Vondelpark — Photo courtesy of ya po guilleGet an early start at historic Café Hoppe with breakfast and a cup of coffee. After you get your caffeine fix, head southeast along the Singel canal and turn right onto Leidsestraat. Watch out for trams. Once you reach Leidseplein, continue to the end of the street. Turn left on Stadhouderskade and enter the Vondelpark. Take a leisurely stroll and enjoy the fresh air. Wind your way through the park, but don’t go much farther than the Blauwe Theehuis. You'll want to exit the park at the PC Hooftstraat, the most expensive shopping street in the Netherlands. Turn right on the Van Baerlestraat to reach Museumplein.
The Rijksmuseum and Iamsterdam sign on Museumplein — Photo courtesy of Danbu14Museumplein is home to many famous museums, including the Rijksmuseum, Van Gogh Museum and Stedelijk. The Rijksmuseum, home to Rembrandt’s famous masterpiece “The Night Watch,” is the majestic building directly in front of you, while the bathtub-like building to your left is the modern art museum, Stedelijk.
The Albert Cuypmarkt — Photo courtesy of aiko99annContinue along the Gabriel Metsustraat and follow the street until it runs into Ruysdaelstraat. Turn left. Cross over the canal to the Albert Cuypstraat. Stop for a bite to eat at Bakken met Passie. They have terrific pastries and sandwiches. If you're not quite ready for a break, continue until you reach the Albert Cuypmarkt, one of Europe’s largest open-air markets. The market offers an abundance of fresh vegetables and fruits, as well as Dutch treats such as stroopwafels and herring. If you need something more filling, order lunch at the Bazar.
The Blauw Brug — Photo courtesy of Jessica LipowskiExit the market at the Van Woustraat and turn left. Walk north to Frederiksplein and continue to Utrechtsestraat. Then turn right at the Kerkstraat. In front of you is the Magere Brug, also known as the Skinny Bridge. Cross the bridge, turn left and walk along the Amstel River to the beautiful Blauw Brug.
The Bloemenmarkt, the worlds only floating flower market — Photo courtesy of Jessica LipowskiWalk across the Blauwbrug and continue straight until you reach Rembrandtplein. Make sure to look at the statue version of “The Night Watch.” Walk by the Tuschinski Theater to Muntplein. If it's raining, this theatre provides the perfect opportunity to see a movie in a beautiful interior. When you reach the Muntplein, you’ll see the worlds only floating flower market right in front of you.
The Begijnhof — Photo courtesy of Jessica LipowskiOn the other end of the market, you should recognize where you are. You’ll end up back at the Spui. Take a short stroll through the Begijnhof, a hidden courtyard with a church. If you have time, you can also visit the Amsterdam Historical Museum. Sushi lover? Dine at Tokyo Café.
The view from Hannekes Boom — Photo courtesy of Jessica LipowskiFor nightlife, you can stay on the Spui and have a drink or you can continue along the Spuistraat toward Centraal Station. You'll pass by Dam Square, home to the Nieuwe Kerk, Royal Palace and National Monument. Nearby are several options: continue along the Nieuwezijds Voorburgwal to reach the Sky Lounge at the DoubleTree by Hilton Amsterdam Centraal Station, perfect for watching the sunset, or Hannekes Boom, a great place to kick your feet up with a cold beverage.
You also have the option to visit the infamous Red Light District, home to marijuana-selling coffeeshops, prostitutes, sex shops, live sex shows and more. This area may lead to be a bit of culture shock and is not suitable for children, but is definitely an Amsterdam experience and home to plenty of entertainment. From the Dam, stand directly in front of the NH Krasnapolsky and turn left down the Warmoesstraat. Make sure to walk by the Oude Kerk, the oldest building in the city. Nearby is Brouwerij Prael, perfect for a refreshing drink at the end of the day.