Cool Places in Amsterdam

Cool Places Amsterdam
Cool Places Amsterdam. Credit: Chili

Cool Places in Amsterdam | Chili and Chirp have been visiting Amsterdam for the first time in 2007, coming back very other year since then. A decade ago we thought it couldn’t possibly happen: Amsterdam can’t live up to the huge hype. We were veeery very wrong. Amsterdam is one of the most beautiful cities on earth, competing for the ultimate top spot with Venice, Paris and Florence. The difference: Amsterdam is particularly cool for young people. There is so much to discover in this European pearl …

Hannekes Boom

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Amsterdam, Hannekes Boom

Our first cool recommendation in Amsterdam: Along the Amsterdam channels Hannekes Boom bar and café has been around since freaking 1662 – SixteenSixtyFreakingTwo! People even pull up to Hannekes Boom along the canal on their boats! There’s music, outdoor seating, fun people, cheap beer and good food. You can’t go wrong here. If you are on a boat anyway, pull up in style. Hannekes Boom has a dock for visitors arriving by boat.

De Pijp

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Amsterdam: De Pijp

Cool Places in Amsterdam #2: De Pijp – a former working class neighborhood. Over the recent years it slowly transformed into a more hip hood with underground bars, street art, and cute cafés. Also cool in this area is Albert Cuypmarkt, a daily food market with interesting shops and losts of street food. For a bit of fun at night, check out the nearby bar Gollem which sells local beer.



A 5-minute walk from Centraal Amsterdam, the Haarlemmerstraat. Shopaholics really need to visit Amsterdam’s Haarlemmerstraat because it’s hip, it’s quirky and it’s a perfect location for relaxed browsing, dining and bar-hopping. Check out Vinnie’s Deli for organic, healthy food.

Amsterdam Cranehotel

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Amsterdam is full of crazy places to stay. There are literally no limits. You want to stay in a crane? No problem. The Crane Hotel Faralda Amsterdam will serve you. Location: Crane Hotel Amsterdam


Cool Places in Amsterdam #5: When visiting Amsterdam for the first time, most people leave Shiphol Airport or Centraal station heading straight for the Red Light District. Instead of doing that, if you leave towards the back of Centraal station you will end up at the ferry port. There you can catch a 20-minute boat to Noord (NDSM) for free. Once on the northern side of the city – called “Noord”, you’ll find a surprisingly vibrant part of Amsterdam with warehouses full of art projects, festival grounds and shipping containers that have been converted into beachside bars & restaurants. You might try the beachside Cafe Norderlicht for good food. or you visit Holland’s largest flea market: IJ-Hallen, only open once a month. Check their website for dates.

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