Monday, November 16, 2015

It's the perfect time to get out and about,
enjoying the city's many other pursuits.
There's so much to do in Amsterdam, it's easy to avoid
going shopping.
In fact, it's the perfect city for pointless pottering
about—but if you need some ideas, here are just a few must-dos when you're
in town.
1.
Breakfast at De Bakkerswinkel Start the day off in leisurely fashion
with a delicious breakfast at De Bakkerswinkel.
Choose one of their homemade
croissants, fresh sourdough bread, and other baked goodies.
There are several
branches around town, and all of them are good.
2.
Connect with the Past at Amsterdam Museum What better way to avoid
shopping than to ponder Amsterdam's long history as a trading capital? Find
out all about the once mighty merchants of the city at the quirky and
enjoyable Amsterdam Museum.
3.
Stroll through the Vondelpark Get active by going for a run, a
bike-ride, or just a gentle stroll through the Vondelpark, the city's most
central and best-loved park.
It's also great for people watching: get a cup
of coffee and watch the world go by.
4.
Lunch Like a Local, at Loetje Join the locals for a steak (reputedly
the city's best), prawn croquettes or an uitsmijter (fried eggs with
cheese)—plus great Belgian fries—at Loetje, a typical Dutch eetcafe (the
national version of the bistro).
5.
Get contemplative at the Rijksmuseum's Asian Pavilion As well as the
Old Masters, the Rijksmuseum has a fantastic Asian collection—the perfect
place to contemplate the emptiness of consumerism amongst the serene
sculptures of Buddha and assorted boddhisattvas.
6.
Beer—And a Windmill—at Brouwerij t'IJ Take in some classic Dutch
scenery at Brouwerij t'IJ, which is located next door to a fine old
windmill.
This microbrewery produces some of the city's best organic
beer—a great alternative to shopping at any time.
7.
Crepe Expectations at the Pancake Bakery In Amsterdam, you don't
have to be a kid to enjoy pancakes for dinner.
The Pancake Bakery, housed in a
lovely old warehouse on picturesque Prinsengracht, serves up adult-sized
savory Dutch pannenkoeken in every permutation you can think of, from
Italian-style caprese to Thai chicken to chile con carne, plus a range of
temptingly sweet options for after (assuming you can manage it).
Jane Szita is on the Netherlands beat for Travel + Leisure.
She lives in
Amsterdam.
If shopping doesn't interest, we've got you covered for what
to do in Amsterdam come Black Friday.
Read on for the details.

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