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Explore Amsterdam: top hotel districts
From the charming canal belt (grachtengordel) to the lively Red Light District, and from busy Rembrandtplein to the more peaceful suburbs of the Oud Zuid – Amsterdam has a district and a pace to suit every traveler.
Originally a working-class neighborhood, an influx of artists have given the Jordaan a bohemian feel, with its narrow streets, charming hofjes (inner courtyards) and independent boutiques and art galleries. On Monday mornings, a flea market stretches from Noordermarkt to Westerstraat in the heart of the Jordaan district. View hotels.
Right in the heart of the action and just a 5 minute walk from the notorious Red Light District, Dam Square lies in the center of Amsterdam’s main shopping hub. Make sure to visit the Nieuwe Kerk, which regularly features cultural exhibitions. View hotels.
De Pijp, Amsterdam’s “Latin Quarter,” is a trendy residential area with an abundance of cafés, bistros, shops and restaurants. This bustling neighborhood lies between Museumplein and the River Amstel and hosts the city’s oldest street market, the Albert Cuypmarkt. Picturesque Sarphatipark is a pretty oasis in de Oude Pijp – a haven of calm in the middle of this lively neighborhood. View hotels.
This is a peaceful suburb close to Waterlooplein. The area includes the house of the Dutch painter, Rembrandt, the Hermitage Museum and the Tropenmuseum. You can also enjoy some nature in the Botanical Gardens (Hortus Botanicus) and at Artis, the city zoo. View hotels.
Close to Museumplein and the Vondel Park, this lively square has plenty of nightlife, with everything from Irish bars to the comedy club, Boom Chicago. There are also some great music clubs in the area, including the Melkweg, Paradiso and de Balie. View hotels.
The Best Culture and Nightlife this Side of a Canal
Jump on your city bike or hop on a canal boat and admire Amsterdam, the Venice of the North! The beautiful city houses, romantic bridges, iconic canals and street cafés create its unique atmosphere and give you an ultimate taste of its fascinating past.
Famous for its museums, most important of which are located in the Museumplein, Amsterdam offers you a chance to see unforgettable masterpieces by Rembrandt, Van Gogh, Mondriaan and more. The Anne Frank House is a sobering reminder of the city’s more recent history. After a lot of walking, the Rijksmuseum is a great place to rest and get some extra culture before visiting Amsterdam’s lovely Vondelpark.
The medieval Old Center with the always busy Dam Square and the tempting Red Lights District is the most visited part of Amsterdam. Make sure to stop at Leidseplein and Rembrandtplein, homes to the best nightlife venues.
Shop till you drop at Amsterdam’s most luxury shopping street, PC Hooftstraat, the most popular street market at Albert Cuyp or in the fancy design shops of the Jordaan district. Famous pancakes and frites with mayonnaise are a must-try! The more adventurous traveler might want to try the pickled herring, followed closely by a local beer.
All these attractions are just a short train ride from the Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport. Whether you want to stay at a cozy hotel on a canal, a modern apartment in a quiet part of the city or a room in the center of everything, Booking.com has a perfect accommodation for your Amsterdam vacation.