The Best Things to Do In Amsterdam Check List

The best things in life are surprises. When you travel a lot you can become quite jaded to that “wow” when you’re in a new city. Don’t get me wrong, everywhere I travel to is such a great experience but sometimes places can blend into each other and you can’t remember where you are! Problems I know 😛 Amsterdam completely took my heart by storm. I always thought I had a soft spot for Asia but as soon as we got off the train in Amsterdam I was mesmerized. It’s so charming and such a welcoming city! Travelling can always get frustrating when you have to deal with a language barrier everyday but here it’s no problem! And that was just one of the beautiful things about Amsterdam. Since I’m sure you’ll love this city just as much as I do I made a list of the best things to do in Amsterdam!




The Best Things To Do In Amsterdam Checklist


Visit a coffeeshop – Probably one of the first things you’ll learn about Amsterdam it is permitted you can smoke weed in coffee shops. Personally this was the last thing on my mind in Amsterdam but when in Rome right?


Cruise the canals – Amsterdam offers hop on hop off cruises so take advantage of the canals! The canals are gorgeous and so fun to get lost in!


Rent a bike – The first thing you will notice about Amsterdam isn’t the coffee shops or the canals.. It’s the bikes! Everyone rides them and they are really the best way to explore Amsterdam. Take caution though, some streets are insanely busy and I couldn’t figure out the road rules for the life of me!


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Get street frites – Street fries are a must eat in Amsterdam! Aaron and I were so excited when we saw the neon frites sign. We are kind of piggies when we travel and what better road snack than good old French Fries!? Try the local special with mayo, onions and curry sauce or even peanut sauce! Sounds pretty gross to me (I got ketchup because I’m lame (no shame)) but everyone loves them!


Experience Amsterdam nightlife – Amsterdam is known for their thriving nightlife and new wave techno music from up and coming artists! Head out any day of the week for a unique experience!

At the flower markets 😍🌸

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Devour some poffertjies – Little dollops of pancake batter sprinkled in beautiful powdered sugar served with chocolate sauce and corn syrup.. Quite the mouthful right? Soooo goooood. I had them every night before bed.. I’m not even kidding I dragged my boyfriend to the restaurant at 10pm almost nightly!


Spending The Weekend In Amsterdam


Visit the flower market – Open all year around, see all the beautiful flowers and cactuses they have along the canals. I hear it’s even more beautiful when the Tulips are blooming! They also have the cutest succulents so make sure you check out the flower markets! One of my dreams is to have a home with plants everywhere 🙂


Get a space cake at De Dampkring – Again skip this if you aren’t into it the pot but you won’t find a more inviting and welcoming staff to help you decided. There are staff to help you out if you have any questions or concerns. They are so knowledgeable and willing to help!


Red Light District – Probably the most popular thing to do is visit the Red Light district!


Drink a Heineken – I had no idea that heineken was brewed in Amsterdam! Leave it to my boyfriend to fill me in on that but since I live in Canada Heineken is really expensive and I think here it was a Euro? Definitely worth checking off your list even if you aren’t a beer drinker! Since the brewery is in Amsterdam so you won’t find any anywhere cheaper or fresh (can beer taste fresh?)


Only photo from the Van Gogh Museum I took before I got in trouble haha. Erps 😳😅

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Visit the Van Gogh Museum – Book your tickets online to skip the line! Even if you forget to, I know how busy and hard planning can be, you can still book the ticket online and show them at ticket on your phone. It’s literally that easy and will save you a massive wait in line. When you are travelling ever moment counts! Especially in a place like Amsterdam.  Double check the time on your ticket and make sure you’re there 30 minutes within the set time!


Have a bagel at Bagels & Beans! – These bagels were some of the best thing I ate in Amsterdam! I am a big bagel person, I used to live off of them, and these are the best I’ve had in a long time! And you can get a latte, juice, a bagel with jam and cream cheese for 5 Euro.. That’s amazing. I don’t know if this is a must do but you won’t have a better bagel anywhere else.. I ate here almost everyday.. And I almost made a layover once so I could go back so just saying, it’s awesome.


See the Anne Frank House – Be prepared for a hour or two wait to get in! This is one of the most popular things to do in Amsterdam so make sure you carve out some time if you really want to see it!


Spending The Weekend In Amsterdam


Get lost among the canals – I swear I can imagine myself living anywhere but wandering around these gorgeous canals I really think I should move to Amsterdam. Where on Earth can you find windy canals, the cutest buildings with the nicest people and the sweetest shops. You’ll find so many gems along the canals so get lost!


Try pickled herring on a stick – Personally I think it looks gross but the line to get them was 6 people deep so something about it must have been good.. right?! I’m a vegetarian so this was a big no for me but maybe you’d be into it? Let me know if you tried it!


Join a free walking tour – If you’re alone this is a good way to meet people and who doesn’t love free things?! You learn so much on walking tours and you get to know the city on a deeper level.


Dam Square – Amsterdam’s most popular square is definitely one of the best things to see! It’s bustling with locals and tourists and pigeons!


Eat some cheese – You’ll be amazed by the amount of cheese shops there is with giant cheese wheels in the windows! They are so cute!


Hang out in Leidsestraat – This was one of the bets things we did in Amsterdam was choose this area to stay! This is where we spent most of our time in Amsterdam and it was lovely. I really love getting to know the area you are staying in and I think Aaron and I did a good job at picking this one! It’s full of yummy food like pofferjies, veggie burgers, Indian food and there are plenty of places to sit outside to enjoy Amsterdam! I hate being cooped up in a restaurant when you have such a beautiful city to look at so this was a really nice perk for me. Wine outside anyone?


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  • Reply
    March 27, 2016 at 8:00 am

    A few points as a resident of Amsterdam: coffee shops here sell coffee. However, coffeeshops sell marijuana. By cod, do you mean haring? For beer, I’d suggest skipping Heineken and trying the local favorites, which taste even better and will save you 15 euros. For nightlife/spending time, I suggest getting out of Centre all together. I avoid it like the plague although I’m content to keep my favorite bars free of tourists. 😉 If you end up coming back, I hope you get to see more of Amsterdam as there’s so much more outside of Centre and you check out my guide to Amsterdam. 🙂

    • Reply
      March 27, 2016 at 9:27 am

      I thought coffeeshops were for marijuana and cafes were for coffee? My bad! And I did mean pickled haring not cod 😛 You’re the only one who corrected me thank you. And I found the Heinekens very cheap but next time i’ll definitely look into more of the local favourites since I got all the “first time to Amsterdam” stuff out of the way since this was my first time :]
      Have a good weekend


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