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Best kept secret places of Amsterdam. (What you need to know or might not see.)
These unknown spots in the capital are slightly out of the box. ;)

Hidden gem Amsterdam news by your local guide.

The latest hidden gem; July, 2021 a high tech bridge in the red light district, made by a 3D printer. You have got to know it, otherwise you might just pass by. Unusual spot in usual street. ;)


Why a secret spot in the unknown city can also be a relaxed experience.

Floradorp - tuindorp in Noord tijdens fietstour
Floradorp – a so-called Garden village in Amsterdam-North.

Not only is it nice to be surprised by the city, but exploring also takes you to much quieter places.

Your tailor made tour becomes reLexed in the city. Most of the locals, the people of Amsterdam in those parts of the city, also love that you come. They might have a story for you about the hidden gem of Amsterdam where you are located.

A lot of the best kept secrets on this tour guide page are to be found in the emerging quarters of this compelling town: the East and the North.

For example: the first picture of our new Amsterdam’s hidden treasures  Instagram account ⇓ contains a cool house in Amsterdam North, on the so-called Nieuwendammerdijk. (Please pronounce the name in your room. ;)

⇓ To those 28 hidden gems of Amsterdam ⇓

Rembrandt Nightwatch street art in the hipster quarter “De Pijp” (the pipe) Even this Nightwatch is hidden, as there is a market of front of it. Secret place of Amsterdam
Even this street art Nightwatch is a hidden gem, as there is a market of front of it, except for….;)

Recommandation about the Lex and the City “surprise me” biketour; July 2021

The best kept secret places of Amsterdam | 28 picks from that other local private guide Amsterdam 

  1. Museum ‘t Schip. (and the Amsterdam school houses behind Zaanstraat, Spaarndammerbuurt )
  2. The tram stop of Johan Cruijff between hip and happening Timorplein and Javaplein. (photo beneath with your (?) local guide.) Of course it is along tram line 14, his back number. (Ajax, football from the 70’s, total football..) Rent A bike to get there, recommended by the writer of this blogpost & guide.
  3. The mystical forth of Sjako in the famous quartier “Jordaan”. (Second picture on my Instagram account “Best kept secret places of Amsterdam”. Beneath⇓) Sjako was called the Robin Hood of the Jordaan. But was this actually true?
  4. Rembrandt Nightwatch street art in the hipster quarter “De Pijp” (the pipe)  Picture by your local private tour guide Amsterdam on the Albert Cuyp market. Chk above. ⇑
  5. Barcelona Square (on KNSM Island) (You see it below, third photo on Amsterdam’s hidden treasures Instagram account “on ⇓ this page. ⇓)
  6. Martin Garrix’s studio, the famous DJ. In an area no tourist has come yet. (Or was it you as an exception? ;) )
  7. The smallest museum in the world. (Even on 100 meters distance you’d miss it.)
  8. The stairs of the Lloyd Hotel (with its remarkable history on each floor.) ⇓Lloyd Hotel ligt op de route vande privé stadswandeling van Lex and the City in het Oostelijk havengebied.
  9. The inside of the Amrath Hotel, the former shipping house, picture 2 of my new Instagram best kept secrets of Amsterdam account.⇓ This is often part of Lex and the City Amsterdam unsual tours.
  10. Oudemanspoort, the best kept secret of the red light district.
  11. (behind the) Oranje Nassau barracks, to the east.
  12. Restaurant, hidden between the so well known Nieuwmarkt and Central Station. It looks like only locals know Captein & CoGood food, cheap, and facing Amsterdam’s largest canal + an Amsterdam-School-bridge. More unusual and partly unknown places to eat in Amsterdam.
  13. Claesz Claesz hofje, Quarter “Jordaan”. One of Amsterdam’s treasures “very hidden”;).
  14. Place of the former head office of VOC; the home of the East Indies.⇓Geheimtipp Amsterdam - Ort des ehemaligen Hauptsitzes von VOC; die Heimat von Ostindien. - Mit Lex and the City ungewöhnliche lokale Touren.
  15. The winding jetty of De Ceuvel; an unusual and sustainable place in hip and happening North.
  16. The amazing inside & outside of Bartolotti House (From Amsterdam’s richest man in the so-called Golden Age.)
  17. The courtyard of the Maritime Museum (Look below, second photo of the Instagram site on this page. ⇓)
  18. Outersdorp and Oetewaler Mill (Flevopark, one of the favorites of the storyteller of Amsterdam East.)
  19. Jerusalem in Amsterdam (A neighborhood with cute houses still unknown.)Photo beneath.Deze wijk in Amsterdam Oost heet Jeruzalem, omdat de huizen doen denken aan die stad.
  20. Boat & breakfast on KNSM-island, maritime place full of history, however who has been their already? ;) (Picture beneath on Instagram Amsterdam_Lexperience.)
  21. The “Otter” Mill, hidden behind the houses of an unknown district to the West. (Look below, 1st photo by Instagram on this page. ⇓)
  22. Scheepstimmermanstraat, I promise you a nice photo of this colorful street on my Instagram.
  23. The biggest skate park in the Netherlands (Hidden behind the Manhattan-style facades of Zeeburgereiland.) Tip on hidden gems of Amsterdam from fellow local tour guide Tomas Merkies.Grootste skatepark van Nederland met op achtergrond New York style nieuwbouw - Tijdens rondleiding Lex and the City
  24. The hidden path along old Houthaven, with the so-called “Veem-building”. (“Houthaven” translates into English: The wooden port.)
  25. The cool cycle, skate and footbike tunnel under Amsterdam Central Station. (CS) 
  26. Galgenstraat. (A narrow and hidden street with a scary story, that is on the western islands, even for most of the Dutchies a neighborhood to be discovered.)
  27. The room where the current Manhattan was created by Peter Stuyvesant and companions, on the design table: “somehere” in The West-Indian House (picture of its closed patio.) A true hidden treasure of Amsterdam. One one the guide’s favorites in Mokum. (=nickname of Amsterdam) ⇓

    The room where Manhattan was created - in the West-Indian House - hidden treasure of Amsterdam.
    he West-Indian House with its fascinating historical room; an unusual and even exciting spot in Amsterdam.
  28. The “Indië 1” district in the Indische Buurt. (The roots of Eigen Haard ) This is an Lexcellent Lexample of best kept secret places of Amsterdam.
  29. Van Gogh plaque in front of the Marine Terrein. (We didn’t even see a photo of it in the van Gogh museum.; go-go-go.)

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Unknown spots in Amsterdam during a best kept secrets private skating tour in Amsterdam

This an example (a Lexample) of a private Amsterdam tour, focussing on hidden gems. They can contain even special stores like the Johan Cruyff store in “De Jordaan” and the skate dokter in “De Baarsjes”. Moreover some unknown gems are to be found in the Vondelpark, like the (totally hidden behind trees) most expensive house of the capital.
The great track along river IJ contains some best kept secrets as well. (Especially when you include the view on the northern part of Amsterdam.)


Thuis tussen Timorplein en Javaplein bij de tramhalte van nummer 14 Johan Cruyff - Lokale gids Amsterdam Oost op de foto. Verborgen parel in de Indische Buurt
At the tram stop Johan Cruijff line 14 (Photo of hidden gem by a dutch-family-client; tnx.) Clicking on image means going to that local guide page with unusual Amsterdam tours.

Hidden gems of Amsterdam on a bike tour with the out of the box local guide.

Lexplore the hidden treasure of the capital with Lex and the City; that other local guide on a bike:

Private bike tours with this unusual local guide who will be happy to show you the above hidden gems in Amsterdam 


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