So here you have it. A list of things to do in Amsterdam on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The suggestions include where to eat, neighborhoods to see, villages to bike to, areas to shop, bars to listen to music to, clubs to dance and places to have dinner, lunch and to eat your favorite Dutch apple pie!
Things to do in Amsterdam on Monday
If you are looking for things to do on Monday in Amsterdam, be aware that shops open later than on other days, at around 13.00 (1 pm) as well as museums. Many smaller museums in Amsterdam are closed on Monday. This means that the large Amsterdam museums that do open on Monday, are busier. It’s best to stay away from the museum if you can.
Noordermarkt, a vintage market in Amsterdam
Monday morning there is the only option for things to do because attending the Monday morning Noordermarkt market is a must-do in Amsterdam. The market is located in the Jordaan Quarter.
The best part of the market takes place around the church Noorderkerk. Here you will find the best in vintage clothing and vintage shoes, as well as new clothes. There’s also a lot of antiques and curiosities.
The market stands run all the way up the Westerstraat. This part is the traditional textile market, for obvious reasons. Your chance to get some buttons and fabrics.
The Amsterdam Noordermarket is only there in the morning, from 9.00 to 13.00. Come early, because, on nice weather days, it can get quite busy. After the market, you will have homemade apple pie in one of the many surrounding cafés, which are all good and nice. The Jordaan is a lovely district to wander around, take a picture of the nice houses.
What to do on Monday night in Amsterdam
For disco, boogie, funk, and house, you go to Disco Dolly, where the DJ actually still has vinyl on the decks and the entertaining (young students, but everyone fits in) crowd is good for the party almost every night of the week. Voetboogsteeg (near Spui).
2. Things to do in Amsterdam on Tuesday
Out of curiosity, touring the red light district is probably one of the first things you did when you arrived in Amsterdam. It’s always safe and busy and at night the red lights certainly have their charm. Remember to look upwards in the Amsterdam Red light district, though I understand it’s hard to resist the tempting ladies trying to haul you in.
A visit to the Amsterdam Red light district
Because the Red light district is actually the oldest neighborhood of Amsterdam. Many of the characteristic façades have been kept in good condition. The gobbled stones, the small bridges, the Old Church, it’s all on your list of things to see when you visit Amsterdam.
Try the Museum Our Lord in the Attic if you want to see a wonderful old 17th century Amsterdam house with the interior intact. There is a spectacular hidden church in the attic!
Tour guided by a homeless person
If you want to understand the background of this strange combination of religion and prostitution and the fame and glory of Amsterdam during the Golden Century, when the Dutch ruled the waves, I advise you to take a good (paid) tour. ( I do tours!)
Or try something different and let a homeless person be your guide to see the city from a whole different perspective.
The Zeedijk is also Amsterdam’s Chinatown, so getting good and cheap food is easy to get by in this street. For breakfast, lunch, and dinner, you’re sorted any day of the week here.
The Zeedijk has turned very gay-friendly and new gay bars keep opening here if that’s what you’re looking for. The Warmoesstraat used to be a bit dodgy but has now some really wonderful shops with biological bread and such. There is a cool place where you can taste chocolate.
Live music all night long
At night, if you like live music, try The Last Waterhole or blues café Maloe Melo or any of the live jazz bars in Amsterdam and finish the night off at Bourbon Street. All of these are located near Leidseplein, have live music every night, are free of entrance, and are open every night, till late. Can’t go wrong there on any day of the week really.
3. Things to do on Wednesday in Amsterdam
Explore Amsterdam East
From Nieuwmarkt or Waterlooplein, just walk east, right into the heart of the Jewish Quarter A ticket sold at the Amsterdam Jewish Museum gets you also into the Children’s Museum, the Portuguese Synagogue and the Dutch Theatre. That’ll keep you busy for the morning.
Amsterdam East is also called Plantage. It’s a beautiful 19th-century area, with broad avenues and a lots of green. There are some nice restaurants in the main street Plantage Middenlaan.
Here you will find also the Hortus Botanicus, the Amsterdam botanical gardens. The hortus also has an impressive greenhouse with tropical plants. With kids, you can spend some time in Amsterdam Zoo Artis.
You can even go deeper into Amsterdam East. Either walk all the way up the Plantage Middenlaan, at the end of which you cross the water twice (pass the old gate) and there, the enormous building of the Tropical Museum appears.
