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A lively bar in the hip De Pijp area, Kingfisher is as popular with locals and as it is with tourists thanks to its bubbly atmosphere, good selection of... Read More

A unique collection of high-end fragrances and skincare from top brands including Creed, Diptyque, Acqua di Parma, Fornasetti Profumi, and many more.... Read More

A converted fuselage with a sauna and Jacuzzi, three flat-screen TV’s, and access to the cockpit. Read More

Spread over three historic canal houses, this boutique hotel combines modern baroque style (rich brocades and gilt) with impeccable service. In addition... Read More

Within walking distance of Amsterdam’s central station train depot, AmsterBike is conveniently located with options for product rental or full... Read More

Great for sports fans, the Arena is the home of Ajax, the legendary Amsterdam football team. Tours of the stadium give you an insider's view and bring... Read More

Currently occupying a former library, the five star Andaz Amsterdam is the work of Dutch celebrity designer Marcel Wanders. Visually, it's a marvel -... Read More

A visit to the house and secret annex where Anne Frank and her family hid for two years during the Holocaust is a deeply moving experience. Plan ahead;... Read More

Although predominantly known for its cutting edge furniture and home decor, Anno Design also offers practical pieces that have wider, more cost... Read More

Stefan Lehner's home and workshop is located on one of the prettiest canals in Utrecht. Lehner doesn't sell his pieces in stores. He works on private... Read More

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.... Read More

Book one of the Hastens rooms; they’re the choicest, with linen-covered chesterfields and windows that look out onto rooftops and the gardens... Read More

Located on the Herengracht Canal, the Banks Mansion is a stately white-columned hotel housing 51 rooms, many of which display serene water views. Part... Read More

Stationed within the Dylan Hotel, this elegant, brasserie-style bar is a popular spot for lunch, dinner, and business meetings over cocktails. The space... Read More

Located in a small alley by an Amstel canal, this elegant French restaurant reflects the English heritage and Japanese culinary training of its chef... Read More

Dating back to 1307, this quiet courtyard was once home to the lay sisterhood, the Beguines - women who lived a religious life but without taking vows.... Read More

In its prime, this world-class jazz venue has hosted Charles Mingus, Archie Shepp and Chet Baker. These days, it forms part of the wonderful... Read More

Despite its location down a graffiti-covered alleyway in the Red Light District, this white-clapboard restaurant draws crowds of foodies with its menu... Read More

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... Read More

This floating flower market is always filled with people, who come for the experience, colors, and fragrances, even if shopping isn’t on the... Read More

A cool brick interior serves as the perfect backdrop for this elegant Moroccan-inspired locale. The service is excellent as is the specialty cocktail... Read More

Boom Chicago's comedy shows are a humorous look at all things Dutch and international. Funny and fast-paced, this comedy shop's always worth a visit,... Read More

This unpretentious restaurant is known for its slow approach to food, meaning each ingredient is prepared to order, making dinner a sometimes longer... Read More

Despite being located in a former tobacco warehouse in Amsterdam’s old town center, this popular Parisian-style brasserie looks forward with its... Read More

Grab a sandwich at this hip organic bakery. Read More

Delicious craft beers made on the spot are all part of the draw here—but the fact that the brewery is next to a windmill certainly doesn't detract from... Read More

Make up for a missed flight by sipping champagne (choose from 15 by-the-glass options) at this minimalist lounge with an impressive saltwater aquarium.... Read More

Café Chris first opened its doors in 1624, and it hasn't changed a lot since—outfitted in warm wood and rich mahogany, this is a popular watering hole... Read More

Antique jenever (Dutch gin) barrels line this bustling 1670's brown café, with a lovely covered terrace that's ideal for socializing. Popular breakfast... Read More

Lux and Weber are two bars next to each other—but in reality, they are like two halves of the same bar, with a similar eclectic vibe: a young and... Read More

Located on a square, this spacious place draws a largely local crowd with its modest pricing and easy-going, cafe environment. The interior is high... Read More

This whitewash-and-brick building at Rozengracht and Marnixstraat sports a tall, skinny sign with “Sound Garden” in vertical letters,... Read More

Next to Station Zuid, Citizen M is the Dutch answer to a capsule hotel. The 210 budget rooms are tiny, but have large, comfortable beds, oversized... Read More

If IKEA designed a spaceship, the result would be the citizenM. Concrete, clean lines, Vitra and Eames furnishings, and portal-like rain showers are a... Read More

