One of our favorite bloggers and travel aficionados, Selena from @finduslost, is back with her second travel installment. Today she is weighing in on one of her favorite recent travel destinations—Amsterdam, Netherlands. Selena will be sharing what to see, eat, and wear if you’re headed to this enchanting city. Keep scrolling to see her complete travel guide…

The complete travel guide to Amsterdam

Hi everyone! Selena here. My last travel guide featured what to do in Mykonos, and now I’m sharing tips for one of my favorite late-summer early-fall destinations: Amsterdam.

Amsterdam is one of my favorite places in the world. The city is downright charming, and there are endless things to see and do. If you’re visiting around summertime, you can expect everyone to be outside—sipping coffee overlooking the canals, barbequing at the Vondelpark, or biking around the city. In the colder months, locals trade outdoor seating for cozy cafés and bars or ice-skating in the square. There’s so much to love about Amsterdam, but my favorite is the people. Diverse and friendly, they make this trendy city feel like home. Something tells me after visiting, you’ll fall in love with it too…

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Amsterdam architecture

Where to Stay

The Hoxton Hotel – Set in classic Amsterdam canal houses, The Hoxton hosts weekly events and has a trendy bar that’s worth visiting even if you aren’t staying the night.

The cutest Amsterdam dinerThe bar at The Hoxton hotel.

Dikker & Thijs Fenice Hotel – This hotel’s central location overlooking the Prinsengracht canal is perfect for exploring the city.

Airbnb – There are endless gems to be found on Airbnb. Besides the main canals of Amsterdam, more budget-friendly neighborhoods like the Jordaan and De Pijp are great options.

The cutest place to catch up in AmsterdamAirbnb is perfect for finding places to stay on the canals.

Where to Eat

De Carrousel – Head here for a traditional Dutch pannenkoek (think open-faced crepe). They come in sweet and savory flavors. Don’t forget to end your meal with a plate of poffertjes.

Pluk – Perfect for an afternoon cup of coffee or sandwich. Browse their selection of swoon-worthy items for sale while you’re waiting.

View from the balcony in PlukView from the balcony in Pluk.

Foodhallen – Can’t decide what to eat? The Foodhallen has everything from Vietnamese spring rolls to traditional Dutch bitterballen. Order the Yuzu cake from Petit Gâteau, it’s such a treat!

Interior of FoodhallenThe interior of the Foodhallen.

Lombardo’s– Arguably the best burger in town, Lombardo’s is perfect for a quick and satisfying meal. Try the lamb burger, it’s truly mouth-watering.

Sweet Cup – This is easily my favorite laid-back café to grab a latte. The coffee beans are hand-roasted by the owners daily. Don’t forget to say hi to ‘Sjef’, their basset hound!

Interior of Sweet Cup, AmsterdamThe interior of Sweet Cup is so cozy.

Buffet van Odette – Situated on the corner overlooking Prinsengracht canal, Buffet van Odette serves rotating seasonal dishes and is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Tip: Reserve a table outside for dinner with a view!

Buffet van OdetteOutdoor seating at Buffet van Odette.

Where to Drink

Bo Cinq – Amsterdam loves its gin and tonics, and this traditional-turned-contemporary brasserie serves some of the best. Luckily their bar is also fully stocked for every taste!

Brouwerij ‘t IJ – Located next to a windmill, this brewery with lots of outdoor seating is perfect for a sunny day.

Amsterdam beer breweryBrouwerij ‘t IJ brews their own beer and hosts tours.

Vyne – This spot is great for a glass of wine pre-dinner. They also have a very reasonable flight if you’re feeling indecisive (like me).

Where to Shop

Gerard Doustraat – Dotted with cute boutiques selling clothes, accessories and gifts, this street in De Pijp is exceptionally quaint. Tip: Head down Eerste van der Helststraat afterwards for lunch.

The 9 Streets – Filled with trendy shops and restaurants and the occasional vintage store, this neighborhood is a must-see in Amsterdam.

Unique finds in AmsterdamDe Weldaad on the 9 Streets is full of unique finds.

Nearby Dam Square – Start at the Dam Square and wind south on Kalverstraat. For a pick-me-up, grab a softijs (soft serve ice cream) at HEMA. It won’t disappoint.

Where to Go

Albert Cuypmarket – Open every day except Sunday, this outdoor market has everything from clothes and shoes, to flowers and home goods. Don’t forget to grab a warm stroopwafel (Dutch caramel-filled waffle cookie) for a pick-me-up between stalls!

Vondelpark – Bike, walk, or picnic at this park below Amsterdam’s canal district. It’s full of beautiful bridges, canals, and the occasional restaurant.

Bridge over water in AmsterdamA bridge over the water in Amsterdam’s Vondelpark.

Red Light District – Besides being home to the world famous red-curtained brothels, the Red Light District is one of the oldest parts of Amsterdam. My advice? Start at the Oude Kerk (Old Church) and just wander.

