Business

Netherlands,
Amsterdam

Introduction

Home to 17th-century canals, legendary architecture and picturesque windmills, Amsterdam is one of the few capitals in the world that still cherishes a village vibe. Its creative spread is as alive today as it was in the days of Rembrandt, Breitner and Mondrian. And although the city is known as a liberal-minded paradise there's a lot more to the real Amsterdam that warrants exploration.

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Essentials

  1. The Dutch are quite direct. Some call it honest; others call it blunt. Either way, don’t take it personally.
  2. Rent a bicycle: it’s fun, fast and eco-friendly.
  3. See Amsterdam from the water in a private saloon boat. At night the canal bridges are lit, providing a perfect setting for a romantic proposal.
  4. Leave your car outside the city: parking is expensive.

Two-hour tour

  • Noordermarkt — Saturdays mean Dutch farmers' produce and bric-a-brac, plus a choice of great apple pies from various cafés.

    1015 MV Amsterdam

  • Foam Photography Museum — Images from leading photographers and special-edition prints.

    609 Keizersgracht

    +31 20 551 6500

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  • KNSM-island — Explore Amsterdam’s modern architecture by bike.

Hotels

  • Independent and easy

    Hotel V Nesplein

    49 Nes

    +31 20 662 3233

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  • Dependable chain

    Hilton Amsterdam

    138 Apollolaan

    +31 20 710 6000

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  • Premium

    Conservatorium Hotel

    27 Van Baerlestraat

    +31 20 570 0000

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Dining

  • Fast breakfast

    Headfirst Coffee Roasters

    96 Tweede Helmerstraat

    +31 611 641 654

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  • Business breakfast

    Conservatorium Brasserie and Lounge

    27 Van Baerlestraat

    +31 20 570 0000

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  • Mid-morning coffee

    De Wasserette

    27 Eerste van der Helstraat

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  • Working lunch with colleagues

    Cafè George

    74 Willemsparkweg

    +31 20 470 2530

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  • Need-to-impress clients lunch

    Riva

    1 Amstelboulevard

    +31 20 760 2030

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  • Lunch on your own

    Buffet van Odette

    598 Prinsengracht

    +31 20 423 6034

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  • Afternoon tea/drink

    Gartine

    7 Taksteeg

    +31 20 320 4132

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  • Dinner on your own

    Café Bern

    9 Nieuwmarkt

    +31 20 622 0034

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  • Dinner with colleagues

    Caffè Toscanini

    75 Lindengracht

    +31 20 623 2813

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  • Private dinner

    Ron Blaauw

    55 Sophialaan

    +31 20 496 1943

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  • Big dinner with partner/clients

    Restaurant De Kas

    3 Kamerlingh Onneslaan

    +31 20 462 4562

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  • Drink after dinner

    Vyne

    411 Prinsengracht

    +31 20 344 6408

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  • Late drinks

    HPS

    18 Rapenburg

    +31 625 293 620

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  • Late bite

    Brasserie Bark

    120 Van Baerlestraat

    +31 20 675 0210

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  • On the tiles

    Paradiso

    6-8 Weteringschans

    +31 20 626 4521

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Reading

Thank yous

  • Furniture and accessories

    The Frozen Fountain

    645 Prinsengracht

    +31 20 6229 375

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Shopping

  • Something you can't get anywhere else

    Droog

    7B Staalstraat

    +31 20 523 5059

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  • Something for the kids

    Imps & Elfs — Organic cotton shirts

    41-44 Sloterkade

    +31 203 460 180

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  • Something for someone you love

    Rika Boutique

    9 Oude Spiegelstraat

    +31 20 330 1112

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  • Something for yourself

    Skins Cosmetics

    11 Runstraat

    +31 20 2400 199

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  • Lost luggage - where to buy shirts

    Tenue de Nîmes

    60 Elandsgracht

    +31 20 320 4012

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Alternative diversion

  • Rijksmuseum — See the old masters at the Rijksmuseum or take a tour through the Beurs van Berlage.

    Museumstraat 1

    +31 020 6747 000

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Transport

  • Bike rental

    AmsterBike

    11 Piet Heinkade

    +31 20 4199 063

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  • Public transport — Get an OV-chipcard to get around easily by bus, metro and tram.

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  • Car rental

    Mister Green

    +31 20 7719 026

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Fitness

  • Good gym

    Personal Health Club

    4 Breitnerstraat

    + 31 20 470 2067

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  • Yoga

    Yoga Garden

    1e, 10 Rozendwarsstraat

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  • Running route

    Running route — Jog in Vondelpark, west of the Leidseplein, where you can enjoy the rose gardens and lakes.

    Museumkwartier

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