Set inside a renovated, late-19th-century school, this stylish hotel blends well into its surrounding, fashionable neighborhood. Partially staffed by... Read More

Located inside The College Hotel, this restaurant, headed by Dutch native Chef Wilko Hoogendoorn, mixes international food with Dutch cuisine. The space... Read More

Considered one of the world's great concert halls thanks to its impeccable acoustics, the Concertgebouw is also an architectural gem. Over 900 concerts... Read More

This 129-room hotel with an arsenal of standout features, offers spare but opulent interiors, courteous service (especially praiseworthy in a city known... Read More

Architect Piero Lissoni's gorgeous remodeling of an old music conservatory is a minimalist masterpiece, from its soaring glass-covered atrium to its 129... Read More

The 'football' in question here is of course soccer, and this is the place to go for a vintage-style team shirt, soccer-themed T-shirt or other (often... Read More

Amsterdam has a longstanding history in the diamond trade, in which Coster's has played a major part. Founded 175 years ago, today it offers a free tour... Read More

A solid option for breakfast, brunch, a light lunch, or tea, this French-style bread and pastries shop has branches in Warmoestraat and Regulateurshuis... Read More

The bakery is filled with scrap-wood furniture of Piet Hein Eek. Come in for freshly baked breads, homemade cakes, and jars of jam. Read More

This stylish luxury department store is a real city institution. It features a well curated selection of quality brands in fashion, cosmetics, household... Read More

The restaurant serves oysters on the water. Read More

Situated in a converted greenhouse in Frankendael Park, De Kas is adjacent to a nursery and garden where much of its ingredients are grown. The elegant... Read More

A charming teatime pitstop, De Taart is the perfect place for a cup of tea or coffee and a slice of delectable homemade cake all served in a cozy... Read More

Nijntje' (pronounced 'nine-cher') is the Dutch name of Miffy and Fred Bruna's adorable white cartoon bunny. At Miffy's store, you'll find great gifts... Read More

The complete offering of the high-end denim and clothing brand is showcased here, plus the exclusive Private Wardrobe concept – offering customers... Read More

Don the walking shoes, pack a camera, and line up behind a guide to ascend the country’s most sky-scraping church tower. A symbol of Amsterdam,... Read More

Droog sells functional, everyday household items with unusual designs—including accessories, lighting, furniture and studio work—all of... Read More

Rated a Bib Gourmand (good value) restaurant by the Michelin Red Guide, Envy is a concept restaurant focused on small, creative dishes that are shared... Read More

An indoor food market with ready-to-eat, street-food style goodies from a variety of stalls, including Turkish, Vietnamese and Indian offerings. Read More

Dutch designer Fred de la Bretoniere's shoes and bags are good quality (they are still made in Europe, sometimes in the Netherlands), practical and... Read More

Frens Haringhandel is the spot to try a real Dutch specialty—raw herring. Read More

"Welcome" is posted in five different languages above the tall windows of this canal-side store, selling furniture and home accessories in a large,... Read More

Well-edited contemporary Dutch design. Read More

One-off pieces with a cool, geometric look by designer Sophie Teppema. Read More

Grand ceilings and windows, a curved, polished-wood bar, and Art Nouveau touches give Het Paleis a historic yet elegant ambience. If plane spotting is a... Read More

Shipping magnates once planned the routes of ocean liners in this Red Light district building; now, the old “Shipping House" houses this five-star... Read More

How about a stroll along the North Sea? That’s what’s on the itinerary for guests of the 254-room traditional Huis ter Duin (House of the... Read More

A ramshackle recycled wooden shed of a place, Hannekes Boom boasts an off-the-beaten-track waterfront location, making it a great place to soak up... Read More

Cheap and cheerful, the much-loved Dutch chainstore Hema stocks just about everything: Kids' toys, make-up, clothing, kitchen ware, food and wine, and... Read More

One of Amsterdam's newest museums, this is a branch of the famous Saint Petersburg museum, and has full access to its magnificent collection for its... Read More

Why not have some fun and excitement while waiting for your flight at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol? Excitement and relaxation go hand in hand at Holland... Read More

Founded in 1632, Amsterdam's Hortus Botannicus is one of the oldest botannical gardens in the world. Today, a vistt there takes you back to a simpler... Read More

Built as the St. Elisabeth Orphanage in 1890, the brick building now houses the Hotel Arena, with its trendy restaurant, café, and nightclub.... Read More

Hidden away in North Amsterdam, this restaurant boasts a great industrial chic interior and some interesting, yet unpretentious, food. Read More

