A bucketlist of things every Amsterdammer and visitor ought to do in Amsterdam at least once in their lives: the Amsterdam Bucketlist. Popular and well-known must-dos, from the classic and refined, to the wild and new. Enough inspiration for a year full of fun things to do. Tick them off your Amsterdam Bucketlist one at a time. Too many to fit in a weekend, so you’ll always have a reason to return to Amsterdam. The following 62 things should belong on every Amsterdam Bucketlist if you ask us. Which ones did you tick off already?
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When in Amsterdam you want to tick off these 62 things
☐ Cycling along the canals: Nothing is better than cycling along the canals in Amsterdam. It still makes me happy every single day!
☐ Amsterdam Light Festival: During the winter, Amsterdam gets decorated by many different light artworks. Sail along through the canals to see all these beautiful artworks.
☐ Moco Museum: Another museum you have to visit at Museumplein is Moco museum. With art works of Banksy and more you will be entertaint.
Honthorststraat 20, Amsterdam
☐ WONDR Experience: For a the new Instagram sensation you have to visit WONDR experience. With a pool full of marshmellows, pink walls and many more insta-proof rooms you will take the best pictures.
Meeuwenlaan 88, Amsterdam- wondrexperience.com
☐ NDSM-Wharf: You’ll never get bored at NDSM-Wharf. Check out the website to see what’s happening these days.
☐ Museum of Bags & Purses: A museum you can’t miss in Amsterdam if you’re a lady is the Museum of Bags & Purses (Tassenmuseum Hendrikje). It’s small, but beautiful.
Herengracht 573, Amsterdam
☐ Street Art Tour: You can find a lot of street art in Amsterdam, so follow a street art tour and see everything at once.
☐ Cheese-tasting at Kef: Hmm, cheese. It doesn’t matter if you’re from The Netherlands or not, a cheese-tasting is something you should do at least once in your life and the one at Kef is simply the best.
Van der Pekplein 1, Amsterdam – abrahamkef.nl
☐ Gerard Doustraat: The street where everything happens in Amsterdam is the Gerard Doustraat. Just walk around and let your mind wonder.
☐ Haarlemmerstraat & Haarlemmerdijk: Shop till you drop. Shopping for two kilometers? Who says no to that?
☐ Clubben at De School: De School is a club with a 24-hours license and they’re pretty serious about it. You can dance all night and after that have breakfast in their restaurant.
Doctor Jan van Breemenstraat 1, Amsterdam – deschoolamsterdam.nl
☐ Van Gogh Museum: Another museum that you can’t miss on the Amsterdam Bucketlist is Van Gogh Museum. We’re pretty proud of it.
Museumplein 6, Amsterdam
☐ De Negen Straatjes (The Nine Streets): Shopping, eating, and wandering around while you take it all in, is what you can do in The Nine Streets. There’s also lots of nice places for lunch, like Libertine Café Café for example.
☐ Festival at Ruigoord: And go to our favorite festival: Georgie’s Wundergarten.
☐ On a boat with Koningsdag (King’s Day): The best way to party on Koningsdag is on a boat. Rent a boat with friends or just join others. Everything is possible on this special day.
☐ Museumnight: Museumnight is a night you won’t forget. Every year it’s a spectacle ’cause all the museums do everything they can to make it special. You’ll want to go there!
☐ FOAM: When you’re into photography go to FOAM. The exhibitions change regularly so you’ll always have a reason to visit Amsterdam.
Keizersgracht 609, Amsterdam
☐ Lookout at A’DAM Toren (Tower): There is a swing at the A’DAM Tower where you can see Amsterdam with a view. Even for the Amsterdammer it’s something for their Amsterdam Bucketlist. It’s so scary!
Overhoeksplein 1, Amsterdam
☐ Visit a café in Amsterdam’s Jordaan: In the Jordaan you can feel the real Amsterdam atmosphere. You need to go there at least once, so go!
☐ Amsterdam Museum: Tourist or not. Amsterdam is an impressive and special city. Go to the Amsterdam Museum and get to know the city.
Kalverstraat 92, Amsterdam
☐ Take the ferry to North: Take the ferry to North and go to one of these 14 restaurants.
☐ Rijksmuseum: Just like the Van Gogh Museum, the Rijks museum is also one to tick off of your Amsterdam Bucketlist. Have you ever been there?
Museumstraat 1, Amsterdam
☐ Have a picknick in one of the many parks Amsterdam has. Take your favorite snacks to go and go have a picknick in Vondelpark, Sarphatipark or Rembrandtpark.
☐ Dinner at the Vuurtoreneiland: Every winter and summer there’s a pop-up restaurant at Vuurtoreneiland and you really need to go there one time. It’s super special!
☐ Sail along the canals: Rent a boat with friends or book a spot on one of the canal tours at Central Station and see Amsterdam from the water. Oh Amsterdam, you’re so pretty!
☐ Take a stay-in-vacation own city: Nothing is better than a stay-in-vaction because you’re getting the feeling you’re actually on a vacation. Take a look at the best hotels in Amsterdam.
☐ Stedelijk museum: The Stedelijk Museum for modern, contemporary art and design is a museum to tick off as well. Rijksmuseum, Van Gogh Museum and Stedelijk museum are all located at Museumplein so you can tick them off all at once!
Museumplein 10, Amsterdam
☐ Eat stroopwafels (Syrup cookies) at the Albert Cuypmarkt: Dutchies are addicted to Stroopwafels. They’re so good! Especially the fresh, warm ones at the Albert Cuypmarkt.
☐ Join a festival at the NDSM-Wharf during summer time.
