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A romantic medley of tree-lined canals, pavement cafés and storybook houses, it’s easy to see how Amsterdam earned its ‘Venice of the North’ nickname. The Dutch capital exudes nostalgic charm – but this is no living museum. Home to the world’s first stock exchange, it’s a thriving hub of creativity and innovation, where galleries housing old masters rub shoulders with multinational headquarters. The city is best explored by foot or bicycle. Amble around the 17th-century Canal Ring, soak up the sun at a waterside café or while away a blissful afternoon in a world-class museum. When the sun goes down, join the locals in a downtown bar to discover why the official motto of Amsterdam is ‘work hard, play hard’.

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Our top five activities

Canal cruises

See the ‘Venice of the North’ from the water by booking a canal cruise. Reederij Kooij has cruises departing every 30 minutes from five different locations.  Rokin, 020 623 3810


If you’re visiting in spring, it’s worth braving the 40km journey out of Amsterdam to enjoy a stroll in the world’s largest flower garden. Bursting with colour and variety, this 32-hectare garden is open from late March to late May only. Stationsweg 166a, 025 246 5564

Friday night skate

Don your rollerblades for the weekly Friday Night Skate, which is hugely popular with the locals and takes place year-round. Check times and start-points below


Amsterdam is home to an impressive range of courses, including the Amsterdam Old Course with its historic club house. Zwartelaantje 4, 020 663 1766

Heineken Experience

A must-do for fans of the local brew, this visitor centre offers tasting, exploration and interactive tours. Stadhouderskade 78, 020 523 9222


You’ll find Amsterdam’s main shopping streets in the area between Central Station and the Leidseplein, but for something a little quirkier and more interesting, try exploring the side streets around the main canals. The edgy district of Jordaan is the best place to look for independent stores and boutiques, and also has the greatest concentration of street markets. Noordermarkt runs on Mondays and Saturdays, and sells everything from organic fruit and veg to vintage clothes – a one-stop shop for fashionistas on a budget. Those with more luxurious tastes should head to the Fashion and Museum District, which is teeming with designer shops and interior stores. 

Food & Drink

With a selection of Michelin-starred restaurants, a growing grass-roots food culture and an iconic collection of canal-side cafés, Amsterdam has a culinary scene to rival any in Europe. From Basque-style tapas at trendy Spanish restaurant La Olivia (Egelantiersstraat 122-124, 020 320 4316) to finger-licking Chinese dishes at local favourite New King (Zeedijk 115-117, 020 625 2180), cuisine from across the globe is represented. The fabulously stylish Bordewijk (Noordermarkt 7, 020 624 3899) is a great place to spend an evening – and it’s perfect for business meetings too. For something a little different, De Kas (Kamerlingh Onneslaan 3, 020 462 4562) is housed in a giant greenhouse and serves up exclusively organic dishes from nearby gardens and farms. 


Spiritual home of the electronic dance scene and host of the internationally famous Amsterdam Dance Event, the Dutch capital’s nightlife is based around clubs and basement bars. If you’re a dance aficionado, head to TrouwAmsterdam (Wibautstraat 131, 020 463 7788), a former printing plant with a trendy industrial vibe that regularly hosts cutting-edge bands. For something a little more traditional, Café Belgique (Gravenstraat 2, 020 625 1974), just off Dam Square, is a cosy bar space with an impressive range of bottled and draught beers. Looking for live entertainment? Paridiso (Weteringschans 6, 020 626 4521), near Leidseplein, has been hosting the best pop bands since the 1960s, while The Muziektheater (Waterlooplein 22, 020 625 5455) is the most important opera and ballet theatre in the Netherlands. 

Accommodation in Amsterdam


Thanks to its popularity with tourists and importance as a business centre, Amsterdam has a wide choice of accommodation. Hotels are concentrated in the Old Centre and in the south around the Museum Quarter. The wealthy Canal Ring hosts many of the more luxurious options. For a stark but smart budget option, try The Poet Hotel (Jan Luijkenstraat 44, 020 662 0526) in the heart of the Museum Quarter. Corporate travellers will appreciate the state-of-the-art facilities offered by the Sofitel Legend The Grand Hotel Amsterdam (Oudezijds Voorburgwal 197, 020 555 3111). If you’re looking for a five-star experience, the Dylan Amsterdam (Keizersgracht 384, 020 530 2010) has a Michelin-starred restaurant and a selection of luxurious, individually styled rooms. 

Our favourites

Movenpick-Hotel Amsterdam

Movenpick Hotel Amsterdam city - Piet Heinkade 11 1019 BR Amsterdam, Netherlands
Tel: +31 (0) 20 519 1200, Email:, Website:

Located along the water, this hotel is walking distance from the historic centre of the city, Central Station, and the internationally renowned Muziegebouw music venue. All rooms have excellent views and four-star facilities, such as free Wi-fiand 24-hour room service. The hotel is a popular venue for meetings and conferences.

Misc Hotel Amsterdam

Misc Eatdrinksleep - Kloveniersburgwal 20  1012 CV Amsterdam, Netherlands
Tel: +31(0)20 330 6241, Email:, Website:

This charming bespoke boutique hotel in the heart of the historic centre of Amsterdam, is a former 17th-century canal house. It boasts six individually-themed rooms, such as Rembrandt, Baroque or Afrika, each with its own charm and either garden or canal views. This modern hotel offers home-spun warmth and hospitality.

Albus hotel Amsterdam

The Albus Grand Hotel - Vijzelstraat 49  1017 HE Binnenstad, Netherlands
Tel: +31 (0)20 5306200, Email:, Website:

Balancing simplicity with service, the Albus combines warmth with attending to the needs of its clients. Its excellent location near the city centre means you are just walking distance from many of the city's popular areas.

Amsterdam Airport Information

Amsterdam Airport Schiphol (AMS)
CityJet flights from London City LCY to Amsterdam AMS.
Choose from our schedule of up to 8 flights a day.


General information
From inside the Netherlands:
0900-72447465 +31 (0) 207 940 800 

From outside the Netherlands:
+31 (0) 207 940 800

CityJet flights depart from Terminal 1.

The minimum check-in time is 30 minutes.

15km to the city centre.

For the full CityJet Timetable click here

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