Where to eat
This Pirate Radio turned restaurant is located in a towering sea rig in the harbour of Amsterdam. You can dine at 22 metres above the water in the former home of a former pirate Radio Station. Named, not after the American rock band, but the REM law that shut down the station in the 60s. The restaurant is now one of Amsterdam’s most unique. Cosy in October, the restaurant is open for lunch and three-course evening meals.
Vegetarians and Vegans, look away. Meat eaters, you’re safe to continue. Head along Albert Cuypastraat in de Pijp and you’ll come across The Butcher. In case you’re in any doubt, there’s a life-sized cow hanging upside down in the window. On its surface, The Butcher is a perfectly good, casual burger joint. However, the restaurant also cancels an unusual secret, only for those in the know. You’ll need a password to unlock The Butcher’s secrets – seek and ye shall find…
Brighten up your instagram feed in the sweetshop-hued interior of Mama Kelly. The pink-on-pink with gold accents provides the flamboyant setting for a restaurant with a surprisingly simple menu, primarily based around chicken or lobster prepared with a selection of flavour combinations. There are great vegetarian dishes too, and of course, some tempting dessert options.
Top tourist attractions
Take a tour behind the scenes at the Heineken Factory!
The Heineken Experience is a brand experience within Heineken’s oldest brewery, in the heart of Amsterdam. In 1988, the former brewery closed down due to global growth and today, the historical building serves as a venue where you can learn all about Heineken heritage, the brewing process and their (sometimes crazy) innovations, sponsoring and the story behinf the star. You’ll also learn about the best way to taste and enjoy yout Heineken beer. You’ll even learn how to pull the perfect pint!
Red Light District Walking Tour
The walking tour is the safest and most fun way to discover this world-famous attraction. The notorious and lively neighbourhood attracts millions of travellers every year and is well worth a visit. Over the two-hour guided tour, you’ll be taken through the district and it includes free admission Red Light Secrets.
Visit the coolest bar in Amsterdam! You will enter the cosy and relaxing lounge bar, with a nice warm temperature where you can grab a drink or some delicious food. But don’t be fooled, in the back you’ll find a separate space, the Xtracold Icebar. In here, temperatures plummet to less than -10°c! Don’t worry though, you won’t freeze…the friendly staff are on hand to offer you special clothing that will withstand the extreme temperature.
Take your experience further and immerse yourself in their 4D Ice Experience with beautiful status and a fully working bar, made completely of ice!
There is more fun to be had…
Glow in the Dark Mini Golf
Everything in this indoor miniature golf course on Prinshendrikade glows with a florescent gleam befitting a 1980s science fiction movie – think Stranger Things. There are 15 neon holes to conquer inside which are surrounded by tripped out obstacles.
Geek out at TonTon Club
Both TonTon Clubs in Amsterdam feature around 20 classic coin-op video game machines that date back to the golden era of arcades. There are some real gems inside including Time Crisis II, Bishi Bashi Special and of course, several 90s fighter games like Mortal Combat or Street Fight. Oh, and did we mention they have a bar?!
Ride the Over the Edge Swing
If you’ve been to Amsterdam, you may have noticed the red, metal contraption jutting off the top of the Toren? Well, that’s the Over the Edge Swing – a 80ft high suspended swing that dangles above Amsterdam’s northern dockland. While the ride certainly isn’t for the faint hearted, it does offer one of the best panoramas over Amsterdam.
Where to shop
Just a five minute walk from Amsterdam’s Central Station, Dam Square is a fashion lover’s paradise. On the surrounding shopping streets, international clothing brands from Topshop to Monki boast spacious showrooms – and for a little taste of luxury, head into De Bijenkorf, one of the city’s largest department stores and home to the likes of Ralph Lauren and Chanel.
If antiques and art are more your thing, Amsterdam’s Spiegelkwartier is an absolute must. Offering over 70 independent galleries and specialised dealers to choose from, the district is a treasure-trove of unique pieces to add to your collection. And with cosy cafés and casual eateries on almost every corner, why not make a day of it?
For a one of a kind shopping experience, head towards the Singel Canal to visit the world’s only floating flower market. Founded in 1862, the market evokes Amsterdam’s shopping heritage – and bursting full of bouquets, bulbs and traditional souvenirs, it is one of the most colourful, fragrant places in the city: the perfect addition to your holiday photo album.