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Must-go-to restaurants & things to do over one weekend?!

My husband and I are visiting Amsterdam for the weekend! What are some must-go-to restaurants and must-do activities if we only have one weekend?

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top answer by
D-Jan from Netherlands


There's a lot to see, do and eat here in Amsterdam!

Foodwise it really depends what you like. But I give you some clues (all easy googles):

Michelin star (short selection): Try' Restaurant Lastage', 'Le Restaurant Amsterdam', 'La Rive', '&samhoudplaces' or 'Ciel Bleu Restaurant'. 

If you want fancier food on your plate but don't want to pay fancy try, 'De Kas' or Screaming Beans for instance (the one situated at Eerste Constantijn Huygensstraat number 35) or restaurant 'Restaurant ANNA' at the Warmoesstreet. It's all affordable for what you get. 

'Normal' or pub food that is really good: try Café Gollem at Overtoom, Mata Hari (red light district), or Café Loetje (best beefsteak in town!) For Vietnamese food go to 'Saigon Cafe' near Leidse square and for best Indian go to Motimahal or try Gandhi (both situated near Central Station/Rokin) For burgers I would recommend either The Butcher (at Albert Cuyp) or Burgermeester (several locations). If you want to try the best 'frikandel' (Dutch tapas sausage snack sort of) go to the Andaz hotel. It's more pricy but it's the best frikandel available in the Netherlands! (It's bio organic meat, coming from a great supplier outside of Amsterdam. For Italian food try Cantinetta wine & pasta. For cocktails try Door 74 or MOMO or Hilton Amsterdam rooftop hotel near Central Station (Next to it is the library, free view and some food+drinks available there at the top floor!). 

And don't forget to check out De Hallen: an indoor food market with sushi, vegan weedburgers, hamburgers (from The Butcher) Indian streetfood, Vietnamese, Italian, Swiss, Middle-Easters etc. You can not NOT like this place! It's all quality you get here in a nice atmosphere. 

This is culinary Amsterdam in a tiny, tiny nutshell. 

If it's your first time in Amsterdam rent a bike, bike around Vondelpark and the canals. Visit 1 great museum like Van Gogh Museum or Rijksmuseum Amsterdam or the Amsterdam Museum. If you are into urban art/graffiti try Street art museum amsterdam (it's a biking or walking tour that takes you places!).

If you have more time you could have gone Noord, this weekend the IJhallen fleemarket is on. 

But anyways, Enjoy Amsterdam!

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Restaurant Lastage (restaurant)
  2. Le Restaurant Amsterdam (restaurant)
  3. La Rive (restaurant)
  4. &samhoudplaces (restaurant)
  5. Ciel Bleu Restaurant (restaurant)
  6. De Kas (restaurant)
  7. Screaming Beans (restaurant)
  8. Restaurant ANNA (restaurant)
  9. Café Gollem (restaurant)
  10. Mata Hari (restaurant)
  11. Café Loetje (attraction)
  12. Saigon Cafe (attraction)
  13. Motimahal (restaurant)
  14. Gandhi (restaurant)
  15. The Butcher (restaurant)
  16. Andaz (hotel)
  17. Cantinetta wine & pasta (restaurant)
  18. Door 74 (attraction)
  19. MOMO (restaurant)
  20. Hilton Amsterdam (hotel)
  21. De Hallen (attraction)
  22. Vondelpark (attraction)
  23. Van Gogh Museum (attraction)
  24. Rijksmuseum Amsterdam (attraction)
  25. Amsterdam Museum (attraction)
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answered by
Rozina from Amsterdam

On a dream weekend of mine I'd go on a sightseeing boat tour, most of them start at the Central Station. As it ends I'd go to the Jordaan area to check out the food market on the Lindengracht, try and buy some great local cheese. Probably you'd be hungry or thirsty by then, you can try Café Thijssen at the end of the street. If you feel like visiting museums you could check the recently renovated Rijksmuseum Amsterdamand the Museumplein behind it with the Iamsterdam sign. If you feeling like eating Dutch food you can try Café Parck for uncountable variations of bitterballen or Moeders. If you feel like going out check out the SkyLounge Amsterdam on the top of the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel. Great cocktails, even better view on the city. 

The next day start with a walk at Vondelpark and have a brunch at The Pancake Bakery for typical local type of pancakes. Yummy! You also shouldn't miss the Brouwerij 't IJ which is a local beer brewery in a windmill, hand-crafted delicious beers. Be careful, they're strong! If you want to do some shopping don't forget to check out De Kalverstraat for popular brands or the Negen Straatjes for special, hand-crafted goods!

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Café Thijssen (attraction)
  2. Rijksmuseum Amsterdam (attraction)
  3. Museumplein (attraction)
  4. Café Parck (restaurant)
  5. Moeders (restaurant)
  6. SkyLounge Amsterdam (attraction)
  7. DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel (hotel)
  8. Vondelpark (attraction)
  9. The Pancake Bakery (restaurant)
  10. Brouwerij 't IJ (attraction)
  11. De Kalverstraat (attraction)
  12. Negen Straatjes (attraction)
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answered by
Charlotte from Amsterdam

First of all you could visit the great musea: Rijksmuseum AmsterdamVan Gogh MuseumStedelijk Museum Amsterdam and Anne Frank House. Nice restaurants will be REM EilandKu Kitchen & Bar and Lion Noir. And hire a little boat to take a canal tour yourself, starting jn the beautiful Westerpark Boot Huren Aalsmeer

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Rijksmuseum Amsterdam (attraction)
  2. Van Gogh Museum (attraction)
  3. Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam (attraction)
  4. Anne Frank House (attraction)
  5. REM Eiland (restaurant)
  6. Ku Kitchen & Bar (attraction)
  7. Lion Noir (restaurant)
  8. Boot Huren Aalsmeer (attraction)
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For the real Amsterdam experience you go to the De Jordaan and De Pijp ( 2 districts where the local people  raelly like to hang out) You can have lunch here or a casual diner, it's all good here, nothing fancy though. Avoid The Leidseplein and Rembrandtplein, these are the very touristic area's. Everything there is crappy and well overprized.

Off course you'll have to see the Rijksmuseum Amsterdam, visit the Anne Frank House and during your stay: Rent a bike, it's the easiest way to go from A to B and it's so much fun!



Mentioned in this answer:

  1. De Jordaan (attraction)
  2. De Pijp (attraction)
  3. Rijksmuseum Amsterdam (attraction)
  4. Anne Frank House (attraction)
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Rent a bike and ride around the city like the locals do.  It's a great way to get a feel.  Also, make sure to check out Anne Frank House and the Rijksmuseum Amsterdam.

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Anne Frank House (attraction)
  2. Rijksmuseum Amsterdam (attraction)
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EatingAmsterdam just set up their newest food tour (I did the Eating London one a month ago) - worth the time and money. Yummy, informative, and entertaining; I'll be taking it when I hit Amsterdam in a couple of weeks.

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