Everything you need for a kicking day or two in Amsterdam...


1. Best ‘Dam Breakfast

Situated along the canal, the Buffet Van Odette is a beautiful, laid-back place to have breakfast in Amsterdam. If you arrive late and are not in the mood for eggs there are enticingly healthsome Middle Eastern-type salads to choose from as well. Tip: leave your hurry at the door, the …

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A. Buffet Van Odette
Prinsengracht 598
1017 KS Amsterdam
Tel: +31 20 423 6034


2. Rijksmuseum

Every major city has its blockbuster and in Amsterdam, this is it! The Rijksmuseum has just re-opened after a ten year renovation project lead by Spanish architecture firm Cruz y Ortiz Arquitectos. On display are Dutch masterpieces by Vermeer, Rembrandt, Frans Hals and Jan Steen as well as works by …

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B. Rijksmuseum
Museumstraat 1
1071 XX Amsterdam
Tel: +31 20 6621 440


3. Hip lunch: Amsterdam

Uliveto is the kind of Italian joint you wish you had at home: home style cooking, reasonable prices, in a beautiful airy space. The food, when it arrives, is so enticing that you’ll be digging in and mopping up, and sitting back emitting quiet murmuring sighs of satisfaction before you …

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C. Uliveto
Weteringschans 118
1017 XT Amsterdam
The Netherlands
Tel: +31204230099



The brilliant FOAM museum dedicated to photography offers an excellent programme of largely contemporary Dutch and international photographers …

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Keizersgracht 609
1017 DS Amsterdam
T +31 (0)20 5516500


5. We’re S-H-O-P-P-I-N-G

The Netherlands is rightly famous for cool design – the Dutch aesthetic manages to be sharp and clever but rarely precious or pretentious. Designer lovers travelling to the city should begin their consumerist wanderings (hankerings?) at Droog… …

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E. Droog
Staalstraat 7B
Tel: +31 20 523 5059


6. Best Apple Pie @ Latei

Best apple pie in Amsterdam? Cheerful in a 90s, retro sort of a way, this cafe allows your to browse and purchase various vintage items of the kitsch ilk along with your cappuccino. Free wi-fi! But, more importantly, the best apple pie we’ve ever eaten! (Seriously!)

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F. Latei
Zeedijk 143
Tel: +31 20 6257 485


7. Beer o’clock @ Gollem

Tiny, old school pubs like this little gem in Amsterdam feel like an endangered species. Try the excellent house beer at Gollem, a chilled little joint with an understated rock vibe.

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G. Gollem
Raamsteeg 4
1012 VZ Amsterdam
Tel: +31 6 23234851


8. Smokin’ Cats

For some visitors the main advantage of Amsterdam is to smoke some spliff as you would, say, enjoy a glass of wine, that is to say in a legal and civilised fashion. We don’t claim any expertise in this area but if you would like to smoke in a pleasant …

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H. Katten Kabinet
Herengracht 497
1017 BT Amsterdam
Tel: 020-6269040


9. Dinner: Old Fashioned Amsterdam

Given the choice, one usually avoids eating in places where breast plates and amoured helmets form a central motif in the interior design, but it’s worth making the exception at d’Vijff Vlieghen aka Five Flies in Amsterdam …

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I. Restaurant d’Vijff Vlieghen
Spuistraat 294-302
1012 VX Amsterdam
T: +31 20 53 04 060


10. Dinner: Damn Hip

Amsterdam’s hip restaurant, Wilde Zwijnen (Wild Swine) is one of those special places you hope to return. The combination of the super friendly staff, lovely deco, candlelight and carefully prepared menu is, in a word: gezellig. The menu is of the organic, seasonal and local variety, expect a new take on …

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J. Wilde Zwijnen
Avaplein 23 hs
1095 Amsterdam
Tel: +31 20 463 3043


11. Cocktails @ 74

With it’s unmarked entry Door 74 takes its inspiration from the speakeasy concept, though given it’s located on a busy street of bars, it’s not exactly hidden, or much of a secret …

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K. Door 74
Reguliersdwarsstraat 74I
1017 BN Amsterdam
Tel: +31 6 34 04 51 22


12. Club @ Trouw

Would you trust these people to show you a good time? Trouw forms part of Europe’s legendary party circuit – if a DJ is hitting Fabric in London, chances are s/he’ll be turning up here sooner or later. Musical mayhem over two floors – plus an interesting programme of other …

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L. Trouw Amsterdam
Wibautstraat 127 1091 GL
Tel +31 20 463 77 88 |