Lonely Planet Pocket Amsterdam

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Lonely Planet Pocket Amsterdam is your passport to the most relevant, up-to-date advice on what to see and skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. Sleep in a houseboat on the city's canals, ponder the small world of Anne Frank Huis, or ride a bicycle through Vondelpark; all with your trusted travel companion. Get to the heart of the best of Amsterdam and begin your journey now!

Inside Lonely Planet Pocket Amsterdam:

  • Full-colour maps and images throughout
  • Highlights and itineraries help you tailor your trip to your personal needs and interests
  • Insider tips to save time and money and get around like a local, avoiding crowds and trouble spots
  • Essential info at your fingertips - hours of operation, phone numbers, websites, transit tips, prices
  • Honest reviews for all budgets - eating, sleeping, sight-seeing, going out, shopping, hidden gems that most guidebooks miss
  • Free, convenient pull-out Amsterdam map (included in print version), plus over 18 colour neighbourhood maps
  • User-friendly layout with helpful icons, and organised by neighbourhood to help you pick the best spots to spend your time
  • Covers City Centre, Jordaan, Western Canals, Southern Canal Belt, Vondelpark, Old South, De Pijp, Oosterpark, Nieuwmarkt, Plantage, Harbour, Eastern Docklands, Westerpark, Western Islands and more

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  • Downloadable PDF and offline maps prevent roaming and data charges
  • Effortlessly navigate and jump between maps and reviews
  • Add notes to personalize your guidebook experience
  • Seamlessly flip between pages
  • Bookmarks and speedy search capabilities get you to key pages in a flash
  • Embedded links to recommendations' websites
  • Zoom-in maps and images
  • Inbuilt dictionary for quick referencing

The Perfect Choice: Lonely Planet Pocket Amsterdam, a colourful, easy-to-use, and handy guide that literally fits in your pocket, provides on-the-go assistance for those seeking only the can't-miss experiences to maximize a quick trip experience.

  • Looking for a comprehensive guide that recommends both popular and offbeat experiences, and extensively covers all of Amsterdam's neighbourhoods? Check out Lonely Planet Amsterdam.
  • Looking for more extensive coverage? Check out Lonely Planet The Netherlands for a comprehensive look at all the country has to offer.

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Jordaan & Western Canals

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If Amsterdam's neighbourhoods held a 'best personality' contest, the Jordaan would surely win. Its intimacy is contagious, with jovial bar sing-alongs, beery brown cafés and flower-box-adorned eateries spilling out onto the narrow streets. The Western Canals flow next door. Grand old buildings and oddball little speciality shops line the glinting waterways. Roaming around them can cause days to vanish.

MDo the Dutch thing and carve into a hulking pancake at, well, Pancakes!. Poke around the surrounding shops, then cross over Prinsengracht to see what life on the water is like at the Houseboat Museum.

RDevote the afternoon to the neighbourhood's gorgeous canals. Visit Het Grachtenhuis, which tells the story of the 400-year-old waterways and their engineering genius. Afterward walk along the Herengracht and ogle the Golden Age manors rising up along the canal. Munch an opulent canalside lunch at De Belhamel. Photography buffs can see what's on at Huis Marseille.

 

Local Life - Exploring Westerpark & Western Islands

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A reedy wilderness, a post-industrial culture complex and a drawbridge-filled adventure await those who make the trip to Westerpark and the Western Islands. Architectural and foodie hot spots add to the hip, eco-urban mashup. The area's rags-to-riches story is prototypical Amsterdam: abandoned factoryland hits the skids, squatters salvage it, and it rises again in creative fashion.

The area borders the Jordaan to the northwest; it's 1.6km from Centraal Station.

3 and 10 swing by the area.

g 22 goes to Het Schip.

The remarkable housing project Het Schip ( GOOGLE MAP ; %418 28 85; www.hetschip.nl; Spaarndammerplantsoen 140; admission €7.50; h11am-5pm Tue-Sun; g22 Zaanstraat) is the pinnacle of Amsterdam School architecture. Michel de Klerk designed the triangular block, loosely resembling a ship, for railway employees. It now hosts a small museum where you can poke around the old post office and an apartment.

 

Southern Canal Belt

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Two clubby nightlife districts anchor the Southern Canal Belt: Leidseplein and Rembrandtplein. Both are neon-lit, one-stop shops for partygoers. In between lie several intriguing museums – including the art blockbuster Hermitage Amsterdam – and restaurants, cafes and shops galore. During the Golden Age, the city's wealthiest residents lived in the ʼhood, so add mansions set on gorgeous canals to the mix, too.

MDevote the morning to whatever mega art exhibit the Hermitage Amsterdam is showing. Then stroll over to the Tassenmuseum Hendrikje, a museum dedicated to handbags and purses throughout history – heaven for 'ladies who lunch'.

RBegin the afternoon at Rembrandtplein and do the tourist thing. Snap a photo with the master painter's statue, eat a kroket (croquette) at Van Dobben and finish with a drink at splendid, velvet-chaired De Kroon. Next saunter over to Museum Van Loon for a look at the moneyed canal-house lifestyle, and to FOAM for renowned photography exhibits.

 

Vondelpark & Old South

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Often called the Museum Quarter, the Old South holds the top-draw Van Gogh, Stedelijk and Rijksmuseum collections. It's one of Amsterdam's richest neighbourhoods, and impressive manors rise along leafy streets. Vondelpark is the city's bucolic playground next door, where joggers, picnickers, dope smokers, accordion players and frolicking children all cheerfully coexist.

