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Discover our favourite hotels, restaurants, nightlife and things to do in Amsterdam right now.
This insider's city guide has been a long time in the making. We've eaten in countless Amsterdam restaurants, dined in the best local eateries, and visited the latest local hotspots. We've also asked the most discerning locals we know to share their favourite local hangouts – whether brand new or classic institutions. We bring you our hand-picked selection of our favourite places in Amsterdam right now.
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Whether you're looking for the ultimate luxury hotel, a cosy boutique hotel, or an ultra-cool design hotel, here is our pick of the best places to stay in Amsterdam.
1. Wow Factor!
WALDORF ASTORIA AMSTERDAM
Historic magnificence combines with contemporary sophistication at this luxurious hotel.
Situated in the heart of Amsterdam’s city centre, the 5-star Waldorf Astoria Hotel is set across six prestigious 17th and 18th century palaces overlooking the picturesque Herengracht canal. Boasting the city’s largest courtyard garden, the hotel offers splendid views, and enjoys close proximity to prestigious museums such as the Rijksmuseum and the Stedelijk. Echoing this historic and cultural richness, the hotel’s interiors are infused with the timeless elegance of a marble staircase designed by Louis XIV’s personal architect Daniel Marot, and the magnificent trompe l’oeil rococo decor by 18th century Dutch master, Jacob Maurer. Make sure to visit the hotel’s opulent Guerlain Spa, the indoor swimming pool – a rarity in the city –, as well as the two-star Michelin restaurant, the Librije’s Zusje Amsterdam. $$$
Herengracht 542-556, 1017 CG Amsterdam
waldorfastoria3.hilton.com | +31 20 718 4600
2. Cutting-Edge ...
ANDAZ AMSTERDAM PRINSENGRACHT
Expect cutting-edge interiors courtesy of world-famous Dutch designer, Marcel Wanders.
Nestled between two of Amsterdam’s major canals - the Prinsengracht and the Keizersgracht - the Andaz Amsterdam blends contemporary style with a distinctly boutique hotel feel. Surrounded by art galleries and fashion houses in the fashionable Jordaan neighbourhood, the hotel is set within a building which was formerly a public library. The hotel’s immaculate public spaces showcase exquisite antiques, designer armchairs, Delft-blue ceilings, clean-cut lines and graphic murals. Acclaimed designer Marcel Wanders give Dutch heritage a sleek 21st-century spin throughout the hotel’s 122 rooms, featuring sunshine yellow armchairs, stylish wall-art and garden views. After a day spent exploring the city on one of the hotel’s free bikes, unwind at the spa before reserving a table at Bluespoon Restaurant with low-lit interiors and a farm-to-table culinary ethos. €€€
Prinsengracht 587, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
amsterdam.prinsengracht.andaz.hyatt.com | +31 20 523 1234
3. Designer Haven ...
THE CONSERVATORIUM HOTEL
Discover one of Amsterdam's most impressive luxury design hotels.
Having opened its doors in late 2011, the sophisticated Conservatorium Hotel brings a sense of understated modern luxury to Amsterdam’s 5-star luxury hotel scene. With a breathtaking setting in a former music conservatory, the hotel's central lobby and lounge areas feature soaring glass ceilings bound to impress - the perfect setting for a relaxing cocktail or afternoon tea. Don’t miss a visit to the Akasaha Holistic Wellbeing Center with its state-of-the-art gym facilities, a Pilates and yoga studio, swimming pool, and lengthy list of indulgent beauty treatments. €€€
Van Baerlestraat 27, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
conservatoriumhotel.com | +31 20 570 0000
4. Boutique Chic ...
Discover one of Amsterdam's most stylish design hotels.
The gorgeous Canal House Hotel is set across three 17th-century merchant's houses on the picturesque canals of central Amsterdam. Evoking the light and dark palette of traditional Dutch paintings, the hotel’s 23 guest rooms blend a contemporary colour scheme of purple, black and white with silk wallpapers and velvet draperies. Original fireplaces and beams, gleaming hardwood floors, and black or copper mosaic tiles complete the glamorous look. Most of the high-windowed rooms offer views of the hotel’s private garden (one of the largest in Amsterdam) or the picturesque Keizersgracht canal. The Garden restaurant offers one of the city’s prettiest al fresco dining and drinking spots during the warmer months. With a peaceful location in Jordaan, you’ll be only a short walk from the trendy Nine Streets shopping district, the iconic Flower Market, and Amsterdam’s city centre. €€€
Keizersgracht 148 1015, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
canalhouse.nl | +31 20 622 5182
5. Local Institution ...
This stylish hotel delivers designer accommodation, a prime central location and refined dining.
