It’s no surprise that the Gin trend keeps on prevailing, there are so many choices of different flavoured gin that you can often feel bombarded with variety. Which is why we have created the perfect Itinerary for the Gin Enthusiast.
It wouldn’t be an Itinerary for the Gin Enthusiast if we didn’t share the origination of Gin. Do you know how gin came about? well, the first concept of gin was known as Genever which was created in the Netherlands in the 13th century. Genever was made by distilling malt wine to around 50% ABV (alcohol by volume).
It wasn’t very drinkable, so herbs, spices and juniper berries were added to the gin to soften it and because the berries were meant to have medicinal properties. Genever tasted more like whisky or vodka rather than Gin and was originally used for medicinal purposes, it was prescribed for ailments such as gout, gallstones and kidney diseases. When the British assisted the Dutch against the Spanish in the 16th and 17th century, the British soldiers discovered Genever. They were known to drink it before battle to calm their nerves, it’s rumoured this is where the phrase ‘Dutch Courage’ came from. English distillers then began to make their own versions of genever, shortened to ‘gin’.
So where better to take a gin enthusiast than to the Netherlands, where the concept was conceived. This is the Itinerary for the Gin Enthusiast in Amsterdam.
Dabble in a little bit of luxury during your stay in Holland, stay at the Craftsmen Hotel. Because this is the Itinerary for the Gin Enthusiast, we therefore recommend the Brewer Room.
Address: Singel 83, 1012 VE Amsterdam, Netherlands
“With beer barrels usually stored in a cellar, it makes sense that this room is found in the lower level of the hotel. The old stone tile floor almost presents the illusion of being in an old brewery. Copper tones throughout, and inventive use of reclaimed materials, complete the theme. By the window, a gorgeous red copper, freestanding bathtub, is reminiscent of a vintage kettle used in breweries and distilleries. The original sleeping alcove now houses a clever wardrobe to store your clothes and accessories. Next to it, a door cleverly hides an actual bootleg brewery, with homemade kettles made from reclaimed boilers”.
Another hotel suggestion, Hotel Estheréa. The hotel is run by a lady called Esther (great name) and is located in a row of 17th-century buildings on the Singel, Amsterdam’s oldest major canal. The hotel bar is named after the founder Maria Flieger-Gruyters and is always on hand with exuberant cocktails. The eclectic style of Hotel Estheréa is why it’s made our Itinerary for the Gin Enthusiast and I’m sure gin cocktails are available.
Address: Singel 303-309, 1012 WJ Amsterdam, Netherlands
The Itinerary for the Gin Enthusiast
We don’t want to oversaturate this guide with too much gin stuff, so we’ve included highlights of Amsterdam so if it’s your first time you can get a feel of this fabulous city. So here is the Itinerary for the Gin Enthusiast
Have a mini morning walk around the Begijnhof, it’s Amsterdam’s best-known hofjes (almshouses). Dating back from the early 14th century, Begijnhof is a group of old houses built around a secluded courtyard and garden. These houses were homes for the Beguines, a group of unmarried religious women that lived together in a close-knit community under vows of chastity.
Address: Nieuwezijds Voorburgwal 373, 1012 RM Amsterdam, Netherlands
Indulge on a cookie at Van Stapele Koekmakerij
A quick stop! Step inside this enchanting establishment for a warm cookie welcome. The shop is known for its legendary cookies, the smell of baked goods fill the streets as you wander to the door. Become captivated as you watch the cookies being crafted, you’ll soon realise why they are rumoured to be the ‘Best cookies in Amsterdam’. They only make one type of cookie and they do it well!
Address: Heisteeg 4, 1012 WC Amsterdam, Netherlands
Anne Frank House
You can’t visit Amsterdam without visiting The Anne Frank House. For more than two years Anne Frank and her family hid in secret from the Germans during WWII in the annexe of Otto Frank’s business building. The museum plays homage to Anne and her family, excerpts of her diary line the walls, there’s a sombre atmosphere in this poignant building. Book online to guarantee entry.
Address: Westermarkt 20, 1016 GV Amsterdam, Netherlands
Adult prices €10.50, tickets can be purchased online. Be wary of queues.
1 November – 1 April: Daily from 09:00 – 19:00 | Saturdays 09:00 – 22:00
1 April – 1 November: Daily from 09:00 – 22:00
Explore the 9 streets
Love shopping? The 9 streets have quirky lanes of vintage, designer, one of a kind boutiques and intimate cafes. The 9 streets is a collective name given to the 9 cosy streets. The area is known as ‘De Negen Straatjes’ which is between the Singel, Herengracht, Keizersgracht and Prinsengracht. Spend a day shopping the intimate lanes before heading into Jordaan. This website has you covered with what to see and do in the streets.
The district of Jordaan
Built-in 1612 this district was mainly for the working class and emigrants such as protestant Flemings, Spanish and Portuguese Jews and French Huguenots. There is so much to see do and experience in this district that you should spend the rest of the day shopping, eating and drinking.
