Amsterdam Bucket List

The Ultimate Amsterdam Bucket List

The Ultimate Amsterdam Bucket List


When you think of Amsterdam you largely think about the Red Light District and Coffeeshops. However, after living in the city I completely forget these things exist at all (apart from the occasional trip to a coffeeshop). There is so much more to Amsterdam, from the thousands of amazing restaurants, the coolest bars, great shopping and magical festivals. So I made this Amsterdam Bucket List one month into living here as a way of ensuring my free time is spent doing fun things and making the most of my time here. This Amsterdam bucket list is great for anyone who needs some ideas for unique and different things to do when they visit Amsterdam!



Museum of Bags and Purses – If you are interested in fashion and how it uncovers a particular period in time then the Museum of Bags and Purses is perfect for you. I really like visiting obscure museums and this would definitely be one of them. Cost – €9,50

FOAM – A photography museum on the Keizersgracht in the centre of Amsterdam which features young photographers from across the world. Read my post for more information on why you should visit FOAM. Cost – student €8

FOAM photography museum Amsterdam

Sex Museum – I think this one is on everybody’s list to visit while in Amsterdam. However, if I am being honest, this wouldn’t be my top priority of things to see in Amsterdam. There are so many more museums you can visit which won’t make you feel nauseous. Cost – €5



Cheese Tasting – I love cheese. Since Amsterdam is renowned for having some of the best cheese in the world, this is a must do!

Wine Tasting – I also love wine. For those who love the cheese and wine combo will love to know that their is a cheese and wine evening boat tour in the centre of Amsterdam. I did one with a friend and was glad to tick it off my bucket list. 

The Foodhallen – this is a gem in Amsterdam West and is where I take friends who visit me all the time. It has a huge selection of food so you can try all sort of different things, with a great atmosphere guaranteed. Follow the link for more information. 

Foodhallen and Kanary Club in Amsterdam

Eat at Pllek – I went to Pllek as part of an event for ADE (Amsterdam Dance Event). However, the dining area in this place is absolutely insane! It is set in a shipping container, filled with lights, great music and an even better atmosphere. You even get to take the ferry to the North of Amsterdam which is an experience in itself. 


Day Activities

Ajax Game – You can’t come to Amsterdam and not see the Netherlands’ best team play football. I got the opportunity to go and see one of the world’s steepest stadiums. Ajax didn’t exactly win, but we won’t talk about that…

Ajax Amsterdam Football team stadium

Artis Zoo – This zoo is one of the best with large open spaces for the animals. After spending a day there, head to The Plantage for a luxurious dinner.  Cost – €20

Take Trips to European Cities – This is a big one for me! I want to make the most out of being so easily connected to European cities such as Antwerp and Brussels 

Boat Ride – You can’t miss out on a hiring a boat and exploring Amsterdam through the canals. I would recommend hiring your own boat with Mokumboot and sailing it yourself as that way you can take beers and food on board and go at your own pace. 

Go to the Beach – Yes, Amsterdam has a beach! And it is meant to be pretty lovely. 

• Zaanse Schans – See the windmills and a traditional Dutch village in North Holland!



Shopping at De Pijp – De Pijp is known for great vintage and boutique shops if you’re in the mood for something other than high street stores. 

Go to a Sunday Market – You have a whole host of markets to choose from in Amsterdam. For example, the Sunday market at Westergasfabriek is meant to be great for art, fashion and design. Whereas the IJ Hallen is Europe’s biggest flea market where you can find pretty much everything. 

Christmas Markets – All. Of. Them

Walking Tour – Free walking tours are a great way to get to know more of the history of a city


Concerts – So far I have been to see Declan McKenna at Melkweg. But there are so many cool venues to explore so this is a great way to do that

Summer Festivals – There is over 300 festivals in Amsterdam just over the summer. 300. Pick one. 

Amsterdam Summer Festival

Amsterdam Light Festival – From November 30th art illuminates the city centre of Amsterdam for 53 days.

• Boom Chicago – If you love watching live comedy then go to the best comedy club in Amsterdam, in English! 


There it is, my Amsterdam bucket list! If anyone has anymore recommendations of great things to do in Amsterdam please let me know. 


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