An old tram depot dating from 1902 has been transformed into this quirky but very comfortable contemporary hotel. Slightly out of town, Hotel De Hallen... Read More

The Hotel De L'Europe is a longstanding, luxury property perched along the Amstel River. Public spaces, such as the lobby, reinforce the opulent feel of... Read More

This grande dame on Lange Voorhout square that underwent a total makeover by French design star Jacques Garcia in 2006. Read More

Founded by the famous Dutch design collective Droog, Hôtel Droog is more of a cultural and events centre than a proper hostelry. Equipped with a... Read More

Ideal for those who want something other than a run-of-the-mill hotel, with a range of unique rooms from an Amsterdam tram carriage to its very own crow... Read More

Although named after 20th-century French fashion designer Jean Patou, the 12 rooms of this small, boutique hotel in the upscale Oud-Zuid district bear... Read More

Eighty-six rooms occupy seven 19th-century mansions to form Hotel Vondel, which is installed in the museum district of the Dutch capitol. From the giant... Read More

A 17th-century merchant's house is now a museum of contemporary photography showcasing a changing but reliably excellent collection. Read More

Just outside Amsterdam, a 17th-century church rectory has been transformed into the Inn on the Lake. The four bedrooms—decorated with soft pastels... Read More

The Intercontinental hotel along the Amstel River in Amsterdam is easy to mistake as royal palace. Opened in 1867, the four-story, yellow and red brick,... Read More

Jacob Hooy opened his herb and spice business back in 1743, and it's still going strong today. Not much has changed since then, the interior contains... Read More

With the exception of making it on the guest list, the doorman’s favor is necessary to enter this top-of-the-line lounge and nightclub off the... Read More

Since the late 19th Century, shoppers looking for fine Dutch porcelain have been drawn to this three-story canal house in the Munttoren area. Over the... Read More

Long flights take their toll on adults, much less children, so this free playground (designed for ages three to nine) in the Amsterdam Airport Schiphol... Read More

In the realm of unlikely trends: ancient monasteries are being reinvented as luxury hotels with rigorously chic interiors. Among the most stylish&mdash... Read More

Owned by antique dealer Hesdy Artist, this gallery sits just outside the historic Spiegelkwartier (Mirror Quarter), home to more than 70 fine art and... Read More

The mission of Laura Dols old-timey boutique in the Nine Streets shopping district of Amsterdam is to unearth the world’s best vintage clothing... Read More

The Michelin three-starred De Librije restaurant is the best-known attraction in the handsome Hanseatic town of Zwolle, 65 miles east of Amsterdam.... Read More

Located in the trendy Eastern Docklands neighborhood, this quirky, design-centric hotel is a mix of 117 accommodations. Rooms are designated from one to... Read More

Located in the village of Oudekerk aan de Amstel, this renovated row of 18th-century buildings houses seven, apartment-style suites overlooking the... Read More

Combining style, comfort and sex appeal, it's no wonder Dutch designer Marlies Dekkers' lingerie is so often imitated. Nonetheless, you can get the real... Read More

The museum holds Rembrandts, Brueghels, and two of Vermeer’s great masterpieces, Girl with a Pearl Earring and View on Delft. Read More

The lacquered walls and velvet banquettes are a sumptuous backdrop for a light, seasonal menu (try the North Sea bass with fennel and cucumber). Read More

A dose of peace and quiet can be found in the airport’s silent oasis, decorated with stained-glass windows and dedicated to meditation and prayer.... Read More

True in real estate as well as hotels, “location, location, location” is key at this 152-room hotel near Schiphol. The property offers a no... Read More

Located in a sunny, coach house attached to the 17th-century Huize Frankendael manor on the outskirts of Amsterdam, Merkelbach infuses tradition into... Read More

In September 2007, three years after opening her Antwerp B&B, designer Analik Brower, followed up with three rooms above and one below her... Read More

Stop for a cocktail under low vaulted-brick ceilings. Read More

A sleek interior and glamorous clientele form the backdrop for the dishes on offer at this fashionable Asian fusion restaurant serving everything from... Read More

Stylish design and affordable rates compensate for a slightly out-of-centre location. In any case, there's a shuttle service into town and connections... Read More

Housed in the former city orphanage dating back to 1580, the Amsterdam Museum is a fascinating journey through the city's history, with exhibits ranging... Read More

Explore the world of the macabre and marvel at the horrendous means of ancient punishment at this museum, housed in a small, dungeon-esque building... Read More