Set within a former 17th century theatre where the famous composer Vivaldi once performed, the Dylan Amsterdam is one of the city’s finest design hotels. Acclaimed British designer Anouska Hempel combines the building’s original 17th-century fixtures with sophisticated Eastern accents of black lacquer, cardinal red and mahogany, referencing The Netherlands' Asian colonial history. 40 cutting-edge rooms and suites feature marble bathtubs and luxurious four-poster beds while enjoying views of either the Keizersgracht canal or the hotel’s quiet inner courtyard. Chef Dennis Kuiper’s Michelin-star Vinkeles Restaurant serves inventive French-inspired cuisine. Located along the pretty Keizersgracht canal, The Dylan Amsterdam has one of the city’s most enviable addresses close to Amsterdam’s chic shopping district, The Nine Streets. €€€
Keizersgracht 384, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
dylanamsterdam.com | +31 20 530 2010
6. Fun & Quirky ...
HOTEL DE HALLEN
Post-industrial chic meets Scandinavian vintage decor in the Oud-West neighbourhood.
Formerly a vintage tram station dating back to the early 20th century, Hotel De Hallen is situated in the vibrant Oud-West area, one of Amsterdam’s hippest quarters, buzzing with trendy cafés and bistros. Part of the lively De Hallen (“The Halls”) complex which features a library, cinema, boutiques as well as an indoor food market, the hotel combines the rich heritage of its site with a unique contemporary post-industrial feel. Elegantly decorated with stunning Scandinavian furniture, combined with the owner’s personal collection of contemporary artworks, Hotel De Hallen cleverly mingles heritage and innovative design. €€€
Bellamyplein 47, 1053 AT Amsterda, The Netherlands
hoteldehallen.com | +31 20 820 8670
7. Stylish Interiors ...
There’s no place like home, except The Hoxton Amsterdam…
What was once home to the Mayor of Amsterdam in the 17th century is now one of the city’s trendiest hotels, consisting of five historic terrace houses built along the charming Herengracht canal, and within walking distance of the Rijksmuseum and the Van Gogh Museum. Enter The Hoxton Amsterdam and you’ll discover its monumental ceilings and spiral staircases, breathtaking canal views, and homely modernist-hip décor filled with quirky vintage elements. Don’t miss an italian-inspired meal at Lotti’s, the hotel’s in-house restaurant. The Hoxton is in many ways the home you’ve always dreamed of, a delightful combination of sheer cosiness and industrial-chic design. €€€
Herengracht 255, 1016 BJ Amsterdam, The Netherlands
thehoxton.com | +31 20 888 5555
8. Cosy & Eccentric ...
SIR ALBERT HOTEL
Discover this quirky and inviting boutique hotel that will feel like your home-away-from-home.
Housed within a former diamond factory, the imposing red brick facade of the Sir Albert Hotel gives no hint of the irresistibly eclectic world that awaits within. Guests are encouraged to imagine themselves enjoying the antiquarian home of a charismatic, invisible aristocrat, where the concept behind the growing Sir Hotel family proves as quirky as its interior design. As a result, chic designer chairs, plush Persian rugs, funky canvases and library-worthy bookshelves blend together in a contemporary aesthetic. The hotel’s rooms feature ebony-hue wooden floors, luxurious Egyptian cottons and cow-hide chairs. With such playful concepts at work, it’s no surprise that the hotel’s award-winning Japanese restaurant, Izakaya, attracts the neighbourhood’s design-loving foodies. Surrounded by the vibrant restaurants and nightlife of the De Pijp neighbourhood, you’ll be situated in the heart of one of Amsterdam’s trendiest neighbourhoods. €€
Albert Cuypstraat 2-6, 1072 CT Amsterdam
siralberthotel.com | +31 20 305 3020
Average Price of a Double Room: € = Around €100 or less; €€ = Around €200; €€€ = > €300
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Whether you're looking for a fabulous foodie dining spot, the city's best casual eatery, or a see-and-be-seen dining spot, here is our pick of the best places to eat in Amsterdam right now.
1. Foodie Favourite ...
RESTAURANT DE KAS
Enjoy fresh and creative gastronomy cuisine featuring ingredients sourced from the surrounding garden.
