Best things to do in Amsterdam
Essential city info, articles & travel tips from our local hosts
The artistic heart of the Netherlands, Amsterdam is a gabled gem teleported from the 17th-century Dutch Golden Age, embellished by quaint coffee shops and cozy vintage stores chilling out along the iconic Amsterdam canals. But in a city known for its laid-back, liberal culture, history is just one aspect of Europe’s capital of cool. Between the city’s seven diverse districts – ranging from the trendy streets of restaurant-lined Amsterdam-Oost to creative Amsterdam-Zuid, home to the famous Museum Square and the Van Gogh Museum – deciding where to stay can feel near-impossible. But no matter where your Amsterdam tour takes you (whether by foot, boat, or bicycle) you won’t ever be far from phenomenal food (sweet, syrupy stroopwafel, anyone?), an intoxicating bar and nightlife scene, and the provocative red-light district in the medieval city center. Amsterdam is waiting – let’s do the ‘Dam thing!