Visit Amsterdam like a local: 2nd visit edition

Tired of the same old guidebooks on what to see in Amsterdam? Visit Amsterdam like a local with me, I have the perfect to-do list for you. I spend a lot of time in this beautiful city and I can say there are a lot of things to do.

 

Vondelpark
Vondelpark

VISIT AMSTERDAM LIKE A LOCAL

Travel back in time to Amsterdam Castle Muiderslot, (free with the City Card) an extraordinary piece of history built in 1280, complete with a moat, drawbridge, and elaborate gardens.

Without question, the 9 Streets is where Amsterdam’s trendiest residents can be found. The 9 Streets refers to a hip shopping area in Amsterdam’s canal belt, which is overflowing with cute cafes, beautiful storefronts, and incredible boutiques. But be warned: it’s not cheap!

 

Albert Cuyp Market
Albert Cuyp Market

Vondelpark: the largest and most famous park in Amsterdam located in the north part of the city is the perfect place to go for a run, long walk, or enjoy a picnic. Vondelpark i. It is one of the favorite spots to go for a stroll, ride along its pathways on a bike, do some sports, have a picnic, or relax reading a book. The park also includes several cafés with charming terraces.

Albert Cuyp Market is the most famous market in the city. The Market originated in 1905 and is one of the favorite locations for locals, but also for tourists, students, day-trippers and entrepreneurs. (Here you can buy the cheapest Gouda cheese).
Tuschinski theater
Tuschinski theater

ACTIVITIES BY NIGHT

Amsterdam’s Royal Concertgebouw is a treat for lovers of classical music. If you’re lucky enough to take in orchestral performance in the grand main hall, you’re sure to be impressed by the excellent acoustics and atmosphere. Movie type? Go to the cinema, not a usual one, but the famous Tuschinski theater for 15€ you can see this beautiful place. (don’t worry VOSE version only)

Following the global trend for rooftop bars, Amsterdam offers some truly beautiful vistas that pair perfectly with a cocktail or local craft beer. Head up to MADAM, W Lounge, Floor 17, Hopp or Canvas, preferably at sunset. De Pijp: For a fun night out, head to this district in south Amsterdam which is overrun with lively pubs and bars.

Heineken is not the only brewery in Amsterdam, there is another one (much better actually) is the Brouwerij ‘t IJ. Open daily from 12 to 20 you have to visit it.

DAY TRIPS

Travel back in time to sleepy coastal towns that have remained virtually unchanged for centuries. In the Zaanse Schans or Volendam, you can admire the scenic landscapes, towering windmills, and traditional houses. Distance is very short, check how to do it with public transport.

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