Canals, cafés and museums
A small country with a big profile
Whatever your pre-imagined image of Amsterdam, you’re sure to find what you expect. Canals lined with elegant townhouses, smoky coffee shops, laid-back brown cafés, clanging trams, cyclists in abundance and tulip-filled flower markets. It’s all here and more. But beyond the tourist clichés you’ll also encounter a friendly and cosmopolitan capital city, bristling with trendy bars, high-end restaurants, art galleries and designer boutiques. Best of all, unlike Berlin, Paris or London, it’s all laid out on a manageable scale, making it easy to follow in Rembrandt’s footsteps and find your way around on foot or bike.
Amsterdam’s thriving nightlife scene ranges from wooden-floored brown cafés to the hippest dance clubs. On weekend nights, many regular bars host DJs playing at full volume. And it has a wealth of restaurants representing almost every cuisine around the world. From high-end fine French dining to American-style burgers, via the obligatory Indonesian rijsttafel, you won’t go hungry.