Go for brunch
Begin your day as you mean to go on (with really good food). De Pijp boasts some of the best breakfast and brunch spots in Amsterdam, and exceptional coffee goes without saying. Little Collins gives you a taste of Australia’s exemplary brunch culture; Bakers & Roasters has one of the best and most varied menus in town; CT Coffee & Coconuts bring a little tropical flavour to your morning and Scandinavian Embassy serves Swedish fika along with delicious dishes and artisanal coffee.
Shop for gifts and goodies in the one-of-a-kind boutiques
The independent boutiques in and around Gerard Doustraat are filled with mementos and gifts that you’ll find difficult to part with. Stores such as Anna & Nina, Charlie + Mary, Cottoncake, Felice Home of Brands, All The Luck in the World and Things I Like, Things I Love carry well curated collections of clothing, jewellery, home accessories and artwork with an design aesthetic unique to Amsterdam.
Take in the Amsterdam School architecture
The elaborate brick buildings around P.L. Takstraat are beautifully preserved examples of the Amsterdam School architectural style. Influenced by Expressionist architecture, the use of rounded brickwork, decorative masonry and wrought iron windows was used on housing estates, government buildings and schools in the early 20th century. Much of this architecture can be seen around De Pijp and the neighbouring Rivierenbuurt area.
Picnic in Sarphatipark
Amsterdam is filled with opportunities to reconnect with nature and De Pijp is no exception. Those in the know head to Sarphatipark for its tranquil atmosphere, outdoor exercise area and kids’ playground. In the warmer months, it provides an idyllic setting for picnics, where you can enjoy your delicious bounty from the nearby Albert Cuypmarkt. If you want to explore further afield, the Amstel River Countryside (Amstelscheg) stretches along the Amstel River. The roads and paths run through a landscape of glistening water and meadows with historic farms and 17th-century country homes.
Admire panoramic views of the city, cocktail in hand
Stunning though it is at ground level, Amsterdam is even more spectacular from 23 floors up. Hotel Okura offers luxury accommodation and Michelin-starred cuisine, but even if you’re not spending the night, you can enjoy the spectacular views (and even better cocktails) at Twenty-Third Bar. If you can’t choose from the exceptionally long menu, expert mixologists are on hand to shake, stir and swizzle a personalised concoction.
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