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What are the 5 things I can't miss in Amsterdam?

I'm going to Amsterdam city soon and I want to visit this city. I went here one year ago on a tour by boat ...  Nice city.. but this time I want to visit it by walking. 

Can you suggest some nice place in Amsterdam? Best attractions? Places to eat ? Everything.

My apartment is in the Jordan area.  

12 Answers

top answer by
Sabine from Amsterdam

Hi Andrea, There was a similar question once, so I am just going to copy paste:  

Lot of things to do and see in Amsterdam, but be sure to not only do the tourist stuff! Sure it is good to see the Anne Frank HouseVan Gogh Museum and Red Light District, but also just rent a bike, leave your map in your bag and just bike a round! Don't be afraid to go out of the touristy center. This is the way to explore the city and get to know it and its locals. 

If you are going to the Redlight District you will find NO locals, only tourists go here. The only nice place that I would go in the Red light District is Mata Hari This is a really nice bar. 

Where you will find locals is the neigbourhood De Pijp. This is just behind the Heineken Experience. Just go barhopping there. Amsterdam Oud-Zuid south side of the Vondelpark is the fancy area where most rich people live :-). Just nice to bike around and watch people. 

A real new hipster heaven is Foodhallen in westside of town. It is like a fancy foodcourt with a great bar, nice food and lots of locals. Go there for dinner, every evening is packed! 

Also cruise around de Negen Straatjes to find a nice restaurant for lunch or dinner. Lots of it! Don't stay near the Dam Square, Damstraat or Red Light district for dinner, all tourist traps! 

Also don't skip east part of town, where there are some great new bars and restaurants coming up. de Biertuin, (beer garden with the best chicken and a great terrace) Bar BukowskiSmokin' Barrels (burgers and lobster) are all really cool hip places for a drink or dinner. 

If you must visit a museum I would recommend to go to Rijksmuseum Amsterdam instead of Van Gogh Museum. This is a really beautiful building with beautiful well-known art and also has Van Gogh paintings. 

Just to add as you are staying in the Jordaan: Really nice restaurant is La Oliva; Spanish Pintxos. Go on a Saturday to the Noordermarkt. Nice lively small market with local produce. The best apple pie in The Netherlands you will find there as well at Winkel 43

Amsterdam is small, so if you don;t want to rent a bike you can also easily just walk :-). 

Have fun!

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Anne Frank House (attraction)
  2. Van Gogh Museum (attraction)
  3. Red Light District (attraction)
  4. Mata Hari (restaurant)
  5. De Pijp (attraction)
  6. Amsterdam Oud-Zuid (attraction)
  7. Vondelpark (attraction)
  8. Foodhallen (restaurant)
  9. Negen Straatjes (attraction)
  10. Dam Square (attraction)
  11. de Biertuin (attraction)
  12. Bar Bukowski (restaurant)
  13. Smokin' Barrels (restaurant)
  14. Rijksmuseum Amsterdam (attraction)
  15. La Oliva (restaurant)
  16. Noordermarkt (attraction)
  17. Winkel 43 (restaurant)
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answered by
Zarina from London

Try something different and explore an area that's not that well-known with tourists (or locals even) yet by taking a street art tour with Street Art Museum Amsterdam in Amsterdam Nieuw-West.

You will not only discover a less familiar part of Amsterdam, but also encounter great works of street art in the 'open-air museum'. I absolutely recommend this!

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  1. Amsterdam Nieuw-West (attraction)
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answered by
Virginia from Amsterdam

Visit Anne Frank House and the next-door Westerkerk (West Church) where you should climb the tower; take the ferry to Amsterdam Noord, and visit the Filmmuseum (Eye Cinema/Museum) and its café with views on the IJ. The Westerpark and its converted buildings are also quite impressive to see. 

For eating, the Jordaan is one of the best neighbourhoods in Amsterdam: you can visit the Westerstraat and all its side streets, or walk to Haarlemmerstraat. You can find a little bit of everything: Italian (La Trattoria Di Donna Sofia, Toscanini, De Pizzabakkers); Mexican (Los Pilones); tapas (Pintxo); Vietnamese (Pho House). I'd advise to try some  bruin cafés for a relatively cheap meal -they look like bars/pubs, but have  chalk boards outside with the dishes of the day. 

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Anne Frank House (attraction)
  2. Westerkerk (attraction)
  3. Filmmuseum (attraction)
  4. Westerpark (attraction)
  5. Jordaan (attraction)
  6. Westerstraat (attraction)
  7. Haarlemmerstraat (attraction)
  8. La Trattoria Di Donna Sofia (restaurant)
  9. Toscanini (restaurant)
  10. De Pizzabakkers (restaurant)
  11. Los Pilones (restaurant)
  12. Pintxo (restaurant)
  13. Pho House (restaurant)
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answered by
Tim from Amsterdam

Jordaan is a great area to explore the city. Walking is great, but the best way to see the city like a local and cover more ground is with a bike. Get a bike, cycle the Vondelpark and the canal rings.

