Although Amsterdam is legally recognized as the capital city of the Netherlands, its actual seat of government is in Hague. This has left Amsterdam to be the commercial capital of the country.
Amsterdam is a city on canals. Over 50% of the city streets of Amsterdam are canals. Among the most popular canals include; Herengracht, Prinsengracht, Keizersgracht, Singel, Zwanenburgwal, Kloveniersburgwal, Brouwersgracht, Brantasgracht, Lamonggracht, Majanggracht and Seranggracht. All these canal streets have popular eateries on their banks.
The popularity of the Amsterdam Canal Ring among the tourists has given rise to a lot of cruising companies that offer tours around Amsterdam. The rates vary depending on what you would like to see around the city, the duration of your ride, as well as comfort afforded on the cruisers. Blue Boat Company for example charges 15 Euros per person for a cruise of 75 minutes around the city. Other popular companies that offer cruises in the Canal Ring include; Amsterdam Canal Cruises, Viator, denederlanden, Amsterdam City Tours among others.
A tourist on a cruise in the Amsterdam Canals is not only treated to spectacular sights, but also to the best of Dutch culinary exploits. Among the most popular hotels on the Amsterdam's Canal Ring is Hotel Estheréa. It is located on an old building that overlooks the Singel Canal. It boasts a 17th century Facade that gives the guests a cozy feeling in an otherwise busy and cold city. It is near attractions such as Van Gogh Museum, Damsquare and Anne Frank's House. You will be served with the best local gourmet food by staff that can speak several languages.
Another popular place to dine when sightseeing on the Canal Ring is the Blue Sheep Bed and Breakfast. A small hotel by any measure, it gives some of the best local cuisines. It is family run and features family style dining rooms. It is set between Herengracht and Singel and is near to Opera House, Damsquare, Redlight District, Ann Frank's House and Nine Little Streets.
If you are into high-end dining, then Andaz Amsterdam Prinsengracht, a Hyatt Hotel, will be your best bet. It is a 5-star hotel that offers high class accommodation. Additionally, guests can dine at Bluespoon Restaurant as well as enjoy spa services such as facials, massage, body treatment, manicures and pedicures. The hotel is also suitable for those on business tours. It boasts a fitness center, meeting rooms, audio visual equipment, and a computer station.
The Canal Ring is home to hundreds of restaurants. It is a gourmet diner's dream. If you are looking for a meal that is over-indulgent and rich in flavour, the canal ring restaurants beckons.