The Most Instagrammable Places in Amsterdam

Art and design have always been the driving force behind Holland’s capital. With the rise of coffee culture and a trendy population of tech-savvy millennials, Amsterdam has fast become an Instagrammer’s dream. Venture into the ‘right’ side of town, and you’ll find a photo opportunity around every corner. After my recent visit, I’ve put together my rundown of the most Instagrammable places in Amsterdam.
 Padlocks on the love lock bridge in Amsterdam. One of the most Instagrammable places in Amsterdam.

The Right Side of Town 

At the heart of Amsterdam’s centre is the famous Dam Square. With cobbles, pigeons and rabbles of tourists, it could be described as the hectic beating heart of the city. Which direction you go from here can give you two very different experiences of Amsterdam. On one side you’ll find fast food cafes, questionable ‘coffee’ shops and the infamous red light district. On the other you’ll walk into the stylish neighbourhood of Negen Straatjes; this is Amsterdam’s most Instagrammable part of town.

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The Negen Straatjes

Translating to English as ‘The 9 Streets’, Negen Straatjes is lined with independent shops, designer boutiques, quirky coffee shops and quaint flower-lined bridges. The crowds of Dam Square become a distant memory and the streets become a catwalk of style, making it one of the most Instagrammable places in Amsterdam.

The Coffee Shops of Hartenstraat

Coffee culture is rife in Negen Straatjes, particularly on Hartenstraat. Grab an outdoor table or cosy up indoors at one of this street’s artisan coffee shops such as Van Harte or Screaming Bean. The baristas are passionate about good coffee, so if you’re hoping to shoot a perfectly poured flat white, this is where to come.


Also within the Negen Straatjes is Reestraat, a picturesque and stylish street filled with boutiques, jewellery shops and cafes. Head to Ree7 for coffee and cake or a delicious lunch. On the corner of Reestraat you’ll also find upmarket restaurant Jansz (part of the stylish Pulitzer Amsterdam). White marble tables, quirky details and bright rooms make this place the perfect place to shoot your flatlays – and the food is delicious too!

Bloemenmarkt – The Floating Flower Market

Nestled on the bank of the Singel canal is the iconic floating flower market. In reality, the market is very touristy and probably not as quaint as you might imagine. But the range of flowers is stunning (especially in Spring) and it is still the place to come to get your iconic tulip shots.

Damrak and Prinsengracht Canal Houses

The canal houses of Amsterdam are world famous and if you’re taking photos, you want to shoot the very best, right? Head to the grand Prinsengracht canal to find one of the most Instagrammable places in Amsterdam. Here you’ll find a grey and pastel stretch of 18th century houses but be sure to check out the unique row of river houses at the top of Damrak too (one of Amsterdam’s busiest streets).


To add a pop of green to your photography (or simply for some peace and quiet), head to Amsterdam’s central Vondelpark. The park is a spacious, green and leafy sanctuary in the heart of Amsterdam, which makes it popular with locals and tourists alike. Hire a traditional Dutch bicycle here and explore along the cycle paths.

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Pulitzer Amsterdam

The Pulitzer Amsterdam is a boutique design hotel spanning across 25 17th and 18th century restored canal houses in the Negen Straatjes. With plush furnishings, incredible interiors and quirky colours, The Pulitzer is quite literally an Instagrammer’s dream. I stayed here on my recent trip to Amsterdam, but even if you’re staying elsewhere the hotel is definitely worth a visit. Stop for coffee and macaroons at the hotel’s Pause cafe or go to Jansz for lunch. Read my full hotel review of Pulitzer Amsterdam.


If you’re dreaming of capturing that perfect canal shot, head to Groenburgwal. With a perfectly placed church in the frame, Groenburgwal is definitely one of the most Instagrammable places in Amsterdam. It’s located east of the Centrum district and connects the Raamgracht to the River Amstel. The Groenburgwal is also Amsterdam’s version of ‘the love lock bridge’ in Paris. Hundereds of colourful padlocks with initials and romantic dittys have been attached to the bridge, making for an even better photo op.

Groenburgwal in Amsterdam, with a view on Zuiderkerkstoren.

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Street Food in Central Amsterdam

Whether it’s waffles, pancakes or Holland’s prized mayonnaise and chips, you won’t have to search long to find some indulgent street food. Look out for cafes selling poffertjes, one of the most iconic Dutch indulgences going. These warm little pancakes are doused in icing sugar and make for a mouth-watering street shot.


What did you think of my collection of the most Instagrammable places in Amsterdam? Are you planning to visit Amsterdam soon or have you found some of these photography spots for yourself? If you enjoyed this post, or think I’ve missed anything out, please leave me a comment in the box below!

If you enjoyed this post on the most Instagrammable places in Amsterdam, check out my full review of Amsterdam Pulitzer for extra style inspiration

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Colourful tulips at Amsterdam's Bloemenmarkt - The Most Instagrammable Places in Amsterdam

Damrak - The Most Instagrammable Places in Amsterdam

Apple strudel and coffee at Ree7, one of Amserdam's trendiest cafes

Jessica Ruth Gibson is the Founder and Editor of Travelista and an award-winning travel content creator of 10 years. She lives in York, UK with her son and has travelled to over 50 countries; her favourites being Italy, Canada and Vietnam.


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