If you’re looking for the best things to do in Amsterdam, this list will be your most helpful guide! From thrillseeking activities and romantic canal cruises to tasty Dutch snacks and the most interesting museums. How many things can you cross off this bucket list?
I don’t know if you’re aware, but Amsterdam is booming! This crazy city opens new hotspots almost every day and it’s actually getting harder and harder to keep track of it all. Not complaining though, this is why I love living here!
Until further notice, these 21 activities should definitely be on top of your (bucket)list when visiting Amsterdam. Make sure to check back soon, because who knows what cool new things I’ll discover next!
#1 A’DAM LOOKOUT
Amsterdam’s newest attraction A’DAM LOOKOUT is the perfect spot to kick off your stay in Amsterdam. Not only do you get to enjoy breathtaking panoramic views of the city on the 360 ° sky deck, but you can also swing 100 meters above the ground on Europe’s highest swing Over the Edge. Book your A’DAM LOOKOUT premium ticket including 2 drinks here in advance.
#2 Eat a Stroopwafel!
Have you ever tried these typically Dutch syrup cookies? They’re divine! The Albert Cuyp Market in neighborhood The Pijp is the perfect place to score some very yummy freshly prepared Stroopwafels.
#3 See a Van Gogh Painting
The Van Gogh Museum is one of Amsterdam’s most popular attractions and draws in over a million visitors each year.
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Inside you get to discover 200 paintings, 500 drawings and over 750 letters from the artist. The perfect chance to see world-famous masterpieces Almond Blossom, Sunflowers and The Potato Eaters up close. Skip the line and book your tickets in advance.
#4 Rent a bike
Biking is by far the best way to explore all the gorgeous neighborhoods and parks Amsterdam has to offer. You can rent a bike for a day and have it dropped off by your hotel or book one of the many fun Bike Tours to explore the city with a guide.
TIP: The public transport system in Amsterdam is excellent and I recommend you get yourself a Public Travel Card. This way you get to enjoy unlimited stress-free travel for 1 to 7 days on all trams, buses, ferries, and metros.
#5 Go for Pancakes
The best spot to get some traditional Dutch pancakes is at The Pancake Bakery on the Prinsengracht. Not only are they super delish, look at that amazing view!
#6 Visit the MOCO Museum
Moco is Amsterdam’s newest and coolest boutique museum and the go-to place for fans of modern and contemporary art. Perfect for fans of artists such as Banksy, Arsham, Kusama and Andy Warhol. Skip the line and get your tickets to the Moco Museum in advance.
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#7 Take the ferry to NDSW Wharf
Feel the wind blow through your hair on the free ferry towards the NDSM Werf. This area is well known for its artsy vibes and has some great waterfront bars where you can chill out in the sun.
#8 Go shopping at the Nine Streets
Located in the gorgeous canal belt, you’ll find nine cozy and picturesque shopping streets full of unique boutiques and charming eateries. Basically every fashionista’s dream. Just try to keep in mind how much space you have left in your suitcase before you decide to go on a shopping spree ;-).
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#9 Visit the Anne Frank House
The Anne Frank House is a must-see when you’re visiting Amsterdam for the first time. It’s by far the best place to learn more her fascinating but tragic story and you’ll get to discover more about her life in the secret annex through various quotes, photos, videos, and original items.
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#10 Go vegan at the Vegan Junk Food Bar
With 4 bustling locations, it’s quite obvious Amsterdam loves Vegan Junk Food! The combination of mouthwatering plant-based snacks with graffiti and Hip Hop turns out to be the perfect recipe for a tasty vegan meal.
#11 Book a canal cruise
There is no better way to explore Amsterdam than from the water. I definitely recommend booking an open boat tour in the summertime. Exploring the gorgeous lit canals by night (with a few cocktails) is one of those moments you’ll never forget!
#12 Eat some Bitterballen
We never really question what goes into a Bitterbal, they’re far too tasty for that. The best way to enjoy this Dutch finger food is with some spicy mustard.
In case you’re vegan, you’ll be surprised how many bars and cafes offer some tasty meatless varieties for you.
#13 Visit the Handbag Museum
Tassenmuseum Hendrikje is located in an old historic canal house and showcases a unique collection of over 5.000 handbags from 1600 A.D. to the present. A must-see for fashionistas!
#14 Go for sweets at Polaberry
One of my favorite Instagrammable hotspots in Amsterdam is Polaberry. Located in the Jordaan and near The Nine Streets, this place is absolute heaven for everyone with a sweet tooth.
#15 THIS IS HOLLAND
I recently decided to try out one of Amsterdam’s newest attraction THIS IS HOLLAND and I was pleasantly surprised. It turns out that flying above the Netherlands with the wind blowing through your hair is a pretty epic experience. Plus you’ll learn a thing or two about the Netherlands in the process, which is a great bonus.
#16 Visit the botanical gardens
The Hortus Botanicus is a beautiful must-see botanical garden, located in the heart of Amsterdam. I recommend visiting the Hortus Store & Cafe, for some drinks amongst the plants and to do some fun souvenir shopping.
#17 Go for cocktails at Bar Botanique
Enter the tropical green oasis of Insta-famous Bar Botanique in the colorful neighborhood of Amsterdam East. Stay for cocktails and you might end up dancing the night away on some Cuban Salsa.
#18 Visit the Houseboat Museum
Ever wondered what life is like when living on a typical Amsterdam houseboat? Climb aboard the Hendrika Maria at the Woonbootmuseum and I promise you’ll feel right at home!
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#19 Play arcade games at the TonTonClub
If you love Japanese cuisine and playing arcade games, you definitely want to check out the TonTon Club in Westerpark.
Battle your friends with Dance Dance Revolution, play some air hockey or enjoy the lovely sunny terrace when the sun is out. Also the perfect spot for a rainy day!
#20 Taste all the cheeses!
Dutch cheeses are the best, aren’t they? If you want to learn more about the process of cheese making and (and most importantly) sample some of them, Amsterdam is the best place to do so!
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#21 Check out the Cat Cabinet
This odd, but fun museum houses a gorgeous collection of cat-themed art by famous artists such as Picasso. Pet the resident cats and make sure to visit the shop for some great souvenirs.
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I wish you a wonderful time in Amsterdam and can’t wait to hear all about your travels. Let me know your favorite things to do in the comments!