Haarlem is known for its history, museums and art, cultural highlights, boutique stores, many lunchrooms and restaurants. It’s only 20 minutes from Amsterdam. With the beach around the corner. In this article you’ll find many tips about what to do in Haarlem, including the best things to do in terms of art, cultural highlights, activities, boutique stores, fancy coffeeshops and restaurants. Haarlem is the perfect destination for a daytrip from Amsterdam, or multi-day journey, to escape the busy center of our capital.