Explore Amsterdam in One Day

Visiting Amsterdam in just one day may seem like a challenge, but with a well-planned itinerary, you can experience the essence of this vibrant city. One day allows for a glimpse into the city’s rich culture and captivating atmosphere. Boasting five different locations throughout the city, we can suggest the best things to do in Amsterdam

You might be on a short getaway or on a break from a business trip in Amsterdam. Follow our guide to explore the picturesque canals and charming streets, immerse yourself in art and history at renowned museums, and take a leisurely canal cruise to admire the city’s iconic architecture and bustling waterfront. With this travel guide to Amsterdam, you can discover local markets and sample traditional Dutch treats and cuisine along the way. Lastly, experience Amsterdam’s unique ambiance by wandering through lively squares and experiencing the city’s vibrant nightlife. While a single day is limited, it’s still possible to capture the essence of Amsterdam and create lasting memories of this dynamic and captivating city.

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Start your morning with an energetic breakfast from one of the generous buffets at Leonardo Hotels in Amsterdam. Once you’re ready, take a leisurely stroll through the charismatic Jordaan neighborhood—a picturesque area that perfectly showcases the city’s charm and history. Immerse yourself in the delightful atmosphere as you meander through its narrow streets and along serene canals. The Jordaan is famous for its quaint houses, boutique shops, and cozy cafes, attracting both locals and visitors alike who gather to appreciate the beautiful architecture, explore unique galleries, and relax at charming outdoor terraces. With its artistic vibe and vibrant community, the Jordaan offers a delightful escape from the city’s hustle and bustle, providing an authentic and laid-back ambiance that embodies the true spirit of Amsterdam.

From there, make your way to Bloemenmarkt, the city’s renowned flower market situated along the Singel canal. As the world’s only floating flower market, it offers a variety of stalls showcasing iconic tulips, along with an assortment of roses, daffodils, and orchids. The market is also an excellent place to discover unique souvenirs related to flowers and gardening.

Afterward, forgo lunch in favor of a boat tour, with the Rederij Plas being a popular starting point. Relax and enjoy as you cruise along Amsterdam’s picturesque waterways, taking in the city’s highlights and exploring hidden gems from a unique perspective. It’s a perfect opportunity to admire Amsterdam’s beauty and learn more about its history while enjoying a peaceful and scenic experience.


Feeling peckish after the water adventure? Trying one of the Dutch snack is for sure a fun activity to do while in Amsterdam! While some fries, a piece of fresh Gouda or a warm stroopwafel, the thin, caramel-filled waffle cookies, are safe choices, our suggestion goes to something bolder:

  • Bitterballen: These deep-fried, crispy meatballs are a Dutch pub snack. Typically filled with a mixture of beef or veal ragout, they are served with mustard and are perfect for pairing with a refreshing beer.
  • Kibbeling: The tasty bite-sized pieces of battered and deep-fried cod are often served with a tangy garlic sauce and makes for a delicious snack by the canal.
  • Haring: For a taste of Amsterdam’s seafood culture, try the local raw herring. This is traditionally served with chopped onions and pickles. You can eat it on its own or as a haring sandwich.

It’s time to visit now to visit a museum. Amsterdam is indeed renowned for its rich cultural heritage and world-class museums. While you might consider visiting the Van Gogh Museum, our recommendation is to skip that and save the next 2 hours at least for the Rijksmuseum. There you can visit the extensive collection of Dutch masterpieces, including Rembrandt’s “The Night Watch” and Vermeer’s “The Milkmaid”, not counting some Van Goghs too.


Good evening, Amsterdam. The day so far has been filled by great experiences, and now it’s time for some great food too. When it comes to dining in Amsterdam, the city offers a diverse and exciting culinary scene. If you don’t have much time to research ahead, explore the vibrant Leidseplein area, known for its lively atmosphere and entertainment. Enjoy dinner at one of the many international restaurants or experience traditional Dutch cuisine at a cozy restaurant, they usually also serve tourist menus.

After dinner, take a leisurely stroll along the canals to admire Amsterdam illuminated at night. It’s a perfect way to soak in the city’s beauty for one last time. 

End your evening with a visit to one of Amsterdam’s famous nightlife areas, such as the Red Light District or Rembrandtplein, where you can enjoy live music, comedy shows, or relax at a cozy pub, before heading back for a night sleep at one of the Leonardo Hotels.

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