When you visit a place, it is important to do your research first in order to get a full experience of it. You will definitely want to go in an unfamiliar place with an idea how to go around, the tourist attractions that you have to see, and the must-try authentic cuisines.
For some people, when you say ‘fun activity’ in Amsterdam, the first thing that comes to their minds is the red light district. But aside from it, there are tons of activities that you can do with your family members and friends. Below is the list of things that you should do in Amsterdam to fully enjoy your trip.
The first thing that you must do when you are in a different place is to try their local dishes. In Amsterdam, you must try their famous foods like: stroopwafel, which is made of thin layers of dough with caramel syrup; herring, a famous streetfood; cod for lunch that is served with homemade tartar sauce; poffertjes, which is similar to pancakes covered in sweet sugar syrup; and oorlog french fries made of homemade fries with mayonnaise, peanut sauce, and raw onion.
If you are interested with art and culture, you will surely enjoy the tours in museums and watching free shows in the park. You can rent a bike and go on a tour around the city; which is the best mode of transportation. It is exciting to visit Anne Frank’s house, Madame Tussauds museum, Van Gogh Museum, and Rijksmuseum. If you want to see some street art, you should go to Spuistraat and you will see different types of art from small items, bike decorations, and even tiny public libraries in the area. Furthermore, you shouldn’t miss going to Vondelpark because you will be able to watch music, comedy, and other kinds of shows. Note that during summer, there is an open-theater they call “Openlichttheater”, which means “open light theater.”
After taking a break from your long day tour around the city, you should also enjoy its nightlife. There are tons of pubs and clubs where you can enjoy a night of drinking. You may want to book a ‘party pub crawl’ in the Red Light District. Some companies offer this kind of tour where you will have stops at pubs and clubs then enjoy the foods and drinks that they have. However, it is important to note that you should drink responsibly so you can fully enjoy this experience.
And of course, before you go home, it is extremely necessary to buy something from Amsterdam as a souvenir for your trip and the best place to go is the Albert Cuypmarkt. This place is the biggest daily street market that you will find in Europe. There are tons of stuff that you can find here ranging from food, second-hand items, gadgets, homewares, art, fashion, and more. The place is open from nine in the morning until five in the afternoon. Expect that there are lots of people here so make sure to allocate enough time and have a good rest before coming here to enjoy the whole shopping experience.