Love a browse around a market? get lost in stalls as Jordaan has 4 different weekly markets.
Time for a tipple?
Belgium or Dutch Beer kinda person?
Café de Tuin
Address: Tweede Tuindwarsstraat 13, 1015 RX Amsterdam, Netherlands
De Twee Zwaantjes
Address: Prinsengracht 114, 1015 EA Amsterdam, Netherlands
Ready for Genever?
Café ‘t Smalle, a bar with a youthful mix of locals and tourists. “The beer and the wine list offers more variety than the typical brown café. There’s jenever (and other spirits) on the menu, too”.
Café ‘t Smalle
Address: Egelantiersgracht 12, 1015 RL Amsterdam, Netherlands
Still in Jordaan after hours? Cocktails at Vesper Bar
A slick cocktail den on the edge of Jordaan, this bar is all about quirky and playfulness with a menu like no other. Try one of the exclusive cocktails on offer.
Tue–Thu: 20:00 – 1:00 | Fri–Sat: 17:00 –3:00
Address: Vinkenstraat 57, 1013 JM Amsterdam, Netherlands
Have dinner at Foodhallen
Created in 2014 this old tram remise has been created into a flavoursome 21 stall establishment. Indulge in some local delicacies, local craft beers and legendary G&T’s. You’ll be in food heaven with the variety of food on offer, think Dutch meatballs, Vietnamese delights and tangy tacos.
Sunday – Thursday 11:00-23:00 (Food until 22:00) | Friday – Saturday 11:00-01:00 (Food until 23:00)
Address: Bellamyplein 51, 1053 AT Amsterdam, Netherlands
Spend the day discovering the city of Amsterdam with ‘City Challenge Amsterdam’
“Discover the most beautiful locations of Amsterdam while playing an interactive iPad citygame! The game offers seven challenges spread across the inner city. You can play as many challenges as you like because we reserve the iPads the whole day. At the start, you can pick a route of 2, 3, or 5 hours, but these are just indications.
The pick-up location is open from 9 am till 9.30 pm, so don’t rush and take as many breaks as you want to have drinks or to do some extra sightseeing. If you are looking for an adventurous activity with friends, family, your lover, or as a teambuilding activity with colleagues, this game is perfect! It combines the real- and virtual world with the help of techniques like GPS, AR, and VR. It is suitable for groups of 2-120 players and is played in teams of 2-5 players. So are you ready for a combination of fun, adventure, and city exploration? Just go to our website, book a date, and pick up the iPads whenever you like”.
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
Address: Nieuwe Nieuwstraat 28, 1012 NH Amsterdam The Netherlands
Hop on a bike and head to Albert Cuypmarkt Market
The Albert Cuypmarkt is the largest and most popular outdoor market in the Netherlands, with 260 stands operating six days a week selling everything from Vietnamese spring rolls to freshly made stroopwafels. Why not enjoy lunch a little mooch around the market. Don’t miss the Badcuyp jazz venue on the corner.
Mon-Sat 09:00 – 17:00
Address: Albert Cuyp Markt, Albert Cuypstraat, 1073 BL AMSTERDAM
Ready for a Cocktail or Genever? Go to House of Bols for a cocktail and genever experience.
Flavours come to life in each room of the House of flavour, discover the website. At the final room choose your own delicious cocktail based on your personal taste and a professional bartender will prepare it for you.
- Regular Ticket House of BolsTour including a free cocktail: € 16,00
- Premium Ticket House of BolsTour, Free Cocktail & Special gift plus 10% discount in the gift shop: € 19,00
- Friday & Saturday Night Ticket Tour including audio guide & cocktail. Only valid on Friday & Saturday from 17:00 – 21:00: € 12,50
Mon-Thurs & Sun: 13:00 – 18:30 | Fri – Sat: 13:00 – 21:00
Address: Paulus Potterstraat 12 14 16, 1071 CZ Amsterdam, Netherlands
Head back to the hotel to freshen up before dinner and head to the Jordaan district to eat at…Restaurant Moeders
This restaurant is known for both traditional Dutch food and mothers (Moeders is Dutch for mothers). Dutch specialities are served in this quirky establishment with pictures of people’s mothers lining the walls, don’t forget to bring a pic of your momma.
Everyday 16:00 -21:00
Address: Rozengracht 251, 1016 SX Amsterdam, Netherlands
Have a gin cocktail at Bar Oldenhof
This bar has been described as “a small slice of the past”. This dimly-lit vintage bar is known for its extensive whiskey collection, cocktails, beers, wine and sometimes live music.
Note: there is a lack of signs and it can be difficult to find, ring the doorbell!
“Once inside you’ll be overwhelmed by the prestige, yet cozy and easy going layout. Dimly lit with comfy armchairs, dressed in velvet and wood, and combined with the imagery of a time that would suit Ernest Hemingway and Humphrey Bogart best“.
