Shop & Eat: De Pijp, AmsterdamShop until you drop (into the park)
Credit: Lauren Collett
Start at the corner of Ferdinand Bolstraat and Gerard Doustraat. Walk eastwards along Gerard Doustraat, taking in the chic boutiques and concept stores, the contents of which are basically Instagram-To-Go. Once you've acquired a better understanding of all the things you are meant to own, take a right down Nicolaas Berchemstraat, and then right again to hit Albert Cuypstraat and its famous street market, for a completely different shopping experience. This hundred year old market will give you a taste of the more entrepreneurial Amsterdam of old, and raw herring too, if you're brave enough.
Exit the market on the westerly side of the street and grab an outstanding coffee at nearby Scandinavian Embassy or, on a sunny day, an ice cream from Massimo Gelato, and head into Sarphatipark to rest and recharge. This is a real city park – small and well-sculpted, with a play area for kids. Hanging around for dinner? Book ahead – this is a popular area, and the Dutch are planners. North of the park, Bar Fisk provides succulent seafood for sharing, a vibrant atmosphere and a late bar, whereas En, to the south, offers Japanese fine dining in a more sophisticated setting. Pick a side – either way, you'll be a winner.
Suggested Timeframe: 2 hours (more if you're staying out for dinner)
Physical Effort: Easy
Need To Know:
The Sarphatipark is named after Samuel Sarphati, a physician and city planner. It was renamed Bollandpark for a few years during World War II because Sarphati was Jewish.
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