An expert guide to Amsterdam



Back on the ground, wander through the Oostelijke Havengebied (Eastern Docklands) to take in some of Amsterdam’s newest architecture, then down Oudezijds Voorburgwal, one of the oldest parts of town, to the ancient parish church Oude Kerk (Oudekerksplein 23; 00 31 20 625 8284); in late 2018, new side rooms full of art treasures opened here to the public.

Almost next door, Ons’ Lieve Heer op Solder (Oudezijds Voorburgwal 38; 00 31 20 624 6604) is a beautifully restored 17th-century canal house, with a surprise when you reach the top via narrow wooden stairs.

Back outside, edge through a crowded corner of the red light district to De Waag (Nieuwmarkt 4; 00 31 20 557 9898), the medieval city weigh-house on Nieuwmarkt, then away from the hurly-burly along Recht Boomsloot and Krom Boomsloot – quiet canals that will take you to browse through Amsterdam’s famed flea market on Waterlooplein. Look out for antique bric-a-brac (brass bowls, old porcelain), bicycle parts, second-hand leather coats, old jewellery, silk scarves, Peruvian knitwear, and vinyl aplenty.

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