Bloemenmarkt – Get your flower fill at Amsterdam’s Bloemenmarkt (Flower Market).

What to Do

Take a canal ride. There’s no better way to see the city and learn about its history than cruising through the picturesque canals.

Visit the Hortus Botanicus. One of the oldest botanical gardens in the world, the Hortus Botanicus is perfect for an afternoon stroll. Grab lunch nearby at De Plantage Don’t forget your camera!

Exploring the Hortus Botanicus, AmsterdamExploring the Hortus Botanicus.

Tour the Anne Frank Huis. If I had to pick one tourist attraction to see, it would definitely be the newly renovated Anne Frank Huis. It’s a humbling and fascinating visit. Book tickets in advance, it fills up fast.

Visit the Rijksmuseum and the Van Gogh Museum – The Rijksmuseum itself is a masterpiece. The Van Gogh Museum hosts the world’s largest collection of his work and is just a stone’s throw away, so make a day of it!

What to Bring

An Umbrella. The Netherlands is notorious for rain and unpredictable weather.
A Scarf. But really – see above.
Floral-print anything. Flower-lined canals call for inspired floral design.

Paper Crown spotted in Amsterdam

Paper Crown top spotted in Amsterdam

And there you have it! If it wasn’t before, I hope Amsterdam is at the top of your travel bucket list. Now all you need is a bike…

What’s your favorite city to explore?

Let us know in the comments below!

xo, Selena
@finduslost

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  • I’ve always wanted to go to Amsterdam. Great travel guide!

    xo, Carey
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  • Cassidy Short

    LOVE this post! Amsterdam is so beautiful; the Van Gogh museum is absolutely incredible, and The Pantry is a great spot for fondue 🙂

    xoxo
    Cassidy

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  • Ida

    Such a lovely city and even lovelier pictures!! Cannot wait to travel there for my birthday next month!!!!! 😀

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  • Miriam

    Well Lauren. When you come to Amsterdam please open a shop there. Or even better. Open one in the 5 biggest city’s.

  • juliette

    So nice to read this article when you are dutch haha 🙂

  • Kimberly Ann

    I would love to visit Amsterdam one day!

    Kim

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  • Love this! Amsterdam is one of my favorite cities in Europe, it’s been years since I visited and have been plotting a return trip. Hopefully I’ll make it back soon!

    xo Bree
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  • Seriously, it’s like your going through my list of top places I want to visit in order! Greece happens to be number one on my list, and second is Amsterdam. xx

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  • This is amazing.
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  • AM

    even better places in Holland to visit are Breda and ‘S-Hertogenbosch 🙂

  • Hayleyanne coltman

    Can’t wait to go!!

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    x

  • These photos are stunning! I can’t wait to take a trip there!
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  • Ah Amsterdam ! I been to there twice and I did fall in love with this beautiful city!
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  • Amy Coles

    All these place look stunning, I’d love to go!

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  • Amsterdam looks so lovely <3 🙂 I'd love to visit one day too! Thank you so much for sharing all of these great spots to visit!

    XO, Elizabeth T.
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  • Anma of The European Look

    Amsterdam <3 Your photos are so great, they are so pretty! I used to live in the Netherlands, the people are the most friendly and open-minded I know. Great post!

    Anma
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  • Michelle

    Never expected to see Amsterdam on this site! I am from Amsterdam, but I didn’t even know about some places, so thanks!

    XO

  • amamato11

    Cora’s on Prinsengracht had some great sandwich options for my fellow vegetarians, or anyone looking for lighter fare. They were inexpensive too, about 5-6 euro. Perfect to pick up and eat on the go (*there’s no seating).

  • Jessica

    These wanderlust take me there travel articles are just marvelous; from Greece to Amsterdam I am sooo ready to travel! These are beautiful places and out of all the places I would like to go Amsterdam seems like a permanent home place for me I know I would just love it there!

  • Amazing guide to a great and a must visit city! thanks for sharing the awesome tips!

  • Will be going back to Amsterdam in December, can’t wait
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  • Oh wow. These photos are out of this world!

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  • Anna

    Great useful guide and amazing photos. Thanks for the tips, never been to Amsterdam, but it is on my travel bucket list.
    XO
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  • Leah

    If you want to slightly overindulge in the ice cream department when you’re near Dam square, you should visit Van der Linde instead of HEMA (across the street from HEMA on the Nieuwendijk), Van der Linde mixes softijs with whipped cream its ridiculously delicious.

  • I’ve been wanting to visit Amsterdam for years! I love this little guide – the botanical garden looks absolutely amazing!

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  • Laure

    Love from the Netherlands! If you’re in Amsterdam I would strongly recommend to visit Utrecht too, it’s only half an hour with the train and as beautiful and lovely as Amsterdam (with less tourists). X

  • Kristen Casey

    Heading to Amsterdam in 2 weeks and found this post to be so helpful with my planning!!