Art lover's guide to Amsterdam

Aesthetic pleasures abound in the Venice of the North.

by Briana Seftel

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.

Van Gogh Museum 98

Museumplein 6

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.

- Let's Go

The Dylan 93

Keizersgracht 384

This stylish hotel is housed in a seventeenth-century building that centres on a beautiful courtyard and terrace.

- Rough Guide

Andaz Amsterdam Prinsengracht 86

Prinsengracht 587

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.

- Fodor's

Pillows Anna van den Vondel 84

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.

- Lonely Planet

Lloyd Hotel & Cultural Embassy 88

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.

- Lonely Planet

Gartine 82

Taksteeg 7

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.

- Rough Guide

Restaurant Vermeer 82

Prins Hendrikkade 59/72

The way chef Christopher Naylor combines tastes, textures, and temperatures is masterful.

- Fodor's

De Belhamel 85

Brouwersgracht 60

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.

- Fodor's

Bazar 85

Albert Cuypstraat 182

Yummie foods from afar in an old church.

- Not For Tourists

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.

- Gayot

Museum Van Loon 89

Keizersgracht 672

The van Loon family owned this magnificent patrician house between 1884 and 1945.

- Frommer's

To our surprise, it's a great backdrop for the Stedelijk's temporary exhibits and permanent collection from Dutch Stijl through the Cobra movement.

- Concierge

Rembrandt House 94

Jodenbreestraat 4-6

You almost expect to find the master himself at the Museum het Rembrandthuis , where Rembrandt van Rijn ran the Netherlands’ largest painting studio.

- Lonely Planet

Hotel V Frederiksplein 78

Weteringschans 136

This mid-range hotel is located on the outer edge of the popular Canal Ring neighborhood, just north of De Pijp.

- Oyster

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