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 there are plenty of things to do, 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 shops, visiting the Rijkmuseum and Van Gogh museum, seeing Anna Frank’s house and going for 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 flowers or bulbs, 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


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The Vondelpark is the most famous park in Amsterdam, especially due to its Open Air Theatre. From May to August, a four-month program of dance, cabaret, jazz, live shows and concerts of all kinds of music is proposed every year. The access 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 holds 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. It also features 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 which once belonged to the beguines, women who live a life similar to that of the nuns, although 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 multiculturalism and its 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 mentioned above.

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, you can find the Brouwerij’t IJ, an ancient brewery, where you can enjoy excellent craft beer for just over 2 euros. Thanks to its relaxed atmosphere and the unique location in its kind,  itwill make you 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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