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Where to stay in Amsterdam

When you’re choosing where to stay in Amsterdam, it’s important to keep in mind that anything within the inner canal belt will be within walking distance to the city’s main charms, sites, and attractions. The advantages of a compact city! So, what accommodation you want depends entirely on the Amsterdam experience you’re after – there’s something for every traveller, on a budget or otherwise. Want to be close to the central hub of pubs, clubs and eateries, or would you prefer to reside on the quieter side, closer to the city’s parks and residential areas? Here are a few of the best areas to stay in Amsterdam.

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  • The Old Centre

    Amsterdam's Old Centre is the historical heart of the city, encompassing the Red Light District, Dam, Spui, and Nieuwmarkt. This medieval district is perhaps the most visited area in the capital, and you'll find the Oude Kerk and the Royal Palace of Amsterdam in these parts. If you're seeking peace and quiet, the Old Centre is probably not where you'll find it, but it's abuzz with nightlife and close to Amsterdam's historical landmarks.

  • Grachtengordel

    Amsterdam's Grachtengordel (Canal Ring) is the beautiful and World Heritage-listed district that forms a horseshoe around the city's Old Centre. The area accommodates tourists and residents alike with several hotels, boutique shops, cafes and restaurants as well as businesses and homes dotting the area. You'll find Leidseplein and Rembrandtplein here, perfect for exploring the city's nightlife.

  • The Jordaan

    Located northwest of the city centre, the upscale Jordaan area is hip, arty, and mostly residential, which will likely give you a quieter and more authentic stay. You won't find many hotels in this area, though, rather boutique bed and breakfasts or guesthouses, beautiful in their quintessential Dutch charm. The Jordaan hosts the popular Nine Streets shopping district, so you'll be close to vintage shops, cute cafes and restaurants.

  • The Museum Quarter

    The Museum Quarter (Museumplein), while home to Amsterdam's famous museums and thus buzzing with visitors by day, is actually quite peaceful by night. You'll find a wide range of hotels here, ranging from high to low end. Staying in Museumplein not only gives you a jumpstart on the queues to the world-renowned museums, but also puts you in close proximity to the glamorous P.C. Hooftstraat shopping district.

  • De Pijp

    De Pijp is a vibrant residential area of Amsterdam that's located just south of the city centre. The area is overflowing with cafes, restaurants and bars, so an exquisite bite to eat is never far away. Ensure you spend a Saturday morning strolling the nearby Albert Cuyp Market, a massive outdoor market with more than 300 stalls.

Frequently asked questions

When packing for a trip to the Netherlands, don't forget the essentials like your visa, passport, chargers, camera, some euro and the correct power adaptor. Clothing wise, check out the seasonality guides and pack to suit the conditions - aka layers for winter and lighter options for summer. Other necessities include a walking shoes, hat, sunglasses and a good pair of jeans. No, seriously, jeans are the ultimate European travel accessory, effortlessly taking you from strolls along cobblestoned streets to late nights eating Dutch frites in De Wallen.


The Netherlands' elaborate canal city, Amsterdam, offers travellers a bounty of interesting accommodation options. Some of the most popular locations include The Old Centre, Grachtengordel South, the Eastern Docklands, the Old Jewish Quarter and the Museum Quater.


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The Netherland’s peak season runs throughout summer from July to September, when travellers can enjoy warm weather and long days. If you’re keen to avoid the crowds, consider heading over between September and November, when the autumn leaves change and festive foods begin to emerge.


With a maze of unique streets and canals just waiting to be explored, Amsterdam really is a travellers haven. Hire a bike and spend your days peddling throughout the neighbourhoods in search of city icons like the Royal Palace, Van Gogh Museum and Anne Frank House, before heading to De Pjip to enjoy area’s famous haul of bustling bars, cafes and restaurants. Amsterdam is also the perfect base for adventures into the Dutch countryside, as you hunt for colourful Tulip fields and gin bars.


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