Planning a trip to Amsterdam is hard, especially when you’ll be visiting the city for three days. There is so much to see that you can easily spend seven days in the Venice of the North. No clue what to do with your 3 days in Amsterdam? We are here for you! Find our three day ‘things to do in Amsterdam‘ below!
DAY 1 – ARRIVAL, CITY HIGHLIGHTS AND CUTE FOOD SPOTS
Depending on when you arrive in Amsterdam, you can decide to go out and have lunch right away. There are so many cute spots where you can try poffertjes (traditional tiny Dutch pancakes) or other delicacies. But if you’re looking for a nice and vibrant place to sit, you should go to the breakfast club. Whether you’re up for overnight oats or avocado toast, this is a nice place to indulge and get ready for your afternoon activities.
Always wanted to see the sunflowers painted by Vincent van Gogh? This is your chance to see this painting, among many others. As you can guess, this is one of the highlights you should definitely visit during your 3 days in Amsterdam. Other highlights are the Anne Frank museum (she is still an inspiration to so many people around the world) or the Rijksmuseum. The Rijksmuseum has a lot of beautiful paintings created by other famous Dutch painter Rembrandt van Rijn. Finish your afternoon with a stroll through the city centre of Amsterdam. Visiting the canals, taking pictures with your travel friend or loved one and discovering some cute shops in the Nine Streets (find a map of these streets here).
Hungry? How about having dinner while overlooking Amsterdam? There are plenty of options but we have two favourite rooftop options. HOPP Amsterdam for instance, for snacks and special beers. But if you’re more a fan of fancy dinner, go to Moon. At Moon you’ll find beautiful 5 to 7-courses menu’s created by known Dutch chef: Jaimie van Heije. This isn’t quite a rooftop restaurant as it is situated on the 19th floor of the A’DAM tower. While the restaurant is slowly rotating you can enjoy a wonderful dinner and enjoy a 360 degrees city view. Even though you might not expect it, both places aren’t very crowded and therefor really nice to either vibe with your friend(s) or have romantic dinner with your loved one.
DAY 2 – PHOTOGRAPHY AND THE BROOKLYN OF AMSTERDAM WITH A LOCAL
After seeing the highlights of Amsterdam yesterday, it is time to explore the city some more. Did you know that we have some great photography museums as well? Our favourite is Huis Marseille where you can find art by (mostly) young and above all talented photographers. An ideal way to start your day with. If you’re getting there before 11.00 hr., you might even be one of the first visitors in the museum. Nice side note: Huis Marseille is situated in an old canal house with a beautiful backyard. That’s a win-win situation if you ask us. Another nice photography museum is Foam.
Time to lunch! Again, there are plenty of options in Amsterdam but we love to recommend some places for you. How about having sweet or savoury French toast at Libertine Comptoir de Cuisine for instance? Rather have a more traditional lunch? Bistro Berlage near Dam square might be the right café for you!
After a filling lunch it is time for some adventure. How about exploring one of the most popular and up-and-coming neighbourhoods Amsterdam Noord with a local by bike? At FROM HERE we offer a personal tour through this neighbourhood which was once called ‘the Brooklyn of Amsterdam‘ by one of our guests. Be prepared to experience a vibrant neighbourhood, packed with contrasts and stories. There is plenty of street art, creative initiatives, nature, industry and places to see. Of course there’s a stop included with a coffee, tea or soda break. You can easily book this tour here.
What better way to finish your tour with a nice dinner (location). Near Amsterdam Noord there is this beautiful island called Vuurtoreneiland (literal translation: lighthouse island). The only way to get to this island is by a private ferry which departs next to the Lloyd hotel. During summer you can have a beautiful dinner over there in a glasshouse. During winter you will have dinner in an old fort. Make sure to get your reservations for this place early since it is very popular and only limited spots are available. Though, both the tour and the dinner will be adventures during your 3 days in Amsterdam that will stick to you for a lifetime.
DAY 3 – CRUISING THE CANALS, VISITING A FOOD MARKET AND TIME TO SAY GOODBYE
Without wanting to be cliché at all, cruising the canals is just fun. You get to see the canals from a different perspective and rain or shine: you can always go out to do this activity. After checking out of your hotel or bed & breakfast, you can get a ticket for a canal cruise at (probably) every corner of the street. Another way to fall in love with this beautiful city once again.
No better way to end your 3 days in Amsterdam than with food. Once you hopped off your canal cruise it is easy to take the tram to the Food Market in Amsterdam West. Various food stands offer delicious food created with local products. Not looking for the hustle and bustle of a food market? Right next to this location there is a wonderful restaurant to have lunch called the Kanarie Club (literal translation: canary club).
For the visitors that have some time left: go to the Vondelpark or the Amsterdam Forest to relax. Go vegan and try one of the many beautiful vegan restaurants Amsterdam has to offer or watch one of our vlogs to get some more inspiration for your visit.