I shared my thoughts on Amsterdam in a previous post, but I have to admit there are couple of things one can do in this city, outside from smoking weed. I learned about these things after I returned from Amsterdam, when I talked to a friend who used to live in Amsterdam. He was born in UK and moved to Netherlands at 2 years old. He left Amsterdam at 29, but he was a local for most of his life. After chatting to him, here is my list of top 5 things to do in Amsterdam.
Explore the city by bike
I got hit by bikes, which are everywhere, but apparently the only way to explore the city is by bike. Rent one locally and then dive into the huge cycling pool that is Amsterdam. From what I saw, the city has amazing bike paths, so everything you need to do is to make sure you don’t crash into another biker.
The famous canal cruise
Because the city is called the Netherlands’ Venice you have to take a canal cruise. Just make sure you can sit comfortably, as most boats have a tight space between the rows. There are multiple types of boats you can choose from and some offer snacks and drinks.
Enjoy the local cuisine
The local cuisine is unique and I am not saying this just because of that Space Cake. Because Amsterdam is a mix of cultures, it provides a mix of foods. You can find kebabs, noodles and other international foods. However, you have to test the local food. Patatje oorlog, stroopwafels and broodje haring are three of the delicacies you must eat in Amsterdam.
Enjoy the local parks
Amsterdam has lots of parks where you can enjoy the nature. You can have a picnic or simply have a walk in the park – both options will put a big smile on your face. Voldenpark is the most notorious park in Amsterdam, but you can go for a picnic in the quiet Begijnhof.
Few people see Amsterdam as a cultural capital. Museumplein is the place to visit if you want to enjoy the exhibits of the Van Gogh Museum, Stedelijk Museum and Rijksmuseum. If these museums are too crowded for you, visit the lesser known FOAM photography museum or the Tropenmuseum.