Originally built for the city's mayor around 1685, this grand canal house is still partly furnished in the style of the time, while other rooms date... Read More

This shop is marked outside by a white sign at 233 Singel with “Orangebike” inside an orange circle of windmills, klompen, tulips, and... Read More

This canal house looks like all the others, but it hides a secret: a concealed Catholic church, built in the 17th-century in Calvinist Amsterdam, when... Read More

Once a church and now a cultural hub of Amsterdam, the Paradiso hosts a wide range of unique live music acts, as well as one of the city's most popular... Read More

Take-out edibles from still-warm croissants to house-made pastas tossed with fresh, seasonal ingredients like basil and mozzarella are served at this... Read More

The first Hajenius cigar store opened in Amsterdam in 1826, and the current shop, a beautiful Art Deco monument, has been open (and remains largely... Read More

From sofas to beakers, Pols Potten offers a cool collection of interior goodies by Dutch designers. There are plenty of portable and affordable souvenir... Read More

Less ornate than Pompadour's flagship tearoom at 12 Huidenstraat, this second, brick-front location sells elegant baked goods and pastries along with... Read More

One of the city's favorite gay bars, Prik is fun and friendly with a small dance floor. From karaoke sessions to its Sunday prosecco happy hour, Prik... Read More

With 21 beers, 21 wines, and 21 whiskeys, this minimalist pub encourages you to taste, as the name suggests. Aside from a few metal beer signs, little... Read More

A former distillery with an antique interior, little has changed here since the 1670's. This bar is the perfect spot to try a Dutch jenever or a... Read More

From across the canal, candles and lanterns glow invitingly in the paned-glass windows of this intimate wood-paneled, one-room restaurant. But the... Read More

Puccini ranks in National Geographic's list of the world's top ten chocolatiers. The handmade bonbons are perfectly balanced and feature some unusual... Read More

The Pulitzer is made up of 25 landmarked townhouses from the 17th- and 18th-century in the center of Amsterdam’s canal district, but the newly... Read More

With great connections to the airport and the city center, this budget-friendly option next to the WTC in Zuid features excellent contemporary design... Read More

The artist Rembrandt lived in this house towards the end of his life, from 1639 until 1656, when bankruptcy forced him to sell all his possessions at... Read More

Order the chef’s-course dinner for sublime fresh fish, such as wild turbot with langoustine. Read More

Set in an antique gatehouse with the appearance of a fairytale castle, and illuminated by 300 candles, in de Waag serves up hearty international dishes,... Read More

Located inside a 1926 greenhouse complex, most of the food you eat here was actually grown on the spot—and is delicious to boot. The Mediterranean... Read More

Michelin-starred La Rive features seasonal produce cooked in the French-Mediterranean tradition, with a nod to the flavors and techniques of Asia,... Read More

After a recent refurbishment, the Rijksmuseum looks better than ever - although of course the works you come here to see remain unchanged. The wonderful... Read More

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.... Read More

Originally Amsterdam's city hall, today this is one of the Netherlands' three royal palaces, used for various receptions and other state events. Both... Read More

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... Read More

Move over, Las Vegas—the Schiphol Airport may be the new destination wedding location of choice. The airport’s wedding planner Marc Eijkens... Read More

Located in the Seven Bridges area, this waterfront canal house turned boutique hotel maintains much of its 18th-century flavor. The eight accommodations... Read More

Located in a 17th-century manor house built for a wealthy sugar merchant, the Seven One Seven hotel contains nine opulent guest rooms named after famous... Read More

Like many metropolises, Amsterdam has its share of ethnic restaurants, leaving expats with no shortage of choices when a craving for “home food... Read More

High-end fashion shoes for men and women, showcased in a stunning Space Odyssey-inspired store (there are two other branches in town, but this one is... Read More

The seat of Dutch government, the royal family, the International Criminal court, and the country’s diplomatic community, this city is a jewel... Read More

This modest boutique in Amsterdam’s Nine Streets shopping district is a favorite among the city’s stylists, makeup artists, and models.... Read More

In the oldest part of Amsterdam, Staetshuys Antiquairs houses one of the world’s best collections of antique barometers, clocks, curios, and... Read More

In the 'bathtub', as it's now affectionately known (after the tub-like roof of its recently added extension) you'll find a fine international collection... Read More

A great collection of contemporary design, including ceramics, objects, bicycles, and designer Ineke Hans's recycled plastic outdoor furniture that... Read More

A great activity if you have teens in tow, this tour takes you to a part of town rarely seen by tourists, to see some of the city's best contemporary... Read More

