24 hours in… Amsterdam

May 24, 2016 • 24/7

One of the most beautiful cities we’ve ever laid our eyes on has to be Amsterdam. Not only is the city picturesque with its winding canals, but there’s no short supply of culture to take in. No matter your age or interests – you’re guaranteed to find a day’s worth of things to see and do in Amsterdam.

9:00am – Coffee and a sweet treat
Start your day in one of Amsterdam’s cutest cafes, Rum Baba. Here you’ll be able to indulge in their famous rum-drenched French cakes or a delicious cinnamon bun alongside your morning coffee. The perfect start to a fun-filled day!

9:30am – Rent a bike
The best and most popular way to get around the city is by bicycle! Go to one of the many rental shops in the city, and pick up your wheels for the day.

10:00am – Hit up a market
The city is full of different types of markets: for vintage goods, books, flowers, and pretty much everything else you can think of. The Waterlooplein flea market is the largest market open daily in the city, and might be a good place to start.

12:30pm – Van Gogh Museum
If you’re going to visit a museum, why not stop by one of the most popular in the entire world – the Van Gogh Museum. With more than 200 paintings and 500 drawings of the well known artists’ works, this cutting-edge exhibition space is a must-see.

2:00pm – Visit a brown cafe
A brown cafe is the most traditional Amsterdam pub you can visit. With their dark but cozy wooden interiors, you’ll be able to grab a local pint, or a light Dutch snack, such as bitterballen (totally scrumptious!).

4:00pm – Canal Cruise
If you’re starting to get a little tired from pedalling around the city, why not take a canal boat tour? The city is full of connecting canals that pass by all the city’s sights and attractions. Take a load off and enjoy a relaxed and beautiful guide to discovering the city.

6:30pm – Dinner
You’re visiting an innovative city, so it just makes sense to visit a highly conceptual restaurant for your dinner. While there are many unique dining experiences in Amsterdam, De Culinaire Werkplaats (The Culinary Workshop) offers new and surprising dishes on the regular. The meals are often inspired by abstract themes, and the focus is on sustainable, organic, fair-trade ingredients – innovative from start to finish.

8:00pm – Take in a show at the Concertgebouw or enjoy a movie at Tuschinski
Home to the Royal Orchestra and considered a dutch treasure, the Concertgebouw always has something on the go. Whether it’s an elegant orchestra concert, or a Jazz set, there’s sure to be something to get your evening started. If you’d rather escape into the world of film, stop by Amsterdam’s most famous movie theatre, Tuschinski and enjoy an award-winning film.

11:00pm – Terrace hop
While your day may have tired you out, and you’re looking forward to hitting the hay – resist the urge to crash! To reignite your night, hop around some of the most popular terrace bars in Amsterdam. There’s something for everyone – Bohemian waterfront shacks, Rock ‘n Roll bars in the park, or chic rooftop lounges. Instead of choosing just one spot to cozy into, why not get the night going with a crawl of some of the city’s best!

12:30am – Hit the club
Now that you’ve gotten a few drinks in after terrace hopping, it would be a travesty to call it a night. Instead, keep the night going and take in some of Amsterdam’s notorious nightlife. Dance the night away to a famous Dutch DJ at Warehouse Elementenstraat, or enjoy the amazing acoustics at internationally renowned Paradiso, housed in a former church. With a global reputation for their clubbing scene, joining the party is an absolute must.

2:30am – After hours
You’ve had a full day, and we certainly can’t blame you for wanting to call it a night, but if you can muster it, let the night play out a little longer. Either stop by one of the city’s famous ‘liberal’ cafes, grab a late-night bite to eat, or keep the party going at one of the many after hours spots. Whatever you choose to do, just don’t let your time in this beautiful Dutch city go to waste – soak up as much of the Amsterdam culture as you can!

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