Local recommendations in Amsterdam – places loved by the Yellow Bike crew

Welcome to our curated list of top picks loved by our crew! When it comes to exploring a new city or town, nobody knows it better than the people who call it home. That’s why we’ve reached out to our colleagues, both guides, front office and the folks who work in the garage, to bring you the absolute best places to visit.

They have handpicked these locations based on personal experience and insider knowledge, ensuring that you get an authentic and memorable visit. As locals, we understand the importance of having a list that goes beyond the typical tourist destinations. From local hangouts to cultural hotspots, these top picks will provide you with an unforgettable experience. So, come explore with us!

Local recommendations in Amsterdam: visit the city like a true local!

First: Funniest video of cycling instructions

The actor starring in this video below is Maxim Hartman, a youth hero for many 30 and 40-somethings in Amsterdam and the rest of the Netherlands. A well known Dutch tv-maker who made absurdistic kids tv in the 80’s. He has produced a video for visitors who want to ride a bike in Amsterdam. The video was made in cooperation with iAmsterdam. A fair warning for the many insults flying around in this video would be appropriate. But in the meantime, you learn a lot about cycling in the Netherlands through this video.

Typical Dutch humor warning: video includes insulting remarks

Loveliest lunchrooms near Yellow Bike

Gebroeders Niemeyer – “Very well hidden great bakery that also serves bread for many renowned restaurants in the city. Great croissants and a very affordable morning breakfast deal. If you like French style baking, this is your place to be.” – Tip by Berit

Croissants at the Amsterdam based French bakery Niemeyer

Best take away lunch

Caldi e Freddi – “Italian, fast and good value for money, this is a great place for a take-away sandwich! Long queues around lunch time so you might want to get something just before or after.” – Tip by Luca

Restaurants we Keep Going to Again and Again and Again

Neuf – “A French style bistrot that serves very good dishes and is nice and small. This is the place where I got officially together with Guido, the ‘main character of Yellow Bike’. We go back every once in a while for anniversary moments.” – Tip by Berit

Best Bars

In de Wildeman – “True local specialty brew café and popular hangout for the locals. Knowledgable about beer even before the new wave of beer brewers. No music, just pleasant conversations.” – Tip by Berit and Guido

Art and Entertainment

Vrijpaleis – “A community of niche artists and makers, a free place. A unique place for experimentation right in the middle of the city center. Next to it you’ll find a beer shop that is worth a visit as well, the Bierkoning” – Tip by Guido

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