Hungry Birds
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Amsterdam's flat, compact, and lively streets make the city an ideal place to explore on foot. In fact, walking may be the best way to appreciate the what Amsterdam has on offer, from its gorgeous 17th-century canals to its leafy parks and former industrial docklands. Of course, you could download the Amsterdam Map and Walk app—but why go it alone, when you can get behind the scenes with an expert-guided walking tour? A whole range of specialty tours allow you to mingle with like-minded people while keeping your eyes on the sights. Just don’t forget the umbrella

Hungry Birds Food Tour

Hungry Birds curate tours that allow you to sample the city’s best street food experiences in one afternoon—think Vlaamse frites (Belgian fries), spicy spring rolls, Dutch cheese, raw herring, home-baked cakes, and local beers. The tour can be tailored for vegetarians and the price is all-inclusive.

Amsterdam Photo Safari

Give the selfie stick a rest and take some proper pictures with photographer Tim Collins on his photographic tour of the city. Tim knows Amsterdam’s best and most original locations, from picture-perfect canal views to off-the-tourist-track, gritty urban landscapes. Chose from daytime or night-time tours, and both novices and experienced photographers are welcome.

AllTourNative Amsterdam Street Art and Alternative Amsterdam

Offering a different take on the contemporary city, AllTourNative Tours will take you to the relatively tourist-free zones that feature Amsterdam’s most amazing graffiti and street art—not to mention funky independent galleries and shops.

WWII and the Holocaust in Amsterdam

Learn about the traumatic period in Amsterdam’s history with World War II experts Peter Schaapman and Ben de Jong. On the tour, you'll visit all the key locations, including a daytrip to the site of the Battle of Arnhem.

Night Watch Walks

You’ve seen the The Night Watch in the Rijksmuseum—now explore the fascinating story behind Amsterdam’s most famous artwork. Jacques Hendrikx, who has written a novel about the painting, takes you to the location where Rembrandt’s masterpiece was painted, follows its journey over the years, and recounts the life stories of the people featured in the painting.

Amsterdam Design Tour—What Makes it Dutch?

Over the course of the 20th century, Dutch design has become a world-coveted phenomenon. Find out more about the thinking behind it, and the people and places that have helped to make Amsterdam’s reputation as a design capital—all while taking in the city’s best design shops and sights.

Jane Szita is on the Netherlands beat for Travel + Leisure. She lives in Amsterdam.