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Top Amsterdam Food and Experiences

Updated: Jun 25

Discovering Amsterdam's Unique Charms

Amsterdam has been beckoning sailors, merchants, and travelers for years with its vibrant blend of history, culture, and modern flair.

It is nestled amidst the picturesque canals of The Netherlands, and is is well worth adding to your bucket list.

I was very fortunate to visit this vibrant city during the ASTA River Cruise Expo in March 2024, and I can't wait to share some snippets of this unique place with you.


Experience Cultural Marvels and Artistic Wonders

Amsterdam is a treasure trove of cultural gems waiting to be discovered.

Dive into the world of Dutch masters at the Rijksmuseum or immerse yourself in the brilliance of Vincent van Gogh at the Van Gogh Museum.

Delve into Amsterdam's rich history and cultural heritage at iconic landmarks like the Anne Frank House.

And don't forget to step into the past at the Rembrandt House Museum for an intimate look into the life of a legendary artist. Did you know he died a poor man?


Tulips, Canals, and Biking Bonanza

Springtime in Amsterdam bursts with color as tulips blanket the city in a kaleidoscope of hues.

Cruise along the iconic canals for a front-row seat to Amsterdam's architectural wonders.

And for the adventurous souls, hop on a bike and explore the city like a local, weaving through bustling streets and charming neighborhoods.

Be sure to look both ways when crossing any street!


Coffee Cafes or Coffeeshops?

Amsterdam coffee culture includes a distinctive option: the renowned "coffeeshops."

These establishments offer a relaxed atmosphere where visitors can enjoy a variety of cannabis products alongside their beverages.

If you're simply looking for a “Cup of Joe”, you'll need to visit a "koffie café" instead!

Whether you're sipping on espresso or sampling Dutch delicacies, Amsterdam's coffee culture is sure to delight.


Retail Therapy and Souvenir Splendor

Indulge your inner shopaholic in Amsterdam's eclectic shopping scene.

From trendy boutiques in Jordaan to the bustling markets of Albert Cuyp, there's no shortage of treasures waiting to be discovered.

Whether you're hunting for high-end fashion or quirky souvenirs, Amsterdam has it all.

(I should have bought that tulip leather purse!)


Dutch Food - Culinary Delights and Flavorful Treats

Prepare your taste buds for a delicious adventure in Amsterdam!

Enjoy savory pancakes at a local pancake house or indulge in a multicultural smorgasbord at De Foodhallen.

From traditional Dutch treats to international flavors, Amsterdam's dining scene is a feast for the senses!

I could hardly choose what to order - so many options.

The Dutch really enjoy salted black licorice (personally - eww)!


Dutch Food - Culinary Delights and Flavorful Treats

Amsterdam has a vibrant street art scene!

Wander through neighborhoods like Jordaan and NDSM (this translates to "Netherlands dock and shipbuilding company" in Dutch).

Marvel at larger-than-life murals and colorful graffiti that adorn the walls, showcasing the creativity and diversity of Amsterdam.

STRAADT Museum is a hidden gem and a must-see. Here is jsut a sample of this outstanding artwork!

Amsterdam offers visitors unforgettable experiences at every turn.

Consider seeing this city before you embark on a river cruise through The Netherlands, Germany and Brussels.

At the very least, add Amsterdam to your wish list and prepare to be captivated by its charm, beauty and timeless allure!

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Deb Pentek


Deb Pentek is the Owner / Travel Agent of Vacation Memories by Deb, LLC. She is a member of ASTA, the American Society of Travel Advisors and CLIA, Cruise Lines International Association. Born and raised on the east coast, she relocated to the Chicago area with her family. She and her husband have enjoyed traveling with their two (now adult) children, from Disney to Europe, South America, Africa and Japan. She and her husband now travel together to check off their never-ending bucket list. Deb's extensive travel has taught her much, and she loves booking exciting trips and sharing travel tips for her clients. She strives to create amazing vacation memories to last a lifetime.

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