Restaurants

From the refined cuisine to the quick bite, Amsterdam has it. In Amsterdam you can eat or drink in so many ways: romantic, hip, vegetarian or exclusive. There is a restaurant for every taste and for every company. The disadvantage of a big city is there are also many bad restaurants, so always look first at the menu (never one with pictures!!) and the prices.

Some of our favorites

Loetje – There are several Loetje's in Amsterdam, different styles, but all with the delicious well-known steak.
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Various

The canals with their beautiful houses, the narrow streets, an abundance of history and culture. But also lots of terraces and nice restaurants, going out and partying. The latest news about Amsterdam, you can find on www.iamsterdam.com

Shops

 

In the shops of Amsterdam you shop for clothes of established international designers and young, up-and-coming Amsterdam talent. Head to De 9 straatjes for hip labels and exclusive boutiques or stroll along the Kalverstraat for the major fashion brands. Pimp your home with old treasures from an antique market or update it with the new treasures from designstores. Mix and match your wardrobe with the latest fashion and unique unieke vintage finds. In short: shop until you drop!

Struin over de Stroll about the Amsterdam local markets

Apart from the famous Albert Cuypmarkt and Waterloopleinmarkt, every neighbourhood in Amsterdam has its own market to browse. Go for bargain hunting at the Ten Katemarkt, search the trinkets at the flea market in the IJ-Halls, or go organic and eat&drink at the Pure Market. Check the overview of markets in Amsterdam.

Kaart van Amsterdam door Saskia Rasink

Culture

Amsterdam takes its name from its location at a dam in the Amstel river built in the 13th century. The place was given shortly after 1300 city rights, became a pilgrimage site by the Miracle of Amsterdam in 1345 and became one of the most important port and trading cities in the world in the Golden Age. An influx of foreigners from mainly the Southern Netherlands, Germany and the Scandinavian countries led to urban expansions from the end of the 16th century, including the last canals of the fortification, now known as a canal belt and added to the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2010.

Musea

Attractions and attractions in Amsterdam include the Rijksmuseum, the Stedelijk Museum, the Van Gogh Museum and The Maritime Museum, the Anne Frank House.

More unknown musea are:
Moco Museum, lots of modern art in an antique building
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Cat's cabinet, all about Felix Catus in an impressive canal house
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"Our Lord in the attic" - a small Shelter Church
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The National Costume Museum
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Sights

Too much to mention, but for example the Concertgebouw, Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ and EYE Film Museum, Artis Zoo, De Wallen, the Johan Cruijff ArenA and all the small unknown museums, with the most diverse collections. Don't forget the canal cruises, which are always worthwhile. 

With the IAmsterdam City Card you have free admission at many museums. Worthwhile if you are visiting Amsterdam for more days in a row.

Public Transport

From Hoofddorp to Amsterdam you can take a direct train to Amsterdam South or Central. It can also be done with a direct bus that goes to the museum quarter, a nice place to start your visit to Amsterdam. In the information folder in the room there is information about times, routes etc.

In Amsterdam it is best to take the tram or the metro and don't forget the Ferry to Amsterdam North!

Public Transport

Discover Amsterdam and the surrounding region with the Amsterdam & Region Travel Ticket: a special card for public transport, valid in metros, trams, buses and trains of GVB, Connexxion, EBS, AllGo, R-net and NS in the Amsterdam metropolitan area. Valid for 1, 2 or 3 days, also in Haarlem, Zandvoort and Zaanse Schans.
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Bicycles

Cycling If you are not used to cycling, we do not recommend cycling in Amsterdam. It's too crowded. You can cycle with the bike to Amsterdam, if there is not too much wind, it takes at least an hour. 

In Amsterdam itself there are bicycles to rent everywhere, also pedalboats for the canals!

By car

By car In half an hour, you'll be in town. However, parking is a problem. It is very expensive and busy, even though "Amsterdam" tries to keep the car out in the city centre. However, there are possibilities to park via P&R on the outskirts of the city, very cheaply. Ask us for a leaflet. Furthermore, there are a few parking garages where you can stand all day for an attractive rate. 

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