Anytime is a great time to visit Amsterdam, but we think autumn is a particularly beautiful season to visit this vibrant Dutch city. As the weather cools the city’s tree-lined canals take on a golden glow of orange and red autumn leaves. The restaurants and cafes become warm, cosy havens that entice you inside with the sweet smells of hot chocolate milk and warm apple pies. Autumn in Amsterdam is best described with a unique Dutch word; gezellig. An astonishingly inclusive word that translates to something which is cosy, enjoyable, friendly, homely, intimate, and engaging! All of which perfectly sums up this great city in the cooler autumn months
Stay in Luxury
We recommend the Breitner House – Luxury Art Hotel as the place to stay when in this beautiful city. Breitner House, in the centre of Amsterdam, was built in 1882 and was the home of cultural bohemians who often hosted Dutch artists including George Breitner and Issac Israels. Now this monumental home has been turned into a luxury accommodation that perfectly reflects the romantic atmosphere of this city. The light and spacious rooms where artists once painted are now luxury suites and the emphasis of this hotel is on the artistic history of this house. The suites are adorned with artworks, traditional fireplaces, Italian chandeliers, and romantic canopy beds. Wake up in luxury and enjoy the same amazing panoramic views out over the city’s parks that have inspired artists for more than a hundred years.
Engage with the Masters
No trip to Amsterdam would be complete without a trip to the magnificent Rijks Museum. This spectacular museum is home to an impressive collection of artworks. Highlights include two of the most famous Dutch artworks ‘The Night Watch’ by Rembrandt and ‘The Milk Maid’ by Vermeer.
For something more modern, just a short walk from the Rijks Museum is the Van Gogh Museum which features the largest collection of the post-impressionist painter Vincent van Gogh including one of the most easily recognizable pieces of art: ‘Sunflowers’.
Get Cosy with a Home Away From Home Lunch
When it is time to stop for lunch we suggest The Bakers and Roasters café. This cafe is a fine example of everything we love about the multi-cultural mix that is Amsterdam. Founded by a Brazilian and a New Zealander who met in New York, this little café was created as a home away from home to be shared with everyone. The menu incorporates tastes they missed from their homelands, including their mother’s recipes and their favourite comfort foods. We think you cannot miss out on trying the Portobello on Rewena toast or the Barbie (BBQ) Salad Plate. Complete your meal with one of their great fresh beetroot and ginger juices, which is guaranteed to replenish your vitamin levels for the day.
Meander Through The Shops
Shopping in Amsterdam is a joy. The shops of this traditional trading city were always filled with the best products from around the world and, luckily for us, this has not changed. Here are our picks of places to find something special to take home.
A huge variety of flowers and bulbs are on sale in this traditional market set on floating barges. This market is also one of the oldest in the city with fresh flowers arriving daily since 1862 from the large Dutch market gardens located outside of the city. Wander through the impressive display of fresh flowers and perhaps treat yourself to a bag of bulbs to take home and plant.
Bringing together joyful eco-chic items from Asia and the Netherlands, this lovely shop is worth a visit. Sukha, meaning ‘joy of life’ in Sanskrit, is a fitting name for a shop that offers sustainably produced, unique handmade items all made from natural materials. For autumn we love their over-sized cardigans made ‘from the wool of happy New Zealand sheep and hand knitted by a women’s Fair-trade empowerment group in Nepal’.
The Negen Straatjes are nine traditional lanes in the centre of Amsterdam that have been home to cafes, shops and artisanal businesses for the last 400 years. This is the place to get to know Amsterdam personally by wandering through the lanes discovering hidden cafes, speciality boutiques, antique shops and unique clothing stores.
Filled with an eclectic mix of premium chocolates from around the world. This little chocolate gallery is a treasure trove of exotic chocolate treats. We suggest you step into this little shop to warm up with a cup of their famous Madagascan Hot Chocolate.
This boutique gallery and event space is the place to find emerging Dutch talent in art, fashion and design. Filled with desirable, innovative and unique designs from the best talent in The Netherlands, this is a great place to find that perfect gift for yourself or someone else.
Dinner with Stars
Librije’s Zusje at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel is our pick for dinner when in Amsterdam. This fabulous two Michelin star restaurant is guaranteed to impress with a menu that combines the best local products with exotic ingredients and influences. We suggest starting with the Black truffle pumpkin and artichoke with apricot cream. For the main course try the blackberries and shitake mushrooms on chickpeas. Finish your meal with the avocado sorbet of apple and cucumber yoghurt.
Illuminate the Night
Finish your evening in style with a relaxing candle-lit canal cruise through Amsterdam’s most beautiful canals. Experience the magic of Amsterdam at night as your boat moves quietly through the illuminated canals and bridges of this old glorious city.
Amsterdam will win your heart at any time of the year. The history, the culture and the canals are just some of the reasons why we absolutely love this picturesque European city, especially in the most gezellig time of the year; autumn.