Where to Stay in Amsterdam a Guide to the Best Neighbourhoods

Jewish Historical Museum: In four restored 17th– and 18th-century synagogues, this museum traces the history of the Jews in Holland, with a special wing for children.

A kosher café is accessible without a museum ticket. Tickets to all Jewish Cultural Quarter exhibits, valid for one month, can be purchased here, as well as at other participating institutions.

Portuguese Synagogue: One of Amsterdam’s largest structures when built in 1675, the Portuguese Synagogue was modeled after Jerusalem’s Temple of Solomon.

It remains a symbol of Dutch religious tolerance and is still used for candlelit services.

Stumble Stones in the rear, each imprinted with a victim’s name, birth and arrest dates, camp deported to and fate, are part of a worldwide Holocaust project.

Amsterdam Resistance Museum: Holocaust lore and exhibits about the Netherlands’ role in World War II are the focus of this thoughtful perspective of Holland during Hitler’s tyrannical reign.

Rembrandthuis: See where the Netherlands’ greatest artist lived and worked for 20 years in this meticulously refurbished home with an extensive collection of Rembrandt’s etchings.

Rembrandtplein: Home to some of Amsterdam’s most hip nightclubs, as well as myriad bars, coffeeshops and restaurants, this lively entertainment square is also where you’ll find Rembrandt’s statue and the protagonists of The Night Watch.

AIR: A multi-tier dance floor, state-of-the-art entertainment systems, and walls lined with lights and intimate niches make this Rembrandtplein venue one of Amsterdam’s most popular nightclubs.

Waterlooplein Flea Market: Search for treasures where 19th-century Jewish merchants once hawked their wares.

Amsterdam’s oldest outdoor bazaar is a source for new and second-hand clothes, antiques, ’50s vinyls, and other curiosities, in 300+ stalls open daily except Sunday.

Kilo Shop: Rummage through vintage fashion and pay by weight in this funky shop adjacent to the Waterlooplein Flea Market.

Artis Royal Zoo: The Netherlands’ oldest zoo houses 700 animal species and 200 tree varieties, plus an aquarium, planetarium and botanical gardens.

Within Artis, Micropia offers a look at Earth’s smallest organisms.

Hortus Botanicus: Rare plants are displayed in one of the world’s oldest botanic gardens.

Alongside 4000+ plant species, view a climate greenhouse, the aptly named Palm Greenhouse (an official monument), and a butterfly greenhouse.

Hermitage: This museum of Russian-Dutch history is modeled after its namesake in St. Petersburg, built by Peter the Great after his visit to Amsterdam. In the 17th century, the tsar enlisted the Dutch to save his capital from sinking into water-logged Russian soil.

Dignita Hoftuin: Former prostitutes get a second chance at this organic café tucked behind the Hermitage that grows many of the ingredients for dishes served in a serene city garden.

Dutch National Opera & Ballet: Renowned for both traditional and innovative productions, Holland’s leading force for keeping opera and ballet alive presents nearly a dozen annual productions, most to sold-out audiences.

Come early for free Tuesday lunch concerts.

Holocaust Memorial at the Hollandsche Schouwburg: During the Holocaust, Amsterdam’s municipal theater building became an assembly point for mass deportation to extermination camps in occupied Poland.

Royal Theatre Carré: Since 1887, this historic Neo-Renaissance theatre has hosted cabaret, opera, Broadway musicals, dance performances and pop concerts.

Tropenmuseum: Opened in 1926, this modern ethnology museum features multimedia exhibits about the former Dutch colonies and Dutch East India Company.

Magere Brug: According to legend, kissing on the Skinny Bridge will insure everlasting love.

Allegedly built by two sisters living on opposite sides of the Amstel who wanted easier access to each other, Amsterdam’s most recognizable bridge was once so narrow two pedestrians could barely pass each other.

Dappermarkt: Fruits, vegetables and the diversity of Oost-Amsterdam are on display at 250 stalls along Dapperstraat, open daily except Sunday.

This local market is surrounded by cafés, a Turkish bakery, Islamic butcher, Suriname food store and African cosmetic outlet, among other retailers.

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