A comprehensive guide to all amazing things you can do in Amsterdam
Country: The Netherlands
Best time to travel: April to October
In this extensive Amsterdam City Guide, you’ll find all my best tips for fun activities, interesting museums, trendy hotspots, and the prettiest hotels.
I’ve been calling Amsterdam my home for almost twenty years and I still feel like the luckiest girl alive when biking through the canal district with its beautiful streets and houses.
Nothing makes me happier than to know you’re having an amazing and unforgettable time when visiting Amsterdam.
Hope to see you soon!
Top Attractions & Activities
Whether you’re in for some thrillseeking adventures or you want to learn more about the city’s rich cultural history in one of the many museums, Amsterdam offers tons of fun attractions and activities for the perfect weekend getaway.
Cruise the Canals
There is no better way to explore Amsterdam than from the water. You can book a private tour or explore the city during one of many different canal cruises.
Swing over the edge
Enjoy the best 360° panoramic view of the city and swing a stunning 100 meters above the ground on Amsterdams’ newest attraction A’DAM LOOKOUT.
Rent a bike
Get on your bike, mingle with the locals and discover all the gorgeous neighborhoods, important sights, and beautiful parks that Amsterdam has to offer.
Top 10 Museums
The Rijksmuseum is dedicated to Dutch arts and history. Inside the impressive building, you will find The Nightwatch by Rembrandt and masterpieces by artists such as Frans Hals, Mondriaan, and Johannes Vermeer.
2. Moco Museum
Moco is Amsterdam’s newest and coolest boutique museum and the go-to place for fans of modern and contemporary arts. Currently on display are some amazing artworks by Banksy, Andy Warhole and Yayoi Kusama.
3. Van Gogh Museum
The Van Gogh Museum is one of Amsterdam’s most popular attractions and draws in over a million visitors each year. A perfect chance for you to see world-famous masterpieces Almond Blossom, Sunflowers and The Potato Eaters up close.
Food & Drink Hotspots
Amsterdam is a true paradise for foodies and offers delicious food options for every budget. Whether you’re vegan, a real sweet tooth or prefer fine dining, I’m pretty sure this city can please your tastebuds!
This place is absolute heaven for Instagrammers and everyone with a sweet tooth. Polaberry is your go-to place for chocolate covered (unicorn) strawberries and the cutest Amsterdam inspired chocolate bars.
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.
Vegan Junkfood Bar
The combination of mouthwatering plant-based snacks with graffiti and Hip Hop turns out to be the perfect recipe for a tasty meal. Amsterdam LOVES vegan food! Make sure to try the ‘Loaded Fries’, they’re delish!
The Best Hotels of Amsterdam
From luxurious hotels with rooftop pools to cozy dormitories in the city center. Amsterdam offers a nice place to sleep for every budget.
Conscious Hotel Westerpark
Conscious Hotel Westerpark is located inside the vibrant Westerpark and close to some of the best bars in Amsterdam. The ideal location to enjoy the city during Summertime!
Lloyd Hotel is situated in a beautiful historic building and offers gorgeous uniquely decorated rooms. There’s even one with a swing for that perfect Instagram shot!
Sir Adam Hotel
Set in the brand new A’DAM tower in Amsterdam, Sir Adam Hotel offers a stunning 360-degree view on the IJ-river. By far the best spot to enjoy some epic sunsets!
Top 3 Budget Hotels
Volkshotel is located in Amsterdam East and offers real value for your money. Enjoy a vibrant lobby café, nightly cocktail bar and a restaurant on the 7th floor with a 360º view over Amsterdam.
Hotel Not Hotel
Hotel Not Hotel offers unique themed guest rooms. The entire hotel is like a spacious living room filled with original works of art. Thaid food and cocktails are served in the Kevin Bacon Bar.
Stayokay Hostel Amsterdam is in the heart of the
Shopping in Amsterdam
Amsterdam is a true paradise for fashionistas and you’ll find plenty of cute shops to spend all your travel money. Here are my 3 favorite locations to do some serious fun shopping!
Top 3 Shopping Hotspots
1. The Nine Streets (De 9 Straatjes)
Located in the gorgeous canal belt, you’ll find nine cozy and picturesque shopping streets full of unique boutiques and charming eateries. The Nine Streets is every fashionista’s dream and I can definitely recommend spending an afternoon here.
The Haarlemmerstraat and Haarlemmerdijk are located in the Jordaan and offer a variety of cute independent shops and affordable restaurants. It’s also home to Amsterdam’s oldest cinema The Movies, a great spot to end your day with dinner & a movie.
In the Utrechtsestraat you can do some serious fun shopping in one of many awesome trendy brands and specialty stores. End your shopping spree in a cozy cafe or go for some super yummy tapas at Pata Negra, a favorite amongst locals.