For many, it is Amsterdam’s historical beauty and vibrant culture that attracts thousands of tourists every year. This ‘king of all’ city breaks has so much to offer visitors that you simply wont be able to get enough of it. However, what tourists don’t realise is that to see Amsterdam in all its glory, you must go off of the map!

That’s right, throw away your travel guide and everything you thought you knew about the city’s top attractions and culture, and immerse yourself in Amsterdam’s top 5 secrets destinations… The best part is it’s on a budget too!

1.Stedelijk Museum

This international contemporary art museum is mistakenly  shadowed by its sister building, The Van Gogh Museum, as the Stedelijk itself houses masterpieces of the modern art world including video exhibitions, award winning photography and even several Van Gogh’s itself. This is the perfect place to see the array of culture that Amsterdam attracts to its doors, and with free admission for students and no outdoor queuing (unlike the Van Gogh museum and the Rijksmuseum) it is a must to visit!

2.Temple bar

This canny Irish pub can be found between the old town and the red light district, which makes it a perfect break away from sight seeing. With its free wifi tempting you in its local beers will be the reason you stay. The bustling Temple bar is just across from the canals and is the perfect place to kick start your evening out!

3.Pancakes Amsterdam!

Forget everything you’ve ever known about pancakes! This pancake house, although a 15 minute walk from Dam Square, will revolutionise the way you have your desserts. Pancakes Amsterdam! serve three different types of pancakes with practically any topping you could think of on it and as many of them as you could ever want!

4. Prix d’ami

It’s hard to believe that the largest coffee shop in the world is tucked away down a maze of side street’s unknown to most, but Prix d’ami is modest. This is the perfect place to soak up Amsterdam’s language and culture, with locals and travellers mixing together in one of the best untold attractions in the Netherlands. This three storey coffee shop plays a variety of different music in its several rooms, whilst providing cheap food and drink and with 500 seats you’re guaranteed to rejuvenate after a long day shopping in the lanes of Haringpakkerssteeg.

5.The Butcher

Calling all meat lovers… I introduce you to the proud owners of ‘The best burgers’ in Amsterdam (Voted by ‘Time out Magazine’). This small business is tucked behind the busy stalls of Albert Cuypstraat market, of which all the local traders will recommend you eat at. Ranked only #590 of 2970 restaurants in Amsterdam, this hidden treasure has been kept in the dark for far too long. You can’t go wrong on flavour, value for money, or service as The Butcher uses only the freshest ingredients and prime Aberdeen Angus beef.

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