For a walk in the historical town, begin on Grote Markt and follow Wisselstraat, then Oude Beurs, glancing into the courtyard at No. 16. At the end of the street, go left along Zirkstraat and then right to reach the Sint-Paulus church. Take time to explore the church and its strange garden before crossing the Veemarkt and turning down Peterseliestraat. This leads to the Burchtgracht, which follows the line of the city moat passing below the Vleeshuis, where fragments of the city wall have survived.
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For a perfect Sunday morning walk, begin with brunch at Storm, the MAS museum café, then follow the quays into town. At the riverside restaurant RAS, cross the road to the pedestrian tunnel and walk through to reach Linkeroever. Turn right and follow the waterfront until you come to the windmill on the bend in the river. Here you find several restaurants that make perfect lunch spots.
Begin the walk on Groenplaats and head down Nationalestraat to visit the fashion museum MoMu. Cross the road and head down Kammenstraat for a mix of edgy youth fashion and elegant accessories. Turn right down IJzerenwaag to visit the Scandinavian concept store Moose in the City. At the end of the street, go left down Nationalestraat and continue down Volkstraat where you can stop for coffee at Charlie's. Continue to Leopold de Waelstraat and turn down the third street on the right, De Burburestraat, to reach the concept store Clinic. Turn right on Vlaamsekaai to end the walk at The Recollection on Kloosterstraat.
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Begin in the main hall of Centraal Station to admire the magnificent architecture, then walk through the building to Kievitplein, a renovated square bordered by the 19th-century railway viaduct and the back wall of the zoo. The British artist Richard Woods painted bright red and green bricks on several old buildings, transforming a dingy neighbourhood into a fun space. Walk around the zoo following Ploegstraat and Ommeganckstraat then cross Carnotstraat. Turn left and go up the second street on the right to reach the striking new design centre De Winkelhaak. End the walk in the Atelier Solarshop opposite.
This walk takes you through an area of stunning late 19th-century architecture. Take tram 11 to the Tramplein stop to begin the walk, and go down Cogels-Osylei. Among the remarkable buildings, notice the flamboyant group at No. 17 by Joseph Bascourt, a prolific architect who designed 25 houses in the quarter. At the end of the street, turn right along Guldenvliesstraat and then right again on Waterloostraat, where the houses at No. 11 and No. 30 celebrate the Battle of Waterloo. At the end of the street, turn right along Transvaalstraat to get back to Tramplein.