With a name meaning "Studio Re-Use," it makes sense that the space holds a wacky collection of cradle-to-cradle objects, clothing, and accessories.... Read More

Located in leafy Vondelpark, the 'blue teahouse' is a circular, UFO modernist structure, surrounded by a terrace. It's a great place to get coffee or... Read More

A great location in an ancient city alley, bartenders with a good grasp on how to make truly unique cocktails make this the perfect place for a drink—or... Read More

Be warned: time just flies by in the American Book Center, and with five floors of English-language books on every conceivable subject, it's almost... Read More

Overlooking the Keizersgracht canal in the Jordaan district, this boutique hotel is comprised of three narrow houses built for Dutch merchants in the... Read More

Truly one of a kind, it's hard to fault The Dylan. Everything from the design, service, location and restaurant merit top marks for quality and style. Read More

Amsterdam's best design store, with owner Cok de Rooy's excellent personal selection of the best Dutch and international furniture and home accessories.... Read More

This historic Amsterdam building dates back to 1578 and served as a convent and City Hall before becoming the Grand hotel, and then Sofitel Legend in... Read More

Comprised of five separate canal-side houses, this new hipster hangout is a spinoff of the London original. This iteration however, features the ever... Read More

The 'negen straatjes' (or nine little streets) are Amsterdam's most-loved shopping area, full of one-off boutiques and galleries, quirky and cool... Read More

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... Read More

This ethnographic museum is an initiative from the Royal Tropical Institute, which seeks to understand and preserve non-Western cultures. The ornate,... Read More

Though Abraham Tuschinski was killed along with his family at Auschwitz, his spectacular cinema in Amsterdam survived and remains the largest in the... Read More

Founded in 1948, top-notch Dutch menswear brand Van Gils makes stylish business suits, shirts, separates and accessories in addition to more casual... Read More

You will find the largest collection Van Gogh's works in the world at this Amsterdam institution. Containing some of his greatest masterpieces including... Read More

Van Ravenstein stocks a well-curated selection of high-end women's fashion, with an emphasis on Belgian designers like Dries Van Noten and Ann... Read More

This atmospheric bar with a James Bond theme (hence the name) and an expert yet original take on cocktails is the picture of sophistication. Read More

Located in the heart of Amsterdam, Chef Dennis Kuipers combines traditional and modern French cuisine to great effect in this stylish, Michelin-starred... Read More

Vleminckx has been frying up Belgian fries since 1957, and it shows—these are some of the city's best. The place is just a hole in the wall, and a wait... Read More

A 47-hectare green space in the heart of Amsterdam, the Vondelpark is the place to go for a run, try out your cycling skills, observe the locals and... Read More

A popular mid-range department store chain, V&D has a wide fashion and home offerings selection including its own labels. It's in-store food court, La... Read More

There are over 250 wines to choose from at this bar—plus a range of foods to pair with them. The interior design is classy and cool. On every last... Read More

Complete with a grand staircase, this truly remarkable collection of canal mansions is an immaculately designed hotel. With 93 rooms and suites to... Read More

Central Rotterdam is compact and easily explored by metro, tram, bike, or foot—but the most thrilling way to do it is by water taxi. Read More

Waterkant is a summer hotspot and hipster hangout in the west of town, inspired by Paramaribo in Surinam (a former Dutch colony). Read More

The three-room hotel has slick interiors and Hästens beds, is just a block away from the harbor.c Read More

Amsterdam began to reclaim the derelict 19th-century Western Gas Factory in the early 1990s, cleaning up pollution, laying out parks, and inviting... Read More

This shop/gallery hybrid on the ground floor of a three-story brick building near Amsterdam’s Dam Square stocks vintage plywood furniture from the... Read More

The earth-toned lounge and treatment rooms with floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the runways are Zen with a minimalist edge. Treatments—foot... Read More

At Yamazato, expect a delicious meal: classic, Michelin-starred kaiseki cuisine, served in a traditional Japanese setting by kimono-wearing... Read More

The 57 futuristic, bright-white, podlike Yotel rooms (singles are roughly 10-by-10 feet) can be rented in four-hour blocks from $55. High-tech amenities... Read More

Young Dutch fashion brands are collected under one roof in this store. It's a great place for finding original items at very reasonable prices. Read More

This hip museum celebrates a vanished Dutch past. Created in 1948 on the edge of what was once the Zuider Zee, or South See, and spread across 27 acres... Read More

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