The Perfect 48 Hours In Amsterdam by Stewart Rowberry

Day 1

The 3 best ways to navigate Amsterdam is by walking, bike or by boat. The city has a very good public transport system but there is so much more to see on foot. After breakfast, head down the Keizersgracht, taking in the beautiful Dutch architecture on reaching the Nieuwe Spiegelstraat (the antique neighbourhood) turn right and head towards the Rijksmuseum. In a short walk from the Rijksmuseum, (depending on your taste) there are also the following museums: Moco, Van Gogh & the Stedelijk (please buy your tickets online with a time slot) 2 hours would be sufficient in each museum.

Looking for some great lunch options? Check out MOMO, Rijks, the Seafood brasserie or the hotel Conservatorium Brasserie.

Once the second museum is completed walk towards the Pijp and maybe have a drink in one of the numerous cafe/bars by the Albert Cuyp market or stroll through the market and try and find a bargain. When you turn left at the end of the market continue walking till you reach the Utrechtsestraat, a lovely shopping street with clothing stores, delicatessen, music (cd & lps) and restaurants. this will automatically bring you to the Rembrandsplein with it’s sculpture of the Nachtwacht and it’s Grand cafes and bars. If you prefer a typical brown cafe continue walking to Spui and sample a Dutch beer and “bitterballen” at Cafe Hoppe (one of the oldest brown bars in Amsterdam). Dinner after a long day can be enjoyed with a short walk to the following: Johannes, Bussia, Sagardi, Indonesian Kitchen, Breda, MOMO and Kaagman &Kortekaas.

Day 2

Why not rent a bike and see the city as a “Amsterdammer”, cycle to the Jordaan and visit the Anne Frank museum. Then bike through the canals and the interlocking streets to get a real feel of Amsterdam life and take coffee or lunch by the Westerstraat / Lindengracht at one of the many cafes, Cafe Thyssen, Daalder, Boca, Pancake Bakery….. Afterwards bike to the 9 Streets which consists of Amsterdam’s boutique stores of local designers and others, Samsoe Samsoe, Hester Van Eeghen, Cowboys To Catwalk, Skins, Replay, Felippe K, Kaaskamer ….

At the end of the day, you have to of course experience Amsterdam by water, take a boat trip with Captain Nico for at least 1,5 hours to get the perfect experience and he will explain the Amsterdam history whilst you enjoy a glass of wine from his excellent wine list or maybe something non-alcoholic onboard his beautiful antique salon boat. Dinner can be enjoyed at the hotel restaurant Vinkeles, restaurant 212, Incanto, Izakaya.