AMSTERDAM | WHERE TO STAY

The Canal House 
Keizersgracht 148, Amsterdam
+1 020 622 5182
This cozy 23-room hotel was recommended as a fave by one of our Dutch friends. This is the place to stay if you want an authentic Netherlands vibe as the décor has an old world feel with velvet curtains, hardwood floors, and original 17th century beams. Canal House has a great location in the Jordaan neighborhood – you guessed it - alongside a very pretty canal. 

Conservatorium
Van Baerlestraat 27, Amsterdam 
+1 020 570 0000
A former music conservatory sleekly updated as a luxury hotel with full-service gym, a world-class spa, buzzy bar scene and multiple restaurants. The best museums and high-end stores (Gucci, Prada) are right at your doorstep at this full-service, 5-star hotel.

The Dylan
Keizersgracht 384, Amsterdam
+1 020 530 2010
I walked into The Dylan and fell in love. Made up of three adjoining canal houses, this seriously chic boutique hotel has 40 modern rooms, a beautiful courtyard (where you can enjoy drinks on sunny days) and two fabulous restaurants. There are lots of lovely details like homemade cookies on your bed at night, bikes available for guests and a 19th century boat that can be rented for private canal tours and dinners.

The Hoxton
Herengracht 255, Amsterdam
+1 020 888 5555
This hip, buzzy boutique hotel is made up of five canal houses with 111 rooms located on one of the main inner-ring canals. This trendy spot is always packed with guests and locals hanging out in the communal lobby bar and library mezzanine. The Hoxton offers exceptional value and service without sacrificing style.

The Pulitzer
Prinsengracht 315-331, Amsterdam
+1 020 523 5235
The Pulitzer has the vibe of a smaller hotel with the service and amenities of a larger one. This collection of canal houses, with a great location in the Nine Streets area, is cozy and intimate even though it has a whopping 225 rooms and suites. We loved their stunning Art Deco bar that has the feel of a posh, private club and their outdoor garden with alfresco lounging and dining. Another serious perk is the hotel’s private boat that offers daily canal tours.  

AMSTERDAM | WHERE TO EAT

Amsterdam is the land of cheese, pancakes and freshly cut French fries and you can wander in and out of little café’s serving them all day long. When you’re in the mood for a proper sit-down meal, try one of these favorites:

Blauw
Amstelveenseweg 158-160, Amsterdam
+1 020 675 5000
Indonesian food is popular in the Netherlands and Blauw is one of the best. Try the traditional rijsttafel (rice table), a huge selection of sharable dishes, that is a really fun option for sampling Indonesian cuisine.

De Kas
Kamerlingh Onneslaan 3, Grachtengordel 
+1 020 462 4562
For a unique, very cool experience, dine at De Kas in their chic greenhouse setting. They take farm-to-table to a whole new level by growing their herbs and veggies on site and offering a daily, changing menu. 

Rijks
Rijksmuseum
Museumstraat 
+1 020 674 7555
Adjacent to the Rijksmuseum this lively spot serves seasonal Dutch-influenced cuisine in a beautiful setting. Rijks was awarded a Michelin star in 2016.

Restaurant Visaandescheld
Scheldeplein 4, Amsterdam                            
+1 020 675 1583

This classic restaurant is the place to go for phenomenal seafood, seasonal cuisine, and a stellar wine list.

Ristorante Vasso
Rozenboomsteeg 10, Amsterdam
+1 020 626 0158
Cozy, quaint, authentic Italian (homemade pasta! Italian waiters!) tucked away in a charming alley in the Nine Streets area. 

AMSTERDAM | WHAT TO DO

Anne Frank House 
Westermark 20, Amsterdam
+1 020 556 7105

Tour the actual 17th century canal house where Anne Frank hid from Nazi persecution. This is a truly powerful and moving experience that contextualizes the Holocaust while showing the effects it had on regular people like Anne Frank and her extended family.

Canal Cruise
A must! Floating down Amsterdam’s canals is one of the best ways to see the city. For a simple hour-long cruise walk up to any of the boating companies docked in the city center and hop on. Or ask your hotel to arrange a private tour or candlelit dinner cruise. Take a canal cruise early on in your trip as it is an easy, scenic way to get a handle on the city.

Rijksmuseum  
Museumstraat 1, Amsterdam
+1 020 674 7000
The Netherlands national museum is home to hundreds of Dutch old masters and is a true must-visit. This is where you’ll find Vermeer’s “Milkmaid”, Van Gogh’s “Self-portrait” and Rembrandt’s iconic “Night Watch” amongst 8,000 other Dutch masterpieces.

The Van Gogh Museum
Museumplein 6, Amsterdam
+1 020 570 5200
The Van Gogh Museum houses the largest collection of Van Gogh in the world. Besides the famous paintings of sunflowers and irises you can also see his famous self-portraits, sketches, and personal letters that give an intimate glimpse into his tortured life.

Vondelpark
Walk, bike or picnic in Amsterdam’s largest and most popular park with a playground, beer garden, several restaurants and a rose garden.

AMSTERDAM | WHAT TO BUY

Nine Streets is a must-visit shopping area in the canal district filled with unique boutiques, jewelry stores, vintage shops, charming cafés, and restaurants. This is a perfect area to spend the day shopping, strolling, biking, and eating.

Albert Cuyp Market
Albert Cuypstraat, Amsterdam
The city’s largest outdoor street market is a great place to shop for souvenirs, clothes, and lots of food. Be sure and try Dutch specialty stroopwaffles baked right in front of you.

De Bijenkorf
Dam 1, 1012 JS, Amsterdam
The Netherlands largest, premium department store for over 140 years. You’ll find it all here – designer clothes, cosmetics, shoes, housewares and even chocolates! 

Hutspot 
Van Woustraat 4, Amsterdam
Rozengracht 204, Amsterdam

Started as a pop-up in 2012, this Dutch fashion and design emporium now has two locations stocked with unique clothing, housewares, art, and accessories for men, women and children.