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.

Locals’ favorite places

Here’s your definitive guide to the best parks, restaurants, landmarks and local spots, all according to locals

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1. Vondelpark
1926local recommendations
Femke
Femke says “The place to be, to see Dutchies chill out in the park. Vondelpark is the largest city park in Amste...” ·
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2. Albert Cuyp Market
Albert Cuypstraat
989local recommendations
Jeroen
Jeroen says “The Albert Cuyp market is the largest daily market in Europe. You’ll find the typical Amsterdam-like...” ·
3. iamb&b
330 Nieuwezijds Voorburgwal
695local recommendations
Jeroen
Jeroen says “Our office is located here. During opening hours from 9am until 5.30pm you're freely able to store y...” ·
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4. Foodhallen
51 Bellamyplein
665local recommendations
Sacha
Sacha says “Located in the hip Oud-West neighbourhood, De Hallen is a brand new centre for the arts, crafts, fas...” ·
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5. Pllek
59 T.T. Neveritaweg
442local recommendations
Richard
Richard says “I LOVE Pllek Amsterdam on the banks of the IJ in North. It’s such a creative hotspot! Pllek Amsterda...” ·
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6. Rijksmuseum
1 Museumstraat
1626local recommendations
Siete
Siete says “Visitors to the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam can expect much more than just paintings by Dutch Masters f...” ·
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7. Leidseplein
Leidseplein
800local recommendations
Casper
Casper says “Much of Amsterdam's nightlife centres around Leidseplein and the streets nearby. Famous music venues...” ·
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8. bar Bukowski
10 Oosterpark
291local recommendations
Stephanie
Stephanie says “Bukowski is the best place for an early breakfast and great coffee. Besides that it is one of the mo...” ·
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9. Winkel 43
43 Noordermarkt
288local recommendations
Manon
Manon says “The Jordaan, a trendy former blue-collar neighbourhood, is home to one of the best markets in town: ...” ·
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10. Amsterdam Roest
1 Jacob Bontiusplaats
288local recommendations
Sarah Famke
Sarah Famke says “One of our very favourite spots. A couple of rundown industrial buildings (it used to be a gas facto...” ·
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11. De Biertuin Linnaeusstraat
29 Linnaeusstraat
313local recommendations
Bas
Bas says “Biertuin 'beer garden' is a nice bar / restaurant with a wide selection of local and imported beers....” ·
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12. Anne Frank House
263-267 Prinsengracht
1270local recommendations
Sacha
Sacha says “The Anne Frank Huis draws almost one million visitors annually (prepurchase tickets online to minimi...” ·
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13. Bar spek
1 Admiraal de Ruijterweg
279local recommendations
Melissa
Melissa says “Coffee, bar, restaurant. Nice place at the waterfront. A friendly spot for a bite to eat or a drink....” ·
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14. Hannekes Boom
4 Dijksgracht
279local recommendations
Leandro
Leandro says “This place is great when the sun is at its peak. Just outside of the tourist area and a bit hidden f...” ·
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15. Pacific Parc
23 Polonceaukade
276local recommendations
Casper
Casper says “Pacific Parc is a cool alternative local hangout away from the hustle and bustle of the centre. They...” ·
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16. Dam Square
Dam
725local recommendations
Jeroen
Jeroen says “Dam Square is a square in the center of Amsterdam, Dam Square is the historical heart of Amsterdam a...” ·
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17. Wilde Zwijnen
23 Javaplein
269local recommendations
Evelien
Evelien says “Go to Wilde Zwijnen for a fantastic dinner and great atmosphere. One of our favorites. Make sure to ...” ·
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18. Noordermarkt
Noordermarkt
540local recommendations
Sören
Sören says “Take a stroll through the stalls and stumble upon fine antiques, curiosities, earrings, rings, jewel...” ·
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19. Lokaal Edel
1 Postjesweg
250local recommendations
Paul
Paul says “A good restaurant with a big terrace. On the last friday of the month Edel turns in to the best part...” ·
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20. Café Restaurant De Ysbreeker
23 Weesperzijde
237local recommendations
Arjen
Arjen says “Great place to have breakfast, coffee, lunch or dinner/drinks. Amazing terrace (sun all day) along t...” ·
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21. Van Gogh Museum
6 Museumplein
1079local recommendations
Siete
Siete says “For both locals and far-travelling visitors, the Van Gogh Museum is a unique and inspirational exper...” ·
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22. ARTIS
38-40 Plantage Kerklaan
944local recommendations
Olivier
Olivier says “Artis, short for Natura Artis Magistra, is a zoo in the centre of Amsterdam. It is the oldest zoo in...” ·
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23. Café Zurich
2b Mercatorplein
200local recommendations
Marida
Marida says “Really cool place for lunch or early evening drinks. They have a huge terrace and a cosy fireplace, ...” ·
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24. Heineken Experience
78 Stadhouderskade
712local recommendations
Siete
Siete says “The Heineken Experience is the old and first beautiful Heineken Brewery, build when the Pijp was not...” ·
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25. Noorderlicht Café
102 NDSM-Plein
212local recommendations
Leandro
Leandro says “Nice vintage-style cafe in a greenhouse building, close to the ex-industrial area of NDSM. In the su...” ·
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26. Rembrandtplein
532local recommendations
Karin
Karin says “Rembrandtplein is one of the busiest squares in the city, at least when it comes to nightlife and cl...” ·
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27. Zuiveringshal West
33 Pazzanistraat
195local recommendations
Jeroen
Jeroen says “"People come to Amsterdam’s Westergasfabriek to meet, work and relax. This beautiful city park, with...” ·
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28. The Blue Tea House
5 Vondelpark
191local recommendations
Peggy
Peggy says “Café ‘t Blauwe Theehuis (The Blue Teahouse) is a truly unique spot in Amsterdam, located in the midd...” ·
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29. Waterkant
246 Marnixstraat
201local recommendations
Nico
Nico says “Waterkant is perfect for sunny weather but also cosy during the colder months. The interior design i...” ·
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30. Sarphatipark
37I Sarphatipark
378local recommendations
Siete
Siete says “Should you crave a brief respite while at Albert Cuypmarkt or are simply looking for a place to rela...” ·