This week our wonderful Dutch team, Sebastiaan, Lotte and Stefanie, have put together a selection of their favourite art destinations to help you explore the culture in the capital of The Netherlands.
This is a great thing to do if you’re brand new to the city. After you’ve arrived, head to Citinerary to meet a local for a chat about life in the city over a coffee. We’ll share our knowledge of the city, give you valuable insights and tell you all about the places we like!
It will help you experience Amsterdam as a local citizen, get to know your way around and find out what’s happening while you’re here. The people you meet at Citinerary won’t plan your weekend, instead they’ll give you suggestions and options to choose from.
The newly re-opened Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam’s Museumplein is huge and very impressive. It’s as big as the Hermitage in St Petersburg, or the Louvre in Paris, so you do need to give yourself a few hours to see it properly.
We could spend hours and hours in there, it’s such a colossal masterpiece! Room after room full of magnificent paintings and other arts. Everything in there was spot on and all the facilities are great too. If you’re interested in art history, and especially in the Dutch Masters, then you won’t be disappointed.
Eye Film Institute
The new Eye is really worth visiting if you’re into films. There are always interesting exhibits, screenings of ‘classic’ and modern films, and the amazing cybershark-type building dominates the northern waterfront and really is worth the free ferry ride in itself.
On the banks of the IJ river, after a 15 minute ferry ride you can discover another new exciting cultural spot. The NDSM wharf is a raw industrial area, a market place for vintage hunters, a home for students, and a shelter for creatives.
If you love street art this is the place to find the work of calligraffiti artist Niels ‘Shoe‘ Meulman and other renowned names like Bustart, Karski, KBTR, and Israeli artist Broken Fingaz. The artwork of deceased Amsterdam graffiti ‘king’ Artic is still there, as are newer tributes to his work. Enjoy!
It’s also a great place to find second hand items, vintage clothes, and retro design, especially at the IJ-hallen flee market. Once you’ve taken in the art and hunted round the market, grap a bite to eat at Noorderlicht (for the best views!) or at the new city beach PLLEK.
Tolhuistuin – Amsterdam Noord
De Tolhuistuin is one of those hidden gems you shouldn’t miss when visiting Amsterdam. It aims to be a free space for arts and culture, and they host a wide programme of music, theatre, dance, visual arts, media and literature. Tolhuistuin is located on the former science campus of Shell at the IJ river bank, opposite the central station.
Breakfast has long been thought of as the most important meal of the day, and indeed it is the moment we all start our day with. A typical Dutch breakfast consists of a few slices of bread (Boterham) topped with cheese (Kaas), chocolate sprinkles (Hagelslag) and cold slices of meat, accompanied by a mug of milk, orange juice, tea or coffee.
To sample a real Dutch breakfast, you can do no better than Bakkerswinkel for a delicious start to your day!