10 Hidden Selfie Spots in Amsterdam
November, 22nd 2019
At Youseum we’re suckers for a selfie. And as Amsterdammers we know all the secret spots—besides our museum of course. Sure, you could go the basic route and pose by a canal, or a windmill, or a crooked old house… but you’re cooler than that. Here are the hidden spots Amsterdam locals know about and the tourists only wish they did.
1. The Cafe in the Eye Museum
Even veteran Amsterdammers give Noord the cold shoulder. It’s a whole (free, five-minute) ferry ride away! But this first hidden Amsterdam spot is only a couple minutes from the ferry terminal, so once you cross Amsterdam’s perilous harbour (lol), you’re basically there.
The windows in the Eye Museum’s cafe stretch on forever as you sip a coffee, explore the Eye’s current exhibition, and sneak a cookie (or three).
You made it to Noord—why not stay a while?
This next hidden Amsterdam spot was once a shipping yard that’s been reclaimed by artisans and craftspeople over the years to create one of Amsterdam’s coolest hidden spots for gigs, edgy waterside hangouts, and a regular smattering of small-scale festivals.
3. The Roof Terrace at the Public Library
If you’re hanging around Central Station, just follow the bikes eastward past the floating Chinese Restaurant (biggest in Europe!) and up the steps of the Public Library.
Then take the elevator to the top floor and feast your eyes on the completest view of the Amsterdam skyline around. If you want, you can also feast on some lunch at the cafe on top of the library.
4. The Hidden Table Upstairs at Skek
Heading back to the heart of the action? Hit up this cafe for a drink (or food). But get there early! Because there’s an extra-special table hidden away upstairs, atop a winding wooden staircase.
Hold court there with your friends if you can nab it, but be prepared to mark your territory fast!—with beers, of course.
Head west to this 17th-century neighborhood famous for its shuttered houses built as headquarters for family businesses in the 1600s.
Today this is still one of Amsterdam’s poshest postcodes. Set back slightly from the hustle-and-bustle of the city centre, you can wander through the different island neighbourhoods and take in the original bridges, cobblestones, and window-boxes that all seem frozen in Golden-age time.
6. “Little Italy” in the Jordaan
The (very, very) unofficial “Little Italy” of Amsterdam is nestled among the “nine-streets,” just west of the city centre.
Will you be transported to a sunny Neapolitan viale, a man with an accordion serenading you gently? No! But this hidden Amsterdam spot is magical at the golden hour (prime selfie time), and if you hit up the excellent cafe De Tuin you can see the Westertoren poking above the houses.
7. The Park Near the Heineken Experience
It’s no secret that Amsterdam is chock-full of parks: there’s a massive park in the centre of virtually every one of Amsterdam’s iconic neighbourhoods. But Amsterdam also boasts dozens of little spots and parkspaces hiding in plain sight.
And if you happen to pass by the Heineken Experience, hop across the Stadhouderskade to one of the hidden spots of Amsterdam paradise. The selfies will be epic.
8. The Bridge over the University
Just outside the city centre it hits you: the 17th century canal houses quickly give way to conceptual, contemporary architecture.
The Roeterseiland campus of the University of Amsterdam is no exception. Completed (finally) in 2018, the massive bridge of the main building extends across a central canal in true—if totally modernised—Amsterdam fashion. Snap some sunset shots at this hidden Amsterdam spot and watch your feed explode.
9. The Lloyd Hotel in East Amsterdam
The Lloyd Hotel in Oost originally opened in 1918 and, in the hundred years since, has played temporary and long-term host to international guests, royals, immigrants, and refugees during and after the wars.
The museum is famous for an eclectic style that draws from the Amsterdam School of architecture. Snap some shots around this landmark and it’ll look like you’ve walked straight out of a Wes Anderson movie.
10. The Entrepotdok
Last but not least, this former row of warehouses in east Amsterdam is now one of the city’s best-kept secrets and prime hidden selfie spots.
Come here on a sunny day to take some pics and relax and, if you’re lucky, you might capture a giraffe in your shots, too—Amsterdam’s Artis Zoo is just around the corner!