One day might seem as a short glimpse, but it could turn into a thousand unforgettable flashes in Amsterdam! Vital, inspiring and joyful, each time Amsterdam holds surprises both for tourists and locals, unfolding with the secret green gardens, gourmet food and astonishing panoramic views.
Waterlooplein is a great start for exploring Amsterdam.It approaches youwith colourful Dutch boats and rippling channels confluenting into the glorious Amstel river. Next to the Opera building, various gatherings and street performances take place. On the left, just when you pass the famous Spinoza statue, you get straight into a flea market. A local will find here various heart touching treasures and trifles, old dusty books and classical CD’s, while a tourist can grab a pretty cheap souvenir. Upon leaving the market and entering the old town through one of the bridges, don’t forget to picture the magnificent Zuiderkerk (South Church), Amsterdam’s first Protestant church.
Discover secret gardens. These are usually closed to the public, except June 15, 16 and 17 of every year. I truly suggest you not to miss a chance to spend an afternoon searching for the beauteous spots of Amsterdam. I am sure, it will surprise you: green and peaceful oasis in the middle of the city, with a wide palette of flowers and flavourful herbs. Designed by the architects, these gardens are the precious mosaic of culture and nature along the Prinsegracht street and deeper into the Jordaan neighbourhood. If you’re visiting the city some other day, yet some places are accessible: the botanical garden of University of Amsterdam, the historical garden at the Biblical Museum (the Hortus Coclusus) and the luxurious garden of Museum van Loon where you can have a relaxing moment with a cup of tea and apple cake. Don’t forget to sniff out the places behind the building facades – you never know what greenery you’re going to find! & check amsterdo.com for secret hidden art around Amsterdam.
Buy organic food at Nieuwmarkt. What a lively place in the heart of Amsterdam! I usually come here for a daily market on the square. It is famous for a wide assortment of organic food, including Dutch cheese and the best quality mushrooms (don’t mix with hallucinogenic ones J). The buildings around the market house plenty of bars and dining places, offering world cuisine and traditional Dutch food. Have a beer or a cocktail on the terrace of Café Cuba and decide where to satisfy your taste buds!
Try delicious duck at Nam Kee. Itis a perfect dinner choice for those who admire authentic Asian food. Located in the neighbourhood of China town, the restaurant offers you probably the best roasted duck in the city. Although the place is usually crowded and you need to wait in a queue for a table, it is worth your while. Geniusly prepared Peking Duck, seasoned with ginger and pineapples, will just melt in your mouth.
Climb up to the roof of Nemo. An extraordinary shiplike design of the NemoScience Center building attracts panorama seekers to take in a great view to the old harbour and city. A visual map on the roof will help you to get know the historic churches from above.
Enjoy fruitful Rioja wine at the DoubleTree skylounge by Hilton Hotel. Located next to the central station and Nemo, the skylounge terrace offers you another breathtaking view of Amsterdam. Inside the bar with floor-to-ceiling glass windows make yourself comfortable on a sofa and savour the pleasures of the city after dark.