A curated guide of 18 places and things to do in Amsterdam City, recommended by locals

All good in the hood: local spots you must check out around the city

What's good in the hood? You've got green parks, canals for swimming, contemporary art, indie movies, beer, craft coffee, HIIT workouts and dance parties. You can do it all, right here, right now.

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    Restaurant C

    Restaurant • Molecular gastronomy • Cocktails • 17 min taxi

    C stands for Celsius. At this creative concept restaurant, you discover how important different temperatures are for dishes. Here it is not just about the food itself but about the method of preparation. They also have Bar with craft cocktails. Note: beef tartar is a must.


    Moco Museum - Banksy Amsterdam

    Modern • Art • Banksy

    This place shows you 'the rock stars of art'. You can find amazing Banksy and Dali pieces here. Modern art lovers will have a blast! Note: if you buy your tickets online, you can get them at a discount.

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    Drovers Dog

    Australian • Restaurant • Burgers

    Cool Australian place for food in the DAM. Drovers Dog is stylish and cosy at the same time. Come here for Aussie-style brunch, lunch, dinner and a wide selection of Australian beers.

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    Park • Water • Swimming • 15 min taxi

    Believe it or not, but the canal water is clean enough to take a swim. Some summer days it can get hot enough to join the locals and jump right in. Popular spots are: The Amstel close to the Brug van Berlage, The Entrepotdok close to the Zoo or the Borneokade. Bring your own food or drinks for a little picnic!


    Café Loetje

    Meat • Steak • Burgers

    Many say this is the very best steak in the city. You can enjoy all the meat on the outdoor terrace or inside in the intimate restaurant. Either way, your stomach will be happy.

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    bar Bukowski

    Bar • cafe • late night

    Young vibes, nice gin and tonics, perfect location. Sit at the bar inside or enjoy people watching outside. Good for breakfast, coffee, cocktail hour and late-night snacks.


    Rum Baba Cafe

    Coffee • Cafe • Breakfast

    This cafe feels straight out of Brooklyn. They have craft coffee and tea from all over the world with a special each month. They also have a good cake display and their toasted banana bread is a real treat. Their packaging is super chic, so take some coffee home.


    De Kas

    Organic • Restaurant • Lunch

    A pearl hidden in Frankendael park. They grow their own vegetables and herbs in the greenhouse next door. Go there, have a delicious organic meal and don't tell anyone. It's always fully booked, so keep it a secret.


    Hortus Botanicus Amsterdam

    Botanical garden • nature • relax

    A colourful garden and a quiet hang out on summer days, the Hortus Botanicus offers something that’s hard to find in Amsterdam: serenity. Have a drink while you’re surrounded by exotic plants or take a grand tour with one of the garden experts (free on Sunday afternoons).

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    Foam Photograph Museum

    Photography • Art • Museum • 16 Min Taxi

    This photography museum's contemporary collections introduce young upcoming talent. Relatively small, it gives you the right amount of cultural boost without eating away all of your day. Free tours available.

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    Frankendael Park

    Park • Garden • Picnic • 16 min taxi

    Come here to get some green and relax. Sit by the fountains, in the manicured garden behind the Frankendael House or have a picnic. Another great thing about this quiet park? It is almost tourist-free.

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    Rooftop • bar • restaurant • 15 min taxi

    Canvas is a bar on top of the Volkshotel. Relaxed atmosphere and a nice city view. First, you can also enjoy a meal in the Canvas Restaurant and when the DJ comes on, shift to party mode.


    Filmtheater Kriterion

    Indie • Movies • Bar

    This movie theater features mostly indie movies. New, old, local and foreign, the diversity of films is great for any cinephile. It also doubles as a fun bar and has really good food! (hint: Taco Tuesdays)


    HIGH45 | The Best 45-minute Workout

    Workout • HIIT

    A high intensity training for 45 minutes: a combination of effective cardio and strength. They have over 100+ classes per week at different levels. Whatever class you take, you are sure to have a sweaty killer workout!


    Flatland Gallery

    Gallery • Contemporary • Art

    This internationally acclaimed contemporary gallery has a focus on photography, film, video and sculpture. They show both established artists and up-and-coming ones from Amsterdam and abroad. With new exhibitions each month, every visit is a unique one.


    Street Art Museum

    Street art • museum • outdoors

    Street Art Museum Amsterdam (SAMA) is a contemporary eco-museum, that uses art as a tool to a social dialogue. It isn't inside one building. It's an open-air museum. Its mission is to create, explore, document and preserve the growing democratic movement of Street Art. They offer group and private tours of their "collection" and workshops.


    T's Tea Bar

    Tea • Cafe • Cake

    Need a matcha latte? This teabar is the answer. They have matcha, tradition chai, tons of loose leaf and herbal teas. Good for a tea on the go or to stock up on your at-home brewing needs.

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    Rembrandt Park

    Park • Nature • Animals • 17 min taxi

    The Rembrandtpark is an ideal place to sit out in the sun and enjoy a picnic. The park is a green oasis with ponds, playgrounds and walking and biking paths. You can also visit De Uylenburg, the oldest petting zoo in Amsterdam and get some facetime with cute animals.

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