Unlike other capitals like Paris and London where it’s almost impossible to visit many attractions in one day, Amsterdam boasts an excellent urban layout that enables travelers to see dozens of interesting places in just 24 hours. Whether you are on a business trip and have a day off or you have a long layover and don’t want to spend the whole day at the airport, you’ll be surprised how much of the city you can see in one day.
Grab Some Breakfast
What I really love about Amsterdam is that it offers an abundance of cafes and restaurants that focus exclusively on breakfast and brunch. From a healthy granola bowl at Benji’s to Café de Huyschkaemer’s full English breakfast and American pancakes at De Drie Graefjes, there are plenty of seriously awesome breakfast options in Amsterdam to choose from.
Take a Canal Cruise
Going on a canal cruise is just one of those things you have to do in Amsterdam, especially if it’s your first time in the city and you have only 24 hours to spend here. Explore the charming canals and see the city from a totally different perspective. The good news is that when it comes to canal cruises here in Amsterdam, the options are endless. The Blue Boat Company’s historic tour is a perfect tour for travelers who are into history and art, while the Amsterdam Jewel Cruises offers an unforgettable romantic experience.
Explore the Best Markets in Amsterdam
If you are looking for fun things to do in Amsterdam, exploring its picturesque markets is something that you should include in your 24-hour travel itinerary. To try some local foods like stroopwafels and poffertjes, pay a visit to the popular Albert Cuypmarkt in De Pijp. For second-hand clothing, jewelry, books, and antiquates head out to IJ-Hallen flea market at NDSM Wharf. The lovely Flower Market on the Singel Canal is also not to be missed. Admire all the cool flower bulbs and bouquets of fresh tulips here.
Visit a Museum or Two
The city of Amsterdam is famous for its extraordinary museums and you have just enough time to visit one or two of them. From the fabulous Van Gogh Museum and the Anne Frank House to the Rijksmuseum building where you will find masterpieces from Rembrandt and Vermeer, choosing a museum to visit is definitely not an easy task. There is also the famous Stedelijk which focuses on modern art.
Nightlife in Amsterdam
Amsterdam is well-known for its vibrant nightlife and there is always something going on in the city at night. For live music, I recommend Bitterzoet or Paradiso. If you are into big pub crawls and beer gardens, you’ll find many of them at Leidseplein Square. Of course, there is also the infamous Red District with its popular coffeeshops and contemporary hotspots to keep you entertained throughout the evening.
To sum it all up, exploring Amsterdam and visiting some of its most popular attractions is definitely possible if you are staying in the city for just one day.