My 19 Favourite Photos of Amsterdam

I couldn’t believe how much I didn’t like Amsterdam the first time I visited. I thought it was exactly what the clichés made it out to be: frat boys on drugs and just an overall assault on the senses. YUK. It took me a good four years before I even considered going back after seeing the city canals plastered all over my Instagram feed.

And, as you can probably tell, I kind of fell for it. I was just there again earlier this year, and I can’t wait for my next visit. You see, the sooner you realise that Amsterdam is SO, SO much more than the dodgy Red Light District, the sooner you’ll fall for it too.

Case in point below.

Photos of Amsterdam

Photos of Amsterdammarie amsterdamPosing along Lauriergracht, one of the prettiest canals in the city, in my opinion

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Photos of Amsterdam
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Amsterdam may be a busy capital, but the minute you leave bewildering De Wallen/Centrum and set foot in neighbourhoods like Jordaan and De Pijp, you realise this is the Amsterdam people talk about. The one with an incredibly laid-back vibe, where freelance graphic designers drink their morning latte with stay-at-home mums and would-be-incognito tourists like me. Not the one with overflowing coffee shops (yes, those coffee shops) and hordes of sightseers. This is the Amsterdam I have come to love and fantasise living in.

I could certainly see myself sitting on a different terrace every day and photographing these gorgeously crooked facades. Challenge accepted.

Photos of AmsterdamLot Sixty One Coffee: where the beans are roasted on-site and where the people are impossibly hip

Photos of AmsterdamLeafy Vondelpark

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Photos of Amsterdam
Photos of Amsterdam
 
 

Photos of Amsterdam Photos of AmsterdamPhotos of Amsterdambicycle day trip amsterdamPhotos of Amsterdam

Bits and pieces of Amsterdam trivia: did you know that Amsterdam’s canal ring—over 165 canals in total, spreading over 100 kilometres, flanked by 2,500 houseboats and barges, and comprising 1,281 bridges— is the inner city’s only registered UNESCO World Heritage Site? Rumour even has it that 8,000 bicycles fall in the unforgiving canals (you certainly can’t jump it and retrieve it, can you?) each year and that the administration has to set aside a special budget to pull them out on a regular basis.

Speaking of bicycles, there supposedly are 881,0000 two-wheelers within the Amsterdam city limits, and, oddly enough, just 810,00 inhabitants—of which 58% cycle to work on a daily basis.

If you’re already familiar with this blog, you might remember my biking adventures in and around the city last year, which is not nearly as terrifying as it sounds. It was rather enjoyable, actually!

bicycle day trip amsterdamCycling among yellow flowers in Amstelveen

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Photos of AmsterdamOne of Amsterdam’s most famous museums: the newly-renovated Rikjsmuseum

Photos of AmsterdamScenes from a canal cruise

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Photos of Amsterdam
 

Photos of AmsterdamOne of the best and most touching museums I’ve ever visited: Anne Frank Huis

Photos of AmsterdamPhotogenic lattes at Scandinavian Embassy

Photos of AmsterdamEqually photogenic decor

Photos of AmsterdamCafe Flinck in De Pijp

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Photos of Amsterdam
 
Compulsory Amsterdam bites: FEBO!
 

day trips from AmsterdamThe grandiose train station, Amsterdam Centraal

Photos of AmsterdamWesterkerk, seen from Reestraat

Photos of AmsterdamOne of my absolute favourite photos of Amsterdam; the city is delightful in springtime

Photos of Amsterdam
Photos of Amsterdam
 

20 Comments on My 19 Favourite Photos of Amsterdam

  1. Brooke
    June 28, 2016 at 12:54 pm (9 months ago)

    I’m so glad you and Amsterdam finally fell in love! Stunning photo gallery.

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    • Marie-Eve
      July 3, 2016 at 7:06 pm (9 months ago)

      Thanks Brooke! Yes, I’m already planning my next visit :-)

      Reply
  2. Kassie
    June 29, 2016 at 10:22 am (9 months ago)

    Such stunning photos! I’ve never been to Amsterdam but I am dying to go. Thanks for the inspiration :)

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    • Marie-Eve
      July 3, 2016 at 7:07 pm (9 months ago)

      You are most welcome! :-)

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    • Marie-Eve
      July 3, 2016 at 7:07 pm (9 months ago)

      Thanks Tanja!

      Reply
  3. Debie
    June 30, 2016 at 5:26 am (9 months ago)

    Oh I love Amsterdam! And now that I see your wonderful photos I want to go back there AGAIN! Holland in general is a perfect trip taking in mind their perfect trains byut also their perfect cycle lanes!!

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    • Marie-Eve
      July 3, 2016 at 7:07 pm (9 months ago)

      Yes, Holland is a great country indeed!

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  4. John Catre
    July 1, 2016 at 2:32 am (9 months ago)

    We are really happy to spend 3 days stay in Amsterdam. The Environment of Hotel is also good ,I want to go back there again.I really thanks to Luxuryhotelsgroup to provide a great Hotel to stay.

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    • Marie-Eve
      July 3, 2016 at 7:08 pm (9 months ago)

      Wonderful! Have a great trip.

      Reply
  5. Krystal
    July 1, 2016 at 4:47 am (9 months ago)

    Love all the photos! I was in Amsterdam at the end of May. Seeing all these photos is making me want to go back for a visit. I really love the canal area.

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    • Marie-Eve
      July 3, 2016 at 7:08 pm (9 months ago)

      You should absolutely go back for a second visit. It’s also gorgeous in the fall!

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  6. TheGreenPick
    July 9, 2016 at 11:23 am (9 months ago)

    Nice pictures that capture well the Amsterdam atmosphere) Great that you had luck with the weather, so you certainly saw every local taking opportunity to enjoy the sun on a terasse of a cafe or on a boat) Hope you saw the Begijnhof hidden church in the city center, impressively quiet and charming place while in the heart of a busy square.

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    • Marie-Eve
      July 13, 2016 at 11:31 am (9 months ago)

      Thank you so much! I did see the Begijnhof but I completely forgot to take pictures that day, can you believe it! :-O

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  7. Susan
    August 12, 2016 at 2:20 pm (8 months ago)

    Such beautiful images! I was in Amsterdam for the first time earlier this year, and I went in with a bit of trepidation: would I love it or would it be as you put it (those were my exact thoughts, too!) an assault on the senses? I ended up loving it! So glad you had a good experience, too.

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    • Marie-Eve
      August 17, 2016 at 1:58 pm (7 months ago)

      Hey Susan! The main streets of Amsterdam can indeed be a little overwhelming with all the trams, cars, and bikes. But you get used to it after a while :-)

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  8. Megan Eileen
    October 11, 2016 at 9:19 pm (6 months ago)

    What a beautiful compilation of photos! You really showcased all Amsterdam has to offer

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    • Marie-Eve
      November 4, 2016 at 4:21 pm (5 months ago)

      Thanks Megan!

      Reply
  9. Hayley | Travel in Technicolour
    December 7, 2016 at 9:55 am (4 months ago)

    Beautiful photos! As some others have already commented – you were so lucky with the weather! I live in Hilversum (20 mins away) and we get that weather approximately 3 days per year! ;-) ;-) Love your blog btw. I’m reading almost everything!

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    • Marie-Eve
      December 12, 2016 at 11:10 am (3 months ago)

      Thanks Hayley!

      Reply

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