The Tropenmuseum houses a three-storey collection of colonial artefacts, presented with insight, imagination and a fair amount of...
Amsterdam Tattoo Museum
Opened in 2011, this wild, circus-coloured museum holds enough relics to earn its 'Tatican' nickname. The first electric tattoo machine,...
Artis Royal Zoo
The oldest zoo on the European continent, Artis has an alphabet soup of wildlife: alligators, birds, chimps and so on up to zebras. The...
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.