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Make no mistake: despite its small size, Amsterdam packs a density of attractions that keeps even us locals on our toes. These "Best of" lists are here to help visitors make sense of it all, and zero in on the top museums, landmarks, restaurants, bars, clubs and other destinations that will appeal most to them.
  1. Best of the Basics
  2. Best of Amsterdam Attractions
  3. Best of Amsterdam Restaurants
  4. Best Places to Shop

Best of the Basics

Start from scratch with our "Best of the Basics": when to visit -- tulip season? New Year's Eve?; where to sleep -- from cheap-and-cheerful hostels to five-star hotels; and the top attractions no traveler should miss while in Amsterdam.

Best of Amsterdam Attractions

Experience the best of what the capital has to offer: celebrated museums, picturesque squares and canals, popular clubs and live music venues, and of course, cannabis coffeeshops. Local favorites and world-renowned institutions form a harmonious whole here in Amsterdam.

Best of Amsterdam Restaurants

These favorite restaurants, cafes and specialty food stores will prove that Amsterdam really is underrated as a culinary destination. From native comfort foods to international cuisines to artisanal specialties, it's all here.

Best Places to Shop

From the monumental Bijenkorf department store on Dam Square, to the exclusive P.C. Hooftstraat near the Vondelpark, to the slew of independent boutiques that line the "Nine Streets", Amsterdam has some terrific places to shop and browse.

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