23 Most Instagrammable Places in Amsterdam
Amsterdam is one of the prettiest places to visit in Europe. Winding canals, colourful tulips and outstanding architecture all contribute to making it one of the most Instagrammable places in the world. We’ve scoped out the areas to go in the Dutch capital to make sure you capture the best photos for Instagram on your trip. From local food, street art, gardens and windmills, check out the picture perfect places that will reel in the likes once you press ‘post’ - and at the same time, will also leave you falling in love with the city that never sleeps. Here are the best places to take photos in Amsterdam...
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1) The Nine Streets
The 9 Streets, known to locals as De Negen Straatjes, is a series of nine picturesque streets in Amsterdam brimming with boutique shops, quaint cafes and grand canals. The photo ops are endless in this tree-lined area and it’s well worth a visit for a spot of shopping. Stop for a coffee, have a wander around the small independent shops and have your camera ready to capture the beauty of the Nine Streets, in the city's Jordaan neighbourhood
2) Floating Flower Market Bloemenmarkt
The Floating Flower Market Bloemenmarkt is perhaps the most sweet smelling place in Amsterdam (beating out the waffle stands). Hop aboard the boat on the Singel canal and get ready for flora explosion with colours that inject energy and life into photos. This is the world’s only floating flower market and it’s open everyday. This is the best place to buy tulips in the city.
3) Prinsengracht Prince’s Canal
The Prince’s Canal (Prinsengracht) is a beautiful spot to take photos in Amsterdam. This canal is one of the three main canals in the city. A great photo op is at the beginning of the Prince’s Canal, or follow the canal further down as any point is simply stunning.
4) World famous narrow houses of Damrak
Obviously Amsterdam’s famed narrow gable houses had to make this list. It’s on everyone’s photo bucket list when they visit. The best place to head for a great snap is Damrak in the centre of the city, a strip that connects Centraal Station to Dam Square. If you’re lucky, on a cloudy day you can get the reflection of the houses in the water.
A pretty green space and the city’s favourite park. Vondelpark is a 19th century park, the perfect place for a picnic on a hot summer’s day. In the summer, enjoy the free open-air theatre, or check out the rose garden, home to 70 varieties of the flower.
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6) iAmsterdam sign
Can’t come to Amsterdam and not get a photo with the iAmsterdam letters. The sign has become the city’s iconic slogan, located at the back of the Rijksmuseum on Museumplein and it’s a bustling spot for photo opportunities.
7) Keukenhof Gardens
Brighten up your Instagram feed. Just a short journey from Amsterdam is the exquisite Keukenhof Gardens - and it’s well worth the day trip. It’s one of the world’s largest flower gardens - and wherever there are colourful flowers there are amazing photo ops. The gardens are only open in Spring when the flowers are in full bloom.
8) Staalmeestersbrug Love Lock Bridge
This love-lock bridge lies in the prettiest location in Amsterdam. The Staalmeestersburg bridge crosses over the romantic Groenburgwal canal and people come from far and wide with their loved ones to lock a padlock on the bridge to signify love.
9) Dutch street food
Food always reels in the likes on Instagram, especially when it’s well presented. And in the Dutch capital there is more than enough tasty looking street food to photograph. Whether it’s stroopwafels, food from Albert Cuypmarkt or Foodhallen - or a Dutch pancake, be sure to snap your food.
10) De Pijp
The De Pijp is Amsterdam’s lively Latin Quarter. This bohemien hub is full of quaint, pretty houses, cafes and cuisines. The Insta-opportunities are endless.
11) The Wall Gallery, De Pijp
In De Pijp you’ll also find the Wall Gallery ‘Wake Me Up When I’m Famous’...
12) NDSM Wharf
Amsterdam’s NDSM Wharf is an old industrial shipyard that has been converted into a cultural hub where you’ll find lively events, street art, foodie stalls and music. Creatives, musicians and hipsters hang out here amongst the vibrant, young atmosphere. There are some really cool restaurants and bars here too. As well as an urban beach, which leads us on to our next Instagrammable spot...
Bask in the sun at Pllek, a beach spot with a nice cafe on the NDSM Wharf. There’s no better place to grab a cold one and relax with friends, enjoying the view of the water. Here, you’ll be rewarded with one of the best panoramic views of the River IJ.
Zevenlandenhuizen is an impressive little street in Amsterdam that’s well worth a visit because it is where the architecture of seven different nations is represented by seven amazing houses! The houses are lined up next to each other, and each represents an architectural style from a different European country including Spain, France and Russia.
15) Hortus Botanicus
The botanical gardens in Amsterdam is one of the oldest in Europe. Essentially an oasis in the middle of the city, enjoy a day amongst nature and don’t forget your camera because you’ll definitely want to take some cool photos of the amazing plants here.
Herengracht is one of the most important canals in the city. The area that runs along the canal is quite prestigious where you’ll find upmarket hotels and restaurants. The richest merchants and the most influential regents and mayors of the city lived on this canal in the 17th century.
The trendy streets of Jordaan lend themselves well for beautiful photographs. This is probably the most famous neighbourhood in Amsterdam and if you take the time to discover the streets you may stumble upon something special. The beautiful houses, markets and restaurants make it worth exploring.
18) Red Light District at Dusk
You have to get a photo of the Red Light District at night. When lit up, the lights bouncing off the canal are stunning.
19) A’Dam Lookout
Swing over the edge of the city for the best Instagram opportunity from the sky. The A’Dam Lookout is a 20 storey rooftop home to Europe’s highest over-the-edge swing and it isn’t for the faint hearted. How far will you go from the Gram?
20) Cafe Thijssen
A picturesque cafe in Brouwersgracht adorned in green leaves. Cafe Thijssen is not only photogenic on the exterior, the traditional Dutch grub is also delicious. From the menu, we recommend the Bitterballen.
21) Sticky Fingers
All pink everything? Yes please. Sticky Fingers is the perfect place to sip on some coffee and cake while enjoying the pink interior. The food at this bakery is also Insta-worthy and so beautifully presented.
22) Sex Museum
The photo says it all really. Head to the Sex Museum if you want a photo with a penis...
Last but not least, a trip to Holland isn’t complete without seeing a windmill. Our favourite windmill in Amsterdam is Molen Van Sloten (pictured), a windmill that is still operating and open for visitors to climb up.
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Article by Shereen Sagoo
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