Skip to content

Best things to do in Amsterdam

Discover the city according to locals. Find the best things to do, places to eat, and get priceless advice from the people who live here.

Plaza
“If you wanna enjoy more clubs and bars, you should go to Rembrandtplein! This place has a lot of smaller clubs and lots of bars. It's very touristic but also fun!”
312 locals recommend
Route
“Vondelpark is great in the summer for the open air theater, rollerblading or going for a run, BBQs with friends and just chilling. ”
369 locals recommend
Museum
“The Tropenmuseum, founded in 1864 as Colonial Museum, is a Dutch ethnological museum. It has a large collection of ethnographic artifacts from tropical and subtropical regions, especially from the former Dutch overseas territories. ”
293 locals recommend
Park
“It is the perfect outdoor space to spend time with the family. Nice open spaces but also lots of footpaths and cycle tracks through the woods.”
258 locals recommend
Other Great Outdoors
“Hermitage Amsterdam is the only satelite museum of the Hermitage Museum of Saint Petersburg, showcasing its vast collectins and spectacularly located on the banks of the Amstel river.”
258 locals recommend
Plaza
“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 architectural landmark on the square. ”
230 locals recommend
Event Space
“This is a hipster spot with lots of stalls with interesting food, drinks, and movies in the hall next to the food hall”
431 locals recommend
Flower Shop
“flower market.the unique market exists since 1862. it is particular colorful place in the city. you will find all sorts of flowers and bulbs.”
134 locals recommend
Department Store
“Great department store, oldest in The Netherlands. Tip: use the free bathrooms! ”
213 locals recommend
Join us for chicken and burgers!
$$
“One of the most popular bars of Amsterdam East, located opposite of the Oosterpark. It's always busy here. Sit down on the wooden benches and before you know it you will be chatting a whole evening with a group of pleasant strangers. Regarding the menu: you do come here for the specialty beer and the fried chicken.”
347 locals recommend
Gastropub
$$
“Take the ferry by the central station to get across the IJ-river and to Hanneke's boom, a nice, superrelaxed spot by the water”
362 locals recommend
Bar
$$
“This corner building at the Oosterpark is named after the writer Charles Bukowski. The three owners proudly state: the bar exudes his love for literature, women and alcohol. Because Bukowski said: “There is always a reason to drink!” And that is exactly what everybody does here; student-like rush hour on the thursday and friday evenings.”
308 locals recommend
Music Venue
$$
“There is a lot to see and do in Amsterdam, all depending on your taste. If we were in the neighborhood, you could run into us and other locals at Roest. If the weather is nice, nothing beats Amsterdam Roest (5-10 min walk) at Jacob Bontiusplaats. At an old factory location, Roest has a pseudo beach area, a rough edged arty atmosphere and plenty of cold drinks.”
329 locals recommend
Palace
“The Royal Palace is placed at the King's disposal and is active use by the Dutch Royal House. It is open for visitors most of the year. You are more than welcome to discover the rich history and interior of this magnificent building in the heart of Amsterdam. The Palace is closed during royal events. A free audio guide is available in Dutch, English, German, French, Italian, Spanish, Chinese and Russian.”
158 locals recommend
Caribbean Restaurant
$$
“View on the canal and trendy crowd (you must go early to find a table on sunny days)”
282 locals recommend
Café
$$
“Apple pie of cafe Winkel 43 is to die for... best in whole Amsterdam! Taste it and scrap it from your bucketlist! ”
331 locals recommend