Amsterdam is an ancient city rich in history, architectural feats and unique culture. Here a few tips for individuals who want a quick visit to Amsterdam.

 

Markets and Shopping in Amsterdam

Amsterdam markets are remarkable. The location can change but you’ll nevertheless find vintage clothing, local crafts, antiques and wonderful food and drink. There are some information regarding which markets are on, on which days and where.  Must-visit places among others are Waterlooplein flea market that happens every day in the old Jewish quarter and the Albert Cuyp market. Jodenbuurt is also worth visiting. Located in the centre of the city is De Negen Straatjes or 9 Streets, an amazing shopping area filled with boutiques, jewellers, speciality shops, bars, cafes and restaurants. It is the picture-perfect place to spend your day shopping.

 

See the City from Above

For a panoramic view of the city, visit the sloped-roof terrace of NEMO Science Centre. There’s a rooftop café where you can grab a bite to eat if you’re hungry or thirsty. If you prefer something more luxurious, then visit Skylounge – they also offer a panoramic view over Amsterdam, as well as being an award-winning roof-top bar.

 

Visit Bimhuis

This is the place for Jazz lovers (and more). Every month, they offer free night, known as ‘Monday Match’, where musicians and dancers will co-operate in order to come up with a spur-of-the-moment performance and later, a DJ takes over and continues playing dance music till midnight. There’s also a series of workshops that are usually held every Tuesdays at 8pm where admission is free.

 

Go to North Amsterdam

Enjoy a free boat ride across the river IJ to North Amsterdam. Visit the best outdoor bars like Pllek and Café de Ceuvel where there’s a bonus of free ferry ride on offer. The Eye Film museum is open every day from 10:00 till 16:00 where you can appreciate their collection of movies … all for nothing!

 

Rent a Bike

There’s no better way to see Amsterdam than by bike, the favoured means of transportation in the city, which is almost flooded with these bikes. Here is a video of a long ride in Amsterdam. Although the city has an expansive network of wide lane bikes, everyone seems to be on them at all times so they can be congested and daunting for inexperienced urban cyclists. You can also visit Amsterdam’s biggest park, the Vondelpark, the most beautiful and almost centrally located park crossed by bike paths, lakes and nice corners, monuments and an open air theatre. When the weather permits, it gets very crowded. This park has been around since 1865.

 

Visit a coffee shop and cruise the canals

You can spend some quality time in one of the famous Dutch coffee shops before leaving Amsterdam. You don’t have to spend long there, simply jump on a boat outside Central station and be ready to be astounded by the beautiful canal tour and admire the picturesque buildings and bridges of the city. An hour-long trip is a perfect way to get acquainted with the city and take a look at some of its most famous attractions.

Have a nice time in Amsterdam!

 

kate sutton

*  This is a guest post.

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