Things to do in Amsterdam

Here’s your key to the city. A definitive guide of the best local spots, as told by local Airbnb hosts



Best of the best

1926 local Airbnb hosts recommend

The place to be, to see Dutchies chill out in the park. Vondelpark is the largest city park in Amsterdam, and certainly the most famous park in the Netherlands, which welcomes about 10 million visi... read more

The place to be, to see Dutchies chill out in the parc. Vondelpark is the largest city park in Amsterdam, and certainly the most famous park in the Netherlands, which welcomes about 10 million visi... read more

Vondelpark is the largest city park in Amsterdam, and certainly the most famous park in the Netherlands. The Vondelpark is centrally placed south of Leidseplein and near Rijksmuseum, Stedelijk Muse... read more

989 local Airbnb hosts recommend

The Albert Cuyp market is the largest daily market in Europe. You’ll find the typical Amsterdam-like atmosphere, easy going-ness and on nonsense humor here. The threehundred different stands sell e... read more

Market with local products There's no place like the Albert Cuyp street market to discover Amsterdam’s typical sense of humour and laid back atmosphere. The Albert Cuypmarkt is the largest and most... read more

Albert Cuyp Market Renowned as being Europe’s biggest outdoor market, the Albert Cuyp Market, named after the 17th-century painter of the same name, has existed since the late 19th century. With hu... read more

#3

iamb&b

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330 Nieuwezijds Voorburgwal·Map·Hours·Website·

695 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Our office is located here. During opening hours from 9am until 5.30pm you're freely able to store your luggage here. Also you can ask us any questions if you would like that.

Our office is located overhere. During office hours from 9am until 5.30pm you're freely able able to store your luggage.

Our office is located overhere. During office hours from 9am until 5.30pm you're freely able to drop off your luggage here.

665 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Beautiful restored old tram shed. Inspired by famous indoor food markets as the Borough Market in London and the Mercado de San Miguel in Madrid. Very popular place for locals. Relaxed atmosphere w... read more

The Foodhallen are located in the former tramshed in Amsterdam West. Finally Amsterdam got its own indoor food market in Amsterdam West. Something like Chelsea Market and Borough Market, but then w... read more

Located in the hip Oud-West neighbourhood, De Hallen is a brand new centre for the arts, crafts, fashion and food in a recently refurbished industrial building dating from 1902. De Hallen houses a ... read more

#5

Pllek

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59 Tt. Neveritaweg·Map·Hours·Website·

442 local Airbnb hosts recommend

I LOVE Pllek Amsterdam on the banks of the IJ in North. It’s such a creative hotspot! Pllek Amsterdam is perfect to meet up with friends for drinks or a easy meal. It’s easy to get to Pllek Amsterd... read more

Pllek on the banks of the IJ in North is such a creative hotspot! Pllek is perfect to meet up with friends for drinks or a easy meal. It’s easy to get to Pllek Amsterdam North;just take the ferry... read more

Pllek may give you the feeling of a beach holiday. The restaurant is contructed of used shipping containers stacked to form a C shape, then covered by a high curving roof. The front of the restaura... read more

1626 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Visitors to the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam can expect much more than just paintings by Dutch Masters from the Golden Age. The museum’s expansive, evocative collection also includes Delftware, sculptu... read more

Source: Wikipedia. The Rijksmuseum (Dutch pronunciation: English: National Museum) is a Dutch national museum dedicated to arts and history in Amsterdam. The museum is located at the Museum Square... read more

The Rijksmuseum is the museum of the Netherlands. The completely renovated Rijksmuseum tells the story of the Netherlands from the Middle Ages to the 20th century. Including works by Rembrandt, Ver... read more

800 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Much of Amsterdam's nightlife centres around Leidseplein and the streets nearby. Famous music venues such as Melkweg and Paradiso can be found here, while Irish pubs, brown cafés and smaller nightc... read more

The Leidseplein is one of the busiest centres for nightlife in the city. The side streets are packed with restaurants and nightclubs. The Stadsschouwburg, a theater, is the most notable architectur... read more

One of Amsterdam’s most famous central squares, the busy Leidseplein, or Leiden Square, claims a prime location to the South of the city’s canal ring and opposite the popular Vondelpark. Once ser... read more

291 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Bukowski is one of the Amsterdam Oost gems. Check this amazing cafe for breakfast and night drinks! Friday and Saturday are the best days to mingle with the local and young dutch crowd. The best c... read more

Funky, urban cafe & cocktail bar with a terrace, serving burgers, baguettes & flammkuchen. Great place in the eastern part of Amsterdam for breakfast, lunch and drinks.