With a dramatic setting in a converted 1926 glasshouse in the picturesque Frankendael Park in southeast Amsterdam, De Kas Restaurant & Nursery was conceived by owner Gert Jan Hageman. Seeking to offer the freshest possible vegetables, herbs and edible flowers grown in the restaurant’s gardens and nearby sustainable farms, Hageman partnered with acclaimed local designer, Piet Boon, to transform the space into an open glass dining room. Homegrown produce features heavily throughout chefs Ronald Kunis and Bas Wiegel’s (ex-River Cafe, London) daily-changing menu, presented as either a three-course menu or a more indulgent ten-course chef’s table menu. Starters feature vegetable-based dishes and salads picked from the garden at sunrise each day, such as aubergine salad with aubergine caviar served with greens and tomatoes. Closed on Sundays. €€€
Kamerlingh Onneslaan 3, 1097 DE Amsterdam, Netherlands
restaurantdekas.nl | +31 20 462 4562
2. Lobster & Steak …
Enjoy a minimalist menu of superb steaks and succulent lobster in an eye-popping dining space.
Amsterdam’s glamorous Restaurant Red offers one of the city’s most unique dining experiences - with only two main dishes on its (very) short menu, feast upon either roasted Canadian lobster or South American beef fillet steaks. Set within an ancient canal house on the picturesque Keizersgracht canal, the most difficult decision will be deciding between the butter-baked, 7-ounce beef tournedos served with Bearnaise sauce; or the 500 gram whole lobster served with either mayonnaise or the beurré du chef. If you can’t decide between them, order the ‘surf and turf’ and receive a half portion of each dish. A fresh green salad and hand cut French fries offer the perfect accompaniment. €€
Keizersgracht 594, 1017 EN Amsterdam, Netherlands
restaurantred.nl | +31 20 320 1824
3. Fun & Lively ...
Savour fine Italian cuisine served tapas style at this award-winning eatery.
Envy boasts a novel dining concept in central Amsterdam: generous-sized tapas portions presented in an attractive, sleek dining space with a state-of-the-art open kitchen, dark wood accents, and sultry, low hanging spotlights. Having been awarded a ‘Bib Gourmand’ for five consecutive years by France’s Michelin food guide, Envy offers a modern take on the traditional Italian delicatessen. Chef Michael Wolf presents delicacies such as baked langoustine with kohlrabi and cream of green peas. Envy’s selection of premium charcuterie and cheese is showcased within a row of 26 glass-door refrigerators in the main dining room. Envy’s excellent sister wine bar, Vyne, is also located on the same street. €€
Prinsengracht 381, 1016 HL Amsterdam, Netherlands
envy.nl | +31 20 344 6407
4. Heavenly Roasted Chicken …
A champion of fresh, wholesome and affordable French-Flemish cuisine in Amsterdam.
Rijsel Rotisserie has made a name for itself as the home of Amsterdam’s finest rotisserie chicken. Housed in a former domestic science school, Rijsel is designed with trendy, industrial touch with rough wooden floors and high ceilings, along with homely, mismatched cabinets. An open kitchen lends its buzz to the sociable dining room, turning out a steady stream of juicy meats, fresh fish, baked potatoes and crisp salads. A blend of French and Flemish cuisine, the regularly-changing menu is best accompanied by a crisp glass of Cremant and a selection of patés. A coveted Rijsel reservation is hard to come by, so be sure to plan ahead. Open Monday to Friday from 6pm. €€
Marcusstraat 52, 1091TK Amsterdam
rijsel.com | +31 20 463 2142
5. Local Gem …
To spend an evening at Balthazar’s Keuken is to discover one of Amsterdam’s favourite dinner parties.
Finding a natural home in Amsterdam's hip Jordaan district, Balthazar’s open keuken ("kitchen") spills out into a buzzing dining room, where friendly staff introduce a three-course menu inspired by the freshest seasonal market produce. Changing on a weekly basis, Balthazar’s menu is as inventive as it is affordable - expect everything from stir-fried mussels to Turkish flatbreads, succulent lamb ribs or rabbit confit. In the glow of industrial light-bulbs, the friendly staff weave through the cosy dining space, earning Balthazar’s its reputation as the neighbourhood’s home away from home. In the summertime, be sure to reserve a street-side table to soak in the animated local vibe. €€
Elandsgracht 108, 1016 VA Amsterdam
balthazarskeuken.nl | +31 20 420 2114
6. Trendy Scene ...
Enjoy designer dining at the ultra-stylish Andaz Amsterdam Hotel.