Places to eat in the Jordan: La Perla Restaurant (excellent Italian pizza), La Oliva (excellent Tapas); nearby in Het Spui is Kantjil & De Tijger (Modern Colonial Indonesian)

Things to do: Rent a boat and make your own trip on the canals (

Cocktails: Vesper Bar or Bar Oldenhof in Jordaan and my favorite HPS (Hiding in Plain Sight) nearby Nieuwemarkt (make a reservation for HPS)

Brown Bars: cafe het molenpad on the Prinsengracht and Het Arendsnest B.V. (Herengracht) for Dutch beer

Things to Do: Museums in Amsterdam are truly world class: Rijksmuseum AmsterdamVan Gogh MuseumStedelijk Museum Amsterdam and Museum Hermitage Amsterdam.

See a movie in the main hall at Pathé Tuschinski - something most won't have time to do

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Jordaan (attraction)
  2. Vondelpark (attraction)
  3. La Perla Restaurant (restaurant)
  4. La Oliva (restaurant)
  5. Kantjil & De Tijger (restaurant)
  6. Vesper (attraction)
  7. Bar Oldenhof (attraction)
  8. HPS (restaurant)
  9. Nieuwemarkt (attraction)
  10. cafe het molenpad (restaurant)
  11. Prinsengracht (attraction)
  12. Het Arendsnest B.V. (attraction)
  13. Rijksmuseum Amsterdam (attraction)
  14. Van Gogh Museum (attraction)
  15. Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam (attraction)
  16. Museum Hermitage Amsterdam (attraction)
  17. Pathé Tuschinski (attraction)
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answered by
Luke from Stevens Point, Wisconsin

Spang Makandra to try Surinamese

Kantjil & De Tijger to try Indo rice table

Manneken Pis for belgian fries

'tIj Brouwerij is a windmill brewery in the city for a Dutch beer bar (vs. Belgium beer bar)

Noordermarkt on Saturday

Attractions are ok, but fun to just walk around the neighborhood (Jordaan is great) and take in cafes.

If you have time take train to Zaanse Schans to see windmills on the water and they city smells like chocolate

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  1. Spang Makandra (restaurant)
  2. Kantjil & De Tijger (restaurant)
  3. Manneken Pis (restaurant)
  4. Noordermarkt (attraction)
  5. Jordaan (attraction)
  6. Zaanse Schans (neighborhood)
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answered by
Bart from Bergen, Noord-Holland, Netherlands

Rent a bike and go to Durgerdam and Holysloot, nice old little villages just outside of Amsterdam, its a nice way to see the green outskirts of Amsterdam.

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  1. Durgerdam (attraction)
  2. Holysloot (attraction)
  3. Amsterdam (city)
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answered by
peppino from Amsterdam

Best and only real way to visit Amsterdam is renting a bike! Bike rentals are everywhere and only with a bike you can enjoy canal streets, parks, neighborhoods as a real Amsterdammer

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  1. Amsterdam (city)
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answered by
Angela from Sterling Heights

Do not miss Café De Klos!!!  The best smoked BBQ I've ever tasted!!!  Go early, the place gets crowded but you can wait in the bar across the street. We went two nights, back to back, because it was AWESOME.   

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answered by
Jacqui from London

What an incredible city to walk around! You will love it! 

Don't miss:

- a walk around Vondelpark

- a drink in Leidseplein

- craft beer next door to a windmill at Brouwerij 't IJ

- Eat at the Blue Hollander for traditional Dutch food such as cheese croquettesbitterballen and a variety of Stamppot. 

See more to do here:


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  1. Vondelpark (attraction)
  2. Leidseplein (attraction)
  3. Brouwerij 't IJ (attraction)
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answered by
Liam from London

The most amazing thing we stumbled upon when exploring the outskirts of Amsterdam was an alternative little museum called Electric Ladyland, the first museum of florescent art.... what an absolute gem! The owner and his wife are the most amazing hosts and the story behind how he started this is absolutely amazing! Try it...don't try it... but no tourist map/book will tell you about this so if you want something completely random.. this is a must!

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  1. Amsterdam (city)
  2. Electric Ladyland (attraction)
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answered by
Suzanne from Pasadena

All of the answers have been terrific! I found Amsterdam so welcoming, beautiful and the museums are amazing! If I might add one more thing - I took a food tour by bicycle and it was a highlight of my trip! The food is incredible all over the city and this tour and the young women who guide you are so special Do not miss this opportunity and book early! Enjoy your stay in lovely Amsterdam!

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answered first by
Crystal from Anchorage


Everything, huh? Well Amsterdam has a lot to see and do, so without knowing specifics about the kinds of things you like, it is hard to recommend anything but the usual "must-sees" of the city. If you would like a general idea of the best things to see, do, and eat look at TripAdvisor's Amsterdam Page. TimeOut Amsterdam is another great source.

Since it is considered the most bike friendly city in the world, I recommend that as transportation to wherever you go!

If you would like to more personalized suggestions, contact me at The Traveler's Toast.

Happy travels!

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