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Amsterdam's ideal local guide for unique bars and restaurant experiences

 
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The unique explorerโ€™s guide to Amsterdam

Amsterdam is a city filled with lovely canals, impressive architecture and more than a thousand bridges. There is something for every travelerโ€™s taste, from culture and history, partying or just to take a vacation with the chart of an old European city. Maybe thatโ€™s a reason why its colloquially known as the Venice of the North.
 
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Curated places to see

๐Ÿ”ฌ Micropia — Interactive museum featuring micro organisms with fun live exhibits ๐Ÿ’ฏ
Electric Ladyland — Private gallery in a basement showing fluorescent art using rocks
A’DAM lookout — Observation deck featuring the worldโ€™s highest swing
๐Ÿบ Heineken Experience — Interactive brewery tour and experience with ice cold beers
Natura Artis Magistra — Historic zoo, aquarium and planetariumย offering a dayโ€™s fun 
NEMO — Science museum on a boat with interactive exhibits and experiments
๐Ÿ—บ Tropenmuseum — World culture museum with Dutch colonial history exhibits


No FoMo by skipping these

Madame Tussauds ­— Read below to find more interesting places to see in Amsterdam
Ice Bar — Slightly touristic and thereโ€™s better bars listed below
Canal Tours โ€” Rent your private boat instead ; โ‚ฌ140 6 people 4 hours. here

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Unique restaurants

๐Ÿ˜ Happyhappyjoyjoy — Asian fusion restaurant with a cool atmosphere ๐Ÿ’ฏ
๐ŸŽฃ Morgan & Mees — Mediterranean restaurant serving visually appealing food
Restaurant C — Restaurant with an innovative concept and a temperature theme
Terpentijn — Cosy restaurant offering great cocktails and food with an Asian twist
๐Ÿ– Cannibale Royale — Casual restaurant serving steak, ribs and watermelon with feta
๐Ÿฅ Restaurant Morlang — Restaurant by a canal serving carpaccio, salmon & apple pie
โ›ด Pont 13 — Habour restaurant on a 1920s ferry with tasteful decor and water views
Lion Noir — Living room style restaurant with a French inspired cuisine
$ Anna — Upscale fine dining with an informal atmosphere
$ Visaandeschelde — Upscale contemporary seafood restaurant
$ D’vijff vlighen — Dutch fine dining house-restaurant with old world decor
Ds Ysbreeker — Canal-front restaurant and cafe with a contemporary setting
Zouthaven — Large outdoor restaurant overlooking the harbour
๐Ÿ” Venus & Adonis — Popular restaurant serving steak and surf & turf options. Reserve
Restaurant Black and Blue — Gastronomic restaurant serving steak and lobster ๐Ÿ’ฏ
Lucius Visrestaurant — Seafood restaurant with lobsters and oysters 
๐ŸŸ Stork — Seafood cafe and restaurant in an old factory overlooking Amsterdam
REM Eiland — Fancy restaurant on an oil-rig with an alternative sunset view
๐Ÿฅ De Balie — Local spot with a cafe for art, discussion and reading
โ˜•๏ธ De Koffie Salon — Cafe chain with coffee, waffles, croissants and free internet
STACH Food — Boutique supermarket with a cafe serving sandwiches
Café Panache — Seafood restaurant and cocktail bar perfect for celebrating an occasion
Ron Gastrobar — Contemporary tapas style restaurant with an open kitchen
Cafe Thijssen — Classic Dutch cafe serving delicious croquettes and apple pies 
๐Ÿšข Cafe P96 — Cafe offering beers and sandwiches on a boat in the Prinsengracht canal
Waterkant — Restaurant with lovely decor preparing Surinamese cuisine by the canal


Watch Out!

๐Ÿš˜ Amsterdam isn’t very car friendly
๐Ÿ’ธ Don't buy or exchange things from strangers on the streets
๐Ÿšด Avoid walking on the bike lane

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Bars, Nightlife and Parties!

๐Ÿท Westergasterras — Trendy outdoor terrace cafรฉ offering a kid friendly atmosphere
Hannekes Boom — Busy Dutch bar and cafe offering drinks by the waterside
Café Pieper, In ‘t Aepjen and ‘T Smalle — Traditional pubs and brown cafes
๐Ÿบ Café Belgique — Small and cosy bar serving a classic collection of Belgian beers
Brouwerij ‘t IJ — Brewery situated beside a windmill offering a pleasant atmosphere
๐Ÿธ Sky lounge and Twenty Third Bar — Rooftop bars with a view over the city
Door 74 — Top drawer speakeasy bar with a small intimate setting, just ring the bell
Proeflokaal Wynand Fockink — Historic distillery and Gin tasting room in Amsterdam
๐Ÿฃ Momo — Asian fusion bar and bistro serving excellent sushi and bites to share
๐ŸŽท Bimhuis — Jazz venue surrounded by beautiful scenery featuring top performances
๐Ÿฅ‚ Canvas — Rooftop terrace club with a food bistro and a cocktail bar
Melkweg — Historic concert venue playing everything from afro beat to live electronic
๐ŸŽถ De School — Underground techno club with an outdoor area and a café serving food ๐Ÿ’ฏ
Bitterzoet — Small and cosy venue hosting live gigs from hiphop to reggae 
๐ŸŽตShelter — Subterranean night club and exhibition space offering a fresh perspective


Networking spots in the city

Eventbrite — Wide variety of networking and fun events in Amsterdam here
MeetUp — Business networking and expat events here


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Exclusive moments and luxury

๐Ÿ›ฅ๏ธ Amsterdam Jewel Cruises — Luxury dinner cruise on an antique riverboat here
๐Ÿ“ De Kas — Greenhouse restaurant with ingredients harvested fresh from the garden


Shopping and gift guide

๐Ÿ‘• Waterlooplein — Flea market with vintage clothing and souvenirs
๐Ÿ‘– Tenue de Nîmes — Curated denim and jeans store
๐Ÿ‘š Laura Dols — Vintage dresses and clothing store
โšฝ๏ธ COPA — Football store with vintage jerseys
๐Ÿ  Atelier Sukha — Boutique home and lifestyle store 
&KLEVERING ZUID — Unique gifts and souvenir store
๐Ÿ’ผ Property Of… — Fine leather goods and bags store
๐Ÿ›’ Dun Yong — Large Asian supermarket and ramen
๐Ÿ“š Mendo — Well curated book store offering fascinating pieces on every topic
๐ŸŒน Bloemenmarkt — Fragrant Flowers market with tulips 

 

 
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Road trip ahead

๐Ÿ’ Haarlem — Historic medieval city with cobblestone streets and famous for its outlying tulip fields
โญ๏ธ Naarden — Historic city shaped as a star fort surrounded by fortified walls and a moat
Zaanse Schans — Dutch village famous for its wooden houses and well preserved windmills  
๐ŸŒŠ Zandvoort — Popular coastal-seaside resort with sandy beaches and car racing track
Keukenhof — One of the largest spring gardens in Europe featuring over 7 million tulips
Rotterdam — Major port city with a maritime museum featuring bold and modern architecture
โ›ช Utrecht — Historic city featuring a medieval old town, Gothic cathedrals and a 14th century
The Hague — City hosting the peace palace, museums like Mauritshuis and Scheveningen beach ย   
Geithoorn — Car-free village for its boat-filled waterways, bicycle trails and centuries old houses

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