First-timers to the city will inevitably hit this area to explore the Museumplein (where the Van Gogh and Rijksmuseum are located) and the sprawling Vondelpark. For an affordable stay, the CitizenM (also in Schiphol Airport) offers well-designed, simple rooms. Grab a hearty, organic meal, and people-watch at one of the long communal tables at Restaurant As, then browse at stores on Van Baerlestraat, one of the city’s poshest shopping streets.