OBA: Centrale Bibliotheek Amsterdam

Library in Nieuwmarkt, Plantage & the Eastern Islands

This being Amsterdam, it has the funkiest library you can imagine, built in 2007 and spread over multiple light, bright floors. The basement is devoted to kids, and has a wigwam, a huge polar bear and the magical, marvelous Mouse Mansion, with 100 incredibly beautifully detailed rooms, the work of artist Karina Content. On the 7th floor is the reasonably priced cafe, with an outdoor terrace from where thrilling panoramic views roll across the water to Amsterdam's old town.