☐ Eat dinner at Rijsel: Go to Restaurant Rijsel in Amsterdam East for good and ‘affordable’ food. The menu changes regularly so you have a good enough reason to book a table more than once.
Marcusstraat 52, Amsterdam – rijsel.com
☐ Anne Frank Huis: Anne Frank, we all know her. But have you ever been in her home?
Prinsengracht 263 – 267, Amsterdam – annefrank.org
☐ Tropenmuseum: If you’re interested in nations, tribes and their culture, go to the Tropenmuseum.
Linneausstraat 1, Amsterdam
☐ Beer-tasting at a craft brewery: Beer-tasting, it’s something you don’t have to ask your boyfriend or friends twice. Cheers!
☐ Loetje: Loetje is the ‘beef king’ in Amsterdam, with different locations from the south of Amsterdam till the North.
Multiple locations, Amsterdam – loetje.com
☐ Local Goods Weekend Market: Once in a while you can go to the Local Goods Market where you can buy and taste products that are made in Amsterdam.
☐ Enjoy the view at Waterkant: Hmm, for a good summer feeling you need to go to the Waterkant. With bitterballs on the right and a cold beer on the left.
Marnixstraat 246, Amsterdam – waterkantamsterdam.nl
☐ With the Ferry to the HEM grounds, just outside the city of Amsterdam.
☐ Bowling at Club Knijn: Bowling is hot and is perfect for the Friday night with friends. It’s time to win!
Scheldeplein 3, Amsterdam – knijnbowling.nl
☐ Eat snacks out of a wall and ‘patat oorlog’ at FEBO on the Ferdinand Bolstraat: FEBO is the Dutch snack walhalla where you can get food out of a wall. A bit weird, but fun! They also sell bao buns now!
Ferdinand Bolstraat 89 (multiple stores), Amsterdam – febo.nl
☐ High Tea at the Waldorf: High tea? Yes please! Go to the Waldorf for the best afternoon tea in town.
☐ Eat Bitterballs: My guilty pleasure are bitterballs! They don’t really look that appetizing but, my god they’re so tasty. Order them for example at The Foodhallen, testing time!
☐ Barbecuing in the park: Get your friend together, do some groceries, and find a nice spot in Westerpark. Of course last year we would have mentioned Vondelpark here but that’s history. So let’s keep Westerpark clean before they do a BBQ ban there too!
☐ Go to a speak easy cocktailbar: How exciting is it to go to a discrete restaurant with a secret password?
☐ See or get a striptease at La Vie en Proost: La Vie en Proost is the best topless lap dance bar of Amsterdam. Don’t say no, you need to see it at least once. After that, walk around at the Wallen, you will find a lot of nice lunch and coffee places.
Bethlehemsteeg 23, Amsterdam – lavieamsterdam.nl
☐ Pisa Ice-cream: For the best Italian ice creams in town, you have to visit Pisa.
Scheldeplein 22, Amsterdam – Facebook page
☐ Go watercycling over the canals: Just like cycling or sailing along the canals, watercycling is also something you need to do at least once in Amsterdam. Try not to get wet!
☐ Eat fresh kibbeling (fried codd) at a fish stall at the Dappermarkt: Yum, kibbeling! Again, a Dutch snack that you need to taste. Get it at a market, where they’re as fresh as they can be.
☐ Hug goats at the Amsterdamse Bos: Not really yourself these days? Go to the Amsterdamse Bos and hug some goats. Who says no to that?
☐ Cycle through the Rijksmuseum tunnel: And yell of course!
☐ See Amsterdam from a rooftop: You want to see Amsterdam from above so go to one of the spots with a rooftop. Think of places like the W Hotel and The Volkshotel.
☐ Rollende Keukens (food truck festival): Yes, a food festival you absolutely can’t miss is de Rollende Keukens. And all the others as well actually…
How many did you already tick off of the Amsterdam Bucketlist?
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Our favourite hotels:
AFFORDABLE // €
☾ Generator Hostel: the best poshtel of the city located in a park.
☾ The Student Hotel: budget proof in trendy East.
☾ Het Volkshotel: affordable and with a cool rooftop bar.
☾ CitizenM: all you need is that XL bed (location near Amstel is great).
☾ Motel One: budget design hotel with locations at
COMFORTABLE // €€
☾ Hotel V: with two locations and a great restaurant, in the city center and East.
☾ Sir Adam: with the coolest view over Amsterdam.
☾ Sweets: a unique stay in former bridge houses.
☾ Park Plaza Vondelpark: located next to Vondelpark and beautifully renovated.
☾ Hotel Dwars: small scale around the corner of the trendy Utrechtsestraat.
☾ Pillows Anna van den Vondel: great hotel close to Vondelpark.
☾ Hotel Mercier: new hotel in the cosy and historic Jordaan district.
☾ INK Hotel: lifestyle hotel in the heart of the city.
☾ The Hoxton: favourite lifestyle hotel right on the canals.
☾ Morgan & Mees: boutique hotel in Amsterdam West.
☾ Conscious Hotel Westerpark: in a beautiful building at the industrial Westergas area.
☾ QO Amsterdam: eco design hotel with a great skybar.
TOP LUXURY // €€€
☾ Waldorf Astoria Amsterdam: if you have something to celebrate this is the one.
☾ Pulitzer Amsterdam: on the canals at the border of the Nine Streets and the Jordaan.
☾ L’Europe: this hotel has the best spa with a view in Amsterdam.
☾ Conservatorium Hotel: located in one of the most beautiful buildings in town.
☾ W Amsterdam: with great restaurants and a rooftop bar with swimming pool.
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I really hope you enjoy your time in Amsterdam! On my Instagram account @yourlbb you can find more recommendations and new hotspots in town.
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Anne de Buck