Hot spots: go with the flow in Amsterdam

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How could anyone spend time in Amsterdam without visiting the centre and admiring its canals? Here are 5 essential addresses to enjoy the city, along the water’s edge.

A restaurant: Buffet van Odette

 

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The bistro decoration (wooden tables and white tiles) may look French, but appearances can be deceiving. Here, everything is local, sourced exclusively from surrounding farms and the best producers in the city. On the menu: lentils with salmon, pumpkin ravioli and melt-in-your-mouth toffee cake. Remember to reserve your table in advance on the website, as is often the case in Amsterdam.

Prisengracht 598, 1017 KS Amsterdam.

A must-visit area: the Jordaan neighbourhood

 

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A stroll here is an immersion in the very spirit of Amsterdam. In fact, you’ll feel as if you entered a time machine. The buildings are old and the streets are filled with art galleries and small shops. Don’t hesitate to get lost in “the 9 streets”. If you’re not a local, you’ll definitely feel like you’ve been whisked away to a different land.

A café: Back to Black

 

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In this incredibly photogenic coffee shop, the “black gold” is roasted on site. The menu offers “back to black” specialities with 100% black coffee or “back to white” creations given a twist with milk (dairy or non-dairy). Pair your drink with a slice of banana bread (vegan) or a powerball (also vegan). Perfect to recharge your batteries before getting back on your bike.

Weteringstraat 48, 1017 SP Amsterdam.

A shop: Pompon

 

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Although it’s not always possible to take a bouquet of flowers back on the plane (or the train, for the more eco-responsible of you), it’s almost mandatory to stop by this flower shop, considered to be the best in the city. The arrangements are impressive and the blooms fill almost the entire street with their scent.

Prinsengracht 8-10, 1015 DV Amsterdam.

A hotel: The Hoxton

 

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One of the most chic (and coolest) hotels of the moment hides behind an elegant façade. What’s special about this place? It offers rooms of all shapes and sizes to welcome lone travellers and big families alike. As for Lotti’s, the restaurant, it serves a menu of world food all day long.

Herengracht, 1016 BJ Amsterdam.

Also visit: the 4 American Vintage shops, including one located steps away from the Keizersgracht Canal.

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