Amsterdamming is all about exploring beyond Amsterdam`s touristic attractions, finding your way through its neighbourhoods, street markets, joining the locals into their intimate cinemas, cafés and hidden places for relaxation. For this map, I have selected nothing but my favourite places in Amsterdam, those where I always like to go and where I take my friends and family when they come to visit. Are you ready?
Mamouche is a Moroccan restaurant in De Pijp neighbourhood and one of the best restaurants in Amsterdam. It manages to combine a perfect, almost sensual cuisine, with a very intimate, romantic atmosphere and a kind, personal service.
Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ (which translates to "Music Building on the IJ") is a concert hall for contemporary classical music on the IJ River, in Amsterdam.
A touch of high class French patisserie right in the heart of Amsterdam! Pompadour is definitely a must-see location on the map of the city.
At Puccini, the food is great. As simple as that! The pastrami foccacia with the crunchy pickles is my boyriend`s favourite, whereas I always go for the avocado, pesto and grilled vegetables sandwich.
Westerpark is a public urban park in the West of Amsterdam, in a neighbourhood carrying the same name.
Walter’s – The Walter Woodbury Bar is perhaps the best things that happened to Amsterdam-East. Opened in June 2014, this place quickly became one of the most attractive bars in the city.
Buttermilk pancakes, maple syrup, bacon, sausages, egg and fries, fish and chips, black beans and chorizo omelet, fried chicken with waffles, delicious cocktails – these are all part of the super-tasty and original menu of Staring at Jacob, a West-Coast Californian style brunch place in Amsterdam`s Oud-West.
Just across the bridge from the Rijksmuseum, lays the beautiful and historical Spiegelkwartier ("Mirror Quarter"), with its typical old Dutch houses and an amazing variety of art and antique stores.
SLA (meaning “salad” in Dutch) is a salad bar, probably one the best options to eat healthy and tasty at the same time in Amsterdam.
Screaming Beans started with a small place in the centre, where they serve a very good coffee from early morning, and extended to the Oud-West, in a location providing a more generous space and menu.
Roest calls itself a creative, experimental space, minimalistic yet warm, always open to original ideas.
Rialto is one of the leading independent cinemas in Amsterdam, specialising in unique European art house films.
Located in Amsterdam-Noord, right by the waterfront and with a great view towards the city, Pllek presents itself as an open minded, free, surprising, warm and creative place, with a focus on conscious living and sustainability.
Oceaan Deli is a nice little Italian caterer, delicatessen a wine shop in Amsterdam`s Eastern Docklands, specializing in Mediterranean cuisine and products.
Noordermarkt is a picturesque square overlooked by the tower of the Noorderkerk, a church built in 1623. It is the core of the Jordan, the most lively area of Old Amsterdam.
MENDO is a bookstore, yet nothing of the like; it is a heaven of beautiful and inspiring books, carefully selected and presented to those interested.
Marqt is my all time favourite supermarket and the location on Utrechtsestraat is the one I visit most.
A friendly, authentic place on Kinkerstraat, in Amsterdam`s Oud-West, Lot Sixty One is famous for the great quality coffee it offers.
Le Salonard is a little French and Italian wonderland in the middle of De Pijp neighbourhood.
Situated on the northern bank of the River IJ, just opposite Central Station, EYE is a cinema, film museum, café-restaurant and cutting-edge event location, one of Amsterdam’s modern icons.
Espresso Fabriek is one of the first specialty coffee roasters in Amsterdam, the foundation for what has become a growing market for lovely cafés across the city.
Located a few steps from Kadijksplein, in the Easten part of Amsterdam`s centre, the Entrepotdok is a peaceful, residential area with an interesting history.
Dille & Kamille is the place to go and treat yourself with everyting you need for your home, garden and kitchen, whether we talk essentials or things you really want just because they are extremely cute.
De Belhamel, an absolute favorite of locals and visitors alike, is a romantic restaurant located in a quaint part of the Jordaan quarter, at the crossing of two beautiful canals: the Brouwersgracht and Herengracht.
Cinema Paradiso is one of Amsterdam`s best kept secrets.
Oslo is a neighbourhood café with a Scandinavian feel, at the border of Oud-West and De Baarsjes.
Café Orloff is situated in a calmer and less touristy part of Amsterdam, yet centrally located: Kadijksplein.
Brecht is a Berlin style living-room café close to Amsterdam`s museum district.
At BroodBar (“bread bar” in Dutch), the sandwiches and cakes are amazing, but it’s the atmosphere and friendly staff that really makes this spot an excellent choice for breakfast and lunch.
Following the success of Boca’s on Westerstraat, Boca’s Park (located near Sarphati Park, in de Pijp) delivers the same high quality “Dutch Tapas” in a trendy atmosphere.