Amsterdam Culinary & nightlife

Our most recommended Amsterdam Culinary & nightlife

Amsterdam: Icebar Entry Ticket with 3 Drinks

1. Amsterdam: Icebar Entry Ticket with 3 Drinks

Enjoy a refreshing beverage at a temperate minus 10 degrees Celsius at Amsterdam's Icebar, quite literally the city’s coolest drinks venue, with these entry tickets. Get winter wear, a welcome cocktail, and 2 drinks of your choice during your visit. Once you’ve exchanged your voucher for a designated time slot, marvel at a watering hole constructed almost entirely from ice. Everything from the walls and furniture to the very glass you sip your beverage out of is made of natural ice. Upon entering the bar, you will first see the lounge space, where you can have a welcome cocktail or a beer if you wish. This first part of the Amsterdam Icebar is nice and warm. After that, snuggle into the provided winter wear and savor the ambient light and ice sculptures of the Icebar. Choose from 2 different flavors of vodka, regular vodka, sambuca, rum, Heineken beer, or orange juice. Inside the Icebar you can stay up to 20 minutes. You may hang out in the lounge as long as you like, and try a selection of delicious cocktails. The “cool” factor goes even further than the general climate; mood lighting and toe-tapping party tunes complete the scene.

Amsterdam: AMAZE Immersive Audiovisual Experience Ticket

2. Amsterdam: AMAZE Immersive Audiovisual Experience Ticket

Pre-book your entrance ticket and step into the immersive and multi-sensory experience that is AMAZE. Explore 7 rooms containing interactive shows of lights, lasers, sound, smoke, new media art, visuals, and other special effects to stimulate your mind. Enhance your experience with a cocktail of your choice. Discover state-of-the-art technology from event organizers with over 30 years of experience in the events and music industry. The AMAZE experience is brought to you by the founders of Dutch Dance, ID&T (Sensation, Tomorrowland). Escape from reality and encounter interactive areas which elicit a range of emotions, from the relaxing to the intense. Go on a journey that reconnects you to your inner self. Interact with your surroundings via the many sensors and cameras to enhance the immersion of your experience.

Amsterdam: Classic Boat Cruise with Cheese & Wine Option

3. Amsterdam: Classic Boat Cruise with Cheese & Wine Option

Relax on a canal cruise through the UNESCO Heritage listed Golden Age Canals of Amsterdam. View city highlights like the Skinny Bridge, the Red Light District, and the Old Harbor. Have the option to choose standard tour or a tour with unlimited delicious Dutch cheese, wine, and other drinks. Board the ship and let your local skipper tell you about local history as you sail past sights in the Jordaan district and the Skinny Bridge on the the Amstel River. Admire views of parts of the Red Light District, the former city locks, and Old Harbor. Capture pictures of the stately architecture of the Maritime Museum and the prestigious Gold Bend neighborhood. See pieces of history as you sail by places like the Anne Frank House. Ask your guide questions about the city and get recommendations for things to do and places to eat.

Amsterdam Red Light District: Walking Tour

4. Amsterdam Red Light District: Walking Tour

Discover the secrets of Amsterdam's Red Light District on this guided walking tour. Learn about the women working in the district, the Dutch coffee shops, and the history of Amsterdam's oldest neighborhood. See the Old Church, Amsterdam's oldest building, and learn about the famed 'Dutch tolerance'. Be surprised by the open-mindedness displayed in the Red Light District, and wander around the city's narrowest alleys. Explore everything the Red Light District has to offer, from the famous 'Condomerie' shop to the Prostitution Information Center. Along the way, walk past sex and coffee shops while your tour guide explains everything about them. Be surprised as you witness how the neighborhood is an important part of Amsterdam and crucial to the city's history and development. See how the Red Light District continues to shock, yet charm to this day.

Amsterdam: Smoke & Lounge 70-Minute Light Festival Boat Tour

5. Amsterdam: Smoke & Lounge 70-Minute Light Festival Boat Tour

Enjoy one of the most relaxing smoke-friendly lounge boat tours in Amsterdam. Sip on your favorite drink, smoke, or enjoy one of the hookah/shisha's onboard for an extra cost. From 1 December 2022 until January 2023 enjoy an additional light festival route.  Start out in the heart of the Red Light District, one of the most popular locations in the city, and sail through the central area, the Herengracht and Prinsengracht canals, the Seven Bridges, the river Amstel, the Skinny Bridge, and the Dancing Houses before returning to where you started. Enjoy Amsterdam's stunning Light Festival from December 1st 2022 until January 2023 Mix the city highlights boat route with the light tour route, so you have the best of both worlds. The boat can accommodate up to 22 people. Whatever the weather, the boat is set up so passengers will have an enjoyable time. In summertime all windows can be opened, ensuring full visibility of Amsterdam’s iconic landmarks and monuments. In winter all windows can be closed, and we have heated seats to keep you warm. 

