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Things to do in Amsterdam

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Park
“Similar to Central Park in New York City, with its expansive natural areas. Very beautiful park that is often filled with people on nice, sunny days. It is located in the Old South section of Amsterdam, a very affluent area.”
  • 1385 locals recommend
Art Museum
“Obviously a need to see when in Amsterdam. If you don't like art, go for the amazing building. We always visit at the end of the day (1.5 hour before closing time). It is not that busy anymore and there is enough time to see a part of the museum. It is way too big to see everything at ones anyway.”
  • 1346 locals recommend
Historic Site
“The Anne Frank House is a writer's house and biographical museum dedicated to Jewish wartime diarist Anne Frank. The building is located on a canal called the Prinsengracht, close to the Westerkerk, in central Amsterdam. How to get: Tram 5, 12, 3 to Museumplein, and Walk to Anne Frank House.”
  • 890 locals recommend
Souvenir Shop
“Houses most of Van Gogh's work in basically chronological order (except for Starry Night, which is at the Met in NYC). Tickets sell out quickly for it, so reserve online in advance.”
  • 807 locals recommend
Market
“Most famous market in Amsterdam (not on Sundays), you either love it or hate it”
  • 838 locals recommend
Aquarium
“Nice day out if the weather is ok. You need to reserve tickets online due to Covid19”
  • 522 locals recommend
Food Court
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“Huge indoor street food market and bars in the Oud-West, lots of choice and a great buzzy atmosphere, a must-visit if it's your first time here. There is also a nice food market outside on the Ten Katestraat. 20min walk or 7min cycle.”
  • 689 locals recommend
Brewery
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“Even if you don't like beers, this museum, the old Heineken brewery across from the International Head Office is a one of a kind and a must see”
  • 423 locals recommend
Plaza
“The famous Dam Square! Go shopping or visit different tourist attractions, there is a lot to do here! ”
  • 356 locals recommend
Shopping Centre
“The quaint and quirky streets that straddle Amsterdam’s grandest canals form the city’s most photogenic micro-neighborhood. Known to locals as De Negen Straatjes or ‘The Nine Streets’, this special neighborhood is full to bursting with vintage and designer shopping, specialty stores and cozy cafés. If you ask us the Nine Streets are the most cosy streets of Amsterdam. You find them within walking distance of the Dam Square at the western part of the Canal District. Like the name suggests, the district is famous for its nine streets connected by the canals. Here you will find great fashion boutiques and delicious lunch cafes. The Nine Streets are a must visit for everyone living in- or visiting Amsterdam. The Nine Streets consist of: Reestraat, Hartenstraat, Gasthuismolensteeg, Berenstraat, Wolvenstraat, Oude Spiegelstraat, Runstraat, Huidenstraat and Wijde Heisteeg. This neighborhood is a very popular area to buy clothes, books, jewelry and art. Fans of vintage clothes can shop at Laura Dols, Episode or Zipper. If you arrive in the beautiful Nine Streets around noon try to get a table at one of the many cute little eateries like Ree7 or Pluk. Enjoy wandering around the Nine Streets! ”
  • 762 locals recommend
Plaza
“the major museums are all located on this square, also the iconic I AMSTERDAM letters.”
  • 414 locals recommend
Museum
“The Dutch Film Museum. Amazing architecture and views overlooking the city. They have great expositions and movies. Wouldn't recommend the restaurant though, walk a bit further to TOLHUISTUIN for food. Can't miss this spot! ”
  • 685 locals recommend
Brewery
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“Brewery with a famous windmill in Amsterdam Oost, great outdoor terrace by the water.”
  • 717 locals recommend
Neighbourhood
“Vibrant atmosphere against a green backdrop Adjacent to the centre lies the lively Westerpark neighborhood, part of Amsterdam West. Home to the eponymous park, which combines expansive greenery with the wealth of cultural goings on at Westergas, this lively neighborhood is home to a varied mix of independent shops, old-school street markets, shiny new restaurants and traditional brown cafés. Located in Amsterdam West, the Westerpark is a wonderful place to walk, skate, relax or have a picnic with friends. This green expanse dotted with trees and ponds is part of the Westergas complex, a former gasworks that was completely renovated in recent years. Besides the park, this area is home to a nice selection of cafés, restaurants and bars, as well as an art-house cinema and a variety of small creative businesses. Many large cultural events take place here throughout the year, and certain buildings can be rented by the public for events, parties or even weddings. The popular Westerpark area in Amsterdam is really a great all-in-one hotspot. It has a lot of nice breakfast and lunch spots, trendy pubs, bars and restaurants. A well-known pub among the Amsterdam locals Pacific Parc. This is the place to be in the weekends, to drink a nice cold beer on their great terrace and stay around in the evening for some dancing. De Bakkerswinkel is perfect for a relaxed breakfast or brunch with their delicious and addictive scones. A good dinnerspot is Raïnaraï. They serve Algerian delicacies, which you can munch at the romantic campfire. Do you prefer not spending too much money? Then the park itself is a great place to relax and have a barbecue with your friends. Or go for a stroll on the monthly Sunday Market! Are you a party animal? Keep an eye on the agenda of the Westergasfabriek for the hottest festivals and cool concerts. ”
  • 628 locals recommend
Music Venue
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“Every week you'll find great artists on the Paradiso stage, located in the centre of Amsterdam. ”
  • 546 locals recommend
Gastropub
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“Great bar and restaurant in Amsterdam NOORD, big outdoor terrace if it's sunny! Catch the ferry to NDSM.”
  • 645 locals recommend

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Museum
“The Dutch Film Museum. Amazing architecture and views overlooking the city. They have great expositions and movies. Wouldn't recommend the restaurant though, walk a bit further to TOLHUISTUIN for food. Can't miss this spot! ”
  • 685 locals recommend
Brewery
“Brewery with a famous windmill in Amsterdam Oost, great outdoor terrace by the water.”
  • 717 locals recommend
Gastropub
“Great bar and restaurant in Amsterdam NOORD, big outdoor terrace if it's sunny! Catch the ferry to NDSM.”
  • 645 locals recommend
Event Space
“An Amsterdam favourite. Converted tram depot, now with a foodcourt filled with international food, cinema, shops and more! ”
  • 439 locals recommend
Join us for chicken and burgers!
“They serve a wide variety of (local craft) beers, the best burger in town and our famous rotisserie chicken.”
  • 347 locals recommend
Gastropub
“One of the most iconic places in Amsterdam. Many locals. Dozens of boats dock here in order to drink a beer, do I need to say more? ”
  • 361 locals recommend
Music Venue
“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 Roest. If the weather is nice, nothing beats Amsterdam Roest (5-10 min walk) at Jacob Bontiusplaats. At an old factory location, Roest has a pseudo beach area, a rough edged arty atmosphere and plenty of cold drinks.”
  • 324 locals recommend
Café
“The best apple pie in town – with or without whipped cream. If you're lucky (and that's most of the time), the pie is still warm from the oven. Combine your visit to Winkel 43 with a stroll on the Noordermarkt (market) on Mondays or Saturdays.”
  • 341 locals recommend

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