6 reasons to visit Amsterdam

Including the Johan Cruijff Arena, canal cruising, and The Evenings

Johan Cruijff Arena

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The renaming of Ajax football club’s home stadium has been hotly debated among garrulous Amsterdammers since the death of the country’s greatest ever player – but it will finally happen this year.

De Hallen

This former tram depot has recently been converted to a heaving indoor food hall. Escape the crowds by visiting library café Belcampo or the art deco cinema, Filmhallen, inside the complex.

The Evenings


Seventy years after publication, the greatest Amsterdam novel has finally been given its first English translation. Follow Gerard Reve’s disillusioned office clerk Frits van Egters in this post-war tale of pathos and ennui.


Take a free ferry from Central Station across River IJ to the city’s hippest district. Dine at the former NDSM shipyard (IJ-Kantine) or enjoy panoramic views from a 100 metre-high swing (A’DAM Tower).

Canal cruising

View from canal, Amsterdam, Netherlands
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You can’t visit the city of canals and not take to the water. Leave the touristy waterbuses and rent a skippered sloop sailing boat – or better still, a chic saloon boat with onboard bar and catering.


Translated as ‘meat braised to threads’, this beef stew is a staple of Dutch meat-potato-veg cuisine. No-reservation and no-nonsense Hap-Hmm has been serving up the city’s most succulent version since 1935.

Cathay Pacific flies to Amsterdam from Hong Kong seven times a week

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Discovery online brings together all the inspirational travel writing from our two inflight magazines, Discovery and Silkroad. Be sure to look out for the print editions when you next fly with Cathay Pacific or Cathay Dragon.
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