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Best things to do in Amsterdam

Discover the city according to locals. Find the best things to do, places to eat, and get priceless advice from the people who live here.

Park
“The Vondelpark is a public urban park of 47 hectares (120 acres). It is Amsterdam's most popular park, attracting thousands of tourists, residents and everyone in between every day.”
1381 locals recommend
Art Museum
“The Rijksmuseum is one of Amsterdam’s grandest and most popular museums. Its vast collection showcases iconic art and a wide variety of artefacts that reflect more than 800 years of Dutch and global history, including paintings by the likes of Rembrandt, Van Gogh and countless more Dutch masters.”
1347 locals recommend
Historic Site
“The Anne Frank House is a writer's house and biographical museum dedicated to Jewish wartime diarist Anne Frank.”
887 locals recommend
Souvenir Shop
“For architecture lovers! The main building (1973) was designed by Gerrit Rietveld, a famous Dutch architect. The new part (1999) was designed by Japanese architect Kisho Kurokawa. Enjoy Vincent van Gogh paintings + temporary exhibitions all year round. A must see! ”
799 locals recommend
Market
“Nice local market in “de Pijp” where almost everything is sold. Also a nice place to buy groceries if you want to cook at home.”
816 locals recommend
Aquarium
“Great place, especially the Micropia. You may not like animals kept in cages (good point), so Artis went into the micro animal world. Super interesting, also for (younger) kids ”
513 locals recommend
Food Court
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“De Foodhallen is a must go for any food lover. A hall with many high quality food stands in an old tram station. Make sure you go with an empty stomach and do not leave until you have tried at least eight different stands! Our favourites are, of course, the traditional Dutch bitterballen; the dim sum; The Butcher burgers (but please check my recommendation for The Butcher on Albert Cuypstraat); and the oyster bar! There is live music on some days, so please check the website for what's on.”
668 locals recommend
Plaza
“The famous Dam Square! Go shopping or visit different tourist attractions, there is a lot to do here! ”
359 locals recommend
Brewery
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“The Heineken Experience is one of Amsterdam’s most authentic and famous attractions. Located in the center, this old factory used to manufacture all of the brand’s beer until 1988, when the main production line was moved to a larger facility outside the city due to overwhelming demand for the product. Nowadays it operates as a museum and tourist attraction which has been visited by millions of people from all over the world since it opened its doors in 2001. The Heineken Experience includes an interactive self-guided walk through the factory, a Heineken tasting session, fun information about the company’s history and the Heineken logo and much more!”
412 locals recommend
Plaza
“the major museums are all located on this square, also the iconic I AMSTERDAM letters.”
419 locals recommend
Shopping Mall
“Local to the flat are the nearby 9 beautiful shopping streets, lovely to explore. ”
740 locals recommend
Brewery
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“There is a lot to see and do in Amsterdam, all depending on your taste. If we were in the neighborhood, you could run into us and other locals at Brouwerij ’t IJ on Funenkade (15 min walk). Local craft beer since the 1980s. And it’s in a windmill, doesn’t get more Dutch than that. The tasting room is open daily from 2pm until 8pm. Lots of tourists nowadays, but also many locals because the beer is great and relatively cheap. Locals show up after work hours, i.e. 6pm.”
698 locals recommend
Neighborhood
“Loads of cafes and restaurants in the park. Lovely Sunday market on the first Sunday of the month. Lots of arty stalls, food stalls and vintage. ”
614 locals recommend
Music Venue
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“Many famous singers started their journey here. Lenny Krawitz being one... set in a church, this venue is quite something.”
545 locals recommend
Plaza
“Lots of bars and clubs there. Check out the Melkweg, Paradiso, Sugar Factory, Waterhole, Bourbon Street...”
348 locals recommend
Market
“an excellent organic farmers market held on Saturdays at the Nordermarkt from 09h - 16h. The wild mushroom stall is wonderful and Le Perron sells great bread. The place to go for picnic supplies before you hire a boat and picnic on the canals”
530 locals recommend