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Amsterdam is widely considered to be one of the world’s party capitals, but there’s more to this unique city than bars and booze. A perfect day in the city involves cycling through its streets and parks, stopping to discover hidden architectural wonders and trying local delicacies.
Amsterdam is one of the world’s most cycle-friendly cities and its sights are best explored from the saddle of a gleaming retro ride. Head to Vondelpark, Amsterdam’s urban oasis, and weave your way through the crowds, past pristine waterways and timeless sculptures created by famous artists, including Pablo Picasso and Nelson Carrilho.
Be sure to stop at De Waserette for coffee and wentelteefjes (French toast) with summer fruits. This cool corner café is popular with young Amsterdammers and great for people watching.
Stay south and make your way to Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum, perhaps the most popular museum dedicated to Dutch art and history featuring greats such as Rembrandt and Vermeer.
Cycle around the historic canals that give the city its unique atmosphere, but make sure your bicycle isn’t one of the 12,000 retrieved from the waterways each year!
Stop off at Patisserie Holtkamp to try the cheese, shrimp and veal croquettes – or if you’re feeling adventurous, go for the raw herring sold on street stalls across the city, traditionally served with raw onion and a side of pickles.
Head to the Oude Kerk Church in the heart of Amsterdam’s Red Light District. The city’s oldest parish welcomes international artists to collaborate on intricate installations within its hallowed walls.
The Red Light District is littered with statues and sculptures depicting life in this controversial part of town. Make sure to look down at the latest bronze images hidden within the cobblestones; they were donated by an unknown artist.
No visit to Amsterdam is complete without getting to know some of its locals. With a reputation for being one of the world’s most liberal cities, its people are mostly friendly and are usually happy to strike a conversation with visitors.
Like most other cosmopolitan cities, Amsterdam is gripped with craft beer fever and there are new microbreweries, tasting rooms and canal-side bars opening all the time. Head to ‘t Smalle, an Amsterdam stalwart with stained glass windows and ornate wooden features – the perfect setting from which to watch the sunset with some food and a refreshing drink.
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