Although wet and windy autumn days can seem daunting, the fall is actually our favourite season to spend in Amsterdam. The streets and canals seem less congested, queues at museums appear to be shorter and nectar-like bock beer returns to the taps our favourite watering holes around town. In fact, the arrival of this brown elixir of life is even celebrated with its own festival at the Beurs van Berlage building each October.It’s also the perfect time of the year for a stroll along the city’s legendary Grachtengordel, which will be flanked by trees in all their yellow-leaved glory. If, however, you’d like to see a little more of this nation on the North Sea, then take a look at our Holland Highlights feature and find the daytrip that suits you best. Naturally, this guide’s restaurant, café and nightlife chapters are full to bursting with unbiased reviews that will help you avoid the tourist traps and discover the perfect bistro, diner or upmarket establishment to experience Amsterdam.