For the best place to stay: Conservatorium
Situated near to some of Amsterdam’s leading attractions – including the Van Gogh Museum, Rijksmuseum and Vondelpark – the Conservatorium hotel undoubtedly enjoys one of the best locations in the city. Housed in a former bank, the hotel has been transformed into a showpiece of contemporary style, with state-of-the-art facilities. With a concierge service, swimming pool, hammam Turkish bath and sauna, it is no wonder that it is widely regarded as the number one luxury hotel in the Netherlands.
Conservatorium, Van Baerlestraat 27, 1071 AN Amsterdam, +31 (0)20 570 0000
For culture: Rijksmuseum
Just a stone’s throw from Vondelpark, the Rijksmuseum is one of Amsterdam’s most famous destinations and is a must-visit. Pre-book tickets online then head to the permanent collection and the Gallery of Honour, which contains the work of many famous Dutch old masters, from Rembrandt to Van Gogh. The museum showcases more than 800 years of Dutch and global history, and it can take days to fully take in its wonders. For those needing a break when exploring this fascinating location, Vondelpark is just seconds away.
Rijksmuseum, Museumstraat 1, 1071 XX Amsterdam, +31 (0)20 674 7000
For top food: Overtoom
Overtoom is a great dining street in Amsterdam’s Oud West neighbourhood and a brilliant place to stop for some lunch or dinner after your visit to Vondelpark. Here you’ll find plenty of new gourmet venues that reflect the city’s multicultural nature. Those looking for a great vegetarian spot will love Alchemist Garden. One of the best raw vegan cafés, it serves organic, gluten-free and vegan options, including its signature lasagne with hemp seeds, as well as smoothies and soups.
Alchemist Garden, Overtoom 409, 1054 JP Amsterdam, +31 (0)20 334 3335
For a takeaway picnic: De Pizzabakkers
Pick up the perfect picnic essentials from De Pizzabakkers, which makes some of the best pizza in Amsterdam. All pizzas are made in the traditional crisp and thin style, and are baked in an Italian wood-burning oven. They are topped with fresh ingredients from small producers, including sausage and ham from family companies in Tuscany. Order yours to take away and enjoy along with a bottle of prosecco at Vondelpark as you watch the skaters and the sun going down.
De Pizzabakkers, Overtoom 501, 1054 LH Amsterdam, +31 (0)20 618 6554
For top shopping: Cornelis Schuytstraat
Regarded as one of the most well-heeled districts of Amsterdam, Oud-Zuid is a wonderful place to take advantage of the city’s prestigious cultural attractions and top shopping opportunities. PC Hooftstraat and Beethovenstraat are among the most famous shopping streets in the area but visitors should head to Cornelis Schuytstraat for a quieter alternative. Make a beeline for Babassu Skin & Spa to shop a wide selection of exclusive skincare and fragrances or pamper yourself with the superb treatments and packages.
Babassu Skin & Spa, Cornelis Schuytstraat 40, 1071 JK Amsterdam, +31 (0)20 471 5148