City hot spot: Amsterdam-Oost, Amsterdam

The once downmarket eastern district’s bars and restaurants have started pulling in the crowds

The Netherlands: Generator Hostel, Amsterdam

Bed down in this hipster haven and you’ll have plenty of change left over to explore one of Europe’s most creative cities. Katie Gatens joins the hostel’s loyal fan base

Restaurant review: Lotti’s, Amsterdam

With cool Dutch design, the interiors are almost a distraction from the food at this casual canal-side eatery – but with a Soho House and Co chef at its helm, the no-nonsense menu is also a crowd pleaser, as Anisha Patel discovers

The Netherlands: Hotel Pulitzer, Amsterdam

Fusing history with hip Dutch design, this sleek hotel has plenty of character – not least because it’s made up of 25 interlinked canal houses. Katie Gatens checks in

DJ Martin Garrix’s guide to Amsterdam

The Dutch DJ, record producer and musician reveals where to eat, stay and play in the cool capital of the Netherlands

Eight of the best brown cafés in Amsterdam

Taking their name from the wooden interiors and nicotine-stained walls, these cosy traditional Dutch pubs are a must-visit in the city. These days the smoke is gone but the atmosphere remains. With local brews, rowdy sing-alongs and sun-trap terraces, what’s not to love?

Six of the world’s best coffee capitals

A city may have awesome architecture, drool-worthy dinners and lovely locals, but what does that matter if you can’t get a good cup of joe? Executive director of Workshop Coffee Co., James Dickson, has travelled the world in pursuit of the perfect cup. Here he shares the places that really know their beans

Six cool shopping experiences in Amsterdam

The often-overlooked streets of Herenstraat and Prinsenstraat are brimming with hip boutiques and cool concept stores. Forget the tulips and the Gouda, says Alice Tate, and fill your suitcase with goodies from these original shops instead

DJ John Digweed: eight of the best clubbing capitals

The British DJ and record producer gives us his inside track into the world’s coolest partying destinations

The most magnificent places in the world to read a book

From a library hidden in the forests of Beijing to the Cuban literary haunt of Ernest Hemingway, here are the world’s best spots for bibliophiles to indulge in a spot of reading

Europe’s second cities

Swap London for Brighton, Lyon for Avignon, Amsterdam for Leiden and Copenhagen for Malmö. Simon Calder travels away from the main hubs to discover the handsome, historic and ancient destinations a short trip in the other direction

Vending machine cuisine in Amsterdam

Burgers from a vending machine? Not quite what blogger Nadine Sykora bargained for when she took a foodie trip to Amsterdam...

Five of the best one-artist museums

See your favourite artist's greatest hits, all under one roof. Lucy Thackray picks five of the world's best one-artist galleries

Alain de Botton on art therapy

Art, says Alain de Botton, can be as therapeutic as it is beautiful. The philosopher shows us how with six of his captions for works at Amsterdam's Rijksmuseum

Open-jaw travel: Amsterdam and Rotterdam

Simon Calder plays double dutch with a Netherlands trip flying into Amsterdam and out through Rotterdam

Amsterdam: Ambassade Hotel

Charming and idiosyncratic, art and culture are the influences at the Ambassade, Amsterdam. Housed in a 17th century building, it makes for an elegant stay, says Tim Lott

Five of the world's best cycling cities

The author of My Cool Bike, Chris Haddon, picks five great cities to explore on two wheels

Six of the best city waterways

Some of the most picturesque and fascinating city rivers and waterways in the world

10 of the world's slowest cities

With a more laid back workforce and flexibility on what 'late' means (we're looking at you, Dubai), these cities move at a calmer pace

Fast and slow cities

Which cities are super speedy and which are more laid-back? Nick Curtis has the results of the High Life survey...

Trend: one room hotels

One-room hotels in Amsterdam, Sweden and New Zealand offer you hotel accommodation minus the neighbours

The curious guide to Europe

You're thirsty for discovery. You're keen to immerse yourself in someone else's world for a while. You are the curious traveller. Francesca Syz discovers Europe's most curious island, city and restaurants