My Top Instagram Spots In Amsterdam for 2019
If you’re planning to visit Amsterdam in 2019, and you want some ideas of good places to shoot some photography for Instagram or your blog, you’ve come to the right place.
Our brief three days in Amsterdam during early 2018 were fantastic, we truly immersed ourselves in this amazing city. As you know, when Ana and I travel, we travel to create inspiring influencer photography for Ana’s Instagram, as well as more typical urban/street photography for my growing Instagram feed.
So today, I thought I’d take some time and round up some of the best locations across Amsterdam that we found and took photos of.
Hortus Bortanicus Amsterdam
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As you well know, we are like moths to a flame for any botanical garden, and Amsterdam’s Hortus Bortanicus really didn’t disappoint. It has a combination of traditional outdoor planted gardens, mixed with a number of amazing vintage glass-houses featuring a nice array of cacti, tropical plants and more.
The place itself is located really close to the centre, so regardless of where you are staying, a trip here shouldn’t be too much of a trek. We spent about an hour across the whole site shooting a number of photographs. At least 40 of those minutes where in the hot glass houses themselves. Having entered with winter gear, we were super hot and felt reborn when the winter air hit us afterwards.
For photography and Instagram; We just love shooting photographs in these environments, they look so organic and resonate so well with people on Instagram. I think it’s the amazing contrast of the really densely planted green vegetation against the picturesque vintage glass-house structures.
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Website - Entry costs are €9.75 per person
2. Canal Belt - Stores/Architecture
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In this very central area of Amsterdam, you’re hard pressed to find a spot not worthy of a photograph. If it isn’t the tree lined canal sides, it’s the authentic local storefronts that just ooze cool. We found ourselves coming back to this area at least three times, it’s amazing just to spend time and grab a coffee and of course a stroopwafel. Also, if you’re like us and love a good vintage store, this area seemed to host quite a few of them.
For photography and Instagram, you’ll find a mixture of really great closeup opportunities as well as the longer depth shots, where you can just cram the frame with bicycles, boats, water and amazing buildings.
Either take a couple of outfits, or do like we did, and come back two or three times, as you’ll get plenty of Instagram content from this area of town.
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3. Spiegelgracht Area
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Spiegelgracht is a small area located in-between the Canal Belt and the area where the Rijksmuseum is located. You will find a small array of really nice cafes and restaurants with outside seating. It’s an amazing place to head to as the sun is going down.
For photography and Instagram; There’s an area of canal that is quite open and provides some really good views towards the Rijksmuseum, or with the cafes you have plenty of choice for closeups of food and drink.
If you have a wide angle lens with a high aperture (check out our photography kit here) head to this area as the sun is going down, there are lights hung in the trees, so you’ll be able to capture great portraits with an amazing background bokeh filled with twinkly lights.
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4. Blauwbrug Bridge Area
This area is super close to the Botanical Gardens and can easily be a good stop on the way to or back from here. In this area you also have the Hermitage Amsterdam which is an art and culture museum and had we had time, we would’ve likely stopped to check it out. There is also the Walter Süskindbrug bridge which is literally a 50 metre walk from here, and it is plenty photogenic for Instagram too. We actually found ourselves over here as there is a beer canal tour that we were rushing to get to, but we got totally side tracked by taking photos and missed it.
For photography and Instagram: in this area you can get some really nice wide and open shots of Amsterdam, as you will find most of your photos will be of small streets, so it’s a good contrast. There is also the coolest storefront as you can see from one of the posts above.
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So there you have it, my favourite four spots in Amsterdam to grab yourself some great photographs. If you’re visiting this year with a camera set on creating some great Instagram content, I hope you’ve found this post a good base to start with. Amsterdam in general is an amazing place to visit, and with only three days, we’ve obviously only scratched the surface of this destination. We also went too early in the year as well, had we had been there in summer I just know the photos would have been 10x better. Some advice if you are visiting Amsterdam, get a hotel or an Airbnb in the centre, it really allows you to be close to everything and really feel like a local.
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