HIDDEN GEMS

Tired of the classic touristy itineraries? From art galleries to riding schools and candy shops: read on to discover our lesser-known spots throughout the City of Canals. And no they don't all involved getting on a bike. 

 

 

MEDIAMATIC
gallery - culture - hip

A technological, scientific and just plain unusual artistic space featuring rotational talks, workshops, exhibits, screenings, and more. Sound like your think? Take your thinking cap with you!

 

 

GALERIE FONS WELTERS
contemporary art - modern art - gallery

The primary venue of emerging contemporary artists, check out all the unknown talent before they make it big! (And show off to all your friends!)

 

 

JACOB HOOY AND CO
market - sweet treats - family-run

Enjoy some warm nostalgia at this traditional apothecary shop, overrun with wooden barrels, jars of candy and the sharp smell of spices. 

 

 

HOLLANDSCHE MANEGE
hidden gem - rustic - unusual

Looking for that knight in shining armour? You might not find him here but local horse riders do continue to come to Holland’s oldest riding school year-round. You can book lessons in advance or just pop into the equestrian center for 8€!

 

 

PIANOLA MUSEUM
museum - hidden gem - unusual

An institution dedicated to the automatic piano: its collection of self-playing instruments contains more than 30,000 rolls of perforated music. 

 

 

DE KATTENKABINET - THE CAT CABINET
museum - unusual - gallery

If you have a thing for cats, check out this puuuurfect museum. From sculptures and paintings to posters with ironic and dramatic subjects: everything here is about the furry friend.

 

 

BLUEBIRD COFFEE SHOP
cafe - hidden gem - unusual

With a wide selection of cannabis, (yes, you heard correctly) this is the ideal spot for someone eager to try a joint for the very first time. Definitely not for the faint-hearted!

 

 

5&33 GALLERY
gallery - fun night out - lively

Have fun “people watching” as you participate in an interactive art display above Central Station. The atmosphere is young and fun, so definitely come ready to eat, drink, and dance!

 

TROPENMUSEUM
museum - culture - hidden gem

An interesting museum showcasing art, photographs and artifacts from exotic countries once colonized by the Dutch.

 

VERZETSMUSEUM - MUSEUM OF THE RESISTANCE
museum - hidden gem - historical

A fascinating little museum that offers a glimpse of life in the Netherlands under the Nazi occupation, and of the underground resistance movement. 

 

RED LIGHT SECRETS - THE MUSEUM OF PROSTITUTION
museum - hidden gem - unusual

Here you’ll learn everything there is to know about the world’s oldest profession and its links with the Dutch capital. It takes around 40 minutes to walk around the various exhibits.

 

CONDOMERIE
unusual - hidden gem - cool

We often like to keep things PG around here but as they say, 'When in Rome'! The world’s first condom specialty shop and definitely one of the most unique shops you’ll ever visit: you can find condoms of every flavor, color and style, several novelty items and even condom art.

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