Dream of Amsterdam that took away hope, Alone in a strange city, Alone in Amsterdam! But quite the opposite! You are not alone, nor do we take away your hope when you travel to the Dutch capital. Because in our Shoes and the City in Air Jordan 1 's Amsterdam, we have explored the hottest shops, restaurants and, of course, cultural offerings for you.
With the Air Jordan 1 through the city
You probably all know Air Jordan. The brand was founded in Chicago and developed for Hall of Fame basketball player and six-time NBA finalist Michael Jordan during his time with the Chicago Bulls. The original Air Jordan sneakers were produced exclusively for Michael Jordan in late 1984 and released to the public on April 1, 1985. The kicks were designed by Peter Moore, Tinker Hatfield and Bruce Kilgore for Nike.
The red and black colorway of the Nike Air Ship, the prototype for the Jordan 1, was later banned by then NBA commissioner David Stern because it contained very little white (this rule, known as the '51 per cent rule', was rescinded in the late 2000s). The following Air Jordans have made Amsterdam unsafe with us:
Walk and Visit
Amsterdam is rich in beautiful buildings and cultural offerings. In a Free Walking Tour, passionate guides introduce you to the history, culture and modern life of Amsterdam..
The Begijnhof is an enclosed courtyard and garden in the middle of Amsterdam, famous for its traditional Amsterdam houses. The courtyard is actually a 'hofje', the Dutch word for a secluded courtyard lined with houses. These courtyards have been around since the Middle Ages, and typically served as a community for single, religious women who lived there together. Today, the Begijnhof is one of the oldest hofje's in Amsterdam, dating back to the 14th century.
A visit to the Begijnhof is a special insight into a historic Dutch tradition. Suddenly step from the busy streets into a quiet and serene courtyard. It's the perfect place to sit and relax for a while and take a few photos of Amsterdam's famous town house style. Entrance to the Begijnhof is free and open daily from 8:00 to 17:00.
The Rijksmuseum is the Dutch national museum and is housed in an impressive building on Museumplein. There they tell the story of 800 years of Dutch history, from 1200 to the present day.
A visit to the Anne Frank House is a must when you are in Amsterdam. It is a museum located in the actual canal house where Anne Frank and her family hid for two years during the Second World War. The building housed Anne's father's shop, and the Frank family and four other people hid on the upper floors of the 'secret annex', which was the rear extension of the canal house.
Vincent Van Gogh is one of the most famous artists in the world and the museum dedicated to his works is located in Amsterdam. The museum houses the largest collection of Van Gogh's works. Some of the most famous Van Gogh paintings you will see in the museum are Sunflowers (1889), The Bedroom (1888) and Self Portrait as Painter (1887-1888).
The Eye Film Museum is a renowned collection of international film archives and exhibitions in Amsterdam's artistic Noord district. To get there, walk through Amsterdam Centraal Station and hop on a free, short ferry. It's also worth the free ride to get a great view of the Amsterdam skyline.
Founded in 1874, the Stedelijk Museum is the largest museum of modern and contemporary art and design in Holland. Check the website for special and changing exhibitions, like the one in the photos.
Heineken is a world-famous Dutch beer. That's why you can visit the original Heineken brewery in Amsterdam if you choose the Heineken Experience.
Amsterdam's largest park is certainly also the most famous in the Netherlands, welcoming around 10 million visitors every year. Vondelpark is centrally located south of Leidseplein and close to the Rijksmuseum, Stedelijk Museum and Van Gogh Museum. Popular with Amsterdammers and tourists alike, Vondelpark is often full of people enjoying a sunny day, walking the dog, jogging, rollerblading, listening to music, people-watching or just lazing on the grass.
Free concerts are given on the open-air stage or, in summer, on the park's bandstand. Other attractions include the statue of the poet Vondel, the cast-iron music dome, the Groot Melkhuis with a playground for children and the historic pavilion with its Vertigo restaurant, which opens a popular terrace in summer.
The fairytale Vondelkerk stands amidst neoclassical and stately houses on the edge of Vondelpark. With its rich history, picturesque ceiling, neo-Gothic architecture and modern facilities, this atmospheric monument is a unique place in Amsterdam.
Red Light District
You've probably heard of the Red Light District. Moreover, Amsterdam is rightly proud of and known for its completely liberal and tolerant attitude. Today, prostitution is legal in the Netherlands, but not on the street, which is why prostitutes in Amsterdam stand behind a window and have their own room. The name 'red light district' of the former medieval city centre comes from the red neon lights that illuminate the 300 windows of the women. Cultural events are also held in the Oude Kerk, a centuries-old former church in the middle of the district.
