Before flying back to Vietnam me and my high school girlfriends headed to Amsterdam for a long girly weekend. We’d booked a 4-day getaway whilst I was still living in Vietnam after finding a pretty good deal online. I think we each paid around £200 for the flight and hotel for 3 nights. I’m very savvy when it comes to finding flights and accommodation for the best prices so I’ll write a blog post about that later on.
Known for its extensive canal system, beautiful narrow houses, cannabis coffee shops and Red Light District, the capital of the Netherlands has a range of things to offer every type of tourist.
It’s pretty easy to get around the city. Just grab yourself a map, or use the maps feature on your phone and get exploring on foot. Amsterdam is a very instagrammable city so if you’re anything like me you’ll love to just walk around and take photos of everything and anything!
When most people think of Amsterdam what first springs to mind is marijuana and prostitution. But after taking a deeper look around you’ll see this liberal city has so much more to offer than just sex and drugs.
So here’s my round-up of things to do in Amsterdam. If you think I’ve missed something out, let me know in the comments below and I’ll check it out on my next trip to Amsterdam.
This Dutch national museum is dedicated to all things art and history in Amsterdam. Located in the picturesque Museum Square, the museum has around 8,000 objects of art and history on display from the years 1200–2000.
It’s the most visited museum in the whole of the Netherlands, with visitor numbers reaching over 2 million.
Address: Museumstraat 1, 1071 XX Amsterdam
I Amsterdam sign
No trip to Amsterdam would be complete without a photo in front of the iconic I Amsterdam letters to share with friends and family on social media.
There are three sets of the letter signs. The originals are located in Museum Square, South of Amsterdam, in front of the Rijksmuseum.
The second set of letters can be seen outside the arrivals of Amsterdam Schiphol Airport to welcome visitors to the city.
And the third set of letters are always on the move around the Amsterdam. They make appearances at fashion shows, festivals and other major events in the city.
Get on your bike
They say even if you’re only peddling around for a few hours, riding a bicycle in Amsterdam is an essential experience. Despite all of us being super eager to rent bikes and get our peddle on, we completely forgot about it until our last day and by then we just didn’t have enough time. I’ll definitely do it on my next trip to Amsterdam though.
See the city on foot
Take a leisurely walk around Amsterdam and see all the sights at your own pace. With charming canals circling the city and beautiful narrow houses lining the streets, walking around the city was one of my favorite things to do.
Van Gogh museum
The museum is an art museum dedicated to the works of Vincent van Gogh and his contemporaries in Amsterdam. The museum houses the largest collection of Van Gogh’s artwork in the world. His most famous paintings and also considered one of the greatest works in western art is The Starry Night.
Address: Museumplein 6, 1071 DJ Amsterdam
Anne Frank House
Now a museum, visit the preserved hiding place of the young Jewish girl who hid from Nazi persecution with her family during World War II.
Visitors can walk through the preserved hiding place, and learn about the life and times of Anne Frank in the permanent museum exhibition. To find her house follow the long line, just past it you’ll see the door marked number 263.
Address: Prinsengracht 263-267, 1016 GV Amsterdam
Museum of Prostitution
To get a better understanding of Amsterdam’s sex-work industry, prostitution laws and secrets of the Red Light District this place has it all. We didn’t plan on visiting the museum, in fact we stumbled across it as we were walking along the streets of the Red Light District. The museum was an informative experience and gave us a real insight into the industry through stories from a former worker.
Address: Oudezijds Achterburgwal 60h, 1012 DP Amsterdam.
Forget the cannabis coffee shops, Amsterdam’s brunch scene hits the spot for me. From clean eating to boozy brunchin’ the city has so many cool and quirky spots for coffee, breakfast and lunch. We were only able to fit in 3 brunches (all of which were amazing), but click here to see a list of some hotspots.
P.S. If you like eggs, check out Omelegg. Despite the 30-minute queue on the side of the street in the freezing cold while we waited for a table, the omelette was the best I’ve ever had! I’d definitely go there again.
A’DAM Skydeck and Swing
If you’re visiting A’DAM’s sky deck and bar why not check out the ‘Over the Edge’ swing too. Standing at 100 meters high, it’s the highest in Europe allowing visitors to swing back and forth over the edge of the tower overlooking the city of Amsterdam below.
You’ll need to purchase tickets for the swing experience but if you’re heading to the sky bar anyway, it’s definitely worth it.
Address: A’DAM Lookout, Overhoeksplein 5, 1031 KS Amsterdam
The Bloemenmarkt is the only floating flower market in the world. All stalls are housed in floating shops and sell everything from seeds to fresh cut flowers throughout the year. You can visit the market from Monday to Sunday to pick flowers and souvenirs.
Address: Bloemenmarkt Amsterdam, Singel, 1012 WP Amsterdam
Despite it being my second visit to the city, I still haven’t managed to see and do everything. If you’ve got any must see/do things to add to my list let me know in the comments below and I’ll check it out on my next trip.
Thanks for reading!
To Munji, Jess and Serena – thanks for a great girly long weekend! See you soon 😘