Whether you’re looking for Michelin-standard cuisine or a cosy local joint, you'll find plenty to please your palate in Amsterdam. Amsterdam holds its own on the restaurant front, offering a culinary melting pot reflective of the city itself. Restaurants offer everything from Indonesian to tapas and from Mediterranean to modern Dutch.
More information on restaurants and cafes can be found here: www.iamsterdam.com/en/visiting/what-to-do/eating-and-drinking/dining-out-amsterdam
10 things to do in Amsterdam for first-time visitors
|| Soak up some culture in Museumplein, home to the Rijksmuseum, the Van Gogh Museum and the Stedelijk Museum of Modern Art.
|| Go on a canal cruise and get lost in the 165 canals that encircle the city.
||Visit Anne Frank’s House. Plan ahead as tickets sell out very quickly and can be reserved online up to two months in advance.
||Immerse yourself in Amsterdam’s park life, and picnic in the 47-acre Vondelpark.
||Rent a bike and get cycling.
||Have your photo taken on the iconic I amsterdam letters.
||Wander in Jordaan.
||Buy tulips at the Bloemenmarkt.
||Be brave and give raw herring a try! You can buy it from one of the many herring carts across the city.
||Catch the ferry to Amsterdam Noord (North) and explore another facet of the city.
If you intend to visit many of the museums in Amsterdam, you may want to get a museumkaart. This card gives you access to all the museums in the Netherlands. You can buy the museum card at any of the museums in Amsterdam prior to your visit. You can find more information here: www.amsterdam.info/museums/museumkaart/
Free or almost-free activities
There is plenty to do in Amsterdam even if you are on a tight budget.
More information on free or almost-free activities can be found below:
To truly experience Amsterdam, be sure to head out beyond the city centre and explore the wider Amsterdam area. In less than 30 minutes, you’ll find excellent shopping cities like Haarlem, the majestic windmills at Zaanse Schans, and historic towns like Edam and Volendam.
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