Renowned designer Marcel Wanders lends his inimitable flair to the Andaz Amsterdam, home to one of the city’s most stylish dining destinations. Swathed in blacks and midnight blues, the drama of Wanders’ dining room is the perfect stage for Bluespoon’s open kitchen, where Chef Kaspar Stiekema and his team can be seen conjuring European flavours. With a menu that champions local farmers and artisan purveyors, Stiekema’s dedication to the fresh and seasonal is self-evident: while dining, guests can enjoy views of his herb garden. Begin an evening at the Andaz with a cocktail in the speakeasy-style Bluespoon Bar before joining a discerning clientele in the restaurant to sample guinea fowl and coppa ham, beef tenderloin with pommes dauphine or single malt beef steak tartare. €€
Prinsengracht 587, 1016 HT Amsterdam
hyatt.com | +31 20 523 1234
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Whether you're looking for the perfect cocktail, the city's best alfresco bar, or a late-night club, here is our pick of the best places to drink and party in Amsterdam right now.
1. Wow Factor!
One of Amsterdam's most stylish dining and nightlife sanctuaries.
In the heart of Amsterdam’s elegant Museumplein, The Conservatorium Hotel’s dramatic medley of dining and nightlife experiences has made it a magnet for the city’s cosmopolitans. Set within a cathedral-esque inner courtyard, the Brasserie and Lounge is an architectural showpiece for relaxed brunches, decadent afternoon teas and elegant pre-concert dinners. In the glass-walled kitchen at Taiko, Chef Schilo Van Coevorden puts a contemporary spin on Asian cuisine, drawing the eyes of every guest in the sultry restaurant. Cocktail lovers should head for the chic intimacy of Tunes Bar, with its reputation for pitch-perfect gin and tonics, weekend DJ sets and tasty Asian tapas. Don’t miss the chance to test the skills of the Sake sommelier to perfectly compliment the Atlantic Lobster Tandoori, Scottish Salmon Sashimi or Duck Gyoza. €€
Van Baerlestraat 27, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
conservatoriumhotel.com | +31 20 570 0000
2. Hidden Speakeasy ...
This hidden, secretive speakeasy attracts the city’s cocktail aficionados.
As one of Amsterdam’s most secretive cocktail bars, Door 74 is hidden away behind an inconspicuous and elusive black facade. In fact, you’d be forgiven for thinking Door74 doesn’t want to be found at all. However, as soon as you step inside this dimly-lit 1920’s style speakeasy, you’ll discover a warm, cosy and welcoming atmosphere with a touch of glamour - the perfect setting for sipping expertly-crafted cocktails. Self-described as a place where you can enjoy "classic cocktails, champagne and proper late-night drinking", Door 74’s expert mixologists craft fantastic cocktails such as ‘The Liberation’ with Beefeater 24 gin, homemade marmalade-rose syrup, marjoram and lime. Call or email ahead to reserve a table. €€
Reguliersdwarsstraat 74I, 1017 BN Amsterdam
door-74.com | +31 6 34045122
3. Local Gem ...
A cosy, casual all-day cafe and bar in Amsterdam with vintage-chic appeal.
Join the locals at this versatile hangout, where coffee by day gives way to laid-back revelry by night. Stylishly shabby, Louis’ battered plasterwork reveals the beautiful red brickwork beneath, while vintage mirrors reflect ramshackle bookcases, industrial lighting and an easy-going crowd. People-watchers are best served by Louis’ towering windows, which frame an idyllic snapshot of Amsterdam life complete with weaving bicycles and a canalside backdrop. When the sun sets, platters of nachos, chicken-wings and burgers find their way to the after-work crowd who congregate at school-style tables to enjoy Louis’ range of beers. Don’t be surprised if you make a new friend in the form of the resident ginger cat. A welcome hideaway at any time of day or night. €€
Singel 43, 1012 VC Amsterdam
louis-amsterdam.nl | +31 20 752 6328
4. Late-Night Dancing ...
A high-tech fantasy world for late-night dancing and partying.
