Iconic canals, centuries-old townhomes, cobblestone lanes and flower-adorned bridges. Amsterdam is as pretty as a postcard with charm in spades. It’s also one of the rare places that attracts history buffs, luxury-minded travelers, couples seeking romance and backpackers alike.

Besides its cultural attractions, such as the Anne Frank House and The Concertgebouw, the Dutch capital has leafy parks, hip shops and an enduring sense of the past that thankfully never fades. With world-class museums, bicycle tours, and a thriving arts scene, it’s really just a matter of culling it down to a select few activities. Though wandering around the quaint streets and sitting outside at the sidewalk cafes is so appealing, we wouldn’t try to cram too much into your daytime itinerary.

On the F&B front, this burgeoning culinary mecca boasts world-class restaurants that make every meal a gourmet adventure. When the sun goes down, there’s no shortage of things to do either. Think: cozy speakeasies, bustling bars, and plenty of nightclubs. Lastly, you can’t talk about Amsterdam without mentioning “coffee shops” (and not the kind that strictly brew espresso).

Simply put: whatever your idealized version of a European getaway entails, Amsterdam won’t disappoint.