14 of the most Instagram-worthy places in Amsterdam
Global Blue takes a look at the most stylish places in Amsterdam, including some of the city’s coolest restaurants, cafés and hotels. Whether you are looking for the best place to impress a date, create top social-media posts or simply get inspired, these locations are among the most photogenic spots in Amsterdam
Amsterdam’s narrow houses
Amsterdam’s iconic canal houses are among the most photographed buildings in the city. The narrow townhouses have become one of the Dutch capital’s most famous features and appear on many top souvenirs. If you look closely, you will see that each house has a large hook sticking out from the gable. This is to enable items to be hoisted up from the street to the desired floor, as these homes have very narrow, often winding, staircases.
Luxury department store de Bijenkorf is a must-visit during your visit to Amsterdam. The prestigious store features a range of leading designers across womenswear, menswear, accessories and beauty, making it the ideal place to discover some luxury souvenirs. The interior of the store is stunning, and the accessories department boasts elegant marbled floors and walls.
De Bijenkorf, Dam 1, 1012 JS Amsterdam, +31 (0)88 245 3333
Located on PC Hooftstraat, one of Amsterdam’s most prestigious shopping streets, Café Georgette is an elegant place to enjoy either a cup of coffee, leisurely breakfast or long lunch before shopping. The interior has a decidedly Parisian feel, with brightly coloured upholstery, marble counters and an open bar.
Café Georgette, PC Hooftstraat 87A, 1071 BP Amsterdam, +31 (0)20 673 4752
One of the coolest pastry shops in Amsterdam, Sticky Fingers features rose-coloured walls, pink stools and stunning cakes. The patisserie and bakery specialises in organic, home-made treats, ranging from chocolate cookies and muffins to tarts and top breakfast options such as granola and croissants.
Sticky Fingers, Amstelveenseweg 3, 1054 MB Amsterdam, +31 (0)20 820 3332
The Hoxton’s modern interior is inspired by the same industrial-chic aesthetic showcased at the hotel’s Shoreditch and Holborn London branches, and its striking design attracts a cool, fashionable crowd. The 111 airy bedrooms feature quirky touches, such as retro chairs and radios, and most offer beautiful canal views.
The Hoxton, Herengracht 255, 1016 BJ Amsterdam, +31 (0)20 888 5555
The bright green, tropical-inspired interior of Bar Botanique makes it one of the most elegant hotspots in the Amsterdam-Oost area. Mirrors, marble counter tops, tropical plants, velvet sofas and a palm tree bar are just some of the Instagram-worthy features to discover here, and visitors should stop by for a selection of breakfast dishes and light lunch options.
Bar Botanique, Eerste van Swindenstraat 581, 1093 LC Amsterdam, +31 (0)20 358 6553
I Amsterdam sign
Located at the back of the famous Rijksmuseum, the I Amsterdam sign has become one of the city’s most popular photo opportunities and the huge letters are often surrounded by people trying out imaginative ways to capture the slogan.
I Amsterdam, Hobbemastraat 19, 1071 XZ Amsterdam, +31 (0)20 702 6000
Lavinia Good Food
Informal and homely, Lavinia Good Food is an inviting location for a leisurely breakfast or a coffee break. The menu is focused around delicious healthy food, with highlights including banana pancakes, smashed avocado, blue corn tortillas and oatmeal bowls. With its exposed-brick walls, leather armchairs, comfy cushions and palm tree-print wallpaper, this is the perfect place to while away a morning.
Lavinia Good Food, Kerkstraat 176, 1017 GT Amsterdam, +31 (0)20 626 1432
Customers to this store will find so many displays of hanging plants and green foliage that they could be forgiven for thinking they’ve walked into a greenhouse. Part indoor garden, part shop, Wildernis is dedicated to all things green. Shop for plants and gardening supplies or simply stop by for a coffee and a photo.
Wildernis, Bilderdijkstraat 165F, 1053 JP Amsterdam, +31 (0)20 785 2517
Amsterdam is sometimes referred to as the Venice of the North, owing to its famous network of 165 canals. The canals are a great way to explore the city and, with lampposts and buildings lit up at night, a night-time excursion offers the perfect photo opportunity.
Bulls and Dogs
Pay homage to the hot dog at Bulls and Dogs, which has updated and upgraded the humble snack to gourmet standard and offers a host of tempting options. As well as a delicious food menu, the eatery also serves its famous freakshakes, presenting a host of superb photo opportunities.
Bulls and Dogs, Van Woustraat 58, 1073 LN Amsterdam, +31 (0)20 334 3441
Vondelpark is one of Amsterdam’s most famous open spaces and is located close to a number of the city’s leading attractions. Its verdant gardens, statues and hidden corners make it the perfect place to escape to and take photos, after a busy day exploring.
Shop across fragrance, skincare, haircare and home fragrances at one of the most striking beauty stores in the city. The boutique’s chic white interior makes it the perfect place to relax and explore the range of natural care products, featuring organic botanical ingredients such as coconut oil and shea butter.
Marie-Stella-Maris, Keizersgracht 357, 1016 EJ Amsterdam, +31 (0)85 273 2854
With its stained-glass ceiling, black marble details and handmade floor tiles, The Duchess is a top spot for Instagram snaps in Amsterdam. The restaurant’s dramatic and glamorous interior is the perfect setting for a romantic meal and its menu offers southern French and Italian flavours.
The Duchess, Spuistraat 172, 1012 VT Amsterdam, +31 (0)20 811 3322