Keizersgracht

Jan Veth - Keizersgracht 327, Amsterdam-View from the studio - 1924

Jan Pieter Veth (18 May 1864 Dordrecht - 1 July 1925 Amsterdam), was a Dutch painter, poet, art critic and university lecturer. He is especially noted as a portrait painter. Amongst his sitters were Max Liebermann, Lambertus Zijl, Frank van der Goes, Antoon Derkinderen and other contemporaries including various fellow painters.

anonymous asked:

If someone comes to Amsterdam what are good places to stay and things to do/ see and eat? If you can sometimes make a post. Thanks!

✿ places to stay… 

there are countless hotels scattered all over amsterdam but my recommendation would not be to stay in the city centre, it’s mostly really expensive and the hotels are usually very small. i’d recommend you to stay in the surrounding neighbourhoods in west (either de baarsjes, oud-west, oud-zuid, overtoom or even nieuw-west) the hotels are actually really close to the city centre and with all the trams it’s easily accessible too. also west is my favorite area :-) 

here are some examples of nice places to stay:

  • de baarsjes area: hotel alp and hotel larende 
  • oud-west/oud-zuid/overtoom area: hotel atlas, hotel conscious (hotels around vondelpark are usually nice, hotel de filosoof used to be my favorite but they’ve closed that down and are now making a pillows hotel out of it)
  • nieuw-west: ramada hotel

there’s also this new thing called cityhub, i don’t know if it’s a nice place to stay (certainly not if you’re claustrophobic) but it looks funny though :-)

places to eat…

there really are a lot of places to eat, ranging from affordable to a tad expensive. my current favorite place is probably in the jordaan (vegetarian/vegan), it’s called hummus bistro d&a and their food is amazing and their interior is so cozy and beautiful as well. there’s a tiny indonesian restaurant hidden behind the nieuwe kerk which is just lovely as well and another indonesian restaurant called kantjil & de tijger is really good too. there are also a lot of nice little restaurants in de baarsjes area, specifically speaking de clerqstraat extending into the admiraal de ruyterweg; some nice places there are fier, cantinetta wine & pasta, barspek and speijkervet. there’s also de hallen in west which used to be a tram depot but they turned it all upside down and now there’s a hotel there, an artfilm cinema, vintage shops, a library but also a big indoor food hall; there’s a great variety of (freshly cooked) food and it’s all very nice and very affordable too

things to do and see…

museums:

places to shop:

the nicest districts when it comes to cute stores are the nine streets and the jordaan, i’d really recommend you to stroll around there. there are also some nice stores in magna plaza, such as “things i like things i love”, “sissy boy” and “gekaapt”

  • jordaan district: every saturday there’s a vintage/organic market at noordermarkt 
  • jordaan district: every monday there’s a fabric market in the westerstraat and at the end it loops into a vintage/book market at noordermarkt
  • jordaan district: haarlemmerstraat and the extended haarlemmerdijk
  • the 9 streets (hartenstraat): there’s a lovely shop called exota which sells their own brand called king louie and it’s really cute
  • the 9 streets (wolvenstraat): definitely try to visit laura dols, it’s gorgeous
  • near dam square (sint jansstraat): les petites puces is an adorable vintage shop where you can also drink tea and eat yummy cake
  • near westerkerk (rozengracht): kitsch kitchen is one of my favorite stores, it’s just amazing 

other nice things to see/do:

  • hofjes, like het begijnhof
  • strolling around the vondelpark
  • strolling around all the canals (esp prinsengracht, herengracht & keizersgracht)
  • the flower market
  • waterlooplein or albert cuyp market
  • hire some bikes…. if you dare…. (i’d say only if you know how to properly ride one, otherwise it’s… well it could be messy)
  • westergasfabriek / westerpark

well that’s all i can think of for now, i hope i could be of help! :-)