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Exploring Amsterdam: Parks, Markets & Bars

Updated: May 6

You might want to explore the city and don’t know where to start or what to do? Well, when I first arrived, I also had no idea of where to go or what to do.

I find it nice to explore the city gradually, as you are living here and not staying for a week. Even though many of the places to be mentioned may be very well known and touristy, I believe that it is still worthy to go more than once and spend more time there, really appreciating it instead of just checking it off of your bucket list. Going during weekdays is a good idea, as it may be less crowded.

So, I made a list of some of my favorite parks, markets, and bars. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do :)


Amsterdamse Bos

A huge park very close to the city. You can definitely do a lot, from a goat farm to biking or even a picnic. They also have a cherry blossom area, which is worth a visit when it’s blooming, between March and April.


If the weather is nice, simply lay down in the grass and chill. Alone, with friends or a date, just don’t forget snacks and drinks.


It has a very nice lake, good for walking or running and appreciating the views ;)


Close to Amstel River, you can also have a pleasant time here.




Albert Cuyp

It is a street with many stands with different options of food and souvenirs.

Amstelveen Stadshart

Every Friday (from 8am until 5pm), there is a market in the Amstelveen Stadshart, which varies from flower shops, second-hand books, fruit and vegetable stalls, cheese stalls, fashion stalls, coffee and nut stalls.


Nice place to stop by while walking in the city center. Some options of food are not that overpriced in a nice environment. There are some stands in the entrance with unique crafts and handmade items.

IJ Hallen

Biggest flea market in Europe happens every first Sunday of the month. The ticket is €6 for the standard entrance.


Flea market with many many things, mainly clothes, but also decorative items, accessories, bikes, etc.

Albert Cuyp Market

Food Hallen Amsterdam



There are many options for having a beer or even pub crawling. I’d suggest going to Leidseplein or Rembrandtplein, and choosing the one you prefer, as there are many options. Some specific recommendations are as follows.

Jazz Cafe Alto

Small jazz bar, very ‘gezellig’. Entrance is free depending on the time.

Maloe Melo

The oldest blues & rock café in the city. Nice for chatting, playing some cards or dancing, as they play live music every day. Bring cash!

The Poolbar

Nice environment, many pool tables and other games available.


Jazz Café Alto Amsterdam

You can find many other cool places around Amsterdam, but these are some of my favourite recommendations. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do :)



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