A classic destination for anyone visiting Europe – there are tonnes of amazing things to do in Amsterdam!

It is lively, beautiful, easy to navigate and full of history, making it the perfect weekend break or country to visit whilst travelling around the continent.

I have been to Amsterdam twice and, over those two trips, have experienced a lot of what the city has to offer.

Here are 10 things to do in Amsterdam that I loved whilst visiting!

Explore A Museum Dedicated To Cats

Kattenkabinet was one of my favourite things to do in Amsterdam and was probably one of the highlights of my second trip. I love animals (who doesn’t) and so I was drawn to the museum that is devoted to all kinds of artwork of cats, from paintings to sculptures and more.

The museum boasts rooms upon rooms of cat memorabilia as well as a garden and even has some actual cats roaming around.

A room in Kattenkabinet with a cat sleeping on the table. Top things to do in Amsterdam, cat museum.
A photo of one of the rooms in Kattenkabinet with a cat sleeping on the table.

It is a genuinely joyful place and is so interesting and surreal to explore.

Eat A Fresh Stroopwaffle

There is nothing tastier than a fresh stroopwaffle and it is a must to try one when in Amsterdam.

I have to admit that I cheated a bit with this one as I got my fresh stoopwaffle in Rotterdam, but it was so good! I ordered it with Nutella and it was probably the best thing I ate on the whole trip.

Stroopwaffle and Coffee by Andrew Crookston via WikiMedia

There are a bunch of places that you can get stroopwaffles in Amsterdam – some good ones I have been recommended are:

Visit Amsterdam’s Red Light District

The Red Light District is possibly one of the most famous things to do in Amsterdam and it would be hard to visit without exploring it at least a little!

To see what I got up to when I visited the Red Light District check out my Amsterdam photo diary!

Street art depicting the red light district, one of the top things to do in Amsterdam. 3 women standing in windows.
Street art depicting the Red Light District.

There are a whole host of museums and walking tours that help you to get to grips with the history behind the district and provide you with more information than you could have ever imagined.

Go On A Bike Tour Of The City

There isn’t quite anything as iconic as the bicycle in Amsterdam so what better way to see the city than on one.

I always find group tours to be one of the best ways to learn about a city, especially one I am new to, though I am usually drawn to walking tours. Amsterdam, however, has incredible infrastructure in place to ride a bike around the city, to the point that it may be preferable to travelling on foot.

I find that guides tend to know the best spots and are able to answer any budding questions you may have about your new environment.

Even if you aren’t a fan oF organised tours, I would still highly recommend renting a bike and using that to see the city!

Browse A Shop That Sells Model Condoms

Condomerie is the worlds first store that specialises in condoms.

I had a browse around the store during my second trip to Amsterdam and became obsessed with the wide variety of hand-painted models they had in store. From animals to people or windmills, they have it all. The models range in size and price depending on complexity and are just fascinating to look at.

Needless to say they are for decoration and not for their initially intended use…

Whilst Condomerie is not a tourist attraction but a small business, it is home to some incredibly unique souvenirs to help you remember your time in Amsterdam. From novelty condom wrappers to intricate condom models, there is something for everyone, no matter the space you have left in your suitcase.

Learn About (And Taste) The Local Gin

One of the things that I stumbled on accidentally in Amsterdam is the House of Bols, a museum dedicated to the local gin. Despite not having known of the existence of this museum until we got there, it quickly became one of my favourite things to do in Amsterdam.

From a free shot in a sensory room to a room dedicated to teaching you how the beverage is made, there is a tonne of unique information to take in that went beyond my expectations of what we would experience in the museum.

Amsterdam House of Bols by Chris via Flickr.com

Plus, there is a cocktail bar at the end!

Get A Hot Snack From A Vending Machine

I hate to say it but when I finally visited one of the many FEBO stores to get my very own croquette I… didn’t like it.

I’m sorry! I’ve never really been a fan of most fried food and the croquette was no exception.

I did however, really enjoy the uniqueness of the experience and my boyfriend definitely enjoyed it enough to finish my own as well as his so I don’t think the food itself is bad.

FEBO by Gabe McIntyre, via Flickr

When in Amsterdam, I highly recommend giving it a try for the novelty of it. Just maybe, if you are like me And dislike fried food, go for the french fries instead.

Browse Some Contemporary Art

One of the absolutely incredible things about Amsterdam is that it is home to some absolutely incredible art. From Van Gogh to the Rijksmuseum, there is plenty to satiate the budding art critic inside us all.

However, on my second trip to Amsterdam we stumbled across a museum that advertised a Banksy exhibit and, for those who don’t know, I really admire Banksy, his work, and his ethos.

This museum was the Moco Museum and it genuinely blew any expectations I had out of the water.

There were so many fantastic exhibits from paintings to models to interactive pieces in the courtyard outside. There was even a whole room full of purple balls!

The Moco Museum was not something that I have heard about prior to my trip to Amsterdam but it was a very fun experience and is a great way to spend an afternoon!

Visit The Windmills At Zaanse Schans

On my first trip to Amsterdam I went on a fantastic day trip to see the Windmills at Zaanse Schans. The trip I went on included a visit to a cheese makers and a clog factory and it was genuinely fascinating.

The windmills were definitely the highlight of the trip.

When I picture The Netherlands, Windmills are definitely something that come to mind and that is part of the reason that it was so magical seeing them up close.

If you are looking for an excuse to get out of the city, this is definitely a trip worth taking to see a bit more of the countryside.

Swing Over The Edge Of A Hotel

The thing that I was most excited to do when I visited Amsterdam was to swing over the city from the A’dam Lookout at A’dam Tower.

The tower is home to a sky bar and some absolutely stunning views so there is plenty to do whilst you wait for your time slot.

We visited at sunset so that it would be a bit more romantic, however it is worth noting that, once it gets dark, they no longer take professional photographs and so, if you want to have photos of the experience, you will have to give your phone to whoever is in line behind you.

A’dam Tower was definitely the most memorable thing I have done whilst in Amsterdam and it comes highly recommended.

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8 Comments

  1. Going in a bike tour is something that I would really like to do. I really can’t wait to be able to travel again! Thankyou for sharing x

  2. I was supposed to go here this April but couldn’t because of what happened around the world. I really wish to travel here soon, your post makes it look so inviting xx

  3. Amsterdam is still one of my favourite cities and I have so many fond memories – it was kinda wild haha. I had nooo idea there was a cat museum- I feel ripped off haha x

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