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Top Choice Museum in Western Canal Ring

Anne Frank Huis

The Anne Frank Huis draws more than one million visitors annually. With Anne’s melancholy bedroom and her actual diary – sitting alone in its glass case, filled with sunnily optimistic writing tempered by quiet desp…
Top Choice Area in Western Canal Ring

Negen Straatjes

In a city packed with countless shopping opportunities, each seemingly more alluring than the last, the Negen Straatjes represent the very densest concentration of consumer pleasures. These nine little streets are i…
Top Choice European in Western Canal Ring

De Belhamel

In warm weather the canal-side tables here at the head of the Herengracht are an aphrodisiac, and the richly wallpapered art-nouveau interior set over two levels provides the perfect backdrop for exquisitely present…
Top Choice Brown Cafe in Western Canal Ring

't Arendsnest

This gorgeous restyled bruin café, with its glowing copper jenever (Dutch gin) boilers behind the bar, only serves Dutch beer – but with over 100 varieties (many from small breweries), including 52 rotating on tap, …
Top Choice Homewares in Western Canal Ring

Frozen Fountain

Frozen Fountain is Amsterdam's best-known showcase of furniture and interior design. Prices are not cheap, but the daring designs are offbeat and very memorable (designer penknives, kitchen gadgets and that birthday…
Homewares in Western Canal Ring

360 Volt

One of the keys to creating a quintessentially gezellig (cosy, convivial) atmosphere is ambient lighting, making this shop stocking vintage industrial lighting (restored to meet energy-efficient international standa…
Museum in Western Canal Ring

Het Grachtenhuis

Learn about the remarkable feat of engineering behind the Canal Ring through this museum's holograms, videos, models, cartoons, scale model of Amsterdam and other innovative exhibits, which explain how the canals an…
Dutch in Western Canal Ring

Bistro Bij Ons

If you're not in town visiting your Dutch oma (grandma), try the honest-to-goodness cooking at this charming retro bistro instead. Classics include stamppot (potatoes mashed with another vegetable) with sausage, raa…
Clothing in Western Canal Ring

Denham the Jeanmaker Men's Store

Next door to its studio, where jeans are produced, this flagship, 'zoned' boutique carries the cutting-edge jeanmaker's menswear lines. Jeans aside, you'll find jackets, knitwear and accessories. Cool vintage touche…
Fashion & Accessories in Western Canal Ring

Amatør

Suits, dresses, separates and accessories from Amsterdam label Amatør are designed by its Dutch-born founder Eline Starink, who identified a gap in the market for young, ambitious businesswomen seeking sophisticated…