The entrance of the Tropenmuseum is around to your left of the building. In the back, you will find an entrance to the Oosterpark, a really wonderful park and good for a picknick in nice weather.
Movie & dinner
For dinner, why not try a movie and dinner at one of Amsterdam’s art film houses? I’m sure there must be something playing you like and with a film and dinner at one spot, you are set for the night.
Irish music @ Mulligans
If you prefer to stay in the centre and just hang ot with the tourist, while listening to some live Irish music while you sip on a beer, go to Mulligans on the Amstel for the Open Irish Sessions. (Wednesday from 19.00, Thursday 21.30, Friday and Saturday 22.00).
4. Things to do on Thursday in Amsterdam
If you forgot to go to the Noordermarkt on Monday, or you have only just arrived in Amsterdam and you are looking for things to do on Thursday, you might wanna try one of the other daily markets of Amsterdam. At the Albert Cuyp Market you can eat typical Dutch food like poffertjes (small pancakes) and hot stroopwaffles.
Living room restaurant
For dinner, may I suggest you try one of the huiskamerrestaurants, or, in English, living room restaurants. You might have to make a reservation in advance. Read the blog about Living room restaurants for more info and addresses.
Thursday night, student’s night
Thursday it is shopping evening. The shops in Amsterdam are open until 21.00. Thursday in Amsterdam is also a good night to party. Because Thursday night is Student’s night.
A classic students party that has been going for years and years (when I was a student….) is Paradiso. Paradiso still does a popular student’s night every Thursday. Music played are the hit records of today.
Paradiso is a legendary club in Amsterdam that stages live music every night of the week. If it’s sold out, you can often get tickets for the ‘upstairs room’. Check out the Paradiso agenda. The other famed concert’s place in Amsterdam is Melkweg. Check out their agenda.
English speaking comedy
If music is not your style, maybe some English speaking comedy in Amsterdam will be fun for you?
5. Things to do on Friday in Amsterdam
If the weather is nice, you might enjoy a bike ride or walk along the canals of Amsterdam. Don’t get lost, but follow these directions to see the charming Western Islands, it’ll make you feel like you are in the Dutch countryside.
Take your bike on the ferry across the Northern IJ-waters, to the NDSM or to the North-East, to the small village of Durgerdam, it’s not far and at Durgerdam there is a charming little brown café waiting for you that serves homemade apple pie. Follow these directions for a great bike ride along the IJ-water.
Things to do in Amsterdam: Bike ride to Ouderkerk aan de Amstel
Or bike down south, even easier. Just follow the river Amsterdam all the way down to Ouderkerk aan de Amstel and have lunch (or dinner) this charming village. Along the water in Ouderkerk there are some really fancy restaurants.
Cross the bridge and drive down to the right. There are two bars in this street. Have a beer with the locals and bike back. Or just take a nice walk in the centre of Amsterdam along with the new East architecture. Plan a side trip to Marken or Volendam, hit a Dutch beach or, in april, the tulip fields in bloom.
Friday nights at the Van Gogh Museum
Friday night is a good time to go see the Van Gogh Museum. You can not only see the works of this Dutch master, but the museum has a special night planned every Friday. There is a lecture or a workshop, a live band, or a tour, vj’s and a dj.
6. Things to do in Amsterdam on Saturday
Shopping in the city centre of Amsterdam is not recommended in Amsterdam on Saturday. The city is swamped with shoppers, not just locals and tourists, but also many locals.
Amsterdam 9 Streets
Instead, shop in the side streets of the Amsterdam canal belt in between Dam Square and the Jordaan. It’s full of quirky and cozy boutiques, selling stuff and fashion, from vintage to design. All set in the narrow streets with abundant chaos of outdoor terraces, lunchrooms, bars & bikes and trend-setting shoppers. The area is named 9 streets.
Lunch at the Amsterdam Food Halls
Or hop over to the Kinkerstraat and have lunch like all the hipsters in the latest craze, the Amsterdam Food Hall (De Hallen). Nice food and nice beer and nice wine and a cinema, all in the same old building!
For the Amsterdam nightlife, choose the Amsterdam club of your fancy. Like urban style, people & music? The Melkweg hosts Encore, Holland’s home of hip hop & R’nB.
7. Things to do in Amsterdam on Sunday
Live jazz on Sunday
Sunday afternoon is best spent while listening to some lazy jazz. Or take the ferry to NDSM. This is where the locals go to enjoys live music and enjoy grand views.