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Destination Guide: Amsterdam

Canal boats, gabled houses and tucked-away galleries
Stroll peaceful canals or wander around market stalls. Amsterdam's galleries hold Van Gogh paintings and a plethora of Dutch Masters. Unwind to live jazz in mellow cafés.

Food and Drink

Feast on Asian influences or try local fish. Indonesian rice dishes are rustled up in rijsttafel restaurants along Utrechtsestraat. Snack on local raw herring or smoked eels from Old Centre street stalls, or dine on fine French cuisine along the Canal Ring. Chilly winters call for warming erwtensoep soup in Jordaan's cosy eetcafes.

Sightseeing and relaxation

Explore Jordaan's quaint canal-side lanes, crammed with bijoux art galleries. Opulent 17th-century merchants' houses sit by the Herengracht canal, with colourful houseboats on the charming Prinsengracht. Climb Westerkerk medieval church tower to pick out Anne Frank's House down below. View Dutch Golden Age art treasures at the cavernous Rijksmuseum.

Shopping

Browse markets and linger in bookshops. Amsterdammers adore their markets, from Noordermarkt's second-hand vintage clothes to ethnic food at Albert Cuyp. Join the literati in cosy, multilingual bookstores along Spui, or the glitterati on Utrechtsestraat for designer jewellery. Find fashion to match along PC Hooftstraat.

Nightlife and Entertainment

Dress up for a concert or down for a bruin café. Enjoy fantastic acoustics at the neo-Renaissance Concertgebouw concert hall, or live jazz at waterfront Bimhuis. Hear international bands in venues surrounding Leidseplein square or sip crisp European beers in Jordaan's laid-back bruin cafés.