Amsterdam: Top 5 Hidden Local Spots

Red light districts, coffee shops, canals and bikes. These are just a handful of iconic images that come to mind when most people think of Amsterdam.

Although popular tourist spots have their charm, there are many hidden gems that are lesser-known by tourists.

We have listed the top 5 places that you might want to include in your itinerary for your next trip to Amsterdam, and some of the best sunglasses from G-star RAW to make your journey even more stylish.

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A perfect example of gentrification, Jordaan used to be the area purely for the working class and immigrants in the 1970s.

Today, it has transformed into a booming district highlighted by a plethora of trendy cafes and bars, a favourite of tourists as well as locals. Café Nol is a traditional bar that cannot be missed out if you are in Jordaan – the chandeliers, mirrored walls and red carpet will for sure bring you back to the rich history of this area.

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If you are visiting Amsterdam in the summer, Vondelpark is simply a must-see.

A day can easily be spent by biking from your hotel to Vondelpark, having a picnic on the green grass, and visiting some of the famous sights nearby. Rijksmuseum and Van Gogh Museum are both within a mere 10-minute walk from the park.

Legendary night clubs Paradiso and Melkweg boast some of the most anticipated events in town, are not far either.

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Arguably the most “hipster” area in Amsterdam, Amsterdam-Noord is not usually on the to-go list for visitors, making it a hidden gem that only a few know about.

EYE Museum is a national museum dedicated to Dutch and foreign movies and film posters – a true heaven for movie enthusiasts.

If having a drink or some food by the waterside is your cup of tea, Pllek and Noorderlicht are two of the most trendy and stylish cafes in the area that can’t be missed out.

To pay a visit to Amsterdam-Noord, you can simply take the ferry from Central Station for free.

Dam Square

Despite being a major tourist sight in Amsterdam, Dam Square is a spot at which you might not spend more than 15 minutes, but the real gems are the shops and malls in this area.

The iconic De Bijenkorf is situated next to the Square, offers a well-edited selection of designer labels. The high street brands in the same area are worth paying a visit too.


While it’s not exactly in Amsterdam, Zandvoort is a great town to visit if you feel like unconventionally incorporating a little bit of beach and sunshine in your Amsterdam trip.

As Brighton is to London, Zandvoort is easily accessible from Amsterdam, less than 30 minutes to reach by train from Central Station.

The long sandy beach is a great place to enjoy a late sunset in balmy summer nights.

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