How to Spend A Weekend in Amsterdam

The international hype surrounding Amsterdam is unparalleled—and totally well-deserved. A city of canals, Amsterdam thrives on water. In this city, there is never a dull moment. From the glories of the Van Gogh and Rijkmuseum, to the unforgettable Anne Frank House, to the "good vibes only" coffee shops, Amsterdam has it all.

They say the fondest memories are made when gathered around the table, so begin your short weekend with one of Amsterdam's authentic Indonesian restaurants, Kantjil and the Tijger. If you are unsure if Indonesian food is for you, don't be nervous! With a vast menu, you’re likely to find something that piques your interest. After dinner, check out Club Air. It’s a popping club with a great scene.

Start the day early on Saturday morning and make a reservation at Pancake Bakery. This buzzing spot is home to some of the most decadent and traditional Dutch pancakes—both sweet and savory! It is located just a few blocks from the Anne Frank House, so we recommend planning these two experiences together. The average wait time to get inside the Anne Frank House is 45 to 75 minutes, so be prepared to wait in line. After this meaningful experience, let yourself relax in one of the many coffee shops nearby. We recommend Bulldog, as it is easily the most famous coffee shop in Amsterdam and does not disappoint. Go to the spot closest to the Museumsquarter and do what you please before heading into the Rijk and/or Van Gogh Museum. Both are exceptional experiences featuring some of the greatest works of art.

On Saturday night, hit up Paradiso—a club situated in an old church. This ironic spot is conveniently located near the best street food, so dance your calories away and grab some kebab, fries or waffles at the end of the night.

For a great Sunday brunch, we suggest Omlegg. It’s a quaint and charming spot for the best omelets and breakfast sandwiches. Afterwards, walk to Blue Bird coffee shop to pick up some more goodies. The Heineken Experience is a great afternoon activity as well. The experience includes a brief history lesson on the company, a tour and explanation of the brewing process, and finally—our favorite part—a beer tasting! This consistently gets great reviews and we highly recommend it.

 
 

Of course, there are still more restaurants and places to go. The infamous Red Light District is a must. Bakers and Roasters, an Australian inspired café, and Sama Sebo, another delicious Indonesian spot, are great as well.

Cheat sheet

Restaurants:

·       Kantjil & De Tijger: best Indonesian restaurant in Amsterdam

·       Sama Sebo: alternative Indonesian spot to Kantjil

·       Pancake Bakery: most famous pancake place in Amsterdam

·       Happy Pig Pancake Shop: modern alternative to Pancake Bakery; eat at the counter

·       Bakers and Roasters: Australian inspired café

·       Winkel 43: famous for their apple pie

·       Zushi: revolving sushi bar

·       SkyLounge: beautiful bar on top of the Double Tree hotel that overlooks all of Amsterdam

 

Tourist Activities:

·       Rijkmuseum

·       Van Gogh Museum

·       Anne Frank Huis

·       Heineken Experience

·       Dam Square

·       Canal Tours

·       Red Light District

 

Coffee Shops:

·       Bulldog: most famous by far

·       Dolphins: under-the-sea themed Disneyland vibe

·       Grey Area: “cool and trendy”

·       Kaninsky: strongest pre-rolls

 

Night Life:

·       Paradiso: night club in an old church

·       Club Air: funky and fun

·       Hannekes Boom: bar on the canal made out of all recycled material