If you have only one day, start by taking a canal boat cruise to get a general overview of the city. After the cruise, take a walking tour along the historic canal ring to soak up the atmosphere and architecture of Amsterdam’s Golden Age.

Stop along the way to grab a bite at one of the many Dutch styled Brown Café’s or try that famous local Dutch specialty: French fries with mayonnaise. After lunch head to Museumplein to visit the Van Gogh Museum or Rijksmuseum, two of the best in the world. When you’re all museumed out, relax in nearby Vondelpark or have a leisurely drink at Leidseplein square.

If you still have energy, you can go shopping along Amsterdam’s main shopping district running from Leidsstraat to the Kalverstraat shopping arcade. When you get hungry for dinner, head to Chinatown to eat at one of the Thai or Indonesian Restaurants in the area that have become a city specialty. After dinner, wander through the Red Light District to experience the electric atmosphere of Europe’s most notorious neighborhood, then head Rembrandtplein toparty the night away.