Fuel up: Start your weekend in Amsterdam with a hearty breakfast in the De Pijp neighbourhood. Nicknamed the Latin quarter, this fascinating multicultural district is full of top eateries and cool cafés, and is the perfect place to fuel up before a day of exploring. We recommend you head to Omelegg for top omelettes, including highlights such as the Popeye, made with spinach, mushroom, onion and cheese. Those in need of some caffeine should head to the Scandinavian Embassy and enjoy one of its speciality coffees. Open from 7.30am, this is a great way to get a head start in the morning.
Omelegg, Ferdinand Bolstraat 143, 1072 LH Amsterdam, +31 (0)20 370 1134
Explore De Pijp: De Pijp is one of Amsterdam’s most vibrant neighbourhoods and well worth taking time to explore – especially its plethora of independent stores. After breakfast, why not take a walk to the Albert Cuypmarkt? Open from 9.30am, from Monday to Saturday, it is one of the city’s biggest and busiest markets, offering over 300 stalls selling everything from fruit and vegetables to cheese, fish and spices – ideal for picking up some edible souvenirs from Amsterdam. Hutspot, one of the most celebrated stores in the city, is only a five-minute walk away, and other leading destinations include jewellery, accessories and homeware store Anna & Nina and ethical fashion brand Charlie & Mary.
Albert Cuypmarkt, Albert Cuypstraat, 1072 CN Amsterdam
Bike over to Vondelpark: Hiring a bike is well worth spending a few Euros on as cycling is a great way of exploring the city. Cycling in Vondelpark is one of the best free things to do in Amsterdam and the park is known as the green lung of the city. When you’ve finished your bike ride, you can relax with a coffee.
Lunch in Oud-West: Elegant streets, eclectic boutiques and exciting eateries make up Amsterdam’s Oud-West neighbourhood. The area offers plenty of choice when it comes to lunch, ranging from one of the best pancake houses in Amsterdam, De Vier Pilaren, to the iconic Foodhallen indoor street market. Here you can sample some of the city’s most delicious offerings all under one roof, from burgers to Vietnamese, cuisine, pancakes and pizza.
Foodhallen, Bellamyplein 51, 1053 AT Amsterdam
Discover Museumplein: After lunch, get your cultural fix at Amsterdam’s Museumplein, a public plaza lined with Amsterdam’s most famous museums. As time is tight we recommended starting at the Rijksmuseum, where it is all too easy to while away an afternoon. Pre-book tickets online then head to the permanent collection and the Gallery of Honour which contains many famous old masters. The Van Gogh Museum and Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam are also found here and are well worth visiting if you have time.
Rijksmuseum, Museumstraat 1, 1071 XX Amsterdam, +31 (0)20 674 7000
Stay in style at The Dylan: Located a 15-minute walk away from the Rijksmuseum, at the heart of the city’s historic canal belt, The Dylan is one of Amsterdam’s top boutique hotels and is the perfect place to stay during your weekend in the city. The hotel is a real gem and visitors enter the building through a 17th-century archway and courtyard. Intimate, beautifully furnished and full of contemporary finishes, each room at The Dylan is individually decorated, with some also offering stunning canal views.
The Dylan, Keizersgracht 384, 1016 GB Amsterdam, +31 (0)20 530 2010
Take breakfast on the terrace: Wake up early on your last day and go for a stroll around the canals before you visit Café de Jaren. Famous for offering one of the best terraces in the city, it is a wonderful place to make the most of views over Amsterdam’s beautiful waterways. Opt for the DeJaren breakfast, featuring a roll with a choice of fillings, croissant, fresh orange juice and tea or coffee, or the Detox, with granola, Greek yoghurt and a cranberry smoothie.
Café de Jaren, Nieuwe Doelenstraat 20, 1012 CP Amsterdam, +31 (0)20 625 5771
Shopping in De Negen Straatjes: De Negen Straatjes – Nine Streets – is one of Amsterdam’s most charming districts. There are a host of unique stores here, offering the perfect opportunity for souvenir shopping. A great alternative to the busy Leidseplein central area, it offers picturesque streets and top shops such as Skins Cosmetics, filled with cult beauty items; L’Étoile de Saint Honoré, one of the best vintage stores in the city; and top Dutch denim brand Denham. If the queues aren’t too long, be sure to grab a snack at Pancakes Amsterdam, one of the best places to get Dutch pancakes in the city.
Pancakes Amsterdam, Berenstraat 38, 1016 GH Amsterdam, +31 (0)20 528 9797
Explore Dam Square: Just a stone’s throw away from De Negen Straatjes is Dam Square. The huge square was created in the 13th century and is still a bustling part of the city today. You can enjoy people watching or admire the architecture of the 17th-century Koninklijk Paleis palace before heading over to De Bijenkorf, one of the most famous department stores in the Netherlands. Here you will find top designer fashion brands as well as beauty, accessories, homeware, gifts and souvenirs. Finish your visit with lunch at the huge food court which caters even to the most discerning foodies.
De Bijenkorf, Dam 1, 1012 JS Amsterdam, +31 (0)88 245 3333