Following a dramatic renovation by acclaimed Dutch designer Marcel Wanders in 2010, Club AIR came to life as one of Amsterdam’s coolest nightspots. Capable of holding up to 1,300 club-goers on any one night, Club AIR is a monument to high-tech fantasy. The club's cutting-edge design allows the Club AIR team’s imaginations free rein, with configuration-changing, movable walls, and an electronic light-display wall measuring over 100 square meters. Colorful spotlights play off ceiling canvasses. Vibrations emanate from the state-of-the-art Void Acoustics Air Motion sound system. Aromatic fragrances waft through the nightclub to complete the sensory overload. Leave your wallet in your personal electronic locker at the door and credit your Club AIR card with funds to pay for drinks, avoiding the hassle of bar tabs and lost credit cards at the end of the night. €€
Amstelstraat 16, 1017 DA Amsterdam
air.nl | +31 20 820 0670
5. Cool Club ...
Step into Jimmy Woo’s sultry world and party with the city’s trendy set.
Amsterdam’s legendary late-night party spot, Jimmy Woo nightclub attracts the city’s party-loving crowd with its sultry, Asian-inspired interiors and cutting-edge DJ sounds. Named after a fictitious nocturnal triad boss named “Jimmy Woo” dreamed up by the owner, Casper Reinders, the club’s interiors are a throwback to Old World Shanghai with rich silk fabrics, sleek black lacquer, a 19th-century opium bed and Japanese lanterns. Jimmy Woo’s dance floor is illuminated with 12,000 light bulbs, which casts a glow over the surrounding hedonistic scene. Start the evening at Jimmy Woo's upstairs Asian-themed bar; after 1 a.m., the action moves downstairs to the cutting-edge dance floor, featuring one of Europe's premier sound systems which erupts with DJ-spun R&B, hip-hop, disco, funk, soul and house music. €€€
Korte Leidsedwarsstraat 18, 1017 RC Amsterdam
jimmywoo.com | +31 20 626 3150
6. Neighbourhood Bar ...
Try 007’s own cocktail recipe at this funky late-night hotspot.
Located on a picturesque square in Amsterdam’s hip Jordaan district, the trendy Vesper Bar is an intimate night spot with black-leather bar stools, warm wooden tables and dark window shades. James Bond photos and memorabilia evoke memories of Casino Royale's Vesper Lynd, 007's one true love. Vesper Bar’s award-winning bar team has crafted a superb menu of cocktails, combining top-shelf liquors with fresh, seasonal ingredients and exotic tea-cup shaped cocktail glasses. The short-yet-sharp menu of 12 colorfully described cocktails tends to change every three months. The signature Vesper martini (from Bond's own recipe) blends three measures of Gordon's gin, one measure of vodka and a half measure of Kina Lillet, served with a large slice of fresh lemon peel. Vesper's glowing reputation among Amsterdam's cocktail aficionados makes this a popular local night spot. Closed on Sundays. €€
Vinkenstraat 57, 1013 JM Amsterdam
vesperbar.nl | No Telephone
7. Wine Bar ...
A wine-lover’s haven in Amsterdam's trendy Jordaan District.
One of Amsterdam's most sophisticated wine bars, Vyne wine bar offers the city’s best international wine lists by the glass. This long, narrow space designed by acclaimed Dutch architects, Concrete Design, features sleek, designer communal tables and suede banquettes which stretch from one end of the room to the other. The wine list has been expertly curated by Vyne’s crack bar team, featuring selections from France, Italy, Spain, South Africa and Australia, along with more unusual bottles from Lebanon and even locally produced wines from the Netherlands. Vyne’s sophisticated wine storage technology enables guests to enjoy a lengthy selection of wines by the glass. Don’t miss the delicious menu of bar snacks and sharing plates, or for a more substantial meal head to Vyne’s sister restaurant, Envy, only a few doors away. €€
Prinsengracht 411, 1016 HM Amsterdam
vyne.nl | +31 20 344 6408
Average Price of a Drink: € = Less than €10; €€ = Around €20; €€€ = More than €30
SEE + DO
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Don't miss these incredible Amsterdam museums, cultural landmarks and local experiences.
Iconic Landmarks ...
