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BEST THINGS TO DO IN AMSTERDAM

Updated: Jul 26

Vondelpark, pancakes, Anne Frank museum, red light district and the BEST cookie in the world


Things to do in advance: 

  • Book your flights/ferry/Eurostar 

  • Booking accommodation is not essential if you aren’t fussy. There are plenty of hostels which will have rooms available however if you don’t want to miss out on that fancy AirBnb then book in advance 

  • Book Anne Frank Museum tickets as soon as possible. Ideally 3-4 months in advance 

  • Book a table at the Avocado Show (14 days in advance)

  • Book other museum tickets in advance (not as necessary as Anne Frank)

  • Book Upstairs Pannenkoeken (days in advance)


Day 1

  • 10am-11am - Arrive into Amsterdam Centrum and jump on the tram to your accommodation 

  • 11am-12pm - Check in 

  • 12pm-1:30pm - Lunch at De Vondeltuin 

  • 1:30pm-2:30pm - Explore Vondelpark and (hopefully) enjoy the sunshine 

  • 2:30pm-4:30pm - Visit the Van Gogh and/or the Rijk Museum 

  • 4:30pm-6:30pm - Explore the De Pjip area and visit the Heineken museum 

  • 6:30pm-7:30pm - Relax 

  • 7:30pm onwards - Take an evening dinner river cruise 

Day 2

  • 9:30am-10:30am - Breakfast at Upstairs Pannenkoeken

  • 10:30am-12:30pm - Free walking tour

  • 12:30pm-2pm - Beers, sausage and cheese at Brouwerij ‘t IJ

  • 2pm-4pm - Visit the Anne Frank Museum 

  • 4pm-6pm - Rent bikes and explore the city 

  • 6pm-7:30pm - Take a walk through the Red Light District 

  • 7:30pm-9pm - Dinner at La Luna Steakhouse 

  • 9pm onwards - Cocktails at Door 74

Day 3

  • 10am-11:30am - Breakfast at the Avocado Show 

  • 11am-1pm - Visit the Albert Cuypmarkt

  • 1pm-1:30pm - Take the number 4 and number 26 tram to get to Muziekgeb. Bimhuis and walk to Hannekes Boom or walk from Albert Cuypmarkt (45 minutes)

  • 1:30pm-3pm - Grab lunch and a beer from Hannekes Boom 

  • 3pm-5pm - Take a short walk to the A’Dam Tower for a panoramic view of Amsterdam

  • 5pm - Make your way to Amsterdam Centrum to head home


Other recommendations

Van Gogh Museum  A collection of work by Vincent Van Gogh. Tickets are 19 euros pp and free for under 18s. Open 9am-5pm Saturday-Thursday and 9am-9pm Friday.  Location: Museumplein 6, 1071 DJ Amsterdam, Netherlands Rijks Museum  This museum focuses on dutch art and history and particularly famous for the masterpieces of Rembrandt, Frans Hals, and Johannes Vermeer. Tickets are 19 euros pp and free for under 18s. Open 9am-5pm everyday.  Location: Museumstraat 1, 1071 XX Amsterdam, Netherlands Bike rental  You can find bike rental throughout the city and prices range from between 8-10 euros per day.  The Avocado Show  This brunch spot was made for Instagram! This hipster restaurant serves all things avocado and it is extremely popular. Booking in advance is a must and I would suggest 2-3 weeks in advance, if not more. The queue will be out of the door even for people who have made reservations. Enjoy everything imaginable that can be accompanied by avocado including the classics; toast and eggs or enjoy dishes which make the avocado the star of the show. Try two halves of an avocado fashioning as a burger bun or avocado poké which is a ring of sliced avocado filled with delicious asian ingredients.  Location: Daniël Stalpertstraat 61 HS, 1072 XB Amsterdam La Luna Steakhouse Grill  This highly rated restaurant is down to earth and serves Argentinian steak. For a very reasonable price you can enjoy a delicious steak cooked to your liking with an array of wines to accompany your main course. This is a busy and bustling restaurant so book your table in advance to avoid disappointment.  Location: Lange Leidsedwarsstraat 25, 1017 NE Amsterdam, Netherlands River Cruise  There are a variety of canal cruises on offer from day cruises to night cruises and even burger cruises! An evening dinner cruise is perfect for a romantic night with your partner or a night with friends. The dinner cruise includes a 4 course meal and both alcoholic and non alcoholic beverages. Capture the beauty of Amsterdam at night on this 2 hour cruise. Prices range from 13 euros to 90 euros depending on which cruise option you choose. Find out more here: https://www.iamsterdam.com/en/see-and-do/things-to-do/canal-cruising


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