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Top Choice Museum in Nieuwmarkt, Plantage & the Eastern Islands

Verzetsmuseum

This museum shows, in no uncertain terms, how much courage it takes to actively resist an adversary so ruthless that you can't trust neighbours, friends, even family. Exhibits give an insight into the difficulties f…
Top Choice Dutch in Nieuwmarkt, Plantage & the Eastern Islands

Greetje

Using market-fresh organic produce, Greetje resurrects and re-creates traditional Dutch recipes like pickled beef, braised veal with apricots and leek stamppot (traditional mashed potatoes and vegetables), and pork …
Top Choice Dutch in Nieuwmarkt, Plantage & the Eastern Islands

Moes

The bar-restaurant in the basement of De Appel arts centre has a farm-to-fork credo. There's always a fish of the day and a daily vegetarian special made with local ingredients. Mains vary, but might include kohlrab…
Top Choice Beer Garden in Nieuwmarkt, Plantage & the Eastern Islands

Amsterdam Roest

Derelict shipyards have been transformed into a super-cool artist collective/bar/restaurant, Amsterdam Roest (Dutch for 'Rust'), with a canal-facing terrace, huge backyard beneath towering blue cranes and an industr…
Top Choice Museum in Nieuwmarkt, Plantage & the Eastern Islands

Museum het Rembrandthuis

You almost expect to find the master himself at the Museum het Rembrandthuis, where Rembrandt van Rijn ran the Netherlands’ largest painting studio, only to lose the lot when profligacy set in, enemies swooped and b…
Top Choice Brewery in Nieuwmarkt, Plantage & the Eastern Islands

Brouwerij 't IJ

Beneath the creaking sails of the 1725-built De Gooyer windmill, Amsterdam's leading organic microbrewery produces delicious (and often very potent) standard, seasonal and limited-edition brews. Pop in for a beer in…
Top Choice South American in Nieuwmarkt, Plantage & the Eastern Islands

Tokoman

Queue with the folks getting their Surinamese spice on at Tokoman. It makes a sensational broodje pom (a sandwich filled with a tasty mash of chicken and a starchy Surinamese tuber). You’ll want the zuur (pickled-ca…
Top Choice Zoo in Nieuwmarkt, Plantage & the Eastern Islands

Artis Royal Zoo

Laid out with delightful ponds, statues, and leafy, winding pathways, mainland Europe's oldest zoo has an alphabet soup of wildlife: alligators, birds, chimps and so on up to zebras. Highlights include convincing th…
Top Choice Museum in Nieuwmarkt, Plantage & the Eastern Islands

Joods Historisch Museum

The Joods Historisch Museum, is a beautifully restored complex of four Ashkenazic synagogues from the 17th and 18th centuries. Displays show the rise of Jewish enterprise and its role in the Dutch economy, and the h…
Top Choice Beer Garden in Nieuwmarkt, Plantage & the Eastern Islands

Hannekes Boom

Just across the water from NEMO, yet a local secret, this laidback waterside café built from recycled materials has a beer garden that really feels like a garden, with timber benches, picnic tables and summer barbec…