Mon – Thurs: 18:00 – 1:00 | Fri – Sat: 17:00 – 3:00 |Sun: 17:00 – 1:00
Address: Elandsgracht 84, Amsterdam, Netherlands 1016 TZ
Visit a museum
Amsterdam has loads and loads of museums, you’re sure to find something you’re interested in. Here are a few popular museums in this city.
Collection of 40+ pain-inflicting instruments from the Middle Ages such as the rack & guillotine.
Singel 449, 1012 WP Amsterdam, Netherlands
Former orphanage with artwork, artifacts & interactive exhibitions tracing the city’s history.
Kalverstraat 92, 1012 PH Amsterdam, Netherlands
The Amsterdam Dungeon
Theatrical, gore-laden attraction, part of a global chain, featuring gruesome local history.
The Amsterdam Dungeon, Rokin 78, 1012 KW Amsterdam, Netherlands
Hash Marihuana & Hemp Museum
Stalwart showcase for historical & cultural exhibits relating to cannabis, including a live garden.
Oudezijds Achterburgwal 148, 1012 DV Amsterdam, Netherlands
Body Worlds Science museum
Damrak 66, 1012 LM Amsterdam, Netherlands
The Rijksmuseum is a Dutch national museum dedicated to arts and history in Amsterdam.
Museumstraat 1, 1071 XX Amsterdam, Netherlands
Van Gogh Museum
The Van Gogh Museum is a Dutch art museum dedicated to the works of Vincent van Gogh and his contemporaries in Amsterdam.
Museumplein 6, 1071 DJ Amsterdam, Netherlands
Sexmuseum Amsterdam Venustempel
The Sexmuseum or the Temple of Venus is a sex museum.
Damrak 18, 1012 LH Amsterdam, Netherlands
An art experience built just for you.
Weesperzijde 150, 1097 DS Amsterdam, Netherlands
WONDR is a brand-new immersive experience designed to dazzle the eye and engage the senses. The most instagrammable place in Amsterdam.
Meeuwenlaan 88, 1021 JK Amsterdam, Netherlands
The Moco museum in Amsterdam wants to make a wide range of modern art, contemporary art & street art, like Banksy, available to the general public.
Honthorststraat 20, 1071 DE Amsterdam, Netherlands
After a day at the museum, it’s time for Genever tasting at Wynand Fockink.
Book in advance! Hidden down an alleyway close to Dam Square, this distillery has been operating since 1679. Taste the Jenever that’s made with 17th-century methods in the small cosy tasting rooms. The bar of the tasting room is open daily from 14:00 until 21:00. It’s a hidden gem even if you don’t do a tour, head in for a drink.
A 1 hour Wynand Fockink tasting session (2 liqueurs, 2 genevers, 1 brandy and 1 bitter) including a tour in the distillery costs € 17,50 per person and is held weekly on Saturday and Sunday at the following times:
15:00-16:00, 16:30-17:30, 18:00-19:00, 19:30-20:30. There are lots of other places to try Genever gin.
Address: Pijlsteeg 31, 1012 HH Amsterdam, Netherlands
Head out to the Red Light District before dinner
You can’t visit Amsterdam without venturing to the red light district. Located in De Wallen, it’s the oldest part of Amsterdam known for the red neon windows that display prostitutes and their advertised services.
Enjoy dinner at Cannibale Royale Handboogstraat
Rumoured to have the best ribs in town, impeccable burgers (including vegetarian), jerk style roast chicken and pulled pork are just some of the highlights.
Cannibale Royale is the place to let your hair down, lose yourself, and leave inhibitions at the door. From freaks to femme fatales, first dates to families, everyone’s welcome to feast to their heart’s content. We’ve created an Amsterdam sanctuary, a drinking den — your local late-night hangout. Serving up seriously good food and meat from the fire, creative cocktails, and craft beers. We only use the very best quality ingredients and set the scene with a place that’s atmospheric, cosy, and always buzzing. Cannibale is more than food, it’s an experience.
Sun – Thurs 12pm – 2:00am | Fri – Sat 12pm – 3:00am
Address: (Red light district location) Lange Niezel 15-H 1012GS Amsterdam
(Centre location) Handboogstraat 17a, 1012 XM Amsterdam, Netherlands
Finish your last day with a gin at the smallest bar – Café De Dokter
An eclectic paradise serving beers, cocktails and gin.
Café De Dokter, popularly called “Het Doktertje”, was founded on September 2, 1798 by a surgeon of the then Binnengasthuis and from that year it was operated as a tasting room and café by the Beems family. The sixth generation, Jannie and Jan Beems, have been running this cafe for 40 years now. The Doctor is the smallest pub in Amsterdam and messures 18 m2. It has a unique atmosphere and decoration, with always the background music of jazz (Ella Fitzgerald, Billy Holiday and the great saxplayers of this time. A number of these famous artists and musicians knew how to find the Doctor through the years.
Open daily from 16:00 to 1:00 | Closed on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday
Address: Rozenboomsteeg 4, 1012 PR Amsterdam, Netherlands
The Itinerary for the Gin Enthusiast is dedicated to all of the Gin Lovers including my girls; Raisha and Charlotte.