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Amsterdam Travel Guide

Jordaan, Oosterdock and Pols Potten

Amsterdam's charming grachtenpanden

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Start the day at Letting, a small breakfast joint on Prinsenstraat known for its wentelteefjes, sugar bread dipped in egg, cooked in a pan, and served with homemade jam.

Spend your final day discovering Amsterdam by bike, taking advantage of its impressive network of dedicated lanes and specially designed traffic lights. Centraal Station, Leidseplein and Dam Square are all major rental hubs. You can also simply ask at your hotel about the nearest shop.

The Jordaan in Amsterdam, Netherlands is home to artsy boutiques, bars and restaurants

Once you've rented your wheels, head west to the trendy Jordaan area, a former ghetto built in the early 1600s for the working class and poor. Once inhabited by Rembrandt, the Jordaan was rehabilitated in the 1970s by artists and students after decades of neglect. Today this flower-filled neighborhood is a haven for artsy boutiques, bars and restaurants. Its narrow streets and small houses create a distinct village feeling inside the city.

Browse through the one-of-a-kind shops and boutiques like Van Ravenstein and MeCHICas in the “Nine Streets,” and blend in with the locals by sipping hot chocolate in the Bar With No Name at Wolvenstraat 23.

KNSM Island in Amsterdam, Netherlands, is a man-made peninsula and is now a residential area containing modern architecture

Before leaving the area, pick up a few sandwiches at Broodje Bert to eat in house, or simply wrap them up for an outdoor picnic elsewhere. Hop back on your bike and go farther into the East Docklands or Oosterdok area and enjoy some of the city's most stunning modern architecture, like the Whale apartment building and the red Python Bridge. Pay a visit to Pols Potten to find great furniture, lamps, pots and glassware designed by up-and-coming young Dutch talents including Pols Potten itself. KNSM Island, on which the store is situated, is worth the visit itself.

For dinner on your final night, head to Fifteen Amsterdam, which combines a restaurant and a culinary school for young people struggling to find opportunities. For some late-night entertainment, visit the Amsterdam Music Theater or dance the night away at one of the city's hottest clubs, Panama.

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* Photos by The Netherlands Board of Tourism and Conventions

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