Jacob’s personal recommendations for Amsterdam!
These are my personal tips -based on experience and research- for a great experience in Amsterdam! This resulted in a good list of tips! You can click on the bold text to get to the Google Maps location of the establishment.
All of you good luck in Amsterdam!
And don’t forget to write me a review here of course 😉
Food / Restaurants
Wonderful gastrobar tucked away in a residential corner (of my street, as it happens). Brazilian chef Alex and his wife Carlotta run this place like it’s their home. Fresh, organic, wholly original. Be their guest and let yourself be treated!
Lovely little French-style restaurant that serves a daily “menu routier”. That means every day a different cook who makes one 4 course menu! They recently went full veggie with an optional meat/fish supplement.
The last remaining typical Dutch ‘bruine kroeg’ (brown pub) in the lively Leidseplein area. Formerly a famed hangout for poets. You might find their lingering spirit still inspires you here!
American Book Center
My favourite English book shop in town. Great range, lots of fantasy and thriller, and good selection of graphic novels too. At Spui square, which hosts 2 other book shops!
Coffeeshops (no coffee; Weed)
Nothing special, but in a fun area and better prices than other coffeeshops in Centrum.
This one hits a few birds in one stone: see a well-preserved golden age house on the inside, get a feel for how the master lived and worked, and see some of his lesser-known but beautiful art.
It’s an obvious choice, but for very good reason. The standard collection is vast and shows highlights of modern art history. The changing exhibitions give excellent space to a great variety of art-styles and are always worthwhile. No art lover can skip Stedelijk!
I used to live around the corner and this is still my favourite park. It’s at the water, feels more like nature than most Amsterdam parks and hosts a well-hidden liquor distillery and bar. Great for walks, picnics and runs/workouts.
Het Amsterdamse Bos
By far the biggest park, on the outskirts of the city. Forest, field, water, and an organic goat-farm with great cheese and cuddlable goats!
Famous for good reason. It’s location makes it the perfect place for a break between shopping and museums. The vibe is always good, it hosts loveable cafés and is also great for running.
Fun things to do in Amsterdam
Complete your visit to Amsterdam, by exploring the city on its beautiful canals. For a quality tour with excellent service, we highly recommend Flag Ship
Mystery city puzzle tour, discover the city and its history by solving a puzzle. Challenge yourself and try it!
Mystery city escape game Amsterdam
The city center gets all the attention, but I highly recommend checking out the local area around your hotel/hostel/BnB:
- For the Oost (East) part of town, the axis of Javastraat and Dapperstraat. Expect excellent immigrant cuisine, affordable everything, and neighbourly vibes.
- For the West part of town, the area between Jan Pieter Heijestraat and De Hallen (I live in this neighbourhood!). Expect local fashion, high quality food, and hipster/gentrification vibes.