MTake a spin around beloved Vondelpark. Long and thin – about 1.5km long and 300m wide – it's easy to explore via a morning jaunt. Het Groot Melkhuis and other eateries in the park offer sustenance. You'll see a cross section of freewheeling Amsterdam life hanging out here.

RPay homage to the arts in the afternoon (when crowds are lighter). Fortify with a meaty lunch at l'Entrecôte et les Dames in the Old South, then hit the trail around the Museumplein. You'll likely have the stamina for just the Van Gogh Museum and Rijksmuseum, but kudos if you fit in the modern Stedelijk Museum as well. They're all lined up in a walkable row.

 

De Pijp

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With its narrow streets crowded by a lively mix of people – labourers, intellectuals, new immigrants, prostitutes, young urban professionals, gays, movie stars – De Pijp is Amsterdam's most spontaneous and creative quarter. Aside from the Heineken brewery tour, there aren't many sights. But free-spirited cafés and groovy restaurants on every block? That's where De Pijp rocks it.

MBrunch is a big to-do in De Pijp, so start off with a bountiful morning feed at Bakers & Roasters or Scandinavian Embassy. Then browse the cool shops. Hutspot features Dutch design decor. Fashion buffs can browse the vintage wares at Kolifleur.

RFor lunch grab a burger at Butcher. Not hungry after the big breakfast? Opt for a coffee pick-me-up at Café de Groene Vlinder. Then prepare for the Heineken Experience, the multimedia brewery tour where you'll get shaken up, bottled and 'become' a beer. If you go in the late afternoon, the tasting at the end provides a built-in happy hour.

 

Oosterpark & Around

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Oosterpark is one of Amsterdam's most culturally diverse neighbourhoods. It has seen only a small bit of gentrification, though things are starting to pick up. Even so, the area feels fresher and more uncharted than other parts of the city. The sights to see are off the everyday tourist path: the Tropenmuseum's global ephemera, a Moroccan and Turkish enclave, and several urban-cool bars.

MSpend the morning yodelling, sitting in yurts and checking out Dutch colonial booty at the Tropenmuseum. Strike out east from here down 1e van Swindenstraat to find the Dappermarkt, a fun cultural mix of people, food and wares mingling in the open air.

RContinue east and the road eventually turns into Javastraat, where old Dutch fish shops and working-class bars sit adjacent to Moroccan and Turkish grocery stores. The exotic strip offers prime grazing; sweet tooths will appreciate the divine bakeries. Assuming you're still hungry, keep going and you'll run into Javaplein for lunch at rustic Wilde Zwijne. Or chill out nearby at the cafe of Studio K.

 

Nieuwmarkt & Plantage

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Nieuwmarkt is a district as historic as anything you'll find in Amsterdam. Rembrandt painted canalscapes here, and Jewish merchants generated a fair share of the city's wealth with diamonds and other ventures. Affluent residents laid out the Plantage as a leafy, strollable quarter next door. The green area now hosts the botanic garden, zoo, inspiring Resistance Museum and a nifty windmill.

MBegin at Museum het Rembrandthuis, the master's impressive home where he painted his finest works. Nearby Gassan Diamonds gives the bling lowdown via free factory tours. Those who prefer history to baubles can visit the Joods Historisch Museum, which provides the back story to the neighbourhood's role as the old Jewish quarter.

RNosh on a hot-spiced Surinamese sandwich at Tokoman, then spend the afternoon taking in the Plantage's many sights. The Artis Royal Zoo wows the kids. The time-hewn plants of the Hortus Botanicus and the resistance exhibits of the Verzetsmuseum impress all ages. When happy hour rolls around, stroll over to organic beermaker Brouwerij ʼt IJ and swill at the foot of an authentic windmill.

 

Harbour & Eastern Islands

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The former shipyard and warehouse district that was once the city's fringe has morphed into a hub for cutting-edge Dutch architecture. The sparkling Muziekgebouw aan ʼt IJ and terrific maritime museum beguile, but mostly a visit here is about gawping at innovative structures. A scattering of bars and restaurants make the most of their dramatic waterfront locations.

MTick off the main sights in the morning. Take the escalators to the top-floor cafe of the Centrale Bibliotheek Amsterdam for a great view of the cityscape (and optional breakfast). Walk over the bridge to wild-looking NEMO, Amsterdam's kiddie-mobbed science center. Continue along the waterfront to ARCAM to stock up on architectural info. Then plunge into Het Scheepvaartmuseum, the treasure-rich maritime museum.

RSpend the afternoon exploring the Eastern Islands' odd, mod architecture. Pop into De Wereldbol for a sandwich to fortify. Then start wandering past buildings like the huge angular silver one dubbed the Whale. Make your way to Amsterdam Roest, where something hip is always going on at the artists' collective/beer garden. Hannekes Boom is another neighbourhood hangout known for its awesome beer garden.

 

The Best of Amsterdam

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More canals flow in Amsterdam than in Venice. Get the camera ready, because this walk passes some of the city's most beautiful waterways. They're more than just a pretty picture, though. For more than four centuries the canals have performed the epic task of keeping Amsterdam above water, since they help drain the soggy landscape. Today 100km of channels do their duty. The romantic backdrops and groovy places to float a boat are a lucky bonus.

Start Corner of Staalstraat and Groenburgwal; tram 4/9/14/16/24 Muntplein

Finish De Ysbreeker; tram 3 Wibautstraat/Ruyschstraat

Length 3km; two hours with dawdling

Sip coffee and play the piano amid the vintage-thrift decor at Café Langereis ( GOOGLE MAP ; cafelangereis.nl; Amstel 202; h11am-3am Sun-Thu, to 4am Fri & Sat; W; j4/9/14 Rembrandtplein), at the foot of the Blauwbrug (Blue Bridge).

 

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