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Sights

Westerkerk

Westerkerk

What was, at the time, the largest Protestant church in the world was built in the Jordaan in 1631; it still boasts the highest church tower in the city. Several famous artists are buried here, including, rumour still has it, Rembrandt,... More Read More

Van Gogh Museum

Van Gogh Museum

Home to the largest collection of paintings by the world’s most famous troubled artist, some 200 in total, divided into periods – Paris, Arles, Auvers, and so on. Holland’s most visited museum also hosts excellent temporary... More Read More

Stedelijk Museum

Stedelijk Museum

Ranging over three storeys, with a new wing large enough to accommodate large-scale installations and all manner of temporary exhibitions, the Stedelijk is the largest museum in the Netherlands for modern and contemporary art and... More Read More

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Food & Drink

Blue Pepper

Blue Pepper

Suitable candidate for the best Indonesian restaurant in town, the superior Blue Pepper brings a pleasing contemporary touch to complement popular standards such as per-table only rijsttafel . The menu changes every season –... More Read More

Bojo

Bojo

This is one of two small outlets alongside each other, both serving perfectly acceptable Indonesian classics, to a pre-bar hopping and late-night crowd. A main dish of rice with a pile of seafood or meat should not run to much over... More Read More

Blauw aan de Wal

Blauw aan de Wal

You are guaranteed a high-class dining experience at this tucked-away culinary haven, incongruously set in the Red Light district. The interior is all starched-white and formal, but waitstaff are friendly and happy to guide diners... More Read More

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Kids

Vondelpark

Vondelpark

Amsterdam’s largest park is named after the poet whose statue was unveiled here shortly after it opened in 1865. Featuring a pavilion where free concerts are given in summer, the Vondelpark also provides six play areas, one large... More Read More

Snowplanet

Snowplanet

Although just out of town, this centre of winter sports activities is easily reached from Amsterdam, by city bus 82 to Skiheuvel from Sloterdijk. Once you arrive, you’ll find year-round real snow for skiing and snowboarding. There are... More Read More

Nemo Science Centre

Nemo Science Centre

Holland’s largest science centre comprises five floors of attractions to poke, push and discover. Cosmic rays, DNA, water purification, even climbing inside a soap bubble – all are illustrated, demonstrated and made clear, in as... More Read More

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Shops

Waterlooplein Market

Waterlooplein Market

Open from 9am daily except Sunday, Amsterdam’s main flea market is far more central than its counterparts in Paris or even Brussels. Established in 1893 when this was the city’s Jewish Quarter, Waterlooplein comprises lines and... More Read More

Van Ravenstein

Van Ravenstein

For the latest works by the most creative designers over the border in Belgium – Dries van Nooten, Ann Demeulemeester, Martin Margiela – this canal-side boutique is their most attractive shop window in Amsterdam. Downstairs,... More Read More

’t Klompenhuisje

’t Klompenhuisje

If you’re looking to get pairs of clogs for the kids, this is the place to come. In the children’s shoe trade for the best part of four decades, the Clog House offers hand-crafted examples of the genre, rather than the tacky... More Read More

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Day Trips

Zaanse Schans

Zaanse Schans

If you’ve a hankering to see windmills, this is where to come. A 10-minute walk from Koog-Zaandijk station, Zaanse Schans is a European Heritage village unchanged since before the industrial revolution. This open-air museum contains... More Read More

Rotterdam

Rotterdam

Holland’s second city is a very different proposition to its big rival, Amsterdam. A port city that was all but destroyed in the war, today Rotterdam is a dynamic cultural hub characterised by stunning modern architecture. Gleaming... More Read More

Kasteel Amerongen

Kasteel Amerongen

The village of Amerongen is home to the castle where Kaiser Wilhelm was exiled after World War I. The current structure dates from the 17th century, rebuilt after the French destroyed the medieval one. The interior, filled with fine... More Read More

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Nightlife

Twenty Third Bar

Twenty Third Bar

This is the late-opening cocktail bar at the Hotel Okura Amsterdam. Ideally, your bar snacks here are oysters prepared in the Michelin-starred Ciel Bleu restaurant next door, the perfect accompaniments to a starlit view with the... More Read More

St James Gate

St James Gate

The most popular Irish/expat pub in town, partly thanks to its huge terrace right on the Rembrantplein. Pleasant and efficient Irish staff also help, as do live-on-the-big-screen sports (check the schedule on the website) and massive... More Read More

Quinto

Quinto

With its bare floorboards and old clock over the bar, this quirky but sympathetic corner bar/eaterie in the Pijp has a definite timeless quality. Entertainment runs to occasional DJs at weekends and Ajax games on the big screen, but... More Read More

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Art & Entertainment

Stadsschouwberg

Stadsschouwberg

Since teaming up with landmark alt-rock/theatre Melkweg nearby, this 19th-century municipal theatre has shed its fusty image and has begun to set a more contemporary agenda. The Stadsschouwberg is today mainly appreciated as... More Read More

Pathé ArenA

Pathé ArenA

Perhaps the best of the city’s multiplex cinemas, the Pathé ArenA down by the Amsterdam football stadium of the same name in Bijlmer is a convivial place to catch a blockbuster movie, and has an IMAX screen to boot. Pathé also... More Read More

Paradiso

Paradiso

Perhaps the most famous music venue in town, a former church with stained-glass windows and balconies a-plenty, the Paradiso has hosted them all since opening as the Cosmic Relaxation Center Paradiso in 1968. An upcoming agenda... More Read More

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