Don't be put off by the countless tourists. With time to momo in hand, you can find the most special places in the city centre.
The Centre is the district for you if you prefer to stay in the heart of the city. Amsterdam owes much of its fame to its ring of canals, which was inscribed on UNESCO's World Heritage List in 2010. The city centre offers endless shopping opportunities - think Kalverstraat, where you'll find mostly large chains. But in this bustle you will also find particularly beautiful spots, such as the Begijnhof, the Hermitage and the Amsterdam Museum. The Red Light District is the oldest part of the city; here you won't escape the bachelor parties. The Zeedijk and Nieuwmarkt, where locals also like to go, have countless nice eateries, bars and Asian shops.