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Amsterdam’s best-hidden gems

Amsterdam’s best-hidden gems


It’s no secret that Amsterdam is a cosmopolitan, vibrant, and exciting city to visit. From their charming canals to their multiple Windmills, the capital of the Netherlands has a lot to offer. However, in this blog post, we will dig a little bit deeper and explore beyond the best-known attractions and hopefully provide you with an interesting new perspective of the city.

Discover De Pijp

First stop, De Pijp, a vibrant cool neighborhood that screams bohemian vibes and showcases the city's multicultural atmosphere. Start your day with a stroll through Albert Cuyp Market, where you can savor delicious street food and browse through an eclectic mix of local goods. Be sure to check out the Heineken Experience, where you can immerse yourself in the world of this iconic Dutch beer. For a tranquil escape, head to Sarphatipark and enjoy a peaceful picnic amidst nature.

Brouwerij ’t IJ Brewery

Alternatively to the Heineken Experience, you can come across Brouwerij ’t IJ, an Amsterdam craft beer where you can taste 5 different samples of beer, from the standard selection o the seasonal and special beers if you would like to try something different. Enjoy your cold drinks during the summer on the lofty terrace by the canals, whereas during the winter time, you can get cozy sitting inside the taproom.

Embrace NDSM Wharf

Next on our list is NDSM Wharf, a former shipyard turned creative hub on the northern banks of the IJ River. Reach the wharf by taking a free ferry from behind Amsterdam Central Station. Here, you'll find yourself surrounded by vibrant street art, quirky cafes, artists' workshops, yoga, and a hunt for vintage treasures. Don't miss Pllek, an eco-friendly beach bar made from recycled materials, where you can unwind with a refreshing drink while taking in breathtaking views of the city skyline.

Venture into Vondelpark's Serene Hideaways

When you need a break from the bustling city, make your way to Vondelpark. But hold on, we're not just talking about strolling along the main paths. Venture off the beaten track and discover hidden spots within the park. Find a quiet nook near the picturesque ponds, bring a blanket, and enjoy a peaceful picnic or a good book. You might even stumble upon a secret open-air theater performance or a delightful live music session.

Unveil Amsterdam Noord

Prepare to explore Amsterdam Noord, an up-and-coming district brimming with creativity. Take a short ferry ride from behind Amsterdam Central Station and set foot in a neighborhood that's home to unique art installations, quirky restaurants, and cultural hotspots. Visit the EYE Filmmuseum, which showcases cinematic wonders from across the globe, or head to the A'DAM Lookout for an adrenaline rush on Europe's highest swing, offering panoramic views of the city.

Museum Van Loon

It is not a typo, we mean Van Loon, the co-founder of the Dutch East India Company who as you can imagine, got so rich that his former home is now a museum. We invite exploring lavish interior design inspo which are giving Bridgerton vibes and head into the hidden courtyard garden. It’s the perfect set to grab a slice of apple pie and coffee or tea and pretend you are in the 18th century as a member of the upper class.

Get your best thrifts at a flea-market Waterlooplein

From Monday to Friday, for five days a week, a sprawling market sets up shop in the vibrant square of Waterlooplein, just outside the metro station. Here, under colorful awnings, you'll find a delightful array of vendors selling antiques, second-hand clothing, used goods, and collectibles.

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In the Netherlands, these types of markets are known as "Rommelmarkt," and right here in the heart of the city, you can immerse yourself in this lively flea market experience. Remarkably, this market holds the distinction of being the oldest of its kind in the entire country, with a history spanning over 130 years. It's a treasure trove for vintage camera enthusiasts or those in search of rare collectibles. With around 300 vendors scattered across the square, you never know what hidden gem awaits your discovery. And when hunger strikes after a fruitful thrift shopping session, fear not! Food trucks abound, offering a variety of delectable bites.

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There you have it, intrepid travelers and lovers of adventure - Amsterdam's best-hidden gems, revealed exclusively by! From the bohemian charm of De Pijp to Brouwerij ’t IJ Brewery, the artistic haven of NDSM Wharf, and the tranquil oases within Vondelpark to the creative buzz of Amsterdam Noord and the idyllic spot of Museum Van Loon, the city holds count treasures waiting to be explored. So pack your bags, set your sights on Amsterdam, and let be your guide to an unforgettable journey filled with budget-friendly wonders. Happy travels!

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