There is just so much to do in Amsterdam, known for its artistic heritage, elaborate canal system and narrow houses with gabled facades, legacies of the city’s 17th-century Golden Age and a bustling night life. Wherever you stay, opt to cycle or walk as you explore the city with its 400 kms of cycle paths that zig zag through residential quarters and Museum Districts.
Get charmed by its 17th Century architecture that provides the perfect backdrop to its romantic canals, stunning art and laidback lifestyle. Run into A-list celebs and bon vivants from all over the world who find Amsterdam hard to resist. Browse artsy stuff and hunt for antique jewellery with as much curiosity as walking down the charming street of Spiegelstraat to rub shoulders with Peter Pappot, Jaski Art Gallery, Smelik & Stokking and Morren Galleries.
For food there are Michelin-rated restaurants such as the Vinkeles, The Dylan, Lastage and Ron Blaauw. Highly recommended is taking ‘The Muze’, a renovated 19th century wooden salon boat, for a sublime ‘Vinkeles on the water experience’ and dig into delicacies such as oysters, bluefin tuna & caviar, goose liver ballotine and black truffle. Shop in the southern part of town at PC Hoofstraat, an exclusive shopping street with flagship stores that are home to international brands, edgy boutiques and local Dutch creations. The best time to visit Amsterdam is between April and May or September and November, right before or directly after the summertime high tourist season.