Jordaan#2 in Best Things To Do in Amsterdam
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If you love history, culture and food, then you'll want to save time for a stroll through Amsterdam's Jordaan area. Located a few blocks west of the city's main train station and bordered by the Brouwersgracht, Prinsengracht, Leidsegracht and Lijnbaansgracht canals, this scenic neighborhood is packed with eateries, specialty shops, bars and art galleries. Plus, you'll find the Anne Frank House and the Nine Little Streets just east of the Jordaan's eastern perimeter.
Travelers highly recommend walking around the Jordaan, adding that its cool vibe, beautiful setting and top-notch cafes and restaurants more than justify a visit. Don't forget to bring your camera, since visitors say the area offers ample photo opportunities. For a more in-depth look at the neighborhood's food scene, consider signing up for Eating Amsterdam Food Tours' Jordaan Food Tour. Or, visit on a Saturday between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. to enjoy the Jordaan's Biologische Noordermarkt (a market with vendors selling baked goods, local cheeses, crepes and more).
The Jordaan's central location makes it easy to reach on foot from can't-miss sights like the Rijksmuseum, the Royal Palace Amsterdam and the Van Gogh Museum. The area is also accessible via several bus routes and the No. 3, 5, 7, 13, 17 and 19 trams. The neighborhood is free to explore 24 hours a day, but remember to bring euros or your credit card if you plan on grabbing a drink or bite to eat, buying souvenirs or visiting nearby attractions. To find out more about what you can see and do in the Jordaan, check out the Amsterdam tourism board's website.
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Located southwest of the city center, the 116-acre Vondelpark is the favorite leafy retreat of just about everyone. Not only is it the largest city park in Amsterdam, it's also one of the most revered in all of the Netherlands. Most recent travelers said they enjoyed people-watching and picnicking at the park, but other reviewers recommend avoiding a late-night visit as the park can be a little frightening once the sun sets. During the day, though, the park is filled with couples, families and friends, and is definitely worth a visit.
Ponds, fields and playgrounds are connected by winding paths, which also run by an open-air theater, a rollerblade rental, a rose garden, several cafes and a range of statues and sculptures. Open dawn to dusk, you can take trams 1, 2 or 5 to the Leidseplein, and you'll have just a quick two-minute walk to reach the park's entrance. The park is free to visit.
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