Bukowski is the best place for an early breakfast and great coffee. Besides that it is one of the most popular places for cocktails and drinks later in the day. Definitely worth going to!

288 local Airbnb hosts recommend

The Jordaan, a trendy former blue-collar neighbourhood, is home to one of the best markets in town: Noordermarkt. Bric&brac on monday mornings. Eat the best apple pie at cafe Winkel, on the corner.

Best apple pie with or without cream of the city, mabye of the country. Always busy. Very nice spot at the Noordermarkt in th heart of the Jordan neighborhoud. Combine your coffee and pie with a vi... read more

Please, please, please visit Winkel 43 and try their apple pie! It's known to be the best apple pie in Amsterdam, especially during sunny weekends people will line up to get their hands on a piece.

288 local Airbnb hosts recommend

One of our very favourite spots. A couple of rundown industrial buildings (it used to be a gas factory), now turned into a cultural hotspot with events, a city beach (with sand!), a bar and a reall... read more

Amsterdam Roest: industrial city beach. The day restaurant at Amsterdam Roest is called Super De Bar. There are also markets, warehouse parties and festivals! Website: amsterdamroest.nl

Lovely little gem tucked away in the East of Amsterdam. In winter it holds markets and bonfires and in Summer it has a little 'beach' leading out to the canalside. It often plays fun music to dance... read more

313 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Biertuin 'beer garden' is a nice bar / restaurant with a wide selection of local and imported beers. They serve good food as well (roasted chicken!).

If you like beers, go to the Biertuin (beer garden)! They have an enormous selection of beers and have a large (heated) terrace where you can have drinks until deep in the night.

De Biertuin is a restaurant located at Linnaeusstraat 29. They serve the best beers (of course IJ beer) and they are famous for their roasted chickens. For this dish you pay €11,-, mostly locals yo... read more

1270 local Airbnb hosts recommend

The Anne Frank Huis draws almost one million visitors annually (prepurchase tickets online to minimise the queues). With its reconstruction of Anne’s melancholy bedroom and her actual diary – sitti... read more

Anne Frank House in the center of Amsterdam is the hiding place where Anne Frank wrote her famous diary during the World War II. Just a few empty rooms in the hidden annex to the house will make an... read more

Anne Frank House (Anne Frankhuis) It is one of the 20th century's most compelling stories: a young Jewish girl forced into hiding with her family and their friends to escape deportation by the Nazi... read more

#13

Bar spek

Food SceneRestaurants
1 Admiraal de Ruijterweg·Map·Hours·Website·

279 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Coffee, bar, restaurant. Nice place at the waterfront. A friendly spot for a bite to eat or a drink.Bar Spek is simple but lovely inside with big windows and lots of fresh flowers. In the summer mo... read more

Bar Spek is a hip and popular bar. In the summer it's nice to sit outside ext to the canal. They also serve food. They have delicious pizza's and good gin tonics!

Best breakfast, lunch and pizzas in town! Less than 10 minutes stroll from my place, you find this amazing café/restaurant which serves giant, affordable and healthy brunch/lunch or pizzas. The sun... read more

279 local Airbnb hosts recommend

This place is great when the sun is at its peak. Just outside of the tourist area and a bit hidden from the rest of the city yet just a few minutes away from the central station. Good beers and som... read more

Just across the water from NEMO, yet a local secret, this laidback waterside café built from recycled materials has a beer garden that really feels like a garden, with timber benches, picnic tables... read more

Great terrace located near Central Station. A mix of tourists and people from Amsterdam creates a good vibe. Hanneke's Boom is located at the water. Therefor manny boats also stop here for a drink!

