Amsterdam Pocket Guide

Dots White

December 2018

Amsterdam, Netherlands Pocket Guide

After a number of trips to Amsterdam, it’s easy to say it’s a city worth exploring. Whether by bike, canal boat, tram, or simply strolling through side streets of chic canal houses and over bridges to the famed museums, Amsterdam has a wonder to it that keeps us coming back. 

There’s an elegance and comfort to Amsterdam that makes you feel at home; perhaps it’s the people with their light-hearted humour and hospitality, or maybe it’s the buzzing cafes and trendy boutiques where tourists and locals blend seamlessly, or better yet, the pristine green spaces and arts galleries that offer respite from the bustling streets.

Either way, whether you want to soak up the local culture and arts, or wander the endless canals, there’s never been a better time to visit Amsterdam. Take a peek to this pocket city guide for the must-sees on your visit to the Netherlands.

Getting To & Around Amsterdam

Amsterdam has one of the best international airports with quick and easy options for travel into the city center. Travel by taxi (£££) or train (£), which runs directly into Centraal Station.

Once in Amsterdam, the city is very walkable or you can take the local trams which offer day passes as well as multi-day, perfect for a long weekend. Top tip, be alert when crossing the roads as dedicated bike lanes criss-cross the city!

Where To Stay In Amsterdam

Zoutkeetsgracht Apartments

Situated in a peaceful, authentic neighbourhood, surrounded by a quiet canal and historical drawbridges, this luxurious apartment captures the very essence of postmodernism. Previously a warehouse, the property has been given a contemporary chic makeover, with the original character still palpable. The floor to ceiling windows offer charming views of the canal and streets, making the property a perfect destination for urbanists seeking to experience the real Amsterdam away from fellow tourists.

Keizersgracht Canal

Situated in the heart of the historic centre of Amsterdam, this one bedroom apartment is the place to be for true connoisseurs of Dutch luxury. Decorated and furnished in a unique style, to reflect the works of a famous Dutch artist, the property overlooks the picturesque Keizersgracht canal and has its own private garden, making it an ideal destination for couples wishing to escape for an urban getaway. 

What To Do In Amsterdam

Visit the Old Masters at the Rijksmuseum

If you’re looking for Dutch classics like Rembrandt, look no further. Visitors are known to spend hours in the Rijksmuseum, closing the place out with floors still left to see, so manage your time wisely! A Rijksmuseum must, the Research Library, but keep it down, it’s still in use for students and academics.

Explore Hortus Botanicus

Visit the green oasis in the heart of the city, one of the oldest botanic gardens in Europe. Wander amongst the tree tops in the Palm House, get up close and personal with the butterflies in the greenhouse, and enjoy tea in the Orangery overlooking the immaculate garden.

A night at the Van Gogh Museum

Don’t miss out on exploring the city by daylight and instead enjoy wandering the Van Gogh Museum in the evening before dinner. To experience the works at your own pace, we recommend getting the audio tour. To receive an in-depth background on Van Gogh and his masterpieces, book a Private 50-minute Tour, also available as a Family Guided Tour.

The upcoming exhibition, Hockney - Van Gogh, opening March 1st, 2019, gives visitors an unprecedented viewing of Van Gogh masterpieces alongside works by Hockney.

‘Hockney's imposing Yorkshire-landscapes are a central part of the exhibition, with The Arrival of Spring in Woldgate (2011) as a highlight.’

What To Eat In Amsterdam

A fresh breakfast bite

With all day pancakes, it’s hard not to love the Insta-famous restaurant Pluk. From smashed avocado toast to colourful fruit bowls, there’s something for everyone, not to mention whimsical sweet treats and home decor, Pluk has the aesthetic and quality spread that’ll leave an impression.

Lunch spot along the canal

Jacketz is the first ‘baked potato shop’ on the mainland of Europe and it’s a go-to whenever in town. Their dishes are innovative, yet surprisingly familiar, with tasty options for both meat eaters and veggies alike.

Dinner at De Kas

'Chic garden conservatory serving Mediterranean dishes made from organic ingredients grown on-site.'

This unique Michelin star restaurant is located in a complex of greenhouses dating back to 1926, a core component to the experience as the daily menu is fixed based on the harvest of the nursery, supplemented by additional local ingredients.

With 8-metre high glass walls and ceilings, spectacular views are enjoyed during the day and is beautifully lit in the evening.

The menu consists of small varied dishes served as individual courses. The presentation is simple, while the flavours are light and exciting.

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