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Amsterdam is one of the coolest cities in Europe, with plenty of great options to enjoy the city and amazing sights to visit. Everybody knows about Van Gogh Museum, Heineken Experience, Anne Franke’s house. But are you in the know of the best canals to experience a true local boat ride, and avoid the tourist traps? What about the neighborhoods locals frequent? Skip Leidesenpleim and head to where the fancy shops and trendy restaurants are. If you appreciate this suggestion, check out our many other ones, as we explored Amsterdam so that we could give you the most amazing tips and suggest the less obvious experiences. Enjoy your stay in town!

Forget about those infamous small white glass-ceiling boats with lots, and lots, of tourists. We highly recommend a tailor made experience, as private canal boat rides can take you to the very small canals only locals know about and make stops at excellent restaurants for lunch or dinner. There are private tours where in-vessel food service is offered. We suggest an evening ride in a… Read more »

You would not be able to say you had a true Amsterdam experience if you did not ride a bike. Spring and summer are especially good for that, but you will see locals riding around in all temperatures, rain or shine, from pleasant summers to harsh winters. The city is flat, which makes for an easy ride. Pedal along the canals or in the many… Read more »

Considered one of the most beautiful showcases of flowers in the world, the Keukenhof gardens are usually open from the end of March until mid-May, when you can see flowers at full blossom. Enjoy the breathtaking sight of the fields of tulips outside the garden, with astounding colors which will likely stay with you for years to come. Tulips are the absolute highlight, but Keukenhof… Read more »

We highly recommend visiting some neighborhoods that have more of a local residential feel and are a lot less touristic. You can stroll unhurriedly along canals and streets, simply absorbing the atmosphere and enjoying the day, eating, drinking, people watching and shopping. Affluent Nine Streets and Jordaan are the elegant high fashion areas where you will find lavish shops, fine restaurants and high-end hotels. If… Read more »

In our view a true traveling experience to a destination must include a visit to a street market and places locals go to.  Even though you will see a few tourists around the Albert Cuyp area, you will soon realize this open-air market caters mostly to locals looking to buy food, books, clothes or to eat and drink a beer in one of its 300… Read more »