June 1, 2020
Due to travel restrictions, plans are only available with travel dates on or after
Due to travel restrictions, plans are only available with effective start dates on or after
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Amsterdam, like many other European destinations, is being loved to death by tourists. But it’s still possible to have a meaningful experience in this lovely and historic city! Our advice: book your trip from October to March, outside the high season. Skip the most touristy parts of the city (the Rijksmuseum, the red light district) and try to experience Amsterdam like the locals do. Rent a bike. Hit the flea markets. Walk along the water and try to decide where you’d rather live: in an elegant canal house or a gently bobbing houseboat?
In this five-minute travel guide, we’ll suggest some of the very best places to see, stay and eat in Amsterdam.
People often ask, “Do I need travel insurance for Europe?” The answer is always yes — even if you’re traveling to a city that’s widely considered tourist-friendly, like Amsterdam. Here’s why.
What’s the best travel insurance plan for the Netherlands? Our most popular plan is OneTrip Prime, which includes a broad array of benefits and also covers kids 17 and under for free when traveling with a parent or grandparent. If you travel frequently, whether in the U.S. or overseas, an AllTrips annual travel insurance plan might be your best bet. To find the right plan, get a quote!
Looking for serene luxury? The Dylan welcomes guests with a team of Les Clefs d’Or concierges and an ideal location in the Nine Streets shopping district. The rooms include thoughtful touches like Bose sound systems, James Heeley bath products and 24-hour room service.
Immerse yourself in history at the Seven Bridges Hotel, a boutique property in a 300-year-old canal house. The hotel is furnished with antiques, and you can request breakfast in your room, to be served on fine china. All this luxury isn’t as expensive as you’d imagine; rooms start at under 100 euros per night.
For travelers on a budget, Cocomama is one of the best boutique hostels in Amsterdam. There’s a range of rooms, from private doubles to 6-bed dorms; a fresh, free breakfast served daily; friendly staff and a resident cat named Joop.
The Dutch are justly famous for their floppy, crepe-like pancakes. At the wildly popular Pancake Bakery, you can order them any way you like: sweet (with banana, apple, peach, chocolate or syrup) or savory (with chicken, cheese, salmon, veggies, beans, bacon, and even spicy curry).
How about lunch? For delectable tastes of all that the city has to offer, one of the best places to eat in Amsterdam is De Foodhallen, a vast food hall. There you’ll find Dutch classics like sausages and bitterballen meatballs, as well as sushi, dim sum, tacos and more.
If you’re hoping for an unforgettable fine-dining experience, consider Restaurant Vermeer in the NH Collection Barbizon Palace hotel. Chef Christopher Naylor serves an ever-changing tasting menu inspired by the fresh produce he finds. Guests praise the wine list, the service, and the unpretentious yet gorgeously composed dishes.
Wherever your next adventure takes you, be sure to protect yourself with travel insurance. There’s a plan for every budget and every destination. See your options here.