Eat and Drink
Love goes through the stomach, we all know that. That's why you can really only fall in love with a city and a country with the right food. At least that's how I see it, which is why I love moving from one food highlight to the next.
Sten and Sammy started baking pancakes according to their philosophy in 2016 with the help of a lot of friends. They "are in love with good food. The juiciest juices." Their vibe is "mellow urban. With hip-hop from yesterday and then. And we offer it all with our dedicated style of generous hospitality. Fo real!"
There are several locations in Amsterdam:
CHUN is a modern-day bubble tea concept store that offers unusual and exciting variations of the Asian cold drink. And let me tell you, bubble tea is a thing here in Holland.
1016 GH Amsterdam
Van Stapele Koekmakerij
At Van Stapele Koekmakerij, only one type of biscuit is sold. On 6 February 2013, the Van Stapele biscuit was born in Vera van Stapele's small kitchen. She immediately fell in love with it and couldn't wait to share her discovery with the world. On 1 December 2013, she opened the doors of her cosy biscuit shop in a small alley in Amsterdam.
1012 WC Amsterdam
Founded in 1993, this snack bar has become a household name on and around the Zeedijk. Almost everything is prepared in a wok, just like in Thailand, and is on your plate in no time. You can choose from a wide variety of dishes.
1012 AS Amsterdam
Cannibale Royale is the late-night spot for bold, finger-licking flavours prepared with absolute finesse, craft beers and creative cocktails. Burgers, steaks, sticky ribs. Delicious chicken wings, soulful salads. Our menu has something for everyone… even vegetarians.
Es gibt mehrere Locations in Amsterdam:
Are you into videogames? Then you absolutely have to visit this crazy restaurant. Not only can you eat great food, but you can also play one of 100 arcade games. The website alone is incredible, see for yourself!
Mt. Lincolnweg 17
1033 SN Amsterdam
If you follow our itinerary a bit, we can recommend the cocktail bar Rosalia's Menagerie as the perfect end to your day. You can sit by the canal and sip fancy and exclusive cocktails. This place has a charm all of its own!
1012 CV Amsterdam
Shop and Shop more
Of course, how could it be otherwise, our list of the best shops in Amsterdam is all about shoes. Good for us and for you that we don't have to go far, because our favourites are not far from each other.
The owner of Sunika, which means sneaker in Japanese, is knowledgeable and friendly. It's a smaller shop, but still with a relatively large selection of sneakers and colorways, bringing the streetwear style from Japan to Amsterdam. Besides Nike and adidas, the brands include Saucony, Puma and Karhu.
Unfortunately, Corona has pushed Holland's oldest sneaker store out of the city centre and onto the outskirts. In 1999, Seventy5 opened its doors, making it one of the founding fathers of the Dutch sneaker community. Seventy5 doesn't have the biggest selection, but they carry a good base of classics and some exclusive releases from time to time.
Maha specifically targets women for sneakers and streetwear. They say they have been left out in the world of sports fashion. Maha definitely has a large and diverse collection of fashion for the ladies to choose from. Not exactly cheap, but absolutely worth a visit.
The newest sneaker store on the list is for the most devoted sneaker lovers and belongs to one of Amsterdam's most notorious sneaker collectors, Chanica Kist. You may have heard of her during Air Max Day 2016 when Nike released the "Masters of Air".
Oqium is a big player in the sneaker game, especially with Jordans, and often hosts exclusive events and releases. Although it is close to the big sneaker store Solebox, both appeal to different types of sneaker lovers. Oqium is where you get your basketball and Jordan sneakers and apparel in particular.
Solebox is a fairly new sneaker store in Amsterdam and is designed like a chemistry lab. Its location is one of the most central points in Amsterdam, just off the Damplein.
Pattas is a Dutch slang word for shoes, which gives a pretty clear idea of the origins of Patta.
Patta started in 2004 as a way for the brand's founders to get shoes and gear that weren't available in the Netherlands. This literally meant travelling to obscure sneaker stores and bringing back sneakers in duffle bags. This homemade streetwear powerhouse eventually evolved into a very popular brand that focuses on streetwear as a whole.
Also worth a visit are Baskèts, Sneaker District, ASPACT, Concrete, Ben-G, size?, Foot Locker and 2nd Culture.
The Old English Bookstore
Finally, a little tip from the heart. Here you not only get a large selection of English-language books, but also a cosy atmosphere and the best prices.
1012 XC Amsterdam
An antiquarian bookshop for cookbooks, seriously? Yes, but in the small backyard that directly adjoins the University of Amsterdam, you'll find even more besides old Dutch cookbooks. Because the friendly ladies also sell (partly) original prints, which makes the perfect authentic souvenir for your own home.
Els van den Akker