What $500 Buys in Amsterdam

Steven Noble

In Amsterdam—where the Dutch are preparing to celebrate Queensday on April 30, when merchants of all kinds set up pop-up shops in the streets—the euro has fallen slightly against the dollar from its early-2009 high, making the exchange rate a bit more palatable.

Compiled by Sarah Smith

Thirty-five Depraved Holland cocktails, made from jenever, mescal, honey-ginger, and agave, at Door 74. To get the speakeasy’s address, one must text the phone number on its Web site. door74.nl.

Entry, a guided tour, and lunch at Café-Restaurant Neva for four people at the year-old Hermitage Amsterdam, whose current exhibition, “Matisse to Malevich,” displays 75 modernist paintings on loan from the primary outpost in St. Petersburg. hermitage.nl.

Lunch of grilled lobster, rare tuna–topped pizza, and dry martinis for about ten people at George W.P.A., a trendy brasserie (and a sister restaurant of the city’s already popular Café George) that opened in September. georgewpa.nl.

A pair of Step Möbius boots—the soles, heels, and footbeds are made of one continuous carbon fiber strip—from United Nude, a footwear line by Rem D. Koolhaas (nephew of the architect) and English shoemaker Galahad Clark. The Amsterdam flagship debuted in October. unitednude.com.

An hour-long massage and an hour of Restricted Environmental Stimulation Therapy—during which one lies buoyant in 96-degree saltwater in a soundproof chamber—for four people at the spa Koan Float. koanfloat.nl.

Five nights at the 215-room CitizenM, a youthful, mod hotel that arrived in May. Each pod-like room has an extra-large king bed, a power rain shower, and a touch-screen remote that controls the TV, the music, the windows, the temperature, and the lighting. citizenm.com.

As of late January, one euro = $1.41.