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Amsterdam

Alternative Amsterdam | Eccentric Short Films for the Soul
Aerial Art Around the World: From Snow to Sea
Sometimes you see art in galleries, other times you see it in nature and from the sky, these are manmade pieces of aerial art that leave one breathless.
Sir Albert Hotel
Housed within a converted diamond factory, the Sir Albert Hotel retains it's sparkling history, combining it with contemporary luxury and a location to write home about...
Royal Palace
This grand, imposing home of the royals looms over the hustle and bustle of the Dam Square. It'll come as no surprises that the interiors are splendid.
Amsterdam Museum
A fantastic museum in a city of museums, this one tells the story of Amsterdam from its humble origins in the 1200s to the present day.
De Luwte
Almost a Dutch cliché with a canal-side terrace with rickety tables and chairs, and an interior stocked with bare dark wood and art deco flourishes. Perfect for a sedate dinner.
The Movies
A restaurant inside a cinema, the best reason for coming here is the beautifully-preserved art deco interior. Food ain't half bad either.
Semhar
Restaurant Semhar serves East African flavours with a smile. It might not be in the nicest location, but the food is genuine and tasty.
Vermeer
A uniformly excellent eating experience, which, while it might not surprise, will most certainly satisfy.
Chocolate Bar
Perhaps surprisingly, the Chocolate Bar does not only serve chocolate and can make up a decent sandwich and a nice glass of wine.
Broodje Bert
Don't judge this little treasure from its exterior, instead, go in and have a bite of their sandwiches, which will power you all day.
Hampshire Hotel, Amsterdam American
The chain hotel experience, efficient and smooth, set in the monolithic grandeur of the Hotel American 's art-nouveau confines. Placed well for tourists.
Banks Mansion
A different way of doing hotel packages, this former bank's rates include all sorts of things that are normally charged separately in other hotels, such as in-room movies and a private bar.
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Cornelis Schuystraat
Slighty further out than other shops, Cornelis Schuystraat is beside the leafy green surrounds of Vondelpark.
Bilderdijkstraat
A quirky boutique can be found on this road selling vintage fashion, and of all the things, Barbie dolls.
Tropenmuseum
A well-respected anthropolocial museum set in the beautiful Oosterpark. Good reason to take a break from the centre of Amsterdam.
Rembrandthuis
The former residence of the artist Rembrandt, restored to what it might have looked like when the great man lived there, including many of his and his contemporaries sketches.
Dutch National Opera and Ballet
Home to both the national opera and ballet, this is the centre of high culture in Amsterdam and the country.
Hermitage Amsterdam
Linked with St. Petersburg's State Hermitage Museum, this place has an incredible collection of Russian art and works.
Het Concertgebouw
A concert hall with a century and a bit of experience and excellent acoustics. Home of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra.
Foam Fotografiemuseum
A gallery of photographic images, where the only linking theme seems to be artistic excellence. Let yourself be captured in frozen moments.
De Nieuwe Kerk
The New Church hosts not only national ceremonies but also offers a series of exhibitions on topics varying from art to anthropology.
Artis Zoo
A zoo! With animals of all shapes and sizes, and if you are so inclined, there is even a petting zoo.
Anne Frank Huis
The home of the famous diarist, this museum is a moving and poignant experience. Can get very busy, so plan your trip carefully.
Surprise Bar
This is a local club for local people and is as about as close as you will get to the true Dutch clubbing experience.
Sugar Factory
'A cutting edge multi-disciplinary night theatre.' Why don't you head on down and find out what that means?
Paradiso
Another well-known live music venue - check out the London's Calling nights if you are craving the sounds of the capital.
Panama
A major force in Amsterdam's club land, don't let the retro industrial exterior fool you, Panama is a slick, polished experience.
NL
A club that attracts the beautiful and famous, including some actors, musicians and Dutch football players. Good-looking crowd at a good-looking venue.
Jimmy Woo’s
East meets West at Jimmy's with a whole load of style. Beautiful, classy, and maybe just a tad smug.
Melkweg
One of the best-known venues in Amsterdam and a great place to mix raving to a visiting band and then dancing wildly to the club tunes.
Café De Duivel
This club celebrates everything to do with hip-hop, from Dutch Nederhop, to beats from around the rest of the world. A different rhythm from the rest of the city's clubs.
Club 8
You get a slightly younger, less polished feel from Club 8 than some of the other, bigger clubs.
Casa Rosso
If you must see a sex show in Amsterdam (and why else are you there really?) than Casa Rosso offers the least seedy and best-known location.
Bitterzoet
A place for people who love to dance, it gets quite sweaty in the club area. Plays an eclectic and intriguing range of music that will, eventually, suit all tastes.

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