The Netherland’s largest city and famed the world over for its picture-perfect canals and very liberal attitude, Amsterdam is a travel destination that keeps on giving. With something for culture junkies, shoppers, fun-seekers and those just looking for a relaxing break, there’s always a reason to return to Amsterdam.
Where to go
Stroll along the canals and take a lot of pictures. Visit the Rijksmuseum to view the works of the Dutch Masters. Shop in some of the city’s hippest neighbourhoods for street fashion. Enjoy the Van Gogh museum, housing some of his most famous works. Try gin at one of the ancient gin-houses. Cruise the canals on a boat tour. See the house where Anne Frank hid and wrote her diary. Visit a coffee house (for the excellent Dutch coffee, of course!).
Food & Drink
A modern, multicultural world capital, there’s a wealth of international food to sample in Amsterdam. If you’re looking for a taste of the Netherlands, try some of the seafood dishes on offer at Bridges (Oudezijds Voorburgwal 197). To try the ‘rijsttafel’, the incredible Indonesian contribution to Dutch culture head to Tujuh Maret (Utrechtsestraat 73) - you’ll be offered many tiny spicy dishes, almost an Asian form of tapas, with rice and relishes.
Amsterdam is a city of bars. Indeed, some of the coolest in the world can be found here. If you’re looking for something with a bit of history behind it, Cafe Hoppe (Spui 18-20) has been serving up the country’s finest beers since 1670. For something a little more contemporary, try Vesper (Vinkenstraat 57) in the Jordaan for cool cocktails and a stylish interior.
Where to stay
Our pick for Amsterdam is the Canal House
. Voted one of the top 15 hotels in the world by Conde Nast Traveller in 2012, this boutique retreat reflects the glory and decadence of the Dutch Golden Age with a modern sensibility. We love the bar and its cosy
location in the Jordaan neighbourhood
, one of Amsterdam’s most fashionable. How to get there
KLM and Easyjet fly to Amsterdam from London daily.