Amsterdam – a holiday in the city favoured by cyclists


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There is only one right way to explore the quaint little streets of Amsterdam: the bicycle. Bicycles are the chosen mode of transport for everyone from suited and booted corporate women to stay-at-home dads taking their kids around. And, as there are no hills in the city, cycling isn’t even too much hard work.


The ease of cycling everywhere makes Amsterdam one of the most cheerful places to visit in the world. Distances are not an issue as you whiz through the city on your two wheels: from the Bohemian Jordaan along the pretty rings of canals to the hip De Pijp, across the Amstel river to the multicultural Amsterdam-Oost and on to the old eastern docklands Amsterdam and the islands of KNSM, Java and Borneo, known for their modern architecture.


Cycling is easy in Amsterdam thanks to the plentiful cycling lanes and the number of bike rental shops throughout the city. Besides seeing the sights, the other plus of cycling is that pedalling away almost has you feeling like a local!

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Bak is a reasonably priced fine-dining restaurant focusing on organic vegetables, ethically sourced fish and meat provided by local producers. Serving delicious meals made from the best of ingredients, the restaurant is informal and relaxed. The menu changes daily and the wines to go with the food are carefully selected.


The EYE Film Museum is a venue for watching quality film and seeing exhibitions displaying everything and anything to do with cinema, its history and production. The museum building is eye-catching in itself and a popular meeting place. The amphitheatre shaped restaurant is made for admiring the sunset and the silhouettes of barges and other ships sailing along the canal.


Amsterdam is known for its tulips but that is not the only flower the Dutch excel at growing. The gorgeous Wildernis garden shop sells potted plants and anything useful and pretty you might need to tend to your plants. The shop also holds workshops for those thinking about setting up a plant terrarium or a kitchen garden.

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