Amsterdam’s main attractions include its historic canals, the Rijksmuseum (map), the Van Gogh Museum (map), the Stedelijk Museum (map), Hermitage Amsterdam (map), the Concertgebouw (map), the Anne Frank House (map), the Scheepvaartmuseum (map), the Amsterdam Museum (map), the Heineken Experience (map), the Royal Palace of Amsterdam (map), Natura Artis Magistra (map), Hortus Botanicus Amsterdam (map), NEMO (map), the red-light district (the oldest area of the town De Wallen, map) and many cannabis coffee shops.
Binnenstad (wikivoyage, map). The medieval centre is the most visited area of Amsterdam and is home to tourist hotspots like Dam Square and the Red Light District. The area is filled with narrow streets, shops, tourists and coffeeshops.
Canal District (wikivoyage, map). A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Canal District was dug in the 17th century to attract wealthy home owners. And is still a posh neighbourhood and home to the Dutch cultural elite. The Leidseplein (map) and Rembrandtplein (map) are the city’s prime nightlife spots.
Zuid (wikivoyage, map). One of Amsterdam’s prime areas, a trip to the city is not complete without a visit to the Museum Quarter (map). Snooty Oud-Zuid and Apollobuurt are filled with upscale boutiques, cafes and brasseries.
Most Asian restaurants are clustered at the Zeedijk near the Nieuwmarkt and it is often dubbed as Amsterdam’s Chinatown (map). It’s also home to many tokos, small Asian grocery stores that sell Eastern food and spices. Chinatown offers plenty of Chinese, Thai and Japanese restaurants, usually good value.
The Albert Cuyp Market (map) is the largest in Amsterdam, and the best-known street market in the country. The Waterloopleinmarkt (map) is partly a flea market, partly an alternative and second hand clothing and accessories market. It is more oriented towards tourists than to locals.
If you’re looking for authenticity, visit the Dappermarkt (map) or the Ten Katemarkt (map) in West. Both have food, households, flowers and clothing, and have a multicultural flavor.