The city that captured my heart, Amsterdam.
There is so much more to Amsterdam than one might think. The food scene, the scenery, the architecture, the people - and so much more! It’s a city bursting with character and deserving of visit. A short flight from the UK it’s ideal for a weekend break.
Transport around Amsterdam is brilliant, making everything easily accessible. Throughout my time in this stunning city, I used Uber a couple of times but predominantly walked everywhere. Racking up plenty of steps, and when I say plenty, I mean PLENTY. We covered just over 76,000 steps. Other methods of transports include bikes (shockingly!!), trams, subways, trains, buses and of course canal boats.
I spent a lot of time in Jordaan and De Negen Straatjes (The 9 Streets). These areas are filled with plenty of eateries (I wish I had more time to explore some more), an abundance of shops and breathtaking surroundings.
Places to eat and drink
The Avocado Show - If you love brunch, avocado and pretty food like I do, this is the place to be! The avocado was so fresh and I cannot recommend the avocado fries enough.
Van Wonderen Stroopwafels - The most delicious waffles. Cooked before your eyes, filled with a layer of caramel, coated with chocolate and a sweet treat of your choice and served warm.
Blushing Healthy Food Coffee - With a great selection of coffee, cakes and nutritious foods to choose from, it’s the perfect place to get your healthy fix.
Restaurant Black - A beautiful restaurant with botanical decor and canal views. Great service and scrumptious food.
De Luwte - The perfect date night destination. Gorgeous interiors, amazing services and delicious food. Also, the perfect setting to enjoy a bottle of wine and/or cocktails.
Winkle 43 - This place forever has a buzz, all thanks to their famous apple pie - damn it was good.
Van Staple Korkmakerji - The most incredible chocolate cookies! There’s often a queue outside - but totally worth the wait.
The Lobby - Escape the hustle and bustle and enjoy a cosy lunch in this lovely eatery. I highly recommend the Flammkuchen.
Amsterdam by night is simply stunning! With the festoon lights lining the streets and glistening on the canal - it’s the perfect time to explore.
I booked us onto an evening canal cruise and this is something definitely worth doing. It’s a completely different way to take scenes in. Plus it’s easier to nose at the magnificent homes along The Gentlemen’s Canal. One word… WOW!
You can sit back and relax with a beverage on the 1 and a half hour cruise, whilst listening to some of the impressive histories of Amsterdam and interesting facts. (Info is provided via headphones so you won’t have an annoying tour guide you can’t turn off.)
The cruise covers some the wealthiest streets, a snippet of the red light district, a glimpse of the many houseboats and some of the areas harder to explore by foot or other methods of public transport. Not forgetting some of the tiniest/tightest tunnels!
What’s there to do in Amsterdam? The answer is plenty!
With more museums than you could possibly visit, bikes to hire, canal boat cruises running throughout the day, lots of shops to explore and plenty of foodie places, you won’t find yourself without anything to do. If you time your visit right, you can even take a trip to the famous tulip fields!
What time of year should I visit? I intend on returning to explore Amsterdam during the other seasons. The city has so much to offer, I want to see the Dam in bloom throughout spring. I’d like to dangle my feet over the canal with a refreshing glass of vino in hand whilst the summer sun shines and I would love to see all the golden tones that fill the city during autumn. Basically, I want to move to Amsterdam.
Tot de volgende keer.