Hôtel Droog

Top choice design in Nieuwmarkt, Plantage & the Eastern Islands

Not a hotel, but a local design house. Droog means 'dry' in Dutch, and these products are full of dry wit. You'll find all kinds of stylish versions of useful things – a clothes-hanger lamp or streamlined hot water bottle – as well as the kind of clothing that should probably by law only be worn by a designer or an architect.

Also here is a gallery space, a delightful fairy-tale garden and a high-beamed all-white cafe, overlooked by a tapestry of Rembrandt's The Night Watch. To live the life, rent the top-floor apartment (double €300, book well in advance).