Amsterdam is synonyms with coffee shops, the red light district and canals. There is much more to experience in the city so we our asked the fans on our Facebook page for their recommendations on what not to miss. Here's what they told us...and yes it includes a few coffee shop suggestions.
Take a walk in the Park
Amanda Luiz says:
Eat "bitterballen" with beer and spend a sunny day in the Vondelpark.
Nathan Hardacre says:
Enjoy a beer at the Heineken Experience
Joao Geraldo Netto says:
Heineken Experience! It's amazing, even for those who don't like beer.
Jayson Martin says:
The Heineken experience is one thing not to miss. Interactive demos, cutting edge exhibits, a rather large tasting room, and a great souvenir shop. Definitely not to be missed.
Erica Denton says:
A trip to the Heineken brewery.
Admire Van Gough’s art
Erin Bubb says:
Van Gogh museum...it's amazing.
Clarisse Hammerli says:
Van Gogh Museum! Wonderful!
Be moved at Anne Franke’s house
Patricia Miriam Rodriguez says:
Ann Frank House, a touching experience.
Ann Ryan says:
Anne Frank museum as it is moving to witness the space that 2 families had to live/hide in and where a young girl recorded those days of her life in her diary - you can imagine the book coming to life in front of you.
Kelli Johnson Bier says:
The Anne Frank house! So moving!
Helen Williams says:
The Anne Frank house is a powerful connection to another time. You understand her hopes and enjoy her dreams but to do that you have to share her fears. It is a true time machine.
Sean Kiriakis says:
Anne Frank House - especally touching.
Lisa Caruso says:
The Anne Frank Haus. It's an amazing piece of history and an emotional look into a family’s story from the past.
Juli Kantor says:
Don't miss the whole city, it’s amazing! But don't you dare miss the "free walking tour" where you walk through the city and get to know it in a closer way. The guides are awesome and they will answer all your questions.
Bobbyee Johanna says:
The free walking tours through new Europe. Our tour guide was excellent and really made us feel like we were part of the history. Since they work on tips he really went the extra mile to make us enjoy the tour.
Tabatha Baker says:
New Europe Tours. Hands down my fav walking your throughout Europe!
Anna-Lee Bridgstock says:
Anna-Lee Bridgstock Red light tour!
Go for a coffee
Mateusz Jz says:
Paradox Coffee shop, off the beaten track.
Angel Dee says:
Bull Dog. For their coffee of course.
Anja Belcijan says:
Brouwerij t'IJ. Great beer and nice atmosphere!
Michael McLaughlin says:
Hill St Blues Coffee Shop, so called as its right next door to the central police station on Warmostraat! Pool ables, air hockey and massive couches to pass a few hours contemplating how class the city is!
Sample the local delicacies
Be Real says:
Dinner at Moeder's, the best Netherland homemade cooking ever! Plus the place is a must see!
Darwin Morilla says:
Poffertjes (little Dutch pancakes) in the corner of Newmarkt.
Evren Akbelen says:
Manly ferry and Manly Beach. The views on Manly ferry will blow your mind and it doesn't cost that much!
Brett Boutle says:
Herring with the onions.
Renée Basham says:
The teahouse on the bottom floor of the bag & shoe museum!
Chihiro Sen says:
De Bakerswinkel coffe/breakfast/lunch spot! Yummy organic food and amazing jams!
Regina Sokas says:
The French fry street vendors because all the toppings -- mayo and chopped onion on your fries? -- are such a cheap, tasty way to experience a not-in-the-USA moment.
Esther Wolters says:
Having a meal at Meatballs!.
James Van Buuren says:
The croquettes with mustard!
Laura Delgado Ranalli says:
French fries to a whole new level at Manneken Pis (www.mannekenpis.nl) and eat the most delicious pancakes you'll ever eat at The Pancake Bakery (http://www.pancake.nl/)!.
Getting around by bike
Patrick McPhail says:
The one thing you shouldn’t miss is leisurely biking around the city. It’s a wonderful experience.
Bea Pire says:
Visit the city riding a bicycle there.
Cations Dels Esteva says:
Rent a bike and enjoy the city. Van Gogh Museum, flower market and a coffee shop!
Shannon Patrick O’Connor says:
Rent a bike to tour the city. It is so easy to get around Amsterdam on a bike and it is also a inexpensive way to see a lot of things in a short time.
Or by boat
Peanuts or Pretzels says:
Going on a canal cruise in the evening is a wonderful way to see the city. Throw back a few beers and enjoy the sunset and the lights coming on. Beautiful & relaxing!
George Johnston says:
I think a canal boat ride around the city is essential to understanding it!
Vanessa Leca says:
Boat ride in the evening is amazing
Familia Temperini says:
The tours along the canals because they give a different insight of the city.
Jadzia Kurzak says:
The canal boat trip is a must! I recommend going after sunset when you still can see enough but the street lights are already on - beautiful.
Alessandra Massaro says:
Don't miss out on a chance to hop on a bike while you're there! Best way to explore the city - super easy to navigate!
Explore a little...
Jacob Dietrich Hoogstra says:
Don't miss the Prinseneiland (even Bill Clinton drinks his beer over there in private).
Marta Bernardo says:
Jordaan. Beautiful, cosy neighbourhood, a bunch of perfect boat houses. Because you only know Amsterdam if you get to know their people!
Andreia Pinheiro says:
There's life beyond the city centre. Jordaan District is incredibly beautiful with its inner gardens and the old warehouses. A place where you can find the best cheese shops and traditional bakeries.
And beyond the city
Andy Bettolli says:
A day trip to smaller, quieter nearby cities such as Haarlem, Alkmaar and Leiden. They have everything Amsterdam has without the crowds. Also the waterland region is worth a visit.
Claudia Romero says:
Go to the beach, easy 20-minute train ride from the central station! It's beautiful!
And a few others
M Manuela MPons says:
The new Library, just around the corner from the Main (Central) Station. It is simply awesome....
Chrisrty Welk says:
The dungeons, because listening to the actors switch between English and Dutch is half the fun!
Liam Poole says:
Electric Ladyland, the first museum of fluorescent art, a trippy tribute to Jimmy Hendrix and the most awesome psychedelic collection of art and minerals, 2e Lelie-dwarsstraat, the greatest discovery we ever made on our journey's. Enjoy!
Jay Montesonti says:
The red light for sure! Its mouth dropping amazing!
Hopefully these insights will help you make to most of your visit to Amsterdam.