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Most Instagrammable Places in Amsterdam (Local Guide)

This is the best list of Amsterdam Instagram spots that comes with a map!

For the past five years of living in this gorgeous city, it’s been my mission to take photos at the best Amsterdam Instagram spots.

From a library inside the Rijksmuseum to epic views of Amsterdam from above, here are 17 best Instagrammable places in Amsterdam.

In this post, you’ll find helpful tips too such as the best time to visit these photo spots in Amsterdam and also what camera settings you might want to use!

If you like these recommendations, don’t forget to follow me @sarchetrit on Instagram for more Instagram hot spots!

Make sure to bookmark this post on your phone so you can revisit it when checking out the Instagrammable places in Amsterdam, or grab my handy Google Maps with all the points in it!

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Most Instagrammable Places in Amsterdam

Damrak

Instagram Amsterdam photo taken at Damrak in Dam Square

Out of all popular Amsterdam Instagram spots, this one of the narrow Dutch homes is probably the most photographed one.

Best Time to Go: Although it’s in city center and there’s sometimes a few people taking photos here, you shouldn’t have to wait more than 10 minutes to take a picture here. So really, you can go anytime of the day!

See the location on My Maps (viewable from your Google Maps app as well).

Looking for a photographer in Amsterdam? Email me so we can chat!


The Rijksmuseum Library

Inside the Rijksmuseum library, one of the most Instagrammable places in Amsterdam

The Rijksmuseum is a Dutch national museum dedicated to arts and history. The architecture of the building itself make this worth a visit, but what makes all the Instagrammers over this spot is the library. It’s one of the most beautiful places in Amsterdam!

Good to Know: There are no photos allowed on the first floor of the library. Head to the 2nd floor to grab this photo.

Best Time to Go: The best time is probably as soon as the museum opens, but I went at 3PM and had to wait for pockets of no people to get this shot. I probably spent 30 minutes in here grabbing photos while I could while people were clearing out.

Photo Settings: I used a 16-35MM lens on my Canon 6D to shoot this. I found the wide angle is best to capture all the details.

  • Exposure: 1/160 sec at f/2.8
  • Focal Length: 17mm
  • ISO: 1600

Tourist Tip: The Rijksmuseum is included in the iAmsterdam City Card. If you plan on visiting multiple museums and want unlimited tram rides, then I’d get an iAmsterdam City card to save money.

See the location on My Maps (viewable from your Google Maps app as well).


Moco Museum

The Moco Museum is full of Instagrammable spots in Amsterdam like this art display.

As of September 2019,  Marc Ange’s Le Refuge is on display at the Moco Museum. But don’t fret if you go to the Moco Museum and this isn’t up. There is always some Instagrammable art installation up at this modern art museum!

Best Time to Go: Anytime is a good time since this place doesn’t really get too crowded. Generally there are people taking photos at this place but they move quickly.

Tip: Skip the line by getting a ticket beforehand here.

See the location on My Maps (viewable from your Google Maps app as well).

The Prettiest Canal in Amsterdam

The canals shown are one of the Instagrammable places in the Netherlands.
Amsterdam Instagram photos of the canals in Jordaan

There are a handful of gorgeous canals in Amsterdam, but my favorite one is on Bloemgracht. It’s not one of the larger canals in Jordaan but instead a smaller one on the side.

Even a photo of this beautiful canal without a person in it makes it one of the most Instagrammable places in Amsterdam!

Local Tip: Flowers in Amsterdam are really cheap so you won’t feel bad about buying flowers just for photos and then having to leave them behind after only a couple of days in this city.

For already bloomed flowers, go to Ten Kate Market or Albert Cuypmarket and visit the flower stands there, or you can Google a flower shop near you. If you’re near an Albert Heijn (the most common grocery store in Amsterdam), you may have some luck with already bloomed flowers or you’ll need to buy them a day before.

Tourist Tip: If you plan on going to multiple museums and places in one day, you might want to consider the iAmsterdam City Card, which gives you entry to 44 museum in Amsterdam, unlimited tram rides and even a free canal cruise. Get it here.

Best Time to Go: This is quieter during the weekdays between 9AM-5PM when everyone is at work. We went on a Monday at 11AM and it was especially quiet!

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See the location on My Maps (viewable from your Google Maps app as well).

Street with Westerkerk in the Background

This street in Westerkerk with the church in the background is one of beautiful places in Amsterdam.

Just a few steps away from one of the prettiest canals in Amsterdam is a street where you can get a view of Westerkerk in the background. This street embodies Amsterdam’s quaint and calming atmosphere.

Best Time to Go: Since there are bikers biking on this street, it’s best to go around 10-11AM on a weekday. That’s when traffic is the quietest!

If bikers do go past you, just stick to the middle. Don’t jump unexpectedly from side to side. They will go around you if you make eye contact to signal, “Hey I know you’re coming. I’m not moving and won’t jump in your path.”

(They may very well dislike me for giving this advice for you to stand in the middle of the road… oh well!)

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See the location on My Maps (viewable from your Google Maps app as well).

De Beurs Passage

The de beurs passage is a famous street in Amsterdam.

De Beurs Passageway is a pretty green and gold hallway in city center that’s perfect for adding a spark of color into your feed.

Photography Tip: Make sure to angle up so you get the gorgeous ceiling!

Best Time to Go: This passageway is a hit or miss. Most of the time, it is packed with tourists so if you don’t want to risk it being crowded, go in the morning.

See the location on My Maps (viewable from your Google Maps app as well).

