The recommendations bible of Tim!
Here are my personal tips -based on experience and research- for a great experience in Amsterdam which resulted in a good list of tips (food/restaurants, nightlife, museums, shopping, coffee shops, and parks).
All of you good luck in Amsterdam!
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Food / Restaurants
I’ll start with some fancy restaurants:
A great restaurant to site outside, the food is nice but you go there mostly for the hipster environment.
Website or Google maps address (€15 to €25 for the main dish) but you end up drinking lots of beer there 😉
Great Dutch food at Moeders (€30 a menu, €20 main dish, a unique establishment as the walls are filled with pictures from customer’s mothers).
A great vegetarian restaurant is de Waaghals. Around €35 a menu or €20 main dish.
A great gastronomic, more expensive restaurant is Choux.
Another great gastronomic restaurant is de Kas, located in a greenhouse where they grow all their own vegetables.
Other ones in the same category would be Cafe Modern or Gebroeders Hartering. All around €50 to €70 for a 5 to 7 course menu. Reservations are needed.
Great Indonesian (a Dutch colony for 300 years) food at Blauw, Tempo doeloeand Jun. Go for a”rijsttafel” or rice table around €30 per person.
Cafe Kadijk is a more simpler Indonesian restaurant where a meal will set you back around €15. Very nice and good food.
A cheap Indonesian take away around the corner, Toko Joyce, is also nice for a quick and cheap meal, around €10.
A great authentic Chinese place is fulu mandarin or the Nam Kee. Around €15 to €25 for a dish.
Great cheese fondue and Entrecôte at Cafe Bern on the Nieuwmarkt square. Around €20.
Great juices with amazing açaí bowls are the juice brothers establishments.
Great soup at Soup en Zo establishments.
Trust at the Albert Cuyp is a great vegan place were you pay by tip.
For amazing haring and kibbeling (typical Dutch fish treats) go to the stand on the nieuwmarkt square around the corner (It’s not there every day though).
Have a “broodje kroket” with mustard (white bun with a croquette filled with ragout) at van dobben, the dutchest snack there is. The kroket also comes in a small balls portion called “bitterballen” you can buy at almost every bar or cafe.
Best French fries at vleminckx sausmeesters, make sure to get them with mayonnaise or peanut sauce for the most authentic taste or get the Patatje oorlog for a combination of the two with chopped onion.
And every day (except Sunday) local market is the Albert cuyp.
A great 17th century Dutch liqueur distillery is Wynand Fockink, reserve a tasting hour for €17,50 including 6 drinks and a tour!
For more alternative places you can go to Roest or de Ceuvel, better with nice weather though.
The Bloemenbar at Spuiplein is open until late, the poolbar around the same area is aslo a very nice spot.
A great Berlin style EDM venue is de school (usually only in weekends, so check what’s on).
For more alternative places go to pacific parc or skatecafe, always check what’s on though.
The (legendary) gay areas are around the reguliersdwarsstraat and the zeedijk.
For the expensive big brand fashion shops go to the “Pieter Cornelis hooft straat” between the Vondelpark (biggest park in Amsterdam) and the museum square.
For great secondhand clothes go to the nearby Waterloo square clothes market (Monday through Saturday) and the episode, time machine, zipper and kilo shops.
All the standard shops you can find at the kalverstraat and Nieuwendijk around Damsquare.
Coffeeshops (no coffee; Weed)
Great Coffeeshops are the Bluebird, the Grey Area, the Dampkring, 1e Hulp, Boerejongens, de Graal (really nice to hang out, play chess and board games, they even have a 5 euro an hour recording studio out back for customers!) and the Prix the Amie if your with a big group. Anothet great one is Smoke Palace which is on the Lineausstraat.
If you want to pick one of the main museums I would personally go for the Rijksmuseum. It’s the biggest museum in Amsterdam and they have art of all the great painters from the 17th century.
I would personally advise you not to visit the Heineken Experience. Long lines, expensive tickets and it’s basically just a brewery, nothing special.
If you want to learn more about the history and culture of Amsterdam go to the Amsterdam museum.
Some nice alternative museums are stedelijk museum (modern, next to Van Gogh), foam (photography) and Eye (cinema and video art, its a movie theater as well, with a bar with a wonderful view of Amsterdam).
Also have a peak inside Tuchinski, the oldest movie theater in Amsterdam build in an Art Deco style with a crazy interior.
Sarphatipark, in the Pijp is parallel to the Albert Cuyp market
Amsterdamse bos is a nice place and they also have a lace where you can cuddle with goats.