Amsterdam: Evening Canal Cruise

6. Amsterdam: Evening Canal Cruise

Enjoy an evening canal cruise that introduces you to the unique vibe of Amsterdam by night. See the city in a different light as you glide along the canals to discover the old merchant houses, picturesque bridges, and bustling atmosphere of the city at night. Be welcomed onboard and order a nice cold or hot drink. Take your pick from one of the 19 available languages on a personal audio guide system. Learn about the fascinating history of the city and its vibrant contemporary character. Or just sit back and enjoy the views rolling by your window as night falls over Amsterdam. Cruise underneath the Skinny Bridge and around the Golden Bend as you discover where the local hotspots are. You can also add a snack box to your booking, consisting of chips, popcorn, stroopwafels, salted peanuts, and a drink of your choice.

Amsterdam Red Light District: Walking Tour with Windows

7. Amsterdam Red Light District: Walking Tour with Windows

Discover all the secrets of the Red Light District of Amsterdam with a local Dutch guide during this walking tour. Learn about Dutch coffee shops, the history of Amsterdam's oldest neighborhood, and the women working behind the famous red windows. Wander around the scenic, calm canals and narrow, tree-lined alleys of the infamous area. Stroll past the Old Church, Amsterdam's oldest building, and learn about the famed 'Dutch tolerance'. See a different side to the usually-peaceful atmosphere Amsterdam offers as you walk past the bright, red-lit windows prostitutes stand behind, waiting for customers to join them. Learn about everything the Red Light District has to offer, from the Condomerie condom shop to the Prostitution Information Center. Listen as your guide tells you about the many sex shops, peep shows, bars, and coffee shops you walk past.

Amsterdam: Canal Cruise and Entrance to Xtracold Icebar

8. Amsterdam: Canal Cruise and Entrance to Xtracold Icebar

Explore the beauty of Amsterdam on a canal cruise to see the main highlights like the old buildings, markets, ports, and more before making a skip-the-line entrance to the ice-cold Xtracold Icebar.  You can take the tour in one go, or choose to enjoy each option on alternate days for maximum flexibility. As a self-guided tour, explore the city in your own time and see the sights of Amsterdam at a leisurely pace. From the water, enjoy the best views of the canal houses and houseboats. Admire merchant buildings from the 16th and 17th centuries, Amsterdam’s Golden Age, when trade flourished and was reflected in the elaborately decorated façades. Learn more about the Dutch capital while listening to the onboard audio guide, available in 19 languages. Sail through the old port to see yet another side of Amsterdam. Then, back on land, enjoy 3 free drinks at the Xtracold Icebar where even the glasses are made of ice.

Amsterdam: Glow-in-the-Dark Mini-Golf

9. Amsterdam: Glow-in-the-Dark Mini-Golf

Play a 45-minute glow-in-the-dark mini-golf game in Amsterdam. Enter a pirates and villains themed course and discover how much fun it is to play golf in the dark. Experience an afternoon in the world of Michiel de Ruyter, the famous Dutch admiral, and pirates and villains as magical black lights provide an exciting effect. Take part in an activity which works like regular mini golf, but with the delight of flourescent illumination. Try yourh and at getting the ball into the hole in as few strokes as possible as you compete against your friends, family, or colleagues in a unique and fun way. Glow-in-the-dark mini golf is fun for everyone, whether you are young or old, or hosting a children’s party, company event, or bachelor’s party.

Amsterdam: Coffee Shop and Red Light District Walking Tour

10. Amsterdam: Coffee Shop and Red Light District Walking Tour

Discover how and why Amsterdam developed its reputation for liberal attitudes towards sex and drugs on a walking tour of the Red Light District. Stroll into the atmospheric streets of the Red Light District, and see everything the area has to offer. Stroll down some of the city’s narrowest alleys, nestled between calm canals and bustling larger streets. See the infamous red-lit windows of the district, where prostitutes wait for their next customers. Learn about the Red Light District from a local perspective and discover the locations of several coffee shops, including the first coffee shop opened in Amsterdam. Hear explanations about the coffee shop culture, sex work, and political issues from your local guide.

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What people are saying about Amsterdam

This Wine & Cheese Canal Cruise was worth every bit of money! The crew, Franc, Els, & Diedrich, were very friendly & informative. Our main guide, Franc, was funny & quite knowledgeable, especially for the length of time he's been in Amsterdam (approx 8 months). Our trip was the perfect amount of time for the tour. It was long enough to feel like you received a good amount of information about the area as well as saw some beautiful scenery, but short enough that you didn't feel like you were trapped on a boat, doing circles for hours on end. The weather was perfect for this 10:00a.m. canal cruise! The wine & cheese selection was nice. If I had one suggestion, it would be to add at least one sweet wine to the wine list. Some type of Moscato or Riesling would be the perfect "add" to the choices. Other than that, I'd give this excursion a 10/10... HIGHLY recommend!!

Had a great time, the staff were great, the wine was plentiful and the journey through the canals was mixed with education and humour.

Interesting experience, got slight headache, but I would really like to enjoy all tour alone or with less people with me in a group

Had the best time! The tour guide was very good and we had plenty re fills of cheese and wine. Definitely recommended!

Tom was an awesome tour guide! Good vibes and made the tour so much fun and insightful!