Discover unique buildings, one-of-a-kind museums, specialty stores, hidden bars and the best places to sleep. There is always something new to discover in Amsterdam! It is a destination that has a lot to offer every kind of traveller. We’re happy to share some of Amsterdam’s hidden treasures with you.
Amsterdam is famous for its canal houses and bridges. When you take a stroll by the canals you will want to keep your camera in hand to shoot lots of pictures.
One of Amsterdam’s hidden treasures is Het Begijnhof. This area was founded for a group of devoted women who cared for the ill and taught children. Het Begijnhof consists out of small houses and a church around a courtyard that used to be closed at night. You can reach this oasis of tranquillity from the busy Spui. Here you can also admire one of the two wooden houses in Amsterdam.
House on the three canals
A unique canal house is the house on the three canals. This photo-worthy building has 3 stepped gables. The state monument can be found at the crossing between Oudezijds Achterburgwal, Oudezijds Voorburgwal and Grimburgwal. You can also admire the Sleutelbrug here. A vault bridge with three passages. From here you have a beautiful view of the house on the three canals.
Do you know these museums?
Amsterdam has many museums, some of them world-famous and others that are yet to be discovered. Most people are familiar with the Rijksmuseum, Van Gogh Museum, Stedelijk Museum and Anne Frank House. Today we would like you to get to know some museums that you might not have heard of before.
Dutch Costume Museum
Some people think the Dutch all wear wooden shoes and a funny hat. When and where were these kinds of costumes worn? You’ll learn all about them in the Dutch Costume Museum. It is even possible to take a picture in costume here.
Never had time to learn how to play the piano? Pianola’s play the music themselves by using special scrolls. Discover the world of self-playing piano’s in the Pianola Museum.
Browsing the shops
There are so many good places to shop in Amsterdam that it is sometimes difficult to decide where to shop. You can visit these unique stores for a great gift.
A true wine cellar with the best wines from France and Italy. At Cave Rokin you will taste the passion for wine. The enthusiastic team will always advice you about the best foods to serve with your wine.
They know all about hidden treasures at Antiquariaat A. Kok & zoon. Rediscover your favourite comic or learn something new in many different areas of expertise like art, cars and biology. They have a very extensive second hand book collection
If you have a sweet tooth Sweet Bob is a store to visit. Here you’ll find the Brazilian treat brigadeiros in flavours that change on a daily basis. The treat is made with condensed milk and butter. The rest of the ingredients make the ever changing flavours. Every time you visit you’ll discover something new.
The term speakeasy was first used during the prohibition in the United States. Since there was a ban on alcohol hidden bars were founded where you had to speak in hushed tones or easy.. Nowadays speakeasy’s are hip places where you need a password to enter. Amsterdam has a few that serve delicious cocktails. Reservations? Those are made by phone on the day itself.
Walk through a black door near Rembrandtplein and travel back to the roaring twenties at Door74. Immerse yourself in their story’s and enjoy those delicious cocktails. A recommendation is the 3 course cocktail menu. When you order this menu you’ll receive a matching bite with each cocktail.
Hiding in Plain Sight
The speakeasy with the fitting name Hiding in Plain Sight is located near the Nieuwmarkt. Come inside and enjoy Old Fashioned cocktails made by stylish bartenders. Are you in town on a Thursday? Every Thursday you can listen to the sweet notes from the Gypsy Swing Band.
The best overnight stays in Amsterdam
Hotels by Inntel Hotels offer everything for relaxed overnight stays. In every hotel you’ll find a wellness centre and rooms with very comfortable beds.
Inntel Hotels Amsterdam Centre
At the 4* hotel in the centre of the city they know all about Amsterdam’s hidden treasures. When the hotel was build a ton of discoveries were made causing archaeologists to assume this was actually the site of a city castle. The treasures that were found can be viewed in the cabinet across from the bar.
Inntel Hotels Amsterdam Zaandam
You can reach the most unique hotel in the world in only 12 minutes from Amsterdam Central Station. The remarkable façade is world famous. Also discover the inside where the history of the region is incorporated in a modern interior.
Open in 2021: Inntel Hotels Amsterdam Landmark
In 2021 Inntel Hotels will open another 4* hotel in Amsterdam in the Oostenburg district. The design of the hotel is inspired by the historical purpose of its location where the VOC and Werkspoor used to be.
Is Amsterdam your destination this summer and are you looking for more inspiration for your visit? Also read our articles about a Staycation and our tips from local experts.
You’ll be surprised.