Published by @squadette on 2016-05-25
This is a short Amsterdam travel guide. You can read http://wikitravel.org/en/Amsterdam for the usual touristy stuff.
One really non-obvious museum is called Tropenmuseum (https://tropenmuseum.nl/en). Almost everyone thinks that this is some kind of a botanical museum, or a greenhouse, but nothing could be further from the truth. It’s an amazing ethnography museum, with a huge exhibition. Plan for at least two hours, maybe three.
Netherlands sucks at food. However, you should try:
Burgerbar (http://burgerbar.nl/contact/): one of the best burger places in Amsterdam. If you go to the one at Kolksteeg 2, you can take beer from In De Wildeman (see below), and that’s a nice combo.
Cafe de Klos (https://foursquare.com/v/café-de-klos/4af7eeb9f964a5208c0a22e3). Best spare ribs in Amsterdam. If your travel agent sold you a ticket to Amsterdam and did not mention Klos, you can request full refund from them (there is an EU legislation about that). However, you will have to wait for about an hour in waiting list (you can spend this time in the bar across the street, which they will show you and will collect you from when the seat is ready). They do not take reservations (if you want to reserve a seat in Klos, please start reading this sentence from the beginning).
Amsterdam is built on the ocean floor of Beer Ocean. You can use Foursquare for that. My personal favorites are:
In De Wildeman (http://www.indewildeman.nl/index.php?doc=locatie). Best with Burger Bar (see above). It’s closed on Sunday — this is highly unusual for Amsterdam, and disappointing).
Cafe de Spuyt (http://www.cafedespuyt.nl/index.php?p=contact);
Cafe Westerdok (http://www.cafewesterdok.nl/contact-en-US/) — off the tourist track, but highly recommended.
Cafe Gollem (http://cafegollem.nl/), especially the one on Amstelstraat.
Wynand Fokink (Pijlsteeg 31, 14:00-21:00, http://wynand-fockink.nl/). Very wide selection of liqueurs. Do not use the word “shot” here.
In De Olofspoort (Nieuwebrugsteeg 13, Tue-Sat 16:00-00:00, http://www.olofspoort.com/). Very wide selection of liquers, ask the owner for advice.
Hiding In Plain Sight (Rapenburg 18). Jazz-band on Thursdays;
Tales & Spirits (Lijnbaanssteeg 5-7, closed on Mondays);
Vesper Bar (Vinkenstraat 57, closed Sun-Mon);