The recommendations bible of Carlien!
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
Pllek is has a beautiful city beach and an open fireplace in winter. They often have live music and cozy couches to snuggle on. Also the free ferry ride there is quite nice.
De Jonge Admiraal has a living room vibe, has great beers, chai tea, juices, and food and board games.
There is a big food market on the Albert Cuyp every day except sunday.
Great for special beers is Brouwerij ‘t Ij . A brewery in a windmill! It doesn’t get much more authentic!
OT301: super alternative/underground, lots of live music.
Bloemenbar: nice and central, student area, can crawl home if you need to
For great secondhand clothes go to the Waterloo square clothes market (Monday through Saturday).
Coffeeshops (no coffee; Weed)
Great Coffeeshops is Basjoe, close to centre but still a relatively quiet neighborhood, housed in a beautiful building. Good prices as well.
Rembrandthuis is often overlooked but it gives a good image of life in the golden age.
Scheepsvaartmuseum is about sailing (especially the golden age) I like it because it’s such an important part of our history.
The Vondelpark. It’s in the middle of the city and always nice to visit. Play some games, make music or just simply light up, lay back and enjoy.
Flevopark is usually nice and quiet, lot’s of space, there’s a cute hidden distillery that’s open between April and October, and you can swim in the Nieuwe Diep or in the swimming pool!
Amsterdam Noord is hip, developing, nice and quiet, lots of water and green and hip cafe’s and cheap food