Friday nights at the Van Gogh Museum

There’s just something special about being in a museum after dark, so if you’re planning on visiting the Van Gogh Museum while you’re here, we’d recommend doing it on a Friday night when the museum is open until 10pm with DJs, cocktails and free guided tours. Book your tickets online in advance to skip the…

Jo Sushi

Tucked down a quiet Jordaan street, this tiny sushi bar seats just five people along the window. We went here recently on a date night and had such a great time working our way through the sushi menu with a couple of cans of Asahi beer in hand. Excellent, well priced sushi, friendly service and…

Toki

A lovely little daytime hangout (they close at 6pm) on a quiet Haarlemmerbuurt side street, Toki is the place to go for long leisurely coffee breaks. Simply furnished, serving quality produce from around the world with a smile, Toki’s motto is ‘Go slow’. So pop in, slow down, and recharge with some great coffee (or…

Tripel

No two ways about it – Tripel will get you drunk. Located by a canal on the edge of the Jordaan, this huge Belgian beer cafe serves 200 delicious Belgian beers, and will make you feel very naughty indeed. It’s open until 4am to give you time to get through all of those beers, so…

The Jordaan and Nine Streets

The Jordaan is probably Amsterdam’s most famous neighbourhood – and with very good reason. An historic area of cobbled lanes, canals, tumbling houses and secret gardens, the Jordaan is the quintessential picture postcard image of Amsterdam. It’s officially classed as the area to the west of Prinsengracht (see map below!), although many people also include…

Mediamatic Eten

Yeah! This place is great – and a bit of a hidden gem. In fact, I sort of don’t want to tell you about it… but I’m gonna. Located on the waterfront next to Hannekes Boom (make your way through the urban garden to get there), Mediamatic Eten is the restaurant of the forward thinking…

Cafe Papeneiland

Before we moved to Amsterdam and we’d come here as weekend visitors, Papeneiland was our favourite bar. Like moths to a flame we were drawn to its twinkling fairy lights, its crooked charm and its cosy, centuries old interior. Now we live three minutes away, we love it just as much – and we’ll often…

Hire a bike

Sounds obvious, but you really should do this. You’ll cover so much more of the city and experience Amsterdam like a local. People say that cycling in Amsterdam is scary but actually, it’s easier than cycling in any other city as the cycle paths are so well ordered and you’re rarely in contact with traffic….

Mossel & Gin

If the thought of a gin menu makes you weak at the knees, then you’ll love this seafood restaurant at Westergasfabriek. Serving mainly (you guessed it) mussels and gin, Mossel & Gin is a great little spot in an old industrial building with a delightful sun trap courtyard to boot. Choose from four varieties of…

Amsterdam Roest

Located in the Eastern Docklands, Roest is a complex of disused industrial buildings converted into a bar, restaurant, event space and huge city beach – and it’s totally brilliant. The big brick building in the middle is where you’ll find the excellent bar – an eclectic space which serves a top range of beers, cocktails…

EYE Film Institute

That weird spaceship shaped building you can see across the IJ behind Central Station is the EYE Film Institute; a beautiful cultural centre housing an arthouse cinema, exhibition space and an airy cafe restaurant with views across the water. The EYE hosts regular exhibitions, film events and special screenings alongside their normal cinema programme, but…

Hortus Botanical Gardens

Forming part of the Artis complex in the east of Amsterdam, Hortus Botanicus was founded in 1638 by the city to serve as an herb garden for doctors and apothecaries, and is one of the oldest botanical gardens in the world. It’s home to more than six thousand tropical and indigenous trees and plants, as…