276 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Pacific Parc is a cool alternative local hangout away from the hustle and bustle of the centre. They serve dinner most evenings and on weekends there are DJ's and occasional live bands. On sunny da... read more

Pacific Park is a place in Westerpark, that is very hard to describe. They call themselves a rock'n'roll bar and dance bistro. But on sunny days they also have the biggest terrace in the Westerpark... read more

A Dynamic, Open-Minded and Creative Place for Club and Live Music. Located in our 'backyard' Westerpark! Check Their Program to Swing Till You Drop :-)! It's also a Restaurant opens in the morni... read more

725 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Dam Square is a square in the center of Amsterdam, Dam Square is the historical heart of Amsterdam and the location of many events of national importance. On the Dam are the Royal Palace, the Nieuw... read more

Visit Dam Square, the historical heart of the city and the location of many events of national importance. On the Dam are the Royal Palace, the Nieuwe Kerk and the National Monument, where the annu... read more

Dam Square Dam Square is the main city square in Amsterdam and is one of the most well-known locations in all of the Netherlands. Located in the historical center of the city and just 750 meters so... read more

269 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Go to Wilde Zwijnen for a fantastic dinner and great atmosphere. One of our favorites. Make sure to make a reservation!

Modern Dutch dining in a trendy, rustic setting with wood tables, exposed brick & an open kitchen.

Very cosy restaurant, creative Dutch and tasty food. This place is incredible, make sure to call in for a reservation, because they are popular far beyond the local customers. All the food here is ... read more

540 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Take a stroll through the stalls and stumble upon fine antiques, curiosities, earrings, rings, jewellery, sunglasses, Oriental rugs, clothes, art , kitsch, design, rare old books and LP records. Or... read more

Have a super Saturday at Noordermarkt Take a stroll through the stalls and stumble upon fine antiques, curiosities, earrings, rings, jewellery, sunglasses, Oriental rugs, clothes, art , kitsch, des... read more

Every Saturday from 9:00 a.m. until 3 p.m. there is a big farmer's market at the Noordermarkt. A part of the square is occupied by a a flea market section. You can buy local organic produce as well... read more

250 local Airbnb hosts recommend

A good restaurant with a big terrace. On the last friday of the month Edel turns in to the best party of Amsterdam with perfect mix of DJ’s, live music and entertainment. Be there before 7.45 p.m.!

Big waterfront terrace with wide views of the canals in an interesting part of the city. The restaurant in this beautiful ´Amsterdam school´ building radiants a Berlin atmosphere. Perfect for a gla... read more

Retro-style space in a former jewellery workshop serving bistro dishes, plus a waterside terrace

237 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Great place to have breakfast, coffee, lunch or dinner/drinks. Amazing terrace (sun all day) along the Amstel river. Right around the corner, about 1 minute walking distance.

The "Spot" of the city with a view on the Amstel river. It's an all-day cafe-restaurant where Amsterdamers meet to discuss business, date, work, hang with friends, have breakfast or a business lunc... read more

Great grand cafè with a lot of newspapers and wonderful spot for a morningcoffee or late afternoon drink. In summer they a fantastic terras which overlooks the Amstel. Watch out for the bikes when ... read more

1079 local Airbnb hosts recommend

For both locals and far-travelling visitors, the Van Gogh Museum is a unique and inspirational experience. Alongside the legacy of Vincent van Gogh's instantly recognisable impressionist works, suc... read more

The Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam is one of the most popular museums in the world, attracting visitors from every corner of the globe. Naturally, this is in large part due to it housing the largest ... read more

Van Gogh Museum Art lovers and Van Gogh fans must reward themselves with a visit to the Van Gogh Museum, one of Amsterdam's must-sees. The museum consists of about 200 paintings and 500 drawings by... read more

944 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Artis Royal Zoo Established in 1838, Amsterdam’s happily family-friendly zoo was the first to open in The Netherlands and covers more than 14 hectares (35 acres) of shady tree-lined pathways and la... read more

Plantage Kerklaan 38-40 Artis Royal Zoo is open every day, 1st of March until 31st of October: 9 am - 6 pm Every Saturday in June, July and August (ZOOmeravonden): 9 am – sunset ZOOmeravonden: enj... read more

Artis, short for Natura Artis Magistra, is a zoo in the centre of Amsterdam. It is the oldest zoo in the Netherlands and one of the oldest zoos of mainland Europe. Artis Royal Zoo is not just a zoo...

