48 hours in Amsterdam - Highlights Two Day Itinerary

7th November 2019

Amsterdam is certainly one of the must-visit cities on your list. It is a vibrant city that has a lot to offer, and there is always something going on. If you are visiting the city for two days, these are the must do to get a real taste of Amsterdam! Read on for our 48 hours in Amsterdam itinerary! 

First things first: getting to Amsterdam

From the airport, you can easily reach the city by train. Every couple of minutes the train leaves from the airport directly into Amsterdam Central station or the stations located in the neighborhoods.

Make sure to check where your hotel is located before getting into the train as this will save you some extra miles walking around with suitcases. Once you’re at your hotel, you can easily move around from one place to another.

If you only have 48 hours in Amsterdam, it is smart to plan ahead and think about what you would like to visit and how you are going to get there.

There are many people who would like to walk or bike through the city, but people also use the tram a lot. If you are using public transport in Amsterdam, make sure to buy a so-called OV card first. This will allow you to easily move from one place to the other. There are various types of public transport tickets in Amsterdam I’d recommend doing some research. 

Check out our article on what to see in Amsterdam Old Town!
And how to enjoy Amsterdam like a local!

Day 1 in Amsterdam

Breakfast at the Breakfast Club

Start your 48 hours in Amsterdam at The Breakfast Club. With at least six locations in Amsterdam, it is definitely a must-go on your list. At The Breakfast Club, you can enjoy a delicious breakfast or lunch at any time of the day. Order a delicious pancake with fresh fruits on it or go for a sandwich with avocado and a large glass of orange juice.


  • Wibautstraat 56, 1091 CL Amsterdam
  • Gustav Mahlerplein 114, 1082 MA Amsterdam
  • Bellamystraat 2-h, 1053 BL Amsterdam
  • Haarlemmerplein 31, 1013 HR Amsterdam

After your belly is well filled, it is time to explore the city.

Are you going to explore the city on foot or by tram? There is another option that many visitors choose: rent a bicycle. Amsterdam is at the top of the list of Most Bicycle Friendly cities in the world. Cycle through the streets of Amsterdam, across the canals and between all the Amsterdammers, so you can explore your 48 hours in Amsterdam the Dutch way.


The Museumsquare is known as the cultural beating heart of Amsterdam. The Rijksmuseum, the Van Gogh museum and the Stedelijk Museum are located at this square. You can admire the history of The Netherlands here and view impressive collections and exhibitions about modern and classical art.

More into music? Make sure you’ll get your hands on some tickets at the Concertbuilding!

Address: Museumplein, 1071 DJ Amsterdam

Lunch at Brasserie Brooks

You will recognize Brasserie Brooks by the large luminous lamps outside on the building. At Brasserie Brooks, hospitality and good service come together. You can come and visit Brooks for breakfast, lunch and also dinner, so you can come at any time during your 48 hours in Amsterdam. Here on a Sunday? Enjoy the Brooks’ Boozy Brunch, which serves the best of the menu.

Address: Beethovenstraat 43, 1077 HN Amsterdam

Shopping in De 9 Straatjes

In addition to sightseeing, Amsterdam is also the place to do some shopping. The Kalverstraat is one of the most popular shopping areas in Amsterdam. The Kalverstraat houses well-known brands and large department stores, including one of the oldest and largest department stores in The Netherlands: De Bijenkorf. In addition to The Kalverstraat, there are also nice shops in the following streets in Amsterdam:

  • De Pijp
  • De Leidsestraat
  • De Haarlemmerbuurt
  • P.C Hooftstraat – this is the most luxurious shopping street in the Netherlands. Here you will find the most famous brands from all over the world such as: Dior, Louis Vuitton, Chanel and many more.
  • The famous 9 Straatjes of Amsterdam. These are nine streets that are connected to 4 canals and 12 bridges, with small boutiques, vintage shops and cozy cafés in each street. Most stores are open every day, including Sundays.

Dinner at Spaghetteria

You must enjoy at least one dinner here during your two days in Amsterdam. At Spaghetteria you can order delicious pasta’s and pizza’s the same way you get in Italy: full of flavor. They make all their pasta themselves according to the Italian pasta guild in their own artisanal laboratory. The chefs prepare six different dishes on the evening itself, so there is a changing menu every day.

Address: Van Woustraat 123, 1074 AH Amsterdam

Day 2 in Amsterdam

After some shopping and getting a cultural and artistic taste of Amsterdam, it is time to get to know the city with a local market, a boat tour and a very Dutch activity. But first: time to feed the stomach to kick start your second of two days in Amsterdam!

Breakfast at Coffee & Coconuts Amsterdam

Coffee & Coconuts is a café in an old theater located in De Pijp. Upon entering, you immediately get the feeling that you are entering a lunchroom in New York. Although the building is very large and tall, you immediately get a warm and cozy feeling. Coffee & Coconuts serve delicious dishes for breakfast, lunch and dinner, so you can walk in at any time during your 48 hours in Amsterdam.

Address: Ceintuurbaan 282-284, 1072 GK Amsterdam

Cruising through the canals of Amsterdam

Admire and enjoy the beautiful city of Amsterdam from the water. During the cruise, the captain tells you about everything you encounter and its history. You’ll pass the historic canal houses, go under the famous bridges and you experience the Amsterdam life by boat. Not only visitors buy a ticket for a canal cruise, but also people who are already familiar with Amsterdam like to go on a canal boat as well.

48 hours in Amsterdam tip: have you already done a canal cruise through the canals of Amsterdam? Take an evening cruise when it’s dark and all the lights are on. You can buy your ticket online or at the shipping company itself.

Visit the Albert Cuyp market

The Albert Cuyp market in Amsterdam is one of the most popular markets in the Netherlands. There is a famous saying: those who know Amsterdam knows the Albert Cuyp. The market is open 6 days a week with 260 different stands selling fresh fruits and vegetables, clothing, fabrics, flowers and much more.

The market started as a loose collection of street vendors with handcarts, and the street was accessible during the market, but nowadays the market is closed for all traffic and only reachable by foot.

Address: Albert Cuypstraat, 1073 BD Amsterdam

This is Holland

At This is Holland, you’ll experience and discover the Netherlands in a nutshell. With special video projection, you get to know the Netherlands in 5D. During the flight, you will pass various locations, such as the tulip fields and the canals of Amsterdam. Your senses will be tickled with special wind and smell effects. In total, the experience takes about one hour and is something a bit different to see during your 48 hours in Amsterdam. 

Address: Overhoeksplein 51, 1031 KS Amsterdam

Dinner at The Birdhouse – everything in a bowl, the rest on toast!

The Birdhouse in the Plantage neighbourhood is a restaurant with an interior inspired by the bird gardens of the neighbors: Artis. The birds are everywhere in the interior; the wallpaper with ostrich print, neon lamps in bird shape. You can walk in at any time of the day from breakfast to dinner but is the perfect way to end anyone’s 48 hours in Amsterdam.

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Do you have only 48 hours in Amsterdam? There's a lot to see but By following our two days in Amsterdam itinerary, you'll see all the highlights and more!

Do you have only 48 hours in Amsterdam? There's a lot to see but By following our two days in Amsterdam itinerary, you'll see all the highlights and more!

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