Amsterdam is well known as a bustling city, with the ever-busy Dam square, queues in front of the Anne Frank house and an abundance of bicycles. Fun fact: did you know that The Netherlands have more bicycles than inhabitants? Most visitors are rushing through the city, hopping from highlight to highlight, whereas the true beauty of Amsterdam often tend to get forgotten.
Our Les Clefs d’Or concierges therefore suggest to make the most of out of these calmer times and relish the serenity of an uncrowded Amsterdam. Now is the time to appreciate the rich heritage of the city, its architectural splendour and to discover the gems hidden in plain sight. Wander through Amsterdam and feast your eyes..
‘There are many different walking routes we can suggest to discover the lesser known parts of our beautiful city. A stone’s throw away from The Dylan you will find the Jordaan, a lively neighbourhood with a rich history ‘ says Michael Wigman. ‘You can find many hofjes (courtyards) here, true hidden gems within the city, just like our very own secluded garden. We have gathered the most characteristic ones and will share our personal recommendations with you’.
Joeki Genet continues, ‘we also highly suggest to discover the fascinating history behind the gable stones in Amsterdam. Oh, and do visit one of the famous markets such as the Westerstraat market on Monday mornings, or the Lindengracht market on Saturdays whilst you’re here, they are still opened!’
For the foodies out there, we can also provide you with a food tour through the Jordaan. ‘We will share some of our treasured spots with you, as we have curated a list of our local favourites! Coffee at Saint Jean for example, or Wijmpjes Deli for the best sandwiches to-go. For some traditional Dutch highlights we’d gladly recommend the warm apple pie at Winkel 43 or herring at Van Katwijk‘ says Eddy Bierman.