Canals area guide

Discover the best restaurants, cafés, bars, pubs, nightlife and things to do in the canal belts of Amsterdam

Amsterdam Canals

The grachtengordel (girdle of canals) that guards the Old Centre is idyllic, pleasant and quintessentially Amsterdam. A great way to explore them is by jumping aboard one of the many boat tours, which roam the waterways for an hour at a time. Singel was the medieval city moat; other canals such as Herengracht, Keizersgracht and Prinsengracht, which follow its line outwards, were part of a Golden Age renewal scheme for the rich. The connecting canals and streets, originally home to workers and artisans, have a number of cafés and shops. Smaller canals worth seeking out include Leliegracht, Bloemgracht, Egelantiersgracht, Spiegelgracht and Brouwersgracht.

Amsterdam area guide: canals

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Critics' choice

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Hotels

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Restaurants and cafés

Bars and nightlife

Bars and nightlife

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