Design Travel Guide: Amsterdam

Amsterdam design travel guide

The issue with travel guides is lack of inspiration, design orientation and amount of crowd on popular sights. I found out that a successful design trip is a combination of beautiful places, modern technology and being in well thought environment and small everyday things.

To find design kicks I plan where and what I’d like to see. I combined spots, good coffee places and museums.

Last update – 6th of March 2019. Check guides for Helsinki, Tokyo and Prague.


Stedelijk Museum of modern art The permanent exhibition is ok. Have a collection of DeStijl art and architecture. The March display I saw was good too. Adult ticket €18.5

Moco museum of modern art Moco is a small museum in a traditional Dutch house. Exhibitions are great. Better buy the ticket before the visit because of the line. There are discounts.

Amsterdam Public library The library is free to enter. Free Wi-Fi. On the top floor, there are great cheap food and coffee. In addition, an amazing view of the city. Interiors and sitting spots are great too.


Metro stations worth visiting: Noord, Noorderpark, Centraal Station, Rokin, Vijzelgracht, De Pijp and Europaplei.
The two-hour ticket should cover visiting all of them with taking pictures. Around €7 total.

Take a free ferry to Noord part of Amsterdam. A ferry departs from Centraal station. Visit NDSM. It’s an old shipyard turned into the creative district.


Cafe George (Leidsegracht 84) Opens at 11:00 and excellent for a late breakfast. Coffee is good. French food is tasty. Free Wi-Fi and outside sitting with a view on a canal.

Fou Fow Ramen (Elandsgracht 2A) Amazing and nourishing tiny Japanese restaurant. Portions are big, noodles are tasty and dumplings are delicious. All is cooked by Japanese folks. Free Wi-Fi. The place is popular among locals so expect a line during lunch and dinner. Price for regular ramen €14.

Pancakes! Amsterdam A chain of Amsterdam pancake places. I was in two located in Centraal and Berenstraat 38. Pancakes are tasty and suit well to start the day. Breakfast from 3 pancakes and coffee around €14.

Pllek restaurant (tt. Neveritaweg 59) Near NDSM ferry station, open fireplace, tasty food and soups. Cosy space made out of industrial ship containers. Noise level is super comfortable.

Buffet van Odette (Prinsengracht 598) Stylish, expensive and classy buffet. Good for breakfast. €18. View on a canal and interior are cool. To show off :)

Soup en Zo (Jodenbreestraat 94) Tasty, cheap soups and bakery. A tiny place with bar stools and big windows. Soups from €5,50. There are two other places in the city. Different locations have different menus.

Sandwiches t KUYLTJE (Gasthuismolensteeg 9) Big and tasty sandwiches.

Schipol airport has a democratic prices in restraints. A proper dinner for €12.

Locations and places

Oostelijke Eilanden A district on a north part of Amsterdam. Modern architecture and bridges. A district around Python bridge has modern houses for locals with amazing views.

NDSM An old shipyard turned creative district. Right near the ferry station, there is a Russian submarine. Legend says that Dutch bought it for €1 in St. Petersburg, brought it to Amsterdam and run out of money.

Jordaan – district is less touristic and has amazing old 17th-century houses.

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