There are many great Instagram photo spots in Amsterdam. Amsterdam is very photogenic and it's famous for its lovely canals, magnificent houses, and tulips. For that reason, it's the perfect place to take wonderful photos.
That's also one of the reasons why you should visit Amsterdam.
Since I'm actually based in the capital of the Netherlands, I know all photogenic spots in Amsterdam!
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The first spot is Damrak. This spot is perfect for photos in Amsterdam.
First, because the houses and canals you see in this photo are typical for Amsterdam. Everyone will immediately recognize it's Amsterdam by seeing this spot!
Second, since the crowds won't bother you, you can make a photo here all day. It can get busy on the road, but nobody will stand in the background. So that's great! It's one of the best Instagram spots in Amsterdam for sure.
Also, you only have to walk for five minutes from Amsterdam Central Station to get here. So the location is very good! This is very convenient if you would visit Amsterdam for one day only.
After taking some photos here, you can go to the Kalverstraat. The Kalverstraat is a popular shopping area in Amsterdam. It is very close to this photo spot.
Furthermore, there are also some lovely places for lunch close to Damrak.
It's a great idea to wear something red in this photo! Then your clothes will match with the red house in the background. But other colors look great here as well.
Another thing I love a lot about this spot is that you can take many kinds of photos here.
You can either sit or stand and you can also take a photo from farther away and from a bit closer.
Since the houses are so photogenic, every photo turns out amazing!
This photo spot looks best early in the morning because the lighting is wonderful at that time.
Besides that, early mornings in Amsterdam are lovely in general! There's something magical about walking in the empty streets that get so busy during the day.
So I'd recommend experiencing sunrise in Amsterdam at least once during your stay!
Another one of the best Instagram photo spots is Melkmeisjesbrug.
I love this spot a lot because it actually shows how the streets in the center of Amsterdam look.
There are many bridges in the city center and almost everywhere you go, you see canals.
At this spot, you see one of these bridges crossing a canal. The bridge is very cute and the houses in the background look so beautiful!
These houses also look like typical houses in Amsterdam, which is amazing!
Furthermore, this place is great to take a photo that actually tells a story. I love how it looks as if you're wandering through Amsterdam.
Again, you can take so many kinds of photos at Melkmeisjesbrug! Try to look for several angles, because every angle looks a bit different.
If you want to take a photo without other people, then you be here early. Especially during the summer, it can get busy here!
3. Next to Beurs van Berlage
This spot is very close to the first spot, so you can combine these two photo spots with each other.
This is one of the best Instagram photo spots in Amsterdam as well. The famous houses of Amsterdam look amazing here in combination with the water.
Both for taking photos and for relaxing, this is one of the most romantic places in the city!
Sometimes you can also take a photo with the canal cruises. I love that because it adds value to your photo. These canal cruises are very typical for Amsterdam.
If you have been to the Netherlands several times, you might already know that it can rain a lot in this country.
This can be very disappointing if you were planning on taking some photos. But it's not that bad! You can take some umbrellas with you in different colors. I can promise you, it will look amazing in your photos!
Since rain is actually very typical for Amsterdam, it can even add value to your photo. I love that a rainy photo with a colorful umbrella can actually be very romantic!
Furthermore, it can tell even more of a story than a normal shot.
Once I made some photos with a few friends in Amsterdam and it was a very rainy day. We had a pink umbrella and the photos turned out to be lovely!
Chocolate behind this spot
Also fun to know is that behind this spot there's the entrance of the Tony's Chocolonely Super Store! This isn't a normal chocolate shop, but it's a shop with one of the best free activities in Amsterdam. You can try chocolate for free!
Tony's Chocolonely has many kinds of chocolate and you can try them all.
Furthermore, you can design your own chocolate bar here as well. If you love chocolate, I'd recommend going there after taking some photos at this spot!
4. Crossing between Korte Niezel and Oudezijds Voorburgwal
This is another great photo spot and it's actually one of the best Instagram photo spots in Amsterdam! I love that you can see one of the canals from a different angle here.
The houses look very cute in combination with the beautiful trees. Also, you can see some flowers on the rails! These flowers on the rails make the Instagram spot even more photogenic.
Speaking of flowers, you will often find bridges with flowers in Amsterdam. Especially in summer, you'll keep stumbling upon picturesque bridges with pretty flowers.
Great to know is that all these spots are actually pretty close to each other. The city center isn't very large, so everything is walkable.
5. Crossing of Damrak and Prins Hendrikkade
If you're looking for the best Instagram photo spots in Amsterdam, you shouldn't miss this one. This photo spot is very close to spots one and three. Furthermore, this is one of the most unique places for sure!
One of the best things about this spot is that you're so close to the water.
To reach this spot, you need to step over a little fence. Furthermore, this spot is very private, so that's very convenient.
6. Flower bikes
Sometimes, you will stumble upon a flower bike in Amsterdam! These bikes aren't always in the city. But when they do, you should definitely take a photo with one of them.
The flower bikes are very special and they can be in every color. The flowers on the bike I took a photo with were white. But you can also spot bikes with pink, purple, and yellow flowers!
These bikes can be anywhere in the city. But the spot is especially amazing if you can also capture a canal or a famous building. For example, in the photo below you see Westerkerk.
But even if that isn't the case, a flower bike is always photogenic!
One of the reasons why taking a photo with such a bike is great is because Amsterdam is famous for its bikes! The locals use their bikes to get around in the city. You will see bikes everywhere if you go to Amsterdam.
Even though these bikes aren't decorated with lots of flowers, it's still very unique.
It's also a great idea to rent a bike when you're in the city! It's a very convenient way to get around. Besides that, it's also fun to experience the city a bit more like a local.
7. Oudezijds Voorburgwal near Zeedijk
At Oudezijds Voorburgwal, there's also one of the best Instagram spots in Amsterdam. Oudezijds Voorburgwal is a long street, but if you walk towards Zeedijk, you'll see this spot.
There is so much water here, which is very photogenic. Furthermore, you can spot houses that are next to the water.
Sometimes there are even boats in front of the houses that belong to the people who live there!
There is also a lovely terrace right behind where I'm standing in this photo. Here you can have something to eat and to drink and enjoy the beautiful views of Amsterdam. It's great to sit there and relax for a while!
This place is also in the center of Amsterdam, so the location is perfect. It's only a short walk from Amsterdam Central Station.
As you can see, in many photos I have flowers. The combination of flowers and Amsterdam is amazing.
Most photo spots here aren't very colorful, because that's not what Amsterdam looks like.
Thus, photos in Amsterdam can be a bit brown or grey. But the flowers add so much color to the photos in this city!
8. Van Wonderen Stroopwafels
Speaking of colors, the next spot actually is very colorful!
This spot reminds me a bit of London, with all the colorful displays you can find there.
The blue and red colors here are stunning.
This is a place where you can buy stroopwafels. A stroopwafel is a typical Dutch treat. When you visit the city, this is a must and one of the best things you can do in Amsterdam.
Staalmeestersbrug definitely belongs to the best Instagram photo spots in Amsterdam. The view from here is very romantic.
This is also one of my favorite photo spots in winter, as it gets very romantic then. But there are many other romantic places in Amsterdam in winter.
From here, you have a perfect view of the Zuiderkerk.
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