We spent a weekend in Amsterdam


Visiting the capital of the Netherlands? Follow the (city) guide!

Where do we have lunch?

“Extravagant but modest, cosmopolitan but familiar” is how Mr Porter describes itself, a trendy food hot spot where the Dutch capital’s hype crowd, Ajax Amsterdam players who have come to feast incognito and local fashionistas meet. A stylish grill with large windows to see and be seen that also offers a number of veggie-friendly alternatives, from oven-roasted artichokes to signature foccacia and succulent courgette carpaccio.

Where do we sleep?

If you’re going to be a tourist cliché, you might as well play it safe. We’ll book our stay at the Estherea, a jewel of a boutique hotel nestled in a UNESCO heritage building dating from the 17th century. Located on the Singel, one of the city’s oldest canals, this ultra Instagrammable venue is only 300 metres from the famous Dam Square. With 91 rooms and suites of unique and colourful designs, this confidential spot that regulars pass on to each other under the cloak feels like a Wes Anderson movie set. All this at affordable prices, with rates per night starting at just over 100 euros.

A must do and a must see!

After the inevitable cruise along the canals, which you can go up and down as you please, you head for the 9 Straatjes (9 lanes) district, which is full of thrift shops and stylish bars. A maze of picturesque little streets filled with cutting-edge art galleries and places devoted to fashion and design, perfect for a shopping trip that is out of the ordinary.

Looking for a fun cultural break?

Head to the MOCO Museum, the modern art headquarters in the heart of Museumplein. It’s an opportunity to experience its XXL immersive installations and (re)discover works by Andy Warhol, Jeff Koons, Keith Haring, KAWS and JR.

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