It's no surprise that Amsterdam is a city for art lovers. From Van Gogh to Rembrandt, the city is claim to some of the most extraordinary art masters. Since the Rijksmuseum opened in 2013 after a 10-year renovation, there's no better time to go. We've chosen the city's best museums, restaurants and hotels for a cultured visit.
We think this may be the best museum in Amsterdam—unfortunately, so do a lot of other people. The lines can get pretty painful; to avoid them, reserve tickets on the museum’s website.
The Dylan 93
This stylish hotel is housed in a seventeenth-century building that centres on a beautiful courtyard and terrace.
Whimsical, modern design with nods to history are found throughout this hip offshoot from Hyatt, housed in a former library and extremely well-located on the Prinsengracht canal.
Anna van den Vondelstraat 6
We love the breakfast rooms, the elegant bar, and the tranquil English garden that's a pastoral pleasure come summer.
Oostelijke Handelskade 34
This ultrastylish building used to be a hotel for migrants back in 1921, and many of the original fixtures still exist, combined with triumphs of more contemporary Dutch design.
Tiny place off one of the grungier stretches of Kalverstraat. Nice breakfasts, an array of inventive sandwiches for lunch, and then – their speciality – high tea served in the afternoon.
Prins Hendrikkade 59/72
The way chef Christopher Naylor combines tastes, textures, and temperatures is masterful.
De Belhamel 85
This restaurant is blessed with Art Nouveau detailing and wallpaper that is so darkly evocative of fin-de-siècle living it may inspire a thirst for absinthe and symbolist poetry.
Albert Cuypstraat 182
Yummie foods from afar in an old church.
De Kas 93
Kamerlingh Onneslaan 3
The concept is simple but exacting: raise your own boutique produce in an attached greenhouse ... then put it all together in a five-course prix-fixe, you-get-what-we're-serving menu.
The van Loon family owned this magnificent patrician house between 1884 and 1945.
To our surprise, it's a great backdrop for the Stedelijk's temporary exhibits and permanent collection from Dutch Stijl through the Cobra movement.
You almost expect to find the master himself at the Museum het Rembrandthuis , where Rembrandt van Rijn ran the Netherlands’ largest painting studio.
This mid-range hotel is located on the outer edge of the popular Canal Ring neighborhood, just north of De Pijp.