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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Bakery
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“Great lunchroom In the centre of Amsterdam close to the central station in the Warmoesstraat. De Bakkerswinkel has delicious homemade food and different kinds of tea. ”
  • 34 locals recommend
Museum
“Venustempel Sex Museum The Venustempel Sex Museum in Amsterdam is the world’s first sex museum. Housed in a 17-th­century building in the very heart of the city, it features an extensive collection of erotic paintings, statues, recordings, photographs, and other items relating to sex and eroticism. All of the exhibits were personally curated by the owners and remain on permanent display. The main theme is the evolution of human sexuality throughout the ages. Venustempel began in 1985 with just a small display of erotic artifacts from the 19th century. Due to its huge popularity with the general public, its collection was later expanded upon, and the museum now sees more than 500,000 visitor”
  • 11 locals recommend
Burger Restaurant
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“Great steaks, hamburgers, ribs and extensive beer menu! Very cozy place, recommended to book a table in advance.”
  • 4 locals recommend
Café
“Good for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Trendy place. Nice to stay if you have to wait for a train. Very close to the railway station”
  • 10 locals recommend
Szechuan Restaurant
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“I’m a big fan of the Chinese Szechuan kitchen (which is totally different from normal Kantonese kitchen). A great place is China Si Chuan. Try the ‘Fire Fish’ and Mongolian Beef (you do have to like spicy food). Avoid all other restaurants, bars and coffee shops in this area, it’s a terrible tourist trap. ”
  • 8 locals recommend
Burger Restaurant
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“Great burgers! burgers and fries Freshly made.. Good price for complete menu.. and delicious spicy samuraisauce for the fries.. ”
  • 7 locals recommend
Gay Bar
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“It's a gayfriendly burgerbar. Their burgers are named after famous dragqueens. Martijn love the MayDay burger, my favorite is the Lady Bunny burger. Besides burgers they also have fantastic cocktails!”
  • 6 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“A hidden gem in the hustle and bustle of the tourist area! Family run, unpretentious french style restaurant with good food and wine selection. The chef is also known as the truffle king, and offers multiple course truffle menus. If you are lucky you might get a table at the window right on the canal with a view on Damrak! ”
  • 5 locals recommend
Fondue Restaurant
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“If you like a fondue you will love this place and it does have other dishes that are great. The atmosphere is lively and staff attentive. Fantastic food, great décor. The cheese fondue is fantastic. ”
  • 4 locals recommend
Tobacconist
“Amsterdam's biggest coffee shop (yes the smoking kind), also food, 3D TV etc. Lot's of youngsters spend their entire break here. Consumption obligated.”
  • 2 locals recommend
Travel Agency
“There are several boat tours leaving from this area-- you can do an hour cruise, 2-hour, etc. A canal cruise is an absolute must while in Amsterdam!”
  • 4 locals recommend
Dive Bar
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“Underground bar where you can drink cheaper than in other places, smoke (not cigarrettes) and have fun, every night of the weekend there's different kind of djs playing.”
  • 3 locals recommend
Tobacconist
“This enlightening smartshop is located just 2 minutes walk from the central station. Kokopelli is a one of the Conscious Dreams' shops and certainly among the best in Amsterdam.”
  • 4 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Savoury and sweet, european & American Pancakes plus Poffertjes (bite size). 8am-8pm at Prins Hendrikkade 48. www.pancakes.amsterdam/locations/2/pancakes-amsterdam-centraal”
  • 3 locals recommend
Restaurant
“In the heart of Amsterdam, is located the restaurant La paella. Very friendly atmosphere that makes you feel at home. Totally Spanish has a menu and a very affordable price”
  • 2 locals recommend
Café
“Real amsterdam cafe, with Joke and Cor or their son behind the bar. On Ajax games it is really crowded..and love the homemade meatballs from Joke...She is a real mom, who takes care of good customers.”
  • 1 local recommends

Top restaurants

Bakery
“Great lunchroom In the centre of Amsterdam close to the central station in the Warmoesstraat. De Bakkerswinkel has delicious homemade food and different kinds of tea. ”
  • 34 locals recommend
Café
“Good for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Trendy place. Nice to stay if you have to wait for a train. Very close to the railway station”
  • 10 locals recommend
Burger Restaurant
“Great steaks, hamburgers, ribs and extensive beer menu! Very cozy place, recommended to book a table in advance.”
  • 4 locals recommend
Szechuan Restaurant
“I’m a big fan of the Chinese Szechuan kitchen (which is totally different from normal Kantonese kitchen). A great place is China Si Chuan. Try the ‘Fire Fish’ and Mongolian Beef (you do have to like spicy food). Avoid all other restaurants, bars and coffee shops in this area, it’s a terrible tourist trap. ”
  • 8 locals recommend
Burger Restaurant
“Great burgers! burgers and fries Freshly made.. Good price for complete menu.. and delicious spicy samuraisauce for the fries.. ”
  • 7 locals recommend
Gay Bar
“It's a gayfriendly burgerbar. Their burgers are named after famous dragqueens. Martijn love the MayDay burger, my favorite is the Lady Bunny burger. Besides burgers they also have fantastic cocktails!”
  • 6 locals recommend
Fondue Restaurant
“If you like a fondue you will love this place and it does have other dishes that are great. The atmosphere is lively and staff attentive. Fantastic food, great décor. The cheese fondue is fantastic. ”
  • 4 locals recommend
Restaurant
“A hidden gem in the hustle and bustle of the tourist area! Family run, unpretentious french style restaurant with good food and wine selection. The chef is also known as the truffle king, and offers multiple course truffle menus. If you are lucky you might get a table at the window right on the canal with a view on Damrak! ”
  • 5 locals recommend

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