BEST things to do in Amsterdam handpicked by the locals
10. Exploring Amsterdam in peace
There are at least two Amsterdam’s for guests to explore a touristic Amsterdam, loud and welcoming and the local one, respectful and intriguing so I asked entrusted locals to help me creating an insider list of the top things to do in Amsterdam Here is our first suggestion from the locals Get up before everyone else and have the city for yourself And observe how the Old Town is slowly waking up in front. Well, waking up is the hardest part but trust me it’s well worth it! I would recommend doing it on Sunday though as even at 8 in the morning the city will still be asleep. For safe cycling in Amsterdam don’t stop in the middle of the road and use your bell That’s it, you’ll be fine!
9. Amsterdam has 165 Canals
Otherwise get off the roads and into the canals! When hopping on a boat skip the touristic offerings and trust the locals Slowly soak in the view of picturesque Amsterdam and let your local guide pilot you through a maze of winding canals Kids will absolutely love it! And trust me a sunset boat ride will surely become a highlight of your visit!
8. Museumplein (Museum Square)
Amsterdam loves arts For all your art & culture needs Museumplein is the place Literally meaning ‘museum square’ it is bordered by the Rijksmuseum for Dutch art and history exhibitions, the world’s largest and most visited Van Gogh Museum and Stedelijk Modern Art Museum which is located inside… Well… Inside a giant bathtub! At least that’s how the locals call it!
Apart from museums and galleries, art is out and about on the streets and walls of Amsterdam particularly in a less known hip area called NDSM So how to get there? Just hop on one of the free ferries that will take you from the Central Station to NDSM in only 15 minutes. So, the NDSM area is this former boat factory where today is this artists’ hotspot with amazing local initiatives cool cafes looking out off the water and amazing street art everywhere!
6. Albert Cuyp Markt
Time for some food! Eat a delicious Stroopwafel! Of course, when you’re in Amsterdam the one thing you have to try is the Stroopwafel a very famous Dutch delicacy and where else but to do it here on the Albert Cuyp.
5. Ten Kate Markt
After the sugar rush go for some shopping! In no way, Albert Cuyp is the only market in town Chances are there’s a smaller street market happening somewhere in your area for instance in Amsterdam West Whenever shopping I recommend going to local markets like the Ten Katemarkt one of the favourites by the locals!
This place is filled with more than 20 international food stalls From street food to Michelin star concepts and vegan choices!
For the locals city parks aren’t just a leafy retreat but a big part of our culture As soon as the Sun shines through grey skies and especially on the weekends parks are full of people running away from the city bustle Vondelpark, the biggest park in Amsterdam is full of attractions and art pieces, you will even find a real Picasso sculpture! Looking for a smaller park?
Head over to the Wertheim park
Wertheim park the oldest Park of Amsterdam and for a more local vibe visit the Westerpark This is the Westerpark, this is where the locals come! If you want to escape the crowds this is the place to be!
2. Abraham Kef
Taste some fine Dutch cheese! So the Dutch cheese tasting it’s all about the smell, the structure, the flavour so in combination with some Dutch wine that’s, of course, the best!
Number two spend the day out of town! Just like with the bikes train journeys are an essential part of Dutch lifestyle so jump on one heading to Harlem and within 20 minutes you find yourself surrounded by quaint buildings cobbled streets and even a windmill! It’s like Amsterdam got shrunk into a more manageable cuter version of itself! While you’re in Central Harlem visit
Jopenkerk, a former church transformed into a modern brewery and restaurant.
1.Red Light District
Explore the red-light district differently! My suggestion would be not to follow the main streets but to cross them you’ll see a completely different Amsterdam by going left where the others go right! Tucked away in a side alley you’ll find brewery De Preal where you can enjoy a fine taste of local beers Visit the old church for beautiful, artwork, peace and silence and a few canals away there is even a Buddhist temple called Fo Guang Shan. From there it’s only a few steps to LGBT friendly café. ‘t Mandje the oldest gay bar in town that’s worth a visit at night.