The city is known for its luxurious canal houses and gabled facades, plus windmills and drawbridges and touches of Renaissance and Art Deco. But you’ll also be dazzled by a new wave of chic, contemporary design, many of which are new public buildings, and representing regeneration in this ever-changing city.
In addition you've got a chic range of designers, bars and restaurants, showcasing the city in an uber-cool light.
Look out for stylish boutiques in Jordaan—one of the city's finest neighborhoods to explore on foot—and contemporary art at Stedelijk Museum, for which the building itself is as much the attraction. There's plenty of nightlife on offer, from the chic waterfront Muziekgebouw aan ’t IJ to the long-established Paradiso, where many a rock star has made their name.
Amsterdam has shaken up its image of its sleazier past and, like it or not, neighborhoods have been gentrified and contemporary style is now the way forward.