200 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Really cool place for lunch or early evening drinks. They have a huge terrace and a cosy fireplace, you can't miss the place as it looks like a huge, red mushroom in the middle of Mercator square..:-)

Zurich is a café restaurant at Mercatorplein. A funny, round building with a big terrace for in the summer, and a fire place to warm up during the winter. At Cafe Zurich you eat good affordable foo... read more

Go there for good food, it's pleasant to have drink or to work undisturbed. It is exactly what architect Berlage had in his mind in the 20s: a nice living for local residents. Ninety years later, t... read more

712 local Airbnb hosts recommend

The Heineken Experience is the old and first beautiful Heineken Brewery, build when the Pijp was not even there. Get to know the famous international beer brand through an interactive guided tour ... read more

Enjoy an immersive, behind the scenes guided tour of the Heineken Experience in Amsterdam and explore the old brewery where Heineken was first brewed. Following the tour, a Heineken connoisseur wil... read more

Heineken Experience A visit to the old Heineken brewery is paramount to brew-worshipers and beer lovers. You will learn the history of the Heineken family, find out how the logo has evolved, and fo... read more

212 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Cool and relaxed bar and cafe with a hippie vibe. At night during spring- summer they have some amazing live show around a bonfire. You can take a free ferry from central station to the NDSM area.

Nice vintage-style cafe in a greenhouse building, close to the ex-industrial area of NDSM. In the summer is really nice to lay down on the sand and enjoy live music and concerts. Take the ferry for... read more

This place is open from the morning (don't know exactly what time, until late at night). It has a gorgeous view over the IJ-water. It is a boat ride away. Take the (free) ferry behind Central Stati... read more

532 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Rembrandtplein is one of the busiest squares in the city, at least when it comes to nightlife and clubbing. During the day you can enjoy a nice latte on the terrace of a café.

Square with sculptures of the night watch of Rembrants painting in 3D Rembrandtplein (Rembrandt Square) is a major square in central Amsterdam, the Netherlands, named after the famous painter Remb... read more

Rembrandtplein A far cry from its origins as a butter and dairy market, Rembrandtplein is now one of Amsterdam’s busiest and liveliest squares, sandwiched between the Mint Tower and the Amstel Rive... read more

195 local Airbnb hosts recommend

"People come to Amsterdam’s Westergasfabriek to meet, work and relax. This beautiful city park, with its historic factory buildings surrounded by expanses of green, also has workplaces, venues for ... read more

People come to Amsterdam’s Westergasfabriek to meet, work and relax. This beautiful city park, with its historic factory buildings surrounded by expanses of green, also has workplaces, venues for l... read more

The Westergasfabriek is a former gasworks factory, now used as a cultural area. There are multiple restaurants, some great bars, a club and regular outdoor sunday markets.

191 local Airbnb hosts recommend

When exploring Amsterdam you must not forget to explore the Vondelpark. Although often super busy at sunny days, a lovely getaway from the city. It's big enough so just keep walking and you will ex... read more

In the middle of Amsterdam's most famous park The Vondelpark you find 't Blauwe theehuis. Beautiful place for a sunny afternoon in the park. Drink tea. Eat cake. Enjoy the park!

Café ‘t Blauwe Theehuis (The Blue Teahouse) is a truly unique spot in Amsterdam, located in the middle of the famous Vondelpark. Open Friday till Sunday 9:00-22:00.

201 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Waterkant is perfect for sunny weather but also cosy during the colder months. The interior design is inspired by Paramaribo in Surinam. With tropical food (and the regular bar snack.

Waterkant Amsterdam is a cafe restaurant under the Q-park on the border of the city center and West. This spot is perfect for sunny weather but also cosy during the colder months. The interior desi... read more

Also a restaurant but actually a bar near the water. It has a huge heated terrace. It's under an old parking lot and next to a gas station (Texaco). Very good spot to drink beers on a Friday (or an... read more

378 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Should you crave a brief respite while at Albert Cuypmarkt or are simply looking for a place to relax in the sun, this small, beautiful park makes a great destination. Named after the doctor who co... read more

Named after the Jewish doctor and philanthropist Samuel Sarphati (1813-1866) whose marvelous 19th century monument dominates the park, this small rectangle of green in the middle of De Pijp area, i... read more

Just around the corner from the bustling Albert Cuyp market, the Sarphatipark is a green oasis in the heart of the city with a pond, fountain and enclosed playground. This small park is the perfect... read more