known for its vibrant atmosphere, with many street performers and artists showcasing their talents along the streets.
In contrast, Jordaan is a charming and picturesque neighborhood with a rich history and stunning architecture. The narrow streets and alleyways are lined with quaint cafes, boutique shops, and colorful houses that will take your breath away. There are many hidden courtyards and gardens to explore, offering a peaceful retreat from the hustle and bustle of the city.
As you wander through these neighborhoods, you'll see a mix of old and new architecture, reflecting the city's long and diverse history. There are also many art galleries and museums to discover, showcasing the works of local artists and famous painters such as Van Gogh.
Overall, walking around Amsterdam's De Pijp and Jordaan neighborhoods is a delightful experience that offers a glimpse into the heart and soul of the city. From the lively street markets to the peaceful courtyards, these neighborhoods are a testament to Amsterdam's unique and vibrant culture.
Lastly, be sure to walk around the Red Lights District. Anywhere else in the world this would be a taboo and frowned upon, but not for the Dutchies. Their ingenuity and infamous Dutch entrepreneurial spirit is the reason how the Red Lights District came about in the first place. As you wander through the narrow streets and alleyways, you'll be surrounded by the bright neon lights of the windows displaying the city's famous red-lit sex workers. The atmosphere is lively and vibrant, with people from all walks of life exploring the area and enjoying the nightlife. Walking around the Red Light District is a fascinating and eye-opening experience that offers a glimpse into a unique and controversial aspect of Amsterdam's culture. Whether you're simply people-watching, exploring the nightlife, or learning about the history of the area, the Red Light District is sure to leave a lasting impression on anyone who visits.
Places to eat & drink in Amsterdam
As a general rule of thumb, it is incredibly difficult to walk in at restaurants in Netherlands, be sure to make your reservations well ahead of time.
Vermeer: Offers an exquisite tasting menu featuring contemporary Dutch cuisine. Located in the heart of Amsterdam, making it a convenient dining option for visitors to the city. The restaurant is within walking distance of many of Amsterdam's top tourist attractions, including the Van Gogh Museum and the Rijksmuseum. The menu is designed by Chef Chris Naylor, who has a reputation for his use of locally sourced ingredients and contemporary interpretations of classic Dutch dishes. If you're looking for a memorable fine dining experience in Amsterdam, Vermeer is a must-visit restaurant. With its exceptional food, unique ambiance, and excellent service, it's a dining experience that's not to be missed.
Ciel Bleu: A Michelin-starred restaurant located on the 23rd floor of the Hotel Okura offers stunning panoramic view of the city and provides guests with an unforgettable gastronomic experience. The restaurant has been awarded two Michelin stars, indicating that it offers a "exceptional cuisine that is worth a detour." The menu at Ciel Bleu is designed by Chef Onno Kokmeijer, who is known for his innovative and creative approach to cooking. The dishes are prepared using the finest seasonal ingredients and are presented in a visually stunning manner. With over 800 wines from all over the world, the sommeliers at Ciel Bleu are highly knowledgeable and can recommend the perfect wine pairing for each dish.The service at Ciel Bleu is also outstanding, with friendly and attentive staff who provide guests with a warm welcome and impeccable service throughout their meal. The restaurant's elegant and sophisticated ambiance adds to the overall dining experience, making it a truly memorable occasion.
Bussia: The restaurant is named after a small town in the Piemonte region of Italy, which is known for its rich culinary heritage and excellent wines. It is no wonder that the restaurant has quickly become a tourist favorite due to its authentic Italian cuisine, warm and welcoming atmosphere, and excellent service. The restaurant features a modern and stylish decor, with comfortable seating and a relaxed ambiance, making it the perfect place to enjoy a romantic dinner or a night out with friends. The menu at Bussia focuses on traditional Italian dishes, prepared using the freshest and highest quality ingredients, sourced both locally and from Italy. The restaurant's signature dishes include homemade pasta, fresh seafood, and delicious meat dishes, all served with a modern twist. In addition to its excellent food and wine, Bussia is also known for its exceptional service, with friendly and knowledgeable staff who are passionate about Italian cuisine and culture. For your Italian fix, where artisan meets modern, look no further than this restaurant for authentic ingredients and handmade pastas with exceptional service.
Bar Parry: A hidden gem and a personal favorite, this is a lovely tapas place. Be sure to visit this cosy wine bar with small plates, charcuterie and cheese in a busy bustling atmosphere.
Bar Pif: Another local Dutch favorite in the Jordaan district of Amsterdam that is great to people watch that offers great quality Spanish Tapas with a Dutch twist. Be sure to get the Dutch cheese to pair with your wine.
Pultizer Bar: For a sophisticated and elegant bar located inside the Pulitzer Hotel in the historic Canal District of Amsterdam, the Pulitzer Bar reflects the rich cultural and architectural heritage of the city. The Pulitzer Bar is known for its stylish and cozy atmosphere, with an intimate setting perfect for conversation and relaxation. The bar features a beautiful mahogany bar and comfortable leather armchairs, creating a warm and welcoming ambiance. In addition to its exceptional drinks and atmosphere, the Pulitzer Bar is also known for its impressive collection of art and artifacts, which are on display throughout the bar. Guests can admire a variety of contemporary art pieces and antique objects, adding to the bar's unique character and charm. A must visit for an unforgettable cocktail experience.
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For more travel tips, check out my guide, 4-Day Itinerary in Amsterdam and Beyond.
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