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The Five-Point Weekend Escape Plan

Amp Up in Amsterdam

Civic buildings, boats, and even a windmill have been repurposed as hip dining and drinking destinations in the Dutch capital.


1. Where to Stay

Enjoy waterfront views and modern décor in Miauw's apartment-style suites.   

Indulge your sweet tooth at Cake Under My Pillow (from $150), a newly renovated three-room bed-and-breakfast located above a kitschy bakery in the colorful De Pijp neighborhood. The rooms—decorated with porcelain plates and other relics of the building’s past as a nineteenth-century merchant hall—boast contemporary comforts like king-size orthopedic mattresses, wireless Internet, and flat-screen televisions.

Settle into 750 square feet of stylishly appointed space at Miauw Suites (from $200), which offers four suites and a prime location in the trendy Nine Streets shopping area.

Rent a bike ($10.50 per day) at Hotel Aalborg (from $75), a modern three-star lodging where the best of the 36 understated rooms sport balconies and views of Sarphatipark, a small urban oasis where locals picnic. For lunch, ask the friendly staff to recommend their favorite ethnic-food stalls at the Albert Cuyp Market, just two blocks away.

Published on Dec 2, 2010 as a web exclusive.

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