Amsterdam Travel Guide
In the oldest part of Amsterdam, Staetshuys Antiquairs houses one of the world’s best collections of antique barometers, clocks, curios, and nautical and scientific instruments going back 300 years.
Within walking distance of Amsterdam’s central station train depot, AmsterBike is conveniently located with options for product rental or full tours. Bicycles, electric bikes, and scooters are all available for rent, with rates ranging from three hours to one day to a full week.
This ethnographic museum is an initiative from the Royal Tropical Institute, which seeks to understand and preserve non-Western cultures. The ornate, four-story brick building houses art, photographs, music, and film to highlight the cultures of Asia, Africa, and Latin America.
Most of the airport’s stores center around this hub, a well-vetted string of stores—Nike, H&M, the Body Shop, Suit Supply, and various boutiques—from which to grab a last-minute gift, outfit, or travel accessory.
The bakery is filled with scrap-wood furniture of Piet Hein Eek. Come in for freshly baked breads, homemade cakes, and jars of jam.
When that airport magazine gets old, travelers visit this art museum annex, a partnership between the city’s museum of the same name and Schiphol.
Summer’s mild days see chic Amsterdammers decamping for one of the many long, sandy beaches nearby: of these, Bloemendaal is far and away the coolest, with several beach clubs with an Ibiza sensibility (the sun beds, umbrellas, and cabana boys are augmented by DJs and dance floors, sushi and cock
Movie stars, fashion gurus, and business leaders make up much of the clientele at Van Revenstein’s boutique in the “Nine Streets” shopping district along the canal belt in central Amsterdam.
Owned by antique dealer Hesdy Artist, this gallery sits just outside the historic Spiegelkwartier (Mirror Quarter), home to more than 70 fine art and antique shops.
This hip museum celebrates a vanished Dutch past.
Licensed massage therapists offer 10- or 20-minute fully clothed chair massages; or you can wrap yourself in a waterproof blanket for an aqua massage. Expect a quick revitalization as 36 jets spray you with water at different pressures and temperatures. Ten-minute chair massages start at $23.
Amsterdam began to reclaim the derelict 19th-century Western Gas Factory in the early 1990s, cleaning up pollution, laying out parks, and inviting entrepreneurs and artists to redevelop it.
Built as a brewery in 1662, this nightclub on the Singel Canal in central Amsterdam served as a concert hall, cinema, and auction hall, all of which are noticeable in the exposed wood beams, ceiling paintings, carved stucco, and Greek columns.
Amsterdam’s museum of contemporary art dates back to 1895 and houses classic and contemporary art, including photography and design objects. Over the years, its collection and mission outgrew the original neo-Renaissance-style brick building.