This a day out in Amsterdam is a personal view on what 24 might well do in the capital of Holland and off the usual routes - as if guided by a local inhabitant. It is, so to speak, a guide on Things to Do in Amsterdam but bypassing the Van Gogh Museum, the Anne Frank House, the boat rides on the canals, the Red Light District and coffee shops. All this may be interesting, that's for sure, but what we propose to make known is a Amsterdam alternative. Come on!
1 Day Script in Amsterdam
Script in Amsterdam: Morning
Start the day in the largest and most varied market in Amsterdam, Albert Cuyp Market, which every day (except Sunday) encourages the district of Pijp, from 1905. The 260 stands arranged along the Albert Cuypstraat sell everything. You can buy flowers, fruit, vegetables, cheese, fresh meat and fish, eat breakfast or lunch, renovate the wardrobe and redecorate the house. If you have the stomach for it, considering it's still morning, this is a good place to try the herring sandwich, typical of Amsterdam.
After exploring the market, get lost in the surrounding streets. The district of De Pijp is called "Latin Quarter" due to the mix of people who, historically, have lived there. Created in the 19th century, as a favela for factory workers arriving in Amsterdam looking for better living conditions, it was also being populated by students, writers and artists because of cheap accommodation. In the years 60 and 70 the district was renovated and happened to be occupied by emigrants. Nowadays it has an interesting mix of people, with many young people and a higher class renovating houses and occupying the neighborhood. There are many cafes and restaurants, alternative shops, workshops manual work.
Take the bike (what better way is there to explore "The" city of bicycles?) And pedal towards the Nieuwe Spiegelstraat. If you want to buy antiques, stop here. If not, let yourself be enveloped by the old-fashioned ambience of shop windows with period objects and paintings, and the brownish hues of the buildings convey.
Turn right at (canal) Keizergracht and stop at FOAM. This photo museum always has interesting exhibits. The modern architecture of the interior, in contrast to what appears to be just another house on the outside gives it an extra attraction.
Stop at the corner of the Keizergracht with the Reguliergracht. Look East and West. How many bridges does it all have? They are 15. If you did not, tell me again. Either way, you'll want to take a good look at this view. Amsterdam is famous for its canals, and in this zone they are especially beautiful. Note the decorated façades of the houses along the Reguliergracht and, after the old wooden church Amstelkerk turn left and cycle until you reach the Amstel River. From here you have a privileged view to the white wooden bridge Magere Brug.
Go left along the river bank. When you go through Munttorren (Mint Tower) continue on the Singel until the number 404.
Does lunch sandwiches seem like a little imaginative recommendation? At the Singel 404 will change your mind. Join the Dutch who live and work here and choose from various types of bread, and even more types of fillings. In total, there are more than 50 combinations possible, and the doses are huge.
If it is Friday or weekend and you fancy a brunch, enter the Jordaan, where you are going to go anyway, and try the G's. Well worth the food and the quirky atmosphere.
Script in Amsterdam: Afternoon
Cross the bridges of the Herengracht, Keizergracht and Prinsengracht and park the bicycle. At Johnny Jordaanplein praceta try to perceive the lyrics of the music painted in the shed and sit among the bronze busts of the singer who gives name to the square and his family.
From here, get lost by the Jordaan neighborhood, built to house the workers involved in the expansion of the city through the canal system, in the seventeenth century. Its inhabitants were known for staunch defense of extremist left-wing policies, a strong sense of community and a strong propensity for drinking and parties. For centuries it remained as the working-class neighborhood, until in the 60 and 70 years of the last century it was occupied by artists, students and professionals.
A gentrification this time allowed the recovery of many homes that were already abandoned and transformed the neighborhood into what it is today: a mixture of Jordaneers with marked community and neighborhood values, young professionals, expatriates and families. And brought the shops, cafes and restaurants that populate the neighborhood and make it, along with its own geography, one of the most special places of the city. Walk from street to street, exploring the smallest and slow down on the bridges over the canals.
You'll pass through vinyl shops that are also grocery stores, hairdressers that are also cafes, cobblers, antique disassembled mannequins shops, old wooden cafes, fresh, minimalist but cozy cafes, junk shops, tiny galleries, and so on. Here the sound of the cars disappears and the bicycles are heard rolling on the cobblestones and the occasional bell. There are benches in front of the houses where the neighbors sit to talk and breathe a different tranquility from the rest of the city. Enjoy it.
Go back to the bike and head to the library. Go in the direction of the train station Amsterdam Centraal, continue on Prins Hendrikkade and cross the bridge onto the Oosterdokskade. Climb to the top floor. How's the view? From here you can see a large part of the city of Amsterdam. Explore the building as it descends. And the largest public library in Europe, and is an architectural marvel.
Script in Amsterdam: Late afternoon
Continue on the same street, along the water and across the bridge. On the other side is the Hanneke's Boon, a bar / restaurant all built with wood and recycled materials and second hand. Sit by the water, weather permitting, and have a few beers. In summer many Amsterdammers arrive here on their boats and is a great place to watch the sunset and start the night. If the weather is like yours, as is common in Amsterdam, you feel inside that the view is the same and there is a wood-fired oven that holds the place very warm.
O Windmill, as it is called the beer and bar factory Brouwerij't IJ, is another option for late-afternoon beers. You will have to pedal a little more and the interior is not so pleasant if it is bad weather, but the craft beer is well worth it and is a must stop at the end of the day for many Dutch and expats. O wood mill who gives him the nickname he sees himself from afar and puts a smile on his face to those who know him and there he goes.
Because of the many emigration that the city has received over the years, Amsterdam is a paradise of restaurants from around the world. Choose your favorite, and pedal up there to whet your appetite.
No Ibis., will get your hands dirty with Ethiopian cuisine, food the traditional way. O Bazaar serves food from the Middle East, and is an old church. O Thai Tiger is a good choice for Thai food. Another is the Bird Snack Bar - It's a very small place, but the environment is worth it. There is a restaurant, owned by the same owners, on the other side of the road, but it is not the same thing.
O Café Loetje (there are already others scattered around the city) is a coffee tradition and has the reputation of serving the best steak in Amsterdam.
Script in Amsterdam: night
Amsterdam is the land of electronic music, and of the techno in particular, and the Dutch know well how to have fun. Before that, there are good bars for live music, or just relax.
No Coffee High It is mainly jazz, but it can happen that blues and more Latin rhythms. It is open every day, from 9 to 3 at night.
Café Het Schuim is one of those places where anything can happen. With a decor that blends psychedelic with traditional and revolving art exhibits, in the afternoon and early evening it's a peaceful place with tables and chairs to sit, drink a beer and snack on. At night it gets an eclectic mix of people, the music speeds up, and as the hours go by it can become just a lively place or in total confusion with characters that fit any imaginable story. Let yourself go with the environment and it will always be fun.
If you're not into big parties and just want to drink a wine or a cocktail and talk the Vyne is a good option.
A Paradiso is an old church, converted into a nightclub and theater. There are a lot of artists and bands known, but for these, it is advisable to buy tickets in advance because it is customary to exhaust. You can also try to get to the door and see if you're lucky - someone might be selling tickets you will not be able to use.
Finally, to dance until dawn go to the studio80. It has one of the best programming in town (in this genre), combining new local DJ's and famous electronic scene names underground. Pass the black doors that hide the entrance and enjoy.
Go to sleep.
1 daytime map in Amsterdam
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