Any last minute tips for Amsterdam? Leaving in the morning and staying until Christmas Eve.
- Wok To WalkReguliersbreestraat 45, 1017 CM Amsterdam, Netherlandsrecommended Wok To WalkQuick, delicious food for cheap!
- Oude KerkOudekerksplein 23, Amsterdam 1012 The Netherlandsrecommended Oude KerkDutch for 'Old Church,' this church is smack in the middle of the main bit of the red-light district. For those interested in architectural history, it is purportedly the oldest building in Amsterdam. ... read moreThe spartan interior speaks to the aesthetic of Dutch Calvinism and there is something for grave-hunters too.D'Maris Coffman
If you're in the neighbourhood...recommended Oude KerkThe 'Old Church' in the center of Amsterdam's red-light district, the spare wooden interior of the church is truly lovely, and has great atmosphere. Numerous eminent personages are buried beneath the ... read moreflagstones that make up the cathedral floor.Matthew Crompton
- Hotel De GoudfazantAambeeldstraat 10 H, 1021 KB Amsterdam, Netherlandsrecommended Hotel De GoudfazantI do love me some industrial chic, and Hotel de Goudfazant delivers in spades, shovels and exposed infrastructure. The "Good Pheasant" restaurant features adventurous plates like veal tongue along ... read morewith less challenging tastes like gnocchi with chioggia beets and goat cheese. I really enjoyed not only the adventure of getting here, but the experience of being here. Exceptional service, great atmosphere, and delicious food. Four thumbs up!Julia P
Another fun spot for dinner.
- Noordermarkt Organic Farmer's MarketNoordermarkt, 1015 Amsterdam, The Netherlandsrecommended Noordermarkt Organic Farmer's MarketThose who enjoy a good stroll through piles of vegetables and towers of cheese, with an occasional stop off to fondle scarves and antiques, will really dig the Noordermarkt. I definitely did. Stop off ... read moreat Cafe Winkel for a slice of apple cake after your visit.Julia P
- Entrecôte et les DamesVan Baerlestraat 47, Amsterdamrecommended Entrecôte et les DamesSteak, fries and salad. Incredible tarragon sauce for the steak, mayonnaise that's a cut above for the fries (yes, I have been living in Europe for almost 8 years, and I have mayo on my fries. So ... read morethere, Pulp Fiction.) And to start, fresh, nearly perfect gem lettuce leaves. Other sexy little touches include leaving your bottle of wine on the table and charging only for how much you've polished off at the end of the meal, and the delightful second helping of steak and fries that comes to the rescue just as you think the deliciousness is about to end.Julia P
Great place for dinner!
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Take the ferry to the north side of Amsterdam, crossing the 'IJ' towards NDSM werf. Have a drink at Noorderlicht or Pllek. Visit the EYE filmmuseum. Check out the skatepark http://www.iamsterdam.com/en-GB/Ndtrc/Skatepark%20Amsterdam%20in%20de%20NDSMloods. Into music? visit Muziekgebouw aan het IJ, Paradiso (Leidse square) or get last minute tickects for the Concertgebouw (main hall); all 3 great buildings! In any case, rent a bike and tour the city.
- Maoz FalafelFerdinand Bolstraat 67, 1072 LC Amsterdam, Netherlandsrecommended Maoz FalafelMaoz is a falafel joint, of the order that keeps Europe thanking the Middle East for bringing something this awesome to its streets. Step one: head inside and select your base; I prefer the falafel ... read morewith hummus and aubergine. Step two: load up with tasty toppings from the bar. Step three: stand there with the rest of the crowd mowing down. Step four, head back to the bar for more toppings and repeat steps two and three until embarrassingly stuffed. Maoz: just another little thing that makes Amsterdam great.Matthew Crompton
- Coffeeshop AmnesiaHerengracht 133, Amsterdam, Netherlandsrecommended Coffeeshop AmnesiaLet's be honest: for many people, the name 'Amsterdam' is synonymous with drug tourism. And while the red-light district is chock-a-block with places selling high-grade sinsemilla, few coffeeshops (as ... read moresuch establishments are called in the Netherlands) have as pleasant an atmosphere as Amnesia, located a short distance away on the Herengracht. They've got the usual selection of edibles and pre-rolled spliffs, and vaporizers available for those who aren't cool with smoking. The coffee isn't bad either.Matthew Crompton
One of my favorite "coffeshops" in Amsterdam.
- Mac BikeWeteringschans 2, 1017 SG Amsterdam, Netherlandsrecommended Mac BikeThe ubiquitous Mac Bikes (riding one instantly brands you as a tourist) was my go-to source for pedal-powered transportation whilst in Amsterdam. While the cheaper black bikes are okay, I'd suggest ... read moregoing for the slightly more expensive bikes that have actual hand-brakes, as the coaster brakes on the black bikes I find generally less reliable. All in all, equipment is well-maintained, and the guys at the shop are friendly and helpful. You can find them on the north edge of the center, near the train station.Matthew Crompton
Definitely rent a bike and just cycle around -- it's the perfect way to see the city.
- Flower MarketSingelrecommended Flower MarketThis is cool, especially for those of us who are into tulips. Really enchanting. And it is stunning to contemplate how long these markets have been in operation.
- Van Gogh MuseumPaulus Potterstraat 7, Amsterdam, NH 1071 CX Netherlands
- De KasKamerlingh Onneslaan 3, 1097 DE Amsterdam, Netherlandsrecommended De KasUpscale dutch dining may seem like a contradiction in terms, but this is a great little restaurant with an inviting atmosphere and very good food with a social conscience.
- RijksmuseumJan Luijkenstraat 1, Amsterdam, NH 1071 ZD Netherlandsrecommended RijksmuseumBrilliant museum and very important in the history of public museumship as well. You can spend a day here, but should at least spend an afternoon. Centrally located too.