As soon as you step out of the Amsterdam Centraal station, the city becomes a living painting. Steady streams of bicycles appear right before your eyes as you make your way to the nearest canal, while the rippling waters reflect a picturesque imagery of houses joined by a storied history. Beyond these first impressions, however, the Dutch capital has so much to offer in terms of art and design as well as fashion, making it one of the most interesting cities in the world to visit especially for those who are style- or culture-obsessed.
With King’s Day (or Koningsdag, a national holiday in the Netherlands that falls on April 27) fast-approaching, we’ve asked some of the most stylish locals of Amsterdam to share their favorite spots of the city with us. From well-known attractions to hidden gems, continue reading for recommendations by fashion writer and consultant Stephanie Broek, Maha Amsterdam co-owner Saskia van Hofwegen, Girl on Kicks‘ Sanne Poeze, as well as the team behind Daily Paper.
Check out some of our other city guides while you’re at it.
“One of the places where I get most of my inspiration from are museums. My absolute favorite in Amsterdam is the Stedelijk Museum. This contemporary art museum houses some pieces from Mondriaan, Yayoi Kusama, Yves Klein, Willem de Kooning, Karel Appel, Jeff Koons and Roy Lichtenstein, as well as some design furniture in their permanent collection. They also do amazing temporary expositions.” - Sanne Poeze
Address: Museumplein 10, 1071 DJ AmsterdamRoman Delugan and Elke Delugan-Meissl and was opened in early 2012.” – Daily Paper team
Address: IJpromenade 1, 1031 KT Amsterdam Daily Paper team
Address: Keizersgracht 609, 1017 DS Amsterdam
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Address: Berenstraat 11, 1016 GG Amsterdam furniture than fashion at the moment. My favorite interior design store is Mobilia, which is located in a beautiful three-story building in the Utrechtsestraat. I’m saving up for the silver, limited-edition Vitra Panton chairs that I spotted during my last visit.” – Stephanie Broek
Address: Utrechtsestraat 62/64, 1017 VR Amsterdam
Address: Jan van Breemenstraat 1, 1056 AB Amsterdam Saskia van Hofwegen
Address: Gustav Mahlerlaan 24, 1082 MC Amsterdam Saskia van Hofwegen
Address: Ten Katestraat 26IV, 1053 CG Amsterdam
Address: Jan Hanzenstraat 32, 1053 SR Amsterdam Daily Paper team
Address: Jodenbreestraat 144, 1011 NS Amsterdam
Address: Lange Leidsedwarsstraat 57, 1017 NH Amsterdam
Address: Reguliersdwarsstraat 57, 1017 BK Amsterdam
They have recently started doing lunch as well. Their TOKI toast with yuzu aioli, avocado, hot pickled carrots and togarashi is amazing. Their selection of cakes and sweets is also bomb. My personal favorites are the coconut banana cake and the kouign-amann.
I love to plan my meetings here on the weekdays (good excuse to eat that banana cake) or to hang out and read a magazine while I sip on a good latte on the weekends.” – Sanne Poeze
Address: Binnen Dommersstraat 15, 1013 HK Amsterdam
Address: Vijzelstraat 129, 1017 HJ Amsterdam
Address: Waterlooplein 2, 1011 NZ Amsterdam
Address: Bilderdijkstraat 131, 1053 KN, Amsterdam
Address: Van Baerlestraat 27, 1071 AN Amsterdam