Find accommodation to suit your style
The best thing about accommodation in Amsterdam is there is something for everyone. If you want to meet friendly faces while you’re flying solo – a vibrant hostel might be for you. Some of the most popular include Ecomama, Stayokay Amsterdam Vondelpark and Clink Noord. Alternatively, seek out a hotel with special quirks, such as the Conscious hotel group with sustainable, stylish furnishings that is powered entirely by renewable energy. The vibrancy of Hotel de Hallen might also appeal, where you’ll also find Amsterdam’s high-end food court, exhibition spaces and a cinema all housed in a former tram depot.
Discover art at every turn
Museums and galleries are a sanctuary to the solo traveller – and there are countless options to discover in Amsterdam. Take the opportunity to explore at your own pace, lingering over your favourite artworks for as long as you like. The big-name galleries are in Museumplein – the Rijksmuseum, Van Gogh Museum and Stedelijk Museum. Try the immersive new art experience in Amsterdam Noord – Nxt Museum, or stroll through the neighbourhoods admiring outdoor works by prominent artists. You can also seek out all manner of unusual museums dedicated to cats, fluorescent colours or microorganisms – it’s your trip!
Work in a laptop-friendly café
Amsterdam is a creative city that attracts large numbers of entrepreneurs and freelancers. If your idea of solo travel involves a leisurely morning working on that passion project, there are many cafés that provide the perfect ambiance. The Hoxton on the canal ring and The Student Hotel in Oost welcome flex workers to their well-equipped workspaces, while cosy local favourites like White Label Coffee, Anne & Max, Two for Joy and Pllek are perfect for people watching and sipping a flat white while you finish your masterpiece.
Browse the markets
Another essential activity on any trip to Amsterdam involves browsing for hidden treasure at the local markets. Find antiques and collectibles, locally grown fruit and vegetables and must-try Dutch food like poffertjes (mini pancakes) and cones of fries slathered in mayo. The Albert Cuypmarkt in De Pijp is the biggest, while the Dappermarkt in Oost, Noordermarkt in Noord and Waterlooplein market in the city centre also offer a glimpse of Amsterdam’s authentic charm. Solo shoppers will enjoy the lively atmosphere and the chance to practise your Dutch phrases with friendly locals.