Ilya’s Personal Recommendations For Amsterdam

Let me take you on a historical adventure through the streets of Amsterdam and the centuries of its history. The Dutch invented gin, eyeglasses and capitalism – the tour will connect the significance of those things to history and modernity. Did you know the #7 Best Bar Of The World is here in Amsterdam? Would you like to know where that is? That would be just one of many tips i share with you during the tour. My tours are a mix of history, humour and wide range of suggestions for enjoying your time in our city!

Sincerely, Ilya


Likes: Storytelling, history and cooking. Also wine, but that’s more than a hobby :)

Favourite city (besides Amsterdam): Leiden is a charming, comfortable university city, 30 min from Amsterdam. It has many wonderful bars and restaurants, as well as a terrific Museum of Natural History.

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Something For The Sweet Tooth

Have lunch like a Dutchman and enjoy a pancake, heavily drizzled in syrup and fresh fruits

Indulge Guilt-Free At Betty's

Aside from serving lovely dishes and pastries, Betty's Restaurant sells a great variety of vegetarian condiments

Eating in Amsterdam

Lunch: For a relaxing lunch in the centre try this hidden treasure of Kapitein Zeppos.

Lunch: Enjoy a modern Dutch lunch at Kessens Amsterdam.

Lunch/pancakes: Have lunch like the Dutch and enjoy a pancake treat at Upstairs Pannenkoeken.

Lunch/dinner: For a traditional Dutch food experience, I would consider The Pantry.

Lunch/dinner: More Dutch gastronomy with a French name at L’Invité.

Dinner: Another authentically Dutch experience is ‘t Zwaantje.

Dinner: For modern Dutch gastronomy, visit Restaurant Breda.

Street Food: For the best Street Food head to Spui street and snack away at Vleminckx, Van Stapele Koekmakerij and many, many more!

Vegetarian: Enjoy a veggie meal at this walk-in restaurant Café Binnenvisser.

Vegetarian: Another great option for the veg lovers is Betty’s Restaurant.

Drinking in Amsterdam

Cocktail Bar: The #7 in the world, you can’t miss out on Tales & Spirits.

Cocktail Bar: This speakeasy is my personal favourite, the locally infamous Bar Oldenhof.

Cocktail Bar: If you want a cocktail mixed with some late night magic, step through Door 74.

Beer Room: One world expression of Dutch culture and the answer to most questions. For a microbrewery in an very Dutch setting, visit Brouwerij ‘t IJ.

Beer Room: For Belgian beers, visit legendary beer bar Gollem in the centre (check their website for 2 more locations).

Wine Bar: The first wine bar in the Netherlands, fittingly named Wijnbar.

Wine Bar: For naturally produced wines, sample your choice at Glou Glou.

Wine Bar: Local favourite in West, is Bar Parry.

Wine Bar: Local favourite East, is tastery Paulus.

Wine Bar: Your top choice in the city centre is Shiraz Amsterdam.

Wine Bar: Don’t miss out on the hidden Wine Cellar, right on the Dam (close to our meeting point).

Bar Hopping: For the best bar wandering, visit the Jordaan for the classic Amsterdam experience, go to De Pijp for a younger scene or Javastraat to hang out with the hip & trendy.

The Jordaan

Park your rented bike along the canals and experience the true Amsterdam in the Jordaan

Wining Through The City

As mentioned before: wine is more than a hobby. For those who like to drink their grapes, check out my favs.


The high end shopping street of Amsterdam, also the priciest street on Dutch Monopoly games.


Premium Shopping Street: Kalverstraat is a great shopping street for your high end & basic needs.

Clothing & basics: Hema is a great place for inexpensive everyday basics.

Arts & Boutiques: The 9 streets is where I go for unique, one-of-a- ind boutiques & lunch!

Second Hand & Antiques Market: For unexpected treasures, visit the Noordermarkt on Saturday and Monday. In the same neighborhood, Jordaan, there are many 2nd hand stores.

Street Market: From Monday trough Saturday there is also a great market on the Waterlooplein.

Coffeeshops in Amsterdam (no coffee, cannabis!)

Coffeeshop: A classic, Amnesia.

Coffeeshop: To buy weed to take away – nothing beats the Grey Area. Also, hands down the best spacecake.

Cannabis in Amsterdam

Make sure you are well-informed on the effects of the strong varieties of available marijuana


Wander through the beautiful yards of the Rijksmuseum (garden = free entry)


Top Choice: The Rijksmuseum is the national museum of the Netherlands, is large, modern exhibition of classic Dutch art with a strong historical element.

Museum: The National Maritime Museum has an excellent exhibition about the East India Dutch Trading Company known as VOC.

Museum: Our Lord in the Attic is a wonderful museum dedicated to the the Hidden Churches and history of religion in Amsterdam.

Parks & outdoors

Top Choice: The Vondelpark is the main city park of Amsterdam, very popular with locals and visitors alike. Visit Het Blauwe Theehuis for a drink on a everyone’s favourite terrace.

Park: The Westerpark offers both the serene greenery as well as the samplings of Amsterdam cultural life. Full of cafes, restaurants and exhibition places, it is a great destination for Sunday afternoons.

Forest: For serious greenery Amsterdam forest is worth the trip. Great place for a bike ride!


Excellent hangout spot at any time of year

Flagship Amsterdam

Your best choice for exploring Amsterdam from its canals

Escape World Amsterdam

Choose from 6 different rooms and find you way out before the clock runs out!

Don’t miss this in Amsterdam!

Great Food With A View: When i go out for a nice dinner, try to get a table on the second floor of Restaurant Incanto.

Garden Picnic: Sit down in the wonderful garden of Lion Noir.

360º City View: For an all-around view of Amsterdam, go to the restaurant Blue Amsterdam.

Spirit Tasting: For the hidden taste of 17th century, take a sip of history at Wynand Fockink distillery.

Live Stage: My living room, my friend’s house, my stage is MEZRAB.

Cruise the canals: Your visit to Amsterdam isn’t complete without taking a boat trip. For a quality tour with excellent service, I highly recommend Flag Ship.

Escape Room: From the Roald Dahl-inspired Chocolate Factory to the horrific Cabin In The Woods, each themed room has a challenge at the Escape Room Amsterdam.

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