VICTORIA’S GUIDE TO:
The city of bicycles and canals had simply all the charm I read about. This was my first time to the Netherlands and Amsterdam was a city I was very excited to see after doing a lot of research and hearing stories from some pals. Amsterdam by day had a lot of charm and character which made it one of my favourite destinations during our 5 week European adventure.
Keep on reading for my top tips and to find out a little more about what we did in this beautiful city.
Where to Eat & Drink
The food in Amsterdam was an absolute delight, I really enjoyed every meal we had. I’ve named a few of the places we visited and loved for you to try next time you visit Amsterdam.
Poffertjes:Amsterdam is obviously famous for these little pillows of heaven. Visit The Pancake Bakery for some poffertjes (with the topping of your choosing) or the larger Dutch pancake. It’s a short stroll from the Anne Frank House and will leave you so damn satisfied.
Amsterdam Frites: If you want to try this street food delicacy, head to Vlaams Friteshuis Vleminckx. This little hole in the wall will provide chips and the sauce combination of your choosing. I opted for the good old chips and tomato sauce, which was delicious.
Dinner: Restaurant Vlaming – Fancy a little bit of fine dining? This should be your go to. Enjoy a fabulous glass of red and a steak that will melt in your mouth. A small menu on offer, but a great one in a modern setting coupled with friendly staff. Located in Jordaan, the surrounding streets are beautiful and the food you’ll find within this homey spot a delight.
What To See & Do
Anne Frank House: This is a must do in Amsterdam and is a step back into history, which is the best part about traveling in Europe. Make sure to book your tickets before you visit (you can book up to 2 months prior) otherwise you will find yourself in a very long line and wasting away your day.
Cruise the Famous Canals: We booked a canal tour one sunny morning and it is my most treasured memory of Amsterdam. There are a number of places along the canals to book a tour and you will find most include a drink or two which is super fab. We chose an open top boat with a smaller group which made it that much more enjoyable. The boat driver also provided some interesting and historic commentary along the way.
Fun Fact: There are approximately 20 million bicycles in Amsterdam and over 20,000 are pulled out of the canals each year! The people of Amsterdam are definitely outnumbered.
Hiring Bikes: Unfortunately the day we planned to cycle the city, it was pouring down rain. In hind sight I’m a little glad we didn’t. The cyclists are everywhere, are locals, lack no confidence and their speed is dialled to HIGH. You will find yourself dodging cyclists the entire time you are here and if you’re like me, you will forget they own the pathways. Although, it iis no doubt a fun and easy way to explore the beautiful streets of the Dam!
The Red Light District: A sight to see…or not see, it’s up to you. Amsterdam is far far more than ladies in a window.
Jordaan: Jordaan is a very cool neighbourhood and it’s worth a visit just to explore the many restaurants and shops.
Where to Stay
On our visit to Amsterdam, we stayed at the funky and stylish Mauro Mansion. Smack bang in the centre of the city, a short walk to the Dam square and an even shorter one from the central railway station, this accomodation is on point. The rooms were super cool, comfy and modern. I especially enjoyed some relaxation on a rainy night in the beautiful bathtub in our room.
The owners were fantastic. They were helpful, lovely and made a mouth watering breakfast that I was very upset to not enjoy on our last day (sadly we had an early flight). Top Tip – be sure to book a room with a canal view.
Overall, I seriously loved our visit to Amsterdam, it was a relaxing and memorable three days and a city I will surely return to.
Let me know in the comments what you loved about Amsterdam?
I hope you enjoyed dolls, lots of love.