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The Art of Amsterdam

Recommended for : Food & Drink Culture
Make your home at the Conservatorium Hotel, a former music conservatory behind a Neo-Gothic façade and just a few minutes walk from the Museum quarter.
Although Amsterdam is packed with world-renown museums, why not start with the city's most famous artist? With over 200 paintings and 500 drawings on show, how long you will spend at the Van Gogh Museum will depend entirely on how much you like his work.
After Van Gogh, take a stroll towards the Builderdijkgracht and grab something to eat at the Foodhallen. Inspired by the Borough Market in London, this indoor food market offers a wide variety of delicious food at its stalls. 
On your way back to the Conservatorium Hotel, walk via the Vondelpark and stop at the OT301, where a group of artists have transformed the former film school into an alternative cultural space with studios, galleries, cinema, an independent bookstore, a vegan kitchen and workshops for anything from trapeze and shiatsu to painting and costume design.
After a long day on the go, try Morlang at Keizersgracht, a 10-minute walk from the hotel. This trendy restaurant and bar is definitely a place to see and be seen and is popular with the LGBTQ community. 
Day two of museum rounds starts at the Stedelijk Museum of modern and contemporary art and design. Considered one of the most innovative museums in the world, its collections include modern Italian and German paintings, works by Warhol, Picasso and Matisse, as well as photo and furniture exhibits.
Head to Café in de Waag in Nieumarkt for a traditional lunch, a good half hour walk across the historic canals into the city center. Built in 1488 and still lit by candles (in fact 300 of them), the historic interior has been kept as close to the original as possible. Weather permitting, ask for a table on the terrace.
Five minutes up the road is the Rembrandthuis museum, the house where Dutch master painter Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn lived from 1639 until 1658. Stop in to see the interior decorated in 17th century furnishings and the painter's own works, or check out the daily free workshops. 
Round off your evening, book a table at REM Eiland in the West of the city. It is a bit out of the way, a good 15 minutes cab ride without any traffic from Rembrandthuis museum, but the views and unusual dining experience from this former radio and TV broadcasting tower are worth it. The helipad doubles up as an outside bar for after dinner drinks before heading back to the hotel.