Go to the trendy 'Negen straatjes’ area, the original Westergasfabriek grounds, the surprising North bank of the IJ.
The lively Utrechtsestraat, the worldly Amsterdam Zuid district or one of the many refreshing concept stores Amsterdam is teeming with the Negen straatjes / Jordaan (trendy).
Go to Lindegracht on Saturday during the day to see a real, authentic Jordaan market.
Have a slice of apple pie at ‘Winkel’ at Noordermarkt. This is a real must! You will probably have to join the queue of people waiting outside, but the apple pie is the best in Amsterdam and more than worth the wait!
Walk past the Anne Frank Huis, Prinsengracht 267, (www.annefrank.org).
And don’t forget Elandsgracht, which features:
• Het Vlaamsch Broodhuys
Elandsgracht 122, www.vlaamschbroodhuys.nl
• Tenue de Nîmes (clothing), Elandsgracht 60, www.tenuedenimes.com,
• Burgermeester, for their fantastic hamburgers. Elandsgracht 130, www.burgermeester.eu
The grounds of the Westergasfabriek (to be a bit original)
Sunday market (not every Sunday!) A trendy market full of original hand-made products: ‘funky shopping’.
Visit www.sundaymarket.nl to see the schedule of dates and the location).
Have lunch at Bakkerswinkel.
Bakkerswinkel Amsterdam West, Polonceaukade 1, www.debakkerswinkel.nl.
Have dinner at Rainarai, which has an incredible Nomadic kitchen. Polonceaukade 40, www.rainarai.nl
Westergasfabriek BV, Polonceaukade 27, www.westergasfabriek.nl
The North bank of the IJ (refreshingly different)
Take the free ferry behind Central Station to the other side of the IJ. There are a number of ferry crossings that sail to several points on the other side of the IJ.
Visit the EYE film museum
Enjoy the museum, its stunning architecture, its four cinemas and its restaurant that boasts a breathtaking view.
IJpromenade 1, www.eyefilm.nl/en
Have lunch or dinner at:
• Café-restaurant Stork
Gedempt Hamerkanaal (opposite 96), www.restaurantstork.nl
• Hotel de goudfazant
Aambeeldstraat 10H, www.hoteldegoudfazant.nl
Utrechtsestraat, Hermitage, Waterlooplein & the Hortus Botanicus
You could combine some trendy shopping on Utrechtsestraat, a spot of culture at the Hermitage, and relaxing in the Hortus Botanicus with a visit to the flea market on Waterlooplein.
This is a lively street with lots of unique, striking shops: lifestyle, interior design, fashion, gifts, restaurants, delicatessens, music and book shops.
Hermitage Amsterdam is a branch museum of the Hermitage in Saint Petersburg, situated on the Amstel river in Amsterdam.
Amstel 51, www.hermitage.nl
Waterlooplein has been the bustling core of the city centre for more than a hundred years. The traders here deal in antiquarian books, second-hand clothes, bicycles, furniture and general bric-a-brac. The market is open every day apart from Sundays.
Waterlooplein 2, www.waterlooplein.amsterdam.
The hortus Botanicus
The Hortus Botanicus is Amsterdam’s botanical garden, and one of the oldest botanical gardens in the world. It’s one of Amsterdam’s major tourist attractions.
Plantage Middenlaan 2a, www.dehortus.nl
Amsterdam Zuid (places to see and be seen)
Vondelpark: a fun, happening park to go to for a walk.
Go for coffee in the centre of the park at ‘t Blauwe Theehuis’ (www.blauwetheehuis.nl)
Lunch at Traiteur/Brasserie ‘Van Dam’ or at Brasserie ‘de Joffers’:
• Traiteur/Brasserie ‘Van Dam’
Cornelis Schuytstraat 8-10
• Brasserie ‘de Joffers’
Go shopping for all the big brands and designers on the PC Hooftstraat (www.pchooftstraat.nl)
Have a drink (and a look around!) in the lobby of the designer Conservatorium Hotel
Van Baerlestraat 27
Go to ‘Loetje’ for a steak
Sample the best steak in the Netherlands at‘Loetje’.
You will find Loetje on the corner of Johannes Vermeerstraat (52) and Ruysdaelstraat.
Sniffing up culture in Amsterdam’s Museum District, at the Rijksmuseum, Stedelijk Museum and the Van Gogh Museum.
Take in some culture in the Museum District. Some museums you could visit:
• Van Gogh Museum
Paulus Potterstraat 7
• Stedelijk Museum
The Rijksmuseum is the museum of the Netherlands. In 2013, the fully renovated Rijksmuseum reopened to the public with a breathtaking building, a refreshing interior, beautiful exhibitions, bustling events and many pleasant facilities for young and old.
Recommended: at Rijks Studio of the Rijksmuseum, you can save artworks for your collection, order prints of artworks for at home or make your own creation.
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Visit Soest, its only 25 minutes from Amsterdam, stay overnight its much cheaper and always place.