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48 Hours in Amsterdam

A city as beautiful as its people. Amsterdam truly is the city which has it all. It is a good-time city and a beautiful city; with scenery, culture and style in equal measure. Both laid-back and efficient, historic and evolving, the Dutch Capital has enough to do to return over and over again. Read on for our guide to 48 hours in Amsterdam. 

Dressing for Amsterdam…

Whether you’re cycling through the canals or embracing the coffee shop culture, our fashion editor Lisa Haynes shows you how to dress in the ‘Dam…

What to do…

Hop on a bike
Amsterdam’s diminutive size means that two-wheeling is the way of life. The compact structure of the city means it is trouble-free to take an aimless stroll over charming bridges or explore the myriad of parks by bike or foot. Bountiful bike-rentals on each street corner make it easy to travel the city like a local.

Anne Frank’s House

A visit to Anne Frank’s House is an essential part of understanding Amsterdam’s history. Take a quiet moment to experience Anne Frank’s emotive story through quotes, photos, videos and original extracts from her diary. Website 

Van Gogh

A must-see for the art-enthusiasts. The Van Gogh museum displays the legendary Dutch artist’s most iconic collections as well as the original letters exploring his personal life and struggles with depression. Website


Relive 800 years of rich Dutch History at the Rijksmuseum, the Netherlands’ biggest national museum, established to exhibit Amsterdam’s finest art and history. Enjoy masterpieces from all the Dutch greats including Van Gogh, Johannes Vermeer and Rembrandt. Website

The Negen Staatjes (‘Nine Streets’)

For chic boutiques and charming coffee shops, head to the Negen Straatjes (‘Nine Streets’). The Negen Straatjes is quite literally a labyrinth of nine streets, each one bursting with trendy boutiques, stylish interiors and quaint cafés. Head here for independent eateries, vintage finds and one-of-a-kind pieces. Website

Where to stay…

Soho House

With its 1930’s décor, high ceilings and geometric light fittings, Soho House is a marriage between tradition and modern-day. Set along the canal-side, the house occupies a prime and central location. Grand furnishings, bespoke headboards and copious Cowshed toiletries, Soho House offers a relaxed yet chic surrounding. Enjoy a cocktail on the roof terrace with unparalleled views of the city, or spend a quiet night unwinding indoors in the private screening room. Website 


Hidden amongst townhouses, the Pulitzer boasts traditional and contemporary Dutch craftsmanship. Previously belonging to Aristocrats and merchants, the quirky boutique hotel is set from twenty-five restored houses. Preserving its character, each room carries a personal stamp encapsulating the history of its’ previous owner; you may stay in the book collector’s suite, where you can enjoy your very own private library or alternatively, the music-collectors suite, equipped with a vintage record player and an assortment of LP records. Soaring ceilings, large windows supplied with Le Labo toiletries, the Pulitzer is a vision of Dutch elegance. CF recommends opting for a room with a canal-side view. Website

The Dylan

This discreet and stylish boutique hotel can be found hidden along the Keizersgracht canal in one of the most desirable addresses in the city. A repurposed 17th-century theatre, The Dylan is a perfect blend of grandeur and elegance. Find serenity in the heart of the city with chic robes, a sunken bath-tub and even a Michelin star restaurant on-site. Website

The Hoxton

With as many locals as guests, The Hoxton is an alluring hotspot for the Dutch crowd. Once home to the mayor of Amsterdam, the boutique hotel is both chic yet convivial. With cosy mid-century décor and a chic bar open from morning till late, the Hoxton is an all-day happening destination. Website

Where to eat…

Coffee & Coconuts

Light, airy and high-ceilinged, Coffee & Coconut’s minimal Scandinavian interior is the perfect spot to relax over a coffee or brunch. With a Balinese inspired menu, Coffee & Coconuts has a vast choice including a wide range of vegan options. Website

Lion Noir

Perhaps the most romantic restaurant in Amsterdam, Lion Noir oozes opulence. With its’ low-lit and elegant décor, it is the perfect spot to enjoy a date night. Citizen Femme recommends you opt for the Chef’s menu, where you can let the Chef’s surprise you with a menu of their choice.  Website


Located on the Nine Streets and adjacent to the Pulitzer, Jansz offers traditional European cuisine within a stylish and easy-going ambience. Website


Situated in Amsterdam’s Soho House, Cecconi’s is the epitome of Italian elegance. With a Venetian inspired menu, Cecconi’s triumphs at hand-made pasta and local seafood. Citizen Femme recommends the Black truffle Agnolotti del Plin. Website 

MaMa Kelly

For a truly unique and instagrammable dinner setting, head to MaMa Kelly. Adorned with blush pink furnishings and brass detail, MaMa Kelly has a similar quirky aesthetic and atmosphere to Mayfair’s Sketch. With a menu comprised predominantly of chicken and lobster, Citizen Femme recommends the lobster with butter sauce. Website

W Lounge

Arguably the best rooftop bar in the Amsterdam, the W Lounge offers panoramic views of the city whilst enjoying dinner or a cocktail. The enviable location, as well as the chic interior, means the W Lounge serves as a hot-spot for locals, especially on a Friday night for a post-dinner cocktail. Website 

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