Museum Willet-Holthuysen

Built around 1685 for Amsterdam mayor Jacob Hop and redesigned in 1739, this sumptuous residence, now managed by the Amsterdam Museum, is named after the widow who bequeathed the property to the city in 1895. Highlights include paintings by Jacob de Wit, the place de milieu (centrepiece) that was part of the family’s 275-piece Meissen table service, and the intimate French-style garden with sundial – you can also peek at the garden through the iron fence at the Amstelstraat end.

Be sure to borrow the notebook from the front desk, with details that make the house come alive (how meat was roasted and windows were cleaned).