The Tropenmuseum houses a three-storey collection of colonial artefacts, presented with insight, imagination and a fair amount of...
Oosterpark was laid out in 1891 to accommodate the diamond traders who found their fortunes in the South African mines, and it still has...
Artis Royal Zoo
Laid out with delightful ponds, statues, and leafy, winding pathways, mainland Europe's oldest zoo has an alphabet soup of wildlife:...
De Groene Olifant
Steeped in Victorian-era opulence with intricate woodwork, the Green Elephant transports you back in time. Sit at the circa-1880 bar...
There's often a line to the door at this bare-bones Surinamese place, but don't worry – it moves fast. Place your order – lamb roti...
Alexanderplein · interesting places nearby
This grand, classical arch was built in 1770 as a gateway to the city. On the south side you'll see the Amsterdam emblem of three St Andreas' crosses, while on the other side there's a cog ship emblem, which appeared on Amsterdam's coat of arms in medieval times.
In 1811 Napoleon rode triumphantly through the gate with his royal entourage, and promptly demanded food for his ragged troops.