In contrast to the popular notion of Amsterdam as a hotspot for British stag parties and youthful tourists, the city has transformed into a sophisticated, relaxed cultural center. With its extraordinary art scene, envy-inducing boutiques, and restaurants serving innovative, seasonally inspired cuisine, Amsterdam offers a refined experience beyond stereotypes. Thanks to its compact size, you can explore its highlights in just three days, and the new Eurostar route from central London makes it easily accessible in approximately four hours by train.

Accommodations: Choose the quirky-chic Pulitzer Amsterdam, a collection of 25 canal houses in the trendy Nine Streets neighborhood, offering rooms in vibrant jewel tones and a central garden. Alternatively, opt for the historic Hotel 717, a 19th-century mansion turned boutique hotel on Prinsengracht canal, exuding aristocratic charm. In the Museum Square district, the Conservatorium Hotel, a former music conservatory, combines contemporary style with proximity to major art museums.

Day 1: Take a Boat Tour

Discover Amsterdam’s canal-laden landscape, often referred to as “the Venice of the north.” Sloep Delen provides self-driven 12-seater electric boats, or indulge in a captained “saloon boat” experience from Rederij Belle for a sunset cocktail cruise. Glide past the Centrum borough, including the red light district and iconic coffee shops, and wrap up the day with dinner at De Kas in Frankendael Park, an exquisite greenhouse restaurant serving seasonally inspired cuisine.

Day 2: Explore Major Museums

Immerse yourself in the rich Dutch artistic legacy with a full day dedicated to major art museums. Begin at the Rijksmuseum, housing an extensive collection of Dutch paintings. Savor lunch at the Michelin-starred Rijks restaurant before exploring the contemporary collections at the Stedelijk Museum and the Van Gogh Museum. For a relaxed dinner, head to the Conservatorium Brasserie and Lounge, offering a mix of Mediterranean and international dishes.

Day 3: Mix History and Boutiques in the Jordaan and the Nine Streets

Commence your day at the Anne Frank House for a historical perspective. Then, explore the Jordaan and Nine Streets neighborhoods, reminiscent of the West Village or Notting Hill. Stroll through boutiques such as Terra Iberisch Aardewerk, Bij Ons Vintage, and De Weldaad. Conclude your Amsterdam adventure with dinner at the intimate Balthazar’s Keuken, known for its family-style tasting menu and local charm.


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