Amsterdam for Hipsters

The city is known for its luxurious canal houses and gabled facades, plus windmills and drawbridges and touches of Renaissance and Art Deco. But you’ll also be dazzled by a new wave of chic, contemporary design, many of which are new public buildings, and representing regeneration in this ever-changing city.

In addition you've got a chic range of designers, bars and restaurants, showcasing the city in an uber-cool light. 

Look out for stylish boutiques in Jordaan—one of the city's finest neighborhoods to explore on foot—and contemporary art at Stedelijk Museum, for which the building itself is as much the attraction. There's plenty of nightlife on offer, from the chic waterfront Muziekgebouw aan ’t IJ to the long-established Paradiso, where many a rock star has made their name. 

Amsterdam has shaken up its image of its sleazier past and, like it or not, neighborhoods have been gentrified and contemporary style is now the way forward.

 

Jordaan

Home to thousands of canal builders, stonemasons, stevedores and tradesmen since the 17th century, Amsterdam’s oldest working-class district is now its coolest downtown neighborhood. Its original narrow canal-side houses had low rents later which housed political refugees including Spanish and Portuguese Jews and French Hugeo

Stedelijk Museum

Amsterdam’s dynamic modern art museum, reopened in 2012 after major restoration and a new wing nicknamed ‘the bathtub’, is dedicated to modern and contemporary art and design. Established in 1895, and a state museum since 1938, its permanent collection carries pieces representing Fauvism, Cubism, Impressionism and De Stijl.

Muziekgebouw aan ’t IJ

This 21st-century waterfront music complex houses Amsterdam’s acoustically brilliant auditorium for new music. It’s also the new location of the city’s venerable jazz club, the Bimhuis.

Paradiso

This ‘pop temple’ is situated in an old church, and going strong since 1968. Its main concert hall downstairs has hosted acts including the Rolling Stones at various stages of their career, The Sex Pistols, Nirvana and Patti Smith. Club events often follow concerts and go on until at least 4am.

Borneo-Sporenburg Bridge

This striking structure is one of three new bridges designed by West 8, spanning the 93m-wide water of the Railroad basin. Built in red steel, they connect the islands of Borneo and Sporenburg.

NEMO Roof Terrace

On the top of the science center NEMO, this is one of Amsterdam's largest roof terraces, 22m above the water level.

Floor17

This all-year penthouse bar is located on a 17th-floor terrace, boasting spectacular views. Try their unique take on classic cocktails such as The Sidecar, and a Vesper Martini.

EYE Film Institute

This 'house of film' pays homage to the world of films, with screenings and exhibitions.

Marqt

A selection of sleek organic stores and farmers markets, often straight from the supplier, with the emphasis on health. This is the first branch–there are many more around town. Open daily 9am–9pm.

DoubleTree by Hilton

With a prime location near Centraal Station, this hotel has a bold, contemporary design and all mod cons inside.