Things to Do in Amsterdam

Amsterdam is so much more than coffee shops. An economic powerhouse and a leader in art, exploration, philosophy, architecture and engineering, the Dutch have created one of the most engaging, creative and exciting cities in the world. We encourage you to wander past the Damrack and it’s bevy of bros, prostitutes and trinket shops, and truly explore all this great city has to offer. Below are our favorite choices for things to do.

Albert Cuypmarket

Artichokes at Albert Cuypmarket

The Largest Outdoor Market in the Netherlands In 1905, in an attempt to organize the chaos of street vendors that had flooded to the streets of the city’s newest neighborhood, the Amsterdam city government created an open air market along Albert Cuypstraat in De Pijp. At first, the market was just open on Saturday, but […]

Our Lord in the Attic Church

Hidden Church near Amsterdam’s Red Light District The Dutch government has a history of  tolerance. Take a few steps from Centraal Station and smell the marijuana smoke and take a peek at the ladies in the window boxes and the word “tolerance” does not seem, I don’t know, strong enough. So when anti-Catholic sentiment was all […]

Bloemenmarkt Amsterdam

Amsterdam’s Flower Market Only in Amsterdam will you find a flower and bulb market floating in a canal. Seriously, how much Dutch imagery can you combine? I suppose if they also sold windmills made out of Gouda… The Bloemenmarkt has been selling flowers along the Singel canal for over 150 years. It is an easy […]

Keukenhof Gardens


Tiptoe Through the Tulips on this Day Trip from Amsterdam The Dutch are very keen on horticulture. After windmills, when people think of the Netherlands, they think of tulips. They are on every souvenir at every shop, there is a flower market in the center of Amsterdam selling bulbs all year round and the Hortus […]

De Kaaskamer

De Kaaskamer

Cheese Shop in Amsterdam’s 9 Streets After spending a morning shopping the impossibly cute shops in Amsterdam’s 9 Streets, you are probably starving. It takes a lot of energy to browse through vintage clothing stores, antique shops, and stores that sell nothing but buttons or toothbrushes. After converting all of those prices from euros to US […]

Rent A Bike In Amsterdam

windmill amsterdam

Go Dutch And See The City On Two Wheels When you get off the train at Centraal, the first thing you see is bicycles. Kids biking. Old folks biking. Moms with babies on their laps biking. Men texting and smoking and biking. The only suckers using their own two feet to get around are foreigners […]

Amsterdam Museum

Amsterdam Museum, Historical Museum in Amsterdam

The Story Begins When The Amstel Was Dammed… The Amsterdam Museum should be your first stop on your first visit to Amsterdam. (Note — if you are looking in a pre-2011 guidebook, this museum was previously known  as the Amsterdam Historisch Museum.) Why go there first? Well, when you arrive in Amsterdam, the beauty overtakes you. […]

ABC Bookstore

American Book Center in Amsterdam

Anglophone’s Paradise in Central Amsterdam Towards the end of your trip to Amsterdam, after a couple of long layovers and train rides, you suddenly find you are out of things to read. You breezed through your paperbacks and magazines, and you watched all the movies you put on your iPad. Now you’re faced with an […]

Anne Frank House

A Human Face on the Cost of War Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl, is one of the most moving and thought-provoking books ever written. If you haven’t already read it – stop reading this post right now and go find a copy. If you have read it – a pilgrimage to Amsterdam […]

Dutch Resistance Museum

A Fascinating Documentation of the Dutch Resistance During World War II World War II started for the Dutch in May 1940 with the bombing of Rotterdam. It continued through the deportation of most of nation’s 140,000 Jews (only 30,000 would survive the war), the failed Operation Market Garden (the basis of the film A Bridge […]

Tuschinski Theatre

Dinner and a Movie – Amsterdam Style Our favorite date night in Amsterdam: lingering over beer & bitterballen at De Beiaard, then strolling over to the Tuschinski Theatre to catch a popcorn flick. Now, we know what you are thinking: “Why are you seeing a movie on vacation that you could see at home? Well, […]

Heineken Experience

Have You Ever Been To A Beer Experience? Well, I Have. We talk a lot about beer and breweries here at L&A. It could be our German ancestry or Wisconsin residency, but it is probably because beer tastes good.  Heineken is no exception. Now, I know there are some haters out there who call Heineken […]

Canal Bike

The Best Way To See Amsterdam is By Water (Part 2) (Part 1 is here, by the way) When people think of Amsterdam, images of bicyclists riding alongside the canals is the first thing that comes to mind. It did not take the Dutch long to combine their two favorite things into one awesome adventure: […]

St. Nicolaas Boat Club

Saint Nicholas Boat Tours

The Best Way to See Amsterdam is From The Water (Part 1) So you arrive in Amsterdam at Centraal Station and walk out to get a glimpse of the city. Don’t look too long though – because you might get hit by any number of bikes, trams, cars, buses or mopeds zooming along in front […]

Boom Chicago

Boom Chicago

American Improv Comedy in the Heart of Amsterdam Wanna see where Seth Meyers and Jason Sudeikis cut their comedy teeth? Head to Boom Chicago at the Rozentheater to witness tomorrow’s comedy stars today. All of the performers are American and the show is in English – but they frequently reference their experiences as expats living […]

Randy Roy’s Red Light Tour

Red Light District, Amsterdam

Everything You Wanted To Know About Paying For Sex, But Were Afraid To Ask Randy Roy has found her calling in life: exposing tourists to the world’s oldest profession in Amsterdam’s Red Light District. She will take you physically (and morally) down the main streets and back alleyways of this (in)famous neighborhood. She will point […]

Hortus Botanicus

Greenhouses and Gardens Galore in Central Amsterdam Horus Botanicus is a quiet sanctuary amidst the traffic and noise of central Amsterdam. Located behind brick walls in the Plantage district, 4000 species call its 7 greenhouses and expansive outdoor gardens home. The gardens were founded 1638 when the city needed an herb garden where doctors and […]