Madame Tussauds Wax Museum

Overhead view of Dam Square from Madame Tussauds' Amsterdam Instagram spot

Now you may not think of Madame Tussauds as being an Instagrammable place in Amsterdam but in fact, it is! It has this circular window overlooking Dam Square that’s absolutely stunning.

Best Time to Go: Madame Tussauds is always crowded even first thing in the morning so it’s best to go as soon as it opens. Buy your tickets ahead of time because there’s even a line in the morning!

Photography Tip: You may want to have a wide lens for this!

Buy your tickets to Madame Tussauds here!

See the location on My Maps (viewable from your Google Maps app as well).

Vondelkerk

Church in Amsterdam with woman in front taking a photo

Vondelkerk is one of the cutest churches in Amsterdam, which totally has a Harry Potter vibe. You can take a photo of the church from the side like I did, or if you head around to the front, you can get a fully symmetrical image of it!

See the location on My Maps (viewable from your Google Maps app as well).

Wake Me Up When I’m Famous Sign

Wake me up when I'm famous Amsterdam Instagram spot

So you don’t need to be as extra as me– this bench is a cute spot for any Instagrammer without blankets, caticorn stuffed animal and all.

To make this trip to de Pijp worth it, take a break at Bakers and Roasters restaurant for brunch. They generally have a wait so just put your name and number down and hop over here to snap a pic or head to the Albert Cuyp Market.

Wake me up when I'm famous Amsterdam Instagram spot

Photography Tip: Bring your tripod if you want to take a photo with your friend here. Get the same tripod I have for traveling.

See the location on My Maps (viewable from your Google Maps app as well).

Het Brillenpalais

beautiful place to take a photo in the fall time in Amsterdam

This Instagrammable place in Amsterdam is absolutely a must-visit if you’re here in the fall time. The vines falling over the glasses shop is absolutely romantic!

Photography Tip: I took this photo of myself with a portable tripod that fits in a backpack. Get the same tripod I have for traveling.

See the location on My Maps (viewable from your Google Maps app as well).

Zevenlandenhuizen

instagrammable places in amsterdam zevenlanden huizen
Pink Camera Bag by GATTA

These houses were designed to represent seven different countries. The ever-so-popular one for Instagram is the red and white striped Spain house.

Editing Tip: It’s not as pink as it is in photos. You have to slide the Red hue a bit towards pink to get this pink striped look!

See the location on My Maps (viewable from your Google Maps app as well).

The W Hotel Rooftop

 
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The W Hotel has a trendy bar on the top of its hotel with a quaint view of city center. In the summertime, the pool is open for some summer fun!

See the location on My Maps (viewable from your Google Maps app as well).

Botanical Garden

 
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For green lovers, the Hortus Botanicus Amsterdam, one of the oldest botanical gardens in Europe, is worth a visit for a pop of green on your feed.

Tourist Tip: The Hortus Botanicus is included in the iAmsterdam City Card. If you plan on visiting multiple museums and want unlimited tram rides, then I’d get an iAmsterdam City card to save money.

See the location on My Maps (viewable from your Google Maps app as well).

Bloemenmarkt

 
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To be honest, the Bloemenmarkt, or Flower Market in English, is not the most beautiful place to photography in Amsterdam. Most of the stands sell more bulbs than flowers making it less exciting than what you see in the photos above. There is really only ONE stand that is Instagrammable.

Nonetheless, this one Instagrammable spot in Amsterdam is all you need for a burst of color on your feed. Be warned that the owner of this shop DOES NOT like people taking photos so if you want to thank her in advance for being able to take a photo there, buy something before pulling out your camera!

See the location on My Maps (viewable from your Google Maps app as well).

Looking for a photographer in Amsterdam? Email me to work together.

Keukenhof Gardens

Now this isn’t technically Amsterdam as you need to take a bus to get to the gardens, but it’s a must on this list because so many people travel to Amsterdam just to go to these gardens. There are gorgeous flowers everywhere and is such a photogenic place.

If you must get photos without anyone in the background, then go as early as possible. If you don’t get there as early as you want, the further back you go, the less crowded it should be (as long as you’re not too late).


Windmill at Brouwerij’t IJ

 
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For a truly Dutch photo, capture an old windmill in the background of your photos. For beer lovers, you’ll love the location of this iconic Dutch symbol since it’s at a great local craft brewery!

See the location on My Maps (viewable from your Google Maps app as well).


MaMa Kelly

MaMa Kelly is a teensy it out of city center but if you love pink, it’s a must-visit restaurant. There are several spots around the restaurant that are begging to be taken photos in front of!

Good to Know: You cannot use a professional camera in there to take photos. You can only use your phone!

See the location on My Maps (viewable from your Google Maps app as well).


What to Wear in Amsterdam

“They say” you can experience all four seasons in one day in Amsterdam, and at the very least, you may experience some rain so definitely be prepared with an umbrella or cute rain coat.

Overall, Dutch girls wear sneakers, even with dresses, and keep it pretty casual. With all the biking and walking on cobblestone streets, you’ll be grateful that you chose sneakers or boots over heels.

If you want to be extra Dutch, leopard and snake printed clothing and colored suits are totally hot right now!


Travel Tips for a Great Time in Amsterdam

To be able to enjoy Amsterdam to the fullest while discovering its most Instagrammable spots, you’ll surely have to have a good night’s rest and plenty of good food to eat. Check out these posts for a smooth trip:

If you’re going elsewhere in the Netherlands, check out this Netherlands travel guide.


Hope this guide helps you find the best Instagrammable places in Amsterdam.

Comment below if I missed any good spots!

I’d love for you to come say hi to me on Instagram or at least share your photos with me. Tag #sarahsdreamers to show us your stunning images!

See you soon! xo.


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