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Markets, hotels and shopping streets. These tips for a weekend in Amsterdam will make it unforgettable.

Written by Stephanie Kleinlein 20.02.2024


Shopping in Amsterdam

Amsterdam can be chic. Amsterdam can be cool. From the elegant luxury department store to the old-school vintage boutique, there is everything here to fuel your shopping frenzy at the weekend. Numerous art galleries show old and new works to view or buy. If you want to top up your energy in between, take a break in one of the many beautiful cafés and enjoy the historic surroundings.

Shops in Amsterdam

De Bijenkorf is the most famous and exclusive department store in Amsterdam. You can find all the hip fashion labels here. Plus household appliances that look at least as good.

Dikes are important in Holland. Even when shopping. Unique fashion, gourmet food and music shops are lined up one after the other on Haarlemmerstraat and Haarlemmerdijk.

Vintage shops, boutiques and galleries. The nine streets are a place for sightseers, admirers and collectors in the middle of the canal district, which is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site.


Hotels in Amsterdam

From a 5-star boutique hotel to the epicenter of elegance. Our accommodation tips for a weekend in Amsterdam differ by their location and size. What they all have in common is the high standard and membership in our hotel program. Platinum Card members enjoy late check-out, a breakfast for two and room upgrade if available.

Hotels in Amsterdam

A wise choice: Built in a former library on the popular Prinsengracht canal, the Andaz is one of Amsterdam’s most creative luxury hotels.

The classic among the top hotels is within walking distance of Amsterdam’s most important museums. As the winner of the "Best Hotel Spa 2023" award, it is also ideal for fans of body culture.


Stay overnight surrounded by a green park and with all mod cons. The fine linen bedding alone is evidence of the Maurits’ class. Platinum Card members can sleep in for a particularly long time here.


Restaurants and bars in Amsterdam

Fine dining twice and a bar for one for the road. Our selection of locations reflects what sets Amsterdam apart: enjoyment and pleasure without any snobbery and sophisticated taste that is somehow relaxing. Enjoy the skill of internationally renowned chefs and the company of real Amsterdam locals in the spirit of an American drinker and poet.

Restaurants and bars in Amsterdam

Dining with the Englishman in Amsterdam: Chef Chris Naylor likes to experiment with regional products. Apparently with good results. Guests and critics are highly impressed.

Chef Dennis Huwaë’s Daalder and cooking are an all-encompassing work of art. Once awarded by Gault & Millau as the most promising chef in the world, today he offers creative cuisine.

"Find what you love and let it kill you", said the American poet and namesake. Even though we would not go quite that far – you will love this bar.


Special places in Amsterdam

Would you prefer idyllic canals and historic merchant houses? Or rather a visit to an architectural monument of the future? Stroll through the inspiring contrasts of Amsterdam, along the canals and don’t miss the local’s favorite market. If not on foot, then by bike, which is also popular with visitors.

Special places in Amsterdam

Unmistakable: A selfie in front of one of the typical merchant houses and canals makes it clear to everyone that you’re spending a weekend in Amsterdam.

Mingle with the locals at the city’s largest and most popular street market, where you will find clothing, food, flowers and other goods as well as curiosities.

Valley Towers are an opulent statement for the concept of architecture as a landscape. As a visitor, you can hike through the ensemble designed like a mountain landscape.

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