A go-to city destination in Europe, Amsterdam is funky, entertaining, artistic, exciting, and most of all, beautiful. Spending a day, a week, a month, or even a year will never prove enough to fully experience the loveliness of Amsterdam, but you can still try. Forget about the reputation of bad weather and book your ticket now.
Where to stay
Amsterdam offers wonderful accommodation that range from small boutique hotels to high-end exclusive hotels. Most of these hotels and even hostels have interesting interior design making your stay more unique and fun.
The Student Hotel – this hotel/student accommodation is one of its kind as it houses students throughout the year but also keeps its doors open to visitors. This hotel caters to modern young people by providing a game area with pool tables and baby football, a gym, and much more. Not only that but the place is spacious, colorful, and extremely stylish. $$
Conservatorium Hotel – this hotel, more luxurious than the others, is glamorous and well designed. The service is excellent, along with its restaurants and range of services. $$$
The Hoxton Amsterdam – part of a chain across Europe, the Hoxton offers a warm and stylish stay that doesn’t disappoint its other locations. The rooms have that minimalistic trendy Dutch design, the service is friendly, and the lobby is relaxing. It’s the perfect mix of comfort and contemporary design. $$$
Lloyd Hotel & Cultural Embassy – another unique hotel that, for the first time, offers rooms rated 1* to 5* so there’s a variety in terms of prices. Don’t expect the worst from the less expensive rooms, each one is comfortable and has its own specific charm. The style is slightly more peculiar than the other trendy design hotels but nonetheless it’s a cool place to stay. $-$$$$
Hotel De Hallen – this one is slightly quirkier than the others with more funky decorations notwithstanding the clean and contemporary design. It’s not directly in the city center which will allow you to relax in more peaceful and artistic surroundings. $$$
Where to eat
There’s so much choice when it comes to the restaurants in Amsterdam. High-end or food stalls, Indonesian or traditional Dutch, you’ll never get enough of the deliciousness of it all.
SLA – The place you go if you want something healthy. Juices, smoothies, salad bar, anything that will make you feel rejuvenated. Absolutely delicious.
De Hallen Market – not much of a market but more of a center that offers a range of food choices, cultural fixes, and more. A definite must to do a little bit of everything in one building.
Pluk – another pretty cafe/restaurant with a beautifully lit interior and oh so delicious food.
The Pancake Bakery – craving pancakes? If you come here you’ll have a large selection of flavors and pancake styles. A sort of institution in Amsterdam for pancakes.
Bakers & Roasters – absolutely wonderful for breakfast/brunch. Expect long queues as this place is quite popular amongst locals for great food and coffee.
Restaurant De Kas – modern interior design and tasty food located in an old greenhouse.
Where to get your dose of coffee
Cozy and trendy places, delicious coffee and snacks, don’t miss out on Amsterdam’s coffeeshops
Coffee & Coconuts – located in a large remodeled 1920s cinema, Coffee & Coconuts will make you feel like you’re somewhere in Hawaii. The atmosphere is slightly tropical and super cozy thanks to its beanbags. Their specialty? Fresh coconuts, don’t hesitate to hydrate yourself with a coco.
Cotton Cake – part shop, part cafe; this place is ideal for casual shopping and chilling in a cozy atmosphere. A great place to start your day with a light breakfast and coffee.
Scandinavian Embassy – with a lovely and small interior, along with possibly the best coffee in Amsterdam and succulent food, this place will not disappoint.
What to do
There are a million things to do in Amsterdam so there’s no way of getting bored. Explore the many markets, go listen to some music, or walk endlessly throughout the city.
Albert Cuyp Market – a daily market that sells everything from food to very inexpensive clothing.
Smoke up – burry yourself away in the corner of a traditional coffeeshop… you might stay there for quite a while.
Walk around the hip neighborhoods – Jordaan & de Pijp are probably the most trendy, young, and fun. These are the areas where you’ll find up-and-coming restaurants and cozy cafes.
Museums – the most famous everybody already knows but once again, there’s the Anne Frank, the Tulip Museum, the Rembrandt Museum…