Top things to do

Top Choice Museum in Vondelpark & the South

Rijksmuseum

The Rijksmuseum is among the world's finest art museums, packing works by local heroes Rembrandt, Vermeer and Van Gogh as well as 7500 other masterpieces over 1.5km of galleries. To avoid the biggest crowds, come be…
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 Museum in Nieuwmarkt, Plantage & the Eastern Islands

Museum het Rembrandthuis

Housed in Rembrandt's former home, where the master painter spent his most successful years, painting big commission such as The Night Watch and running the Netherlands’ largest painting studio. It wasn't to last, h…
Top Choice Park in Vondelpark & the South

Vondelpark

A private park for the wealthy until 1953, Vondelpark now occupies a special place in Amsterdam's heart. It's a magical escape, but also supplies a busy social scene, encompassing cycle ways, pristine lawns, ponds w…
Top Choice Museum in Vondelpark & the South

Van Gogh Museum

It's a moving experience to visit this museum, which traces Van Gogh's life and development via the world's largest collection of his work, both familiar paintings and wonderful little-known pieces. It's fascinating…
Top Choice Brown Cafe in Medieval Centre & Red Light District

In ʼt Aepjen

Candles burn even during the day in this 15th-century building – one of two remaining wooden buildings in the city – which has been a tavern since 1519: in the 16th and 17th centuries it served as an inn for sailors…
Top Choice Food Hall in Vondelpark & the South

Foodhallen

This glorious international food hall in soaring ex-tram sheds has food stands surrounding an airy open-plan eating area. Some are offshoots of popular Amsterdam eateries and breweries. Look out for Viet View Vietna…
Top Choice Fast Food in Medieval Centre & Red Light District

Vleminckx

Frying up frites (fries) since 1887, Amsterdam's best friterie has been based at this hole-in-the-wall takeaway shack near the Spui since 1957. The standard order of perfectly cooked crispy, fluffy frites is smother…
Top Choice Dutch in Medieval Centre & Red Light District

D'Vijff Vlieghen

Spread across five 17th-century canal houses, the 'Five Flies' is a jewel. Old-wood dining rooms overflow with character, featuring Delft-blue tiles and original works by Rembrandt; chairs have copper plates inscrib…
Top Choice Brown Cafe in Jordaan & the West

't Smalle

Dating back to 1786 as a jenever (Dutch gin) distillery and tasting house, and restored during the 1970s with antique porcelain beer pumps and lead-framed windows, locals' favourite 't Smalle is one of Amsterdam's m…