Amsterdam boasts many fantastic landmarks and sights to visit during your time in the city. Make sure to explore Oudezijds (“Old Side”), Amsterdam’s oldest neighbourhood, where you’ll find Amsterdam’s eyebrow-raising Red Light District with sex shops and legalised brothels. It's also home to Dam Square, Amsterdam’s main square, which acts as the city’s central meeting place, outdoor market, performance space and commercial shopping district; Koninklijk Paleis, the city’s imposing town hall; and the oldest church in the city, De Oude Kerk, with its 14th century Gothic basilica featuring wooden vaulted ceilings, beautiful stained glass and rare ceiling paintings. From June to September, book ahead to climb its octagonal Gothic-Renaissance tower which boasts spectacular city views. The Grachtengordel Canals represents a series of four major canals encircling the ancient city centre of Amsterdam, and can be easily navigated by boat or on foot. Earning the nickname “The Venice of the North”, the city’s Canal Loop incorporates the Singel, Herengracht, Keizersgracht and Prinsensgracht Canals, a network that has surrounded the historic centre of Amsterdam since the 17th century. A UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2010, the waterways’ charming bridges and traditional houses are a sight to be seen. Cruising along the labyrinth-like canals is one of the best ways to see the city’s best sights and to sample a taste of the local Amsterdam way of life. Expect to see beautiful 17th-century mansions with large open windows, rustic houseboats, ornate bridges and beautiful architecture ranging from medieval to modern. Taking a cruise around sunrise or sunset will guarantee incredible views. The Canal Company offer a comprehensive regular boat service with three major routes throughout the city. You can also enjoy a private dinner cruise around the canals for a more romantic experience.
Museums & Art Galleries ...
Open to the public since 2000, the futuristic NEMO science museum by architect Renzo Piano is an imposing focal point of Amsterdam's waterfront, shaped like a battleship and with a roof that doubles as a public square, people visit this art museum as much for the architecture as for the exhibitions. A superb hands-on museum, expect an interactive experience amidst NEMO’s superb installations - extend your knowledge of chemistry, biology and computer science in a vibrant, fun environment. Celebrating the world of world-famous artist Vincent Van Gogh and other celebrated modern artists, the Van Gogh Museum is housed within an understated 1960s modernist building in the Museum Quarter. A dramatic exhibition wing by Japanese architect Kisho Kurokawa was recently added to the museum and is a sight in itself, while the world’s largest collection of works by Van Gogh awaits. With a collection boasting over 500 drawings, 800 letters and 220 paintings, the museum exhibits 50 paintings at any one time, organised into five major chronological periods of the artist’s life. Devoted to fine arts, crafts and the artistic history of the Netherlands, the Rijksmuseum - affectionately nicknamed the Rijk - boasts one of the finest collections of the Dutch Golden Age. With a collection numbering over 30,000 art objects, 17,000 historical documents and 5000 paintings including masterpieces by Vermeer, Jan Van Huysum Jan Steen and Rembrandt, the museum is housed within a grand 19th century neo-Gothic building in the Museum Quarter. With one of the finest collections of modern and contemporary art in the Netherlands, the Stedelijk Museum nestles in a 19th-century building in the Museum Quarter. Expanded in 2012 to showcase the superb collection, the Museum primarily honours the artistic trends of the second half of the 20th century, including New Realism Pop Art and COBRA. Don’t miss the works of surrealist photographer Man Ray, set amidst an enviable collection of modern photography.
Design in Amsterdam
The Moooi Gallery is acclaimed Dutch artist Marcel Wander’s renowned art gallery and design store, showcasing a cutting-edge selection of his best pieces, including oversized black lamps and bold, modern furniture. The store also curates pieces from hot up-and-coming artists, along with books, accessories and much more. Frozen Fountain is a multi-level design store and art gallery which champions well-known local and international designers, including famous Dutch designers including Marcel Wanders and Piet Hein Eek. This is the perfect place to find limited edition homewares, furniture and design objects. Wonderwood design store specialises in vintage plywood designs, where owner Wiet Hekking curates a cutting-edge selection of wooden furniture and re-editions of rare mid-20th century classics by Egon Eiermann and Marcel Breuer.
Anne Frank House ...
The legendary story of Anne Frank’s House dates back to 1942 when the Germans began to capture the Jewish population in Amsterdam. The Frank and Van Pels families went into hiding for 25 months in a secret annexe in the Anne Frank House (Anne Frank Huise). Their daughter, Anne, kept a diary during the ordeal, detailing a harrowing tale of their life in hiding. The family were betrayed in 1944 and sent to a concentration camp, where they were subsequently killed. Anne was only 15 years old. Over 900,000 people visit this museum every year, where you can learn more about the family’s story and take a tour of the house, including its secret living areas. To avoid the lengthy queues, we recommend booking tickets for the museum online in advance.
The Flower Market ...
Whatever the season, a visit to Amsterdam’s famous Flower Market offers a unique local experience. The world’s only floating flower market, a riot of colour can be found on the market’s houseboats, which double as floating stalls filled with thousands of fresh flowers.
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