How To Spend A Day In

History and modernity collide in Amsterdam, a city that boldly embraces its past while it builds an even more progressive future.

Known for the red-light district, gorgeous canals within the city, parks, and landmarks, the capital of the Netherlands offers a unique experience that can’t fully be captured in pictures and videos.

Visitors travel to Amsterdam from around the world to have a good time, but the city also has a rich Black heritage that often gets overlooked.

The Dutch Kingdom was prominent in the transatlantic slave trade, and as a result, the Netherlands has a vast Black history that can be unearthed if you know where to look.

Use this guide to locate landmarks inspired by Black culture and to find out how you can support Black-owned businesses during a trip to Amsterdam.

Bianca Brasdorp opened Hostelle, an all-female hostel, with beautiful dormitory-style rooms and is the perfect choice if you’re exploring Amsterdam on a budget.

Stay at a black-owned

women-only hostel

Let Jennifer Tosch be your guide as you tour the streets while learning about contributions of the African Diaspora in the Netherlands with Black Heritage Tours. 

Take a black history tour

African Blackstar Coffeeshop is one of few black-owned coffee shops/licensed dispensaries in Amsterdam.

Get “coffee” at African Blackstar Coffeeshop

“Good Food, No Bullshit” is the mantra at Water & Brood, a chic restaurant located near many of Amsterdam’s attractions with everything from chicken and waffles to Surinamese inspired dishes.


Erwin de Vries created the mounument located in Oosterpark commemorating the July 1863 abolishment of slavery in Holland, Suriname, and the Dutch Antilles.

Visit the National Slavery Monument

The goal of African Kitchen is to serve quality food to Africans visiting and living in the Netherlands and to introduce the unique flavors to Amsterdam natives. 

African Kitchen for lunch 

This public park is a great place to spend the afternoon if you want to enjoy nature and hang out in a neighborhood that has a significant black population.

Ride bikes to

Nelson Mandela Park

The Black Archives is home to more than 3,000 books which all focus on race, colonization, feminism, and the legacy of Black Dutch writers and scientists. 

Go to an event at the Black Archives

Craving soul food and spoken word while you’re in Amsterdam? Labyrinth is the place to be. Enjoy exceptional cocktails by Sam Kingue Ebelle.

Wind down with dinner, drinks, and poetry

Visit The Skin Studio by Luenna Jane if you’re in the mood for skin treatments designed for people of color and try the best West African food in the city at Mama Essi.

Take a day trip to Rotterdam