Time is always a challenge when it comes to travel. Whether you’re in town to see the sights for a couple of days or passing through for business, time is of the essence. While Amsterdam is a small city compared to other European capitals, Amsterdam is packed with attractions, restaurants, shopping, culture and more. Travelers are often so caught up in seeing the typical sights that they usually forget local culture aspects and discovering the city’s best kept secrets. Therefore, 10Best has put together a one-day itinerary, providing the perfect mix.Museumplein — Photo courtesy of Jessica Lipowski
Wake up with a heerlijk (delicious) breakfast at De Bakkerswinkel. The selection will make your mouth water. Savor the fresh-baked scones and homemade jam, paired with a warm cup of coffee or pot of tea. Lick every last crumb off your plate and make your way to Museumplein. Fill your morning with art, history and culture. Visit the Van Gogh Museum, home to the world’s largest collection of Van Gogh’s artwork. Then, head to the Rijksmuseum and admire the masterpiece that revolutionized group portraits: Rembrandt’s “The Nightwatch.” If you’d rather not visit a museum or spend your time indoors, the Albert Cuypmarkt is a great alternative. The Albert Cuypmarkt is one of the largest open-air markets in Europe and provides numerous shopping and food-tasting opportunities. Try typical Dutch foods, such as kroketten, stroopwafels, cheese, fresh herring, and so on. Hint: these foods make for a tasty mid-morning snack.
Following the two internationally renowned museums or the Albert Cuypmarkt, whatever you chose, stroll down PC Hooftstraat, the most expensive shopping street in the Netherlands. After, grab a breath of fresh air in the Vondelpark. Watch everyone pause his or her busy city life. If you need a bite to eat, try t’Blauwe Theehuis. Exit the park via the North gate. Several canal tours leave from this location, so you can take a load off and enjoy the city from the water.
All the walking and sightseeing will probably make you hungry. Pass by the floating flower market (Bloemenmarkt) on your way to dinner at Pannenkoekenhuis Upstairs. Climb the extremely steep stairs and discover the most delicious pancakes. Whether you have a sweet tooth or require a pancake that’s a bit heartier, you’ll finish every last bite. Stuffed and satisfied, you’ll feel rejuvenated and ready for one more museum: Anne Frank House. We suggest you arrive toward the end of the day, when it’s less busy; you can also reserve tickets online. Immerse yourself in the story of Anne Frank. Listen to her hopes and dreams; take a walk in her shoes; visit the Secret Annex; feel the fear; and truly take a moment to absorb her impact.
Amsterdam at Night — Photo courtesy of Ivan HermanCompose yourself after the Anne Frank House and clear your head. Walk along the Prinsengracht and admire Amsterdam at night. Notice how beautiful and peaceful the city is with the canals lit up. With Amsterdam’s charm, you’ll never want to leave; it’s time to make the day last as long as possible.
End the evening at Leidseplein. See a show at Boom Chicago or listen to some jazz at Café Alto. If dancing is more up your alley, check out Melkweg, Paradiso and Jimmy Woo’s. By the end of the night, your feet will be ready to fall off, but your heart will be so full of laughter and love; the second your head hits the pillow, you’ll be fast asleep and ready to do it all over again tomorrow.