Your tips An extremely good restaurant - Van Kerkwijk on Nes just off Dam square. No menu, all is explained to you and it is extremely popular with the locals. You may have to wait for a table- if you do have time - wait. Anne Frank museum - just so moving - go early to miss the crowds. Van Gogh exhibition- we saw it at the Hermitage but it should be back in its own home soon.
We had not visited Amsterdam before so this was our first explore. What an excellent city - its picturesque, busy when you want it quiet when you don't, loads of cultural facilities and a populous that seems to welcome and help no matter what. For a capital city it's one of the friendliest places we have ever been and so easy to get around. We used the train, tram, bus and boats - all very easily and managed to get to where we wanted to be every time. We did do a great deal of walking (you do have to watch out for the bicycles). The food and restaurants were brilliant, I won't say they were all the best food in the world but we were never disappointed. Some peoples reviews gave us to expect a great deal of expense but we found the restaurants, bars and cafes to be quite reasonable. We stayed in the Jordaan district which was close to all facilities yet very quiet - we always take ear plugs but they were not required.