Wind­mills and wine bars

From mu­se­ums to de­signer shop­ping, canal boats to cafes, the Dutch cap­i­tal has the lot

The Weekend Australian - Travel - - Destination Europe - KEN­DALL HILL

IT’S about as touristy as Am­s­ter­dam gets, but a canal boat tour is the cruisi­est way to get your bear­ings and ad­mire the scenery along the city’s 400-year-old, UNESCO-listed Canal Ring. Op­tions range from the stan­dard 75-minute cruise with com­men­tary to a child­friendly pan­cake boat, or rent your own ves­sel through out­fits such as Boaty for a DIY dis­cov­ery tour of the Dutch cap­i­tal. More: am­s­ter­dam­canal­; pan­nenkoeken­; am­s­ter­dam­ city’s most en­gag­ing eater­ies. Over 25 years, own­ers Claire and Bob van Buren have cre­ated an eclec­tic in­te­rior — part win­ter gar­den, part celebrity shrine — that func­tions as a typ­i­cal Dutch restau­rant by day and rol­lick­ing mu­si­cal cabaret by night. More: zep­

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