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Insider Guide


Wake up to a new Amsterdam where design, fashion, and music connect to create an extraordinary dynamic for the city of canals.

Insider Guide Amsterdam

When in Amsterdam, You must

Know Before You Go

Follow our Party Spy through the twists and turns of W Amsterdam's film noir themed celebration for the opening of the BANK building.

W Amsterdam parties

Take your chances and see what's inside

Talk Like A Local

Know the slang from the streets.


[ɣɘ.'zɛl.ɪɣ.hɛɪt]) adj.
Cozy, sociable, convivial, social, intimate
Dat feest was super gezellig!

Neighborhoods to Explore

Find your way outside the city center to be drawn in by Amsterdam’s street life and its mesmerizing green parks. Hang out with locals and uncover each area’s very own character.

1. De Pijp

Immerse yourself in the eat-street of Amsterdam.

2. 9 Straatjes

Shop at the "9 little streets,” with a variety of independent boutiques selling authentic local and international brands.

3. Jordaan

Visit the Monday markets in the Jordaan and get lost in vintage heaven.

4. Dapperbuurt

Feast in the east at the Dappermarket, which offers bars, restaurants, and multicultural cuisines.

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Spuistraat 175, 1012 VN

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Scandinavian Embassy

Sarphatipark 34

Brew your way through to Scandinavian Embassy, where coffee is not just a commodity but a culture. Taste various brews from some of the finest coffee roasters in Europe. Get chopping and book one of their culinary courses this summer. Food will be flying, but the experience is well worth it.


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This is your go-to place for the perfect flat white!

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Mad Fox

Spuistraat 175 B

Run amuck through the rabbit hole to eventually escape the hungry fox. The secret passage to this exclusive underground club is in fact within the realm of W Amsterdam. Sleep all day because Thursday, Friday and Saturday the fox is out to play. The nocturnal sanctuary takes its creative vision from some of the finest clubs of New York and London.


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Come here on Saturday night for some House/Hip-Hop jams to dance the night away to.

amsterdam lighting stores


Prinsengracht 397

God said “Let there be light”… and then came 360Vollt. 360Volt has a unique concept of selling vintage and industrial designed lamps that have been restored and rewired from their original form, many pieces date back from the first half of the 1900s. This quirky number will light up your life.


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All their lamps can be fit with energy efficient bulbs!

blue print

Blue Print

Hoofdweg 6

Blue print studio gives you the opportunity to use old craft indigo dying practices in a contemporary way to recreate your own bespoke handmade prints, on buttons, wallpapers and fabrics. Get crafty and embrace Amsterdam’s denim heritage and culture.


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Check out their website for upcoming classes and workshops.

Either / Or

Amsterdam public parks



Van Baerlestraat & Vondelpark

Participate in one of the many different boot camps taking place at the biggest park of Amsterdam, the Vondelpark.

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Singel 460

Get ready for a once-in-a-lifetime dining experience combined with live entertainment and a party with electronic music and creative visuals.

Amsterdam Essentials


Everything you need for an escape to Amsterdam.

1. Fedora

Dress it up or down, a Borsalino is an all day accessory.

2. Denim Shorts

Your go-to uniform.

3. White Sneakers

Get a shoe that goes with everything and can go everywhere. Like Koio.

4. Picnic Blanket

Sit on the banks of the canal and see how the city passes by.

Spotted in Amsterdam

Amsterdam museum guide

Amsterdam Museum

Kalverstraat 92

A blend of old and new, the Amsterdam Museum focuses on the eclectic nature of the city, from historic exhibitions to interactive installations.

amsterdam photography museum


IJ Promenade 1

In a unique building, across the river in the upcoming area of Amsterdam Noord, EYE is part movie theater, part museum.

dutch food

Lt. Cornelis

Voetboogstraat 13

Enjoy a special Dutch meal in an atmospheric environment where all guests experience the absolute delights of the Dutch cuisine.

japanese food amsterdam


Albert Cuypstraat 2-6

Izakaya is one of the trendy hotspots, known for its fabulous Japanese cuisine.

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Bilderdijkstraat 158hs

This Asian-inspired restaurant offers street food dishes from all over Asia.

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G’s Brunch Boat

Goudbloemstraat 91 & Linnaeusstraat 88

Skip those touristy canal tours and join G’s Restaurant on their brunch boats to experience a different way to discover Amsterdam.

amsterdam seasonal cuisine

Guts & Glory

Utrechtsestraat 6

With a menu offering four to seven courses inspired by one seasonal product or cuisine, you know you’re getting the best from Guts & Glory.

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Bakers & Roasters

Eerste Jacob van Campenstraat 54

The place to go to if you love breakfast. Recipes from New Zealand and Los Angeles will make sure your day starts with a bang (or bangers).

amsterdam fashion


Spuistraat 172

The biggest shop for Dutch design, art and fashion in Amsterdam. This wonderful place is located in the Bank building of W Amsterdam.


Tenue de Nîmes

Elandsgracht 60 & Haarlemmerstraat 92-94

This heaven for denim lovers sells exclusive items hand-dyed in their shop. Perfect for that unique piece for your outfit.

amsterdam bookstore

Mendo’s bookstore

Berenstraat 11

Books at Mendo’s aren't only for reading, they are pieces of art. Search for visual beauty and inspiration in a great selection.

amsterdam fashion boutique

United Nude

Molsteeg 10

This big store hidden in a small alley offers a lot of amazing shoes that will make any outfit outstanding. It’s worth the hunt.

amsterdam party scene


Singel 460

A restaurant with very unique dinner shows that turns into a beautiful club. Monday nights are their best nights.

amsterdam club scene

De School

Dr. Jan van Breemenstraat 1

Amsterdam’s newest talk of the town, this club is located in an old school building that also hosts a restaurant, a café and a gym.

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Club ABE

Amstelstraat 30

A luxurious club next to the Rembrandtplein, ABE makes a perfect chic night out to explore Amsterdam’s nightlife.

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Reguliersdwarsstraat 42

Located at the gay quarters of Amsterdam, NYX is a great place to explore. See and be seen!

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Jimmy Woo Korte

leidsedwarsstraat 18

The interior here is out of this world. Worth a visit no matter if you’re out for a chill drink or a raging dance party.


Lead image by Milad Alizadeh