I love Amsterdam. The city is so vibrant and alive. It’s fresh and so open. It’s absolutely one of my favorite cities.

Stefon Harris

Amsterdam is one of the most visited cities in Europe, and despite being relatively small it’s rich in activities, places to see and museums to visit. But it’s also a strongly trivialised city, as many people think the most beautiful and important things to do are always the same: smoking in coffee shop, visiting the Rijkmuseum and Van Gogh museum, seeing Anna Frank’s house and taking a walk around the red lights disctrict. But that’s absolutely not true. So the question is: what to do in Amsterdam? In this article I propose 7 alternative activities.

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1. Take a walk at Bloemenmarkt

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Founded in 1862, the Bloemenmarkt is the only floating flower market in the world. Here you can find all sorts of flower or bulb, even precious rarities. But even if you’re not interested in buying flowers, this place is worth at least a visit.

Read also: 5 things to do to fully enjoy Amsterdam

2. Enjoy a free concert at the Vondelpark

The Vondelpark is the most famous park in Amsterdam, thanks especially to its Open Air Theatre. Here every year, from May to August, a four-month program of dance, cabaret, jazz, live shows and concerts of all kinds of music is proposed. The entrance is free, but donations are always welcome.

3. Shopping at Cuypmarket

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The Albert Cuyp Martket is the most famous day market in Amsterdam. It’s the largest market in Europe, it boasts over 250 stalls, where you will find everything: fruit and vegetables, typical Dutch products, clothes and much more. It’s also the best place to taste the real Dutch street food!

Still hungry?

Read also: Where to eat vegan in Amsterdam!

4. Look for inspiration along the Nieuwe Spiegelstraat 

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The Niewe Spiegeltraat is the most artistic and inspiring street in Amsterdam. Here you will find numerous art galleries where you can meet the artists themselves. Also adding typical boutiques, it’s really hard to walk without stopping every three meters.

Read also: 5 coffee shops in Amsterdam you can’t miss!

5. Explore the secret garden of Bejinhof 

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Bejinhof’s garden is so secret you can’t find it if you don’t know it exists. And even if you know, it’s hard to find, being within a complex of houses once belonged to the beguines, women who live a life similar to that of the nuns, though with greater autonomy and freedom. This place is absolutely worth a visit: as soon as you enter, you get overwhelmed by a feeling of peace and tranquility, great to get some rest from the city commotion.

6. Enjoy the bohemien atmosphere in the Pijp district

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The De Pijp district is the most lively and pleasant in Amsterdam, thanks to its multicultural being and the presence of many night clubs. The things you can’t miss here, in addition to vintage boutiques and numerous ethnic cuisine restaurants are: the Heinken museum and the Cuyp market I’ve talked about before.

7. Enjoy a good beer at the Brouwerij’t IJ windmill

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The De Gooyer windmill is famous for being the highest in the Netherlands. Inside there’s an ancient brewery, the Brouwerij’t IJ, here you can enjoy excellent craft beer at just over 2 euros. Thanks to the relaxed atmosphere and the unique location in its kind, here you will feel the true Dutch spirit.

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Self-taught kitchen enthusiast from Ukraine. Loves to read and veganize / invent recipes. Vegan for animals, believes that the most important change occurs within ourselves. She decided to create this blog with Youcef to show that the vegan lifestyle is anything but full of renunciations!

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