As a city break destination, Amsterdam ticks all the boxes. Not only is it one of the most pedestrian-friendly cities, it’s around an hour’s flight from Ireland making it the ideal place for a weekend break. Amsterdam is jam-packed with cultural attractions, beautiful parks and canals, and an eclectic nightlife, so you won’t find it hard to fill your time. If you have a romantic trip to plan, here are some of our top suggestions for couples.
DISCOVER JORDAAN, AMSTERDAM’S ARTY NEIGHBOURHOOD
For young couples especially, Jordaan is a must-do. The trendy neighbourhood is teaming with indie boutiques, galleries, restaurants, bars and pubs. And for the shopaholics, you’ll find plenty of vintage and antique shops to rummage through along The 9 Streets. Jordaan is one of the city’s most famous locations with a thriving community of creatives.
TAKE TO THE WATER ON A CANAL CRUISE
What could be more romantic than a scenic cruise in one of the prettiest cities in the world? In Amsterdam, there are a number of cruise operators running day and evening trips to suit your budget. It’s a truly magical experience as you glide past the hustle and bustle, pretty townhouses and under bridges.
PARTY LIKE THE LOCALS
Amsterdam has a vibrant nightlife, with renowned superclubs, rooftop and canal-side bars, and underground clubs in abundance. From dance to hip hop, there’s a venue for everyone and events happening each night of the week. Check out Melkweg, a popular entertainment venue near Leidseplein (Amsterdam’s prime nightlife square), and WestUnie in the cultural hotspot of Westergas.
KICK BACK WITH A PICNIC IN THE PARK
Experience a greener side of Amsterdam with an afternoon picnic. Some of the city’s best parks include Vondelpark (one of the biggest and most popular), Oosterpark and Park Frankendael. Locals and tourists alike spend much of the summer outdoors, so the atmosphere is always enjoyable. The parks are spacious and well-maintained – many with lakes, treelined footpaths and flower gardens.
DRESS UP FOR A NIGHT AT THE THEATRE
Don your finest attire for a cosy evening at the theatre! Amsterdam has some magical theatres showing cabaret performances, ballet and opera that are perfect for a date night, like Internationaal Theater Amsterdam and DeLaMar Theater. Or why not go to the movies? Pathé Tuschinski is a luxury art deco cinema and theatre space where you can enjoy your favourite films.