I live and teach in Rotterdam, which is about 1 hour from Amsterdam. One
of our favorite places to eat when we're in Amsterdam is at a Japanese
syle noodle restaurant called Wagamama's near the Leidseplein. There are
many wonderful Inonesian restaurants and the Dutch pancakes are always
good. I think Amsterdam is much more fun in the summer when you can just
sit outside at one of the many cafes, have a drink, and people watch.
As for things to do outside of the city, there are several towns worth
visiting depending on how far you want to travel. Gouda is about 50
minutes by train and famous for it's cheese. On Thursday mornings they
dress in traditional costumes and put on an old style market. The St.
Janskerk has beautiful stained glass windows that are worth a visit.
Rotterdam is interesting, mostly because it is so different from the other
cities in the Netherlands. Most of the buildings were destroyed during the
WWII so the buildings are more modern and the city has more of an
international population. It's about 1 hour by train.
Leiden is about 30 minutes by train and has several museums and a
The Hague is about 50 minutes by train and also has several museums and a
Delft is a great historical town about 50 minutes from Amsterdam. You can
check out the famous blue delftware in shops around town. There's usually
a market going on in the square if you feel like wandering around.
I hope this helps. Enjoy your trip and report back on your favorite
> I'm going to Amsterdam next weekend and was wondering if any of you have
> suggestions for things to do/see outside the city. I'll be there for 8 days
> so I'll have time to take day trips in addition to seeing the wonderful
> museums and sights within the city limits. Also, any favorite restaurants
> or out of the way places I might not know about? (I've been there once
> before but it was in winter).