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

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.

Kalverstraat

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

Shopping

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

Rijksmuseum

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

Museums

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!

Vondelpark

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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