Amsterdam at night — Photo courtesy of Petr KratochvilWith its picturesque canals and one-of-a-kind architecture, Amsterdam offers the perfect setting for a romantic getaway. This enchanting city is absolutely magical if you want to spend some quality time together or celebrate a special milestone, such as a birthday or anniversary.
If you are looking for a place to stay, why not book a cozy room in a bed & breakfast or quaint hotel? For a luxurious experience, look at the Moevenpick, Sunhead of 1617 or de L’Europe. If you want to cuddle a little longer in the morning, B&Bs such as B&B CityCenter and B&B 1680, as well as hotels such as Seven One Seven, Hotel Seven Bridges, de Gerstekorrel and Mercure Hotel Arthur Frommer allow you to enjoy breakfast in bed. Hotel Seven Bridges, for instance, even serves the breakfast on fine china.
Vondelpark — Photo courtesy of Jessica LipowskiBy day, there are many activities to do together depending on how much time you have in Amsterdam. Surprise your significant other with a bouquet of flowers from one of the city’s markets, such as the Bloemenmarkt. While roses are the symbol of love, perhaps you’d rather opt for a Dutch favorite, the tulip. If you both love classical music, make sure to attend one of the free lunchtime concerts at The Concertgebouw. The interior is utterly elegant and the performers are top notch. You can always enjoy a picnic in the Vondelpark before or after.
Butterfly at the Artis Zoo — Photo courtesy of Martin FischYou can also visit the Royal Palace on Dam Square or take a tour at Gassan or Coster Diamonds. Maybe you’ll find a sparkling piece of jewelry for your someone special. If you’d rather do something a little different, enjoy a peaceful moment together in the butterfly house at the Artis Zoo. Watch the delicate creatures flutter around. Perhaps one will even land on you.
One of the best ways to see the city is like the locals: by bike. Add an extra element of romance to the picture and rent a tandem. Pedal together and see the sights. If you really want to soak in every last detail, stroll hand-in-hand along the canals. The Jordaan neighborhood is especially charming. At night, the canals are magically lit up.
Boat on Amsterdam canal — Photo courtesy of Jorge RoyanYou can also hire a horse-drawn carriage and tour the town in style. Maybe you just need a romantic way to get to dinner. You can also take a boat ride. Some canal cruise companies offer evening cruises by candlelight, while others offer wine and cheese packages. If you want some privacy, rent a boat of your own, pack some snacks and sail your way through the canals.
There are numerous restaurants that provide a romantic dining experience. For a late breakfast or lunch, try Gartine. The American Hotel even offers a brunch every Sunday with live jazz music. Dinner is another story. Terrific options for French cuisine include Ciel Bleu, Le Restaurant, La Vallade and De Utrechtsedwarstafel. Lovers of Mediterranean will surely want to reserve a table at Blauw aan de Waal, Breitner, La Rive or the Belhamel. Incanto, Casi di David and Toscanini are known for their Italian. Geisha is great when you’re in the mood for Asian fusion, while D'Vijff Vlieghen is best for a traditional Dutch meal.
Sky Lounge, DoubleTree by Hilton Amsterdam Centraal Station — Photo courtesy of Marc van der ChijsAt the end of the day, watch the sunset from the Sky Lounge at the DoubleTree by Hilton Amsterdam Centraal Station. Admire the beautiful colors as you sip on a glass of wine or cocktail.