Busi­ness Trav­ellers’ Guide

Where to eat, play, stay and net­work in Am­s­ter­dam

Qantas - - Contents - story by MICHELLE MARGHERITA

Known for wind­mills, tulips, canals and cannabis, Am­s­ter­dam is a cu­ri­ous mix of com­merce and cul­ture. Once the world’s most im­por­tant fi­fi­nan­cial cen­tre (it’s said the fi­first stock ex­change was founded here in 1602), the cap­i­tal of the Nether­lands en­joyed a Golden Age dur­ing the 17th cen­tury, thanks mainly to the Dutch East In­dia Com­pany, which put the city on the map as an in­ter­na­tional ship­ping and trad­ing hub.

To­day, Am­s­ter­dam is a qui­etly in­flflu­en­tial busi­ness cen­tre with strong fi­fi­nance and tech­nol­ogy sec­tors and a boom­ing startup cul­ture. As the gate­way to Europe and with a pop­u­la­tion that largely speaks flflu­ent English, Am­s­ter­dam is an efff­fort­less city for busi­ness trav­ellers. It’s com­pact and nav­i­ga­ble by bike (even CEOs cy­cle here) and hardly any­thing is more than a 15-minute ride away.

In re­cent years, more ur­ban ar­eas such as De Pijp and the postin­dus­trial NDSM Wharf in Am­s­ter­dam No­ord have re­vi­talised the city with hip eater­ies and bou­tiques, al­though the beau­ti­ful Old Town, with its wa­ter­ways, canal houses, restau­rants and shop­ping streets, offf­fers plenty for the time-stretched vis­i­tor.

An im­por­tant note: Am­s­ter­dam is full of cafés and “cofff­feeshops” and it pays to know the difff­fer­ence. Cafés sell cofff­fee and cakes; cofff­feeshops sell mar­i­juana. With that sorted, here’s how to make the most of your stay in the Dutch me­trop­o­lis.

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