The Independent Scene; Amsterdam

'Amsterdam is the Netherlands’ capital, known for its artistic heritage, elaborate canal system and narrow houses with gabled facades, legacies of the city’s 17th-century Golden Age. Its Museum District houses the Van Gogh Museum, works by Rembrandt and Vermeer at the Rijksmuseum, and modern art at the Stedelijk. Cycling is key to the city’s character, and there are numerous bike paths.'

Creative, fresh, beautiful, unique, inspiring. Those are just a few words that perfectly embody the essence of Amsterdam. Be it Winter or Summer, Amsterdam is a hive of activity, warm (chocolate covered!) waffles and lots of bicycles!

On every corner you'll find cafe's, bars, shops, restaurants and a vast range of independents; all completely unique, offering their own distinct atmosphere and experience. Thanks to the City's efficient and refreshingly easy public transport services, it's easy to step away from the central tourist areas. Do this, and you'll find yourself amongst the most innovative, friendliest and unique hidden gems; local independents.

There seems to be an increasing number of independent establishments popping up all over Amsterdam. With it's reputation for good food, it's large Foodhallen and the immense footfall it's no surprise that new local restaurants, shops, hotels and bars are keen to be apart of the rich tapestry that makes up the magical local culture.

With an obvious emphasis on reducing plastic usage and car traffic (watch out for the bikes!), it's inspiring to see the City fully encouraging an environmentally friendly approach within its local communities.

The sheer variety of individually unique independents aptly reflect the wonderful people who live in, visit and love Amsterdam; people from all walks of life gravitate towards this buzzing city; some fall in love and never look back whilst others hold it as a special place in their hearts forever.

An international foodie hotspot, a rich history, music, art, a treasure-trove of stunning architecture, brilliant people, parks, a unique culture... Amsterdam has it all!


  • Amsterdam got it's name from the Amstel River.

  • Amsterdam has 165 canals.

  • Monet painted the South Church during a visit to The Netherlands.

  • The tilted houses are called Dancing Houses.

  • There are 2500 houseboats in Amsterdam.

  • 25,000: That’s the number of bicycles that end up in Amsterdam’s canals each year. Oddly, they say only 8,000 bikes are pulled out of the canals annually. It sounds like there are quite a few bicycles still lurking under the waters.

  • 1,515: That’s the number of bars and cafes in Amsterdam. Wow!

  • Amsterdam has more bridges than Venice, boasting 1,281!

  • 881,000: That’s approximately the number of bicycles in Amsterdam.

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