In Amsterdam for 24 hours? Explore the best of the city.Less
7AM: Beat the city’s early morning bicycle rush hour by exploring Amsterdam at daybreak. The canals offer easy glimpses of its 17th-century grandeur.
9AM: Feast on early morning comfort food at Bakers & Roasters . Think huevos rancheros, banana nut French toast and kumara hash, all washed down with espresso martinis and fruit power shakes.
11AM: Pray, or don’t – but at least sit in silence for a while in Ons’ Lieve Heer Op Solder, a church hidden in the attic of a 17th-century canal house in the heart of the city.
NOON : Wind down at Gartine, the city’s best slow food café. Try the rillettes of rabbit with blackberry and rosewater frosting.
2PM: Head to X Bank, for the latest and greatest in Dutch fashion. This former bank building feels like an art gallery and offers a huge assortment of local heroes such as Van Slobbe Van Benthum, Bas Kosters and Claes Iversen, all in exclusive, limited-edition batches.
3PM : Stop for a mid-afternoon sugar hit at Van Stapele. Brave the queue outside this well-hidden “cookie-ery” for a chocolate cookie that’s guaranteed to hit the spot.
4PM: Explore the coolest Dutch interior design at Droog. This quaint shop offers all the no-nonsense design the brand is famous for. Tejo Remy’s The Rag Chair, Marcel Wanders’ Knotted Chair and Jürgen Bey’s Tree Trunk Bench, to name a few pieces. Sneak upstairs to the café to marvel at artist Berend Strik’s reinterpretation of Rembrandt’s De Staalmeesters (The Syndics of the Clothmakers Guild).
5PM: Have an imaginary drink in the most famous art bar of all time : Edward Kienholz’s The Beanery at the Stedelijk Museum. This installation, a ghostly, lifelike adaptation of a 1960s Los Angeles bar, has been cleaned and renovated – and offers one of the most unforgettable experiences you’ll ever have in a museum.
6PM: Descend into the white tiled and pale-wood decor of the Akasha Spa at the Conservatorium. There is a vast offering of treatments and meditations, along with an 18-metre lap pool, hamman, Vichy shower and watsu pool. Even the changing rooms, stacked with thick bathrobes and herbal teas, are perfectly luxurious.
7PM: Hide in the Pulitzer’s Bar, a renowned literary haunt in the city’s most picturesque district. The cocktail menu is full of signature drinks, such as carbonated G & T and the Pulitzer Old Fashioned, but it’s the Art Deco bar itself and the intimate nooks that attract a cultural elite.