Two weeks ago I visited a beautiful City in Holland, Amsterdam.
Many people choose this as a destination to party and go wild, ignoring the surroundings and how much history this wonderful place holds.
An exceptionally metropolitan and liberal city with an urban flair, Amsterdam holds a surprise around every corner waiting for you to discover.
Staying very central in the NH Collection Doelen you have a beautiful view overlooking the river Amstel. The hotel is stunningly presented, with a neutral decor, it is very stylish and modern.
You can choose to eat breakfast in the hotel but why not wander, find a café and tuck into some of the delicious dutch delicacies. I recommend Cafe Katoen a friendly place where you can relax and watch the world go by. Open from 8am till 1am this versatile café also turns into a lively bar.
For a more traditional dutch breakfast I highly recommend the Upstairs pancake house, translated Pannekoekenhuis Upstairs situated in a typical Amsterdam house dated back to 1539 and established in 1962. It is the smallest restaurant in Europe holding only 4 tables! Climbing a steep staircase to reach the pancake house, when you enter you are greeted by a lovely dutch couple, who will show you to your table. There are more than 100 teapots hanging on the ceiling and the walls occupy photos of the dutch royal family and old photos of Amsterdam. It is definitely a must when travelling to Amsterdam, the pancakes are divine!
One thing you have to be extremely careful of in Amsterdam is the bicycles, they come flying past from every direction so keep your eyes peeled!
Wandering around the City encountering the famous flower market. If you are a fellow blogger the market is amazing for taking photos the vibrant flowers, of course, obtaining tulips Amsterdam’s most famous and popular bloom.
One of the most touristic things to do is a canal tour and of course the tour is a must. Sailing around the border under narrow bridges, passing the wonky houses of Amsterdam, you will be able to see a lot of the scenery. I absolutely loved the excursion, if you do not have much time to walk around Amsterdam, jump on a boat, enjoy the view and relax. There are also many other options for the cruises, you can catch night tours where you sail around the canals drinking red wine and cheese, whilst watching the sunset.
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If you are in Amsterdam you cannot miss the Van Gogh museum. Dedicated to the artwork and letters of Vincent Van Gogh, it is one of the 25 most popular museums in the world. The museum covers five periods of Van Gogh’s life, The Netherlands, Paris, Arles, Saints-Remy and Auvers-sur-Oise, I highly recommend getting an audio set as it is far more fascinating listening to his life whilst admiring his artwork.
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Lucky enough it was the first day of summer during my visit, which meant the sun shined for the whole five days. Strolling around the museum quarter, a lovely lady from Sunrich-Van Gogh in partnership with the Van Gogh museum gave me a beautiful sunflower to celebrate!
Feeling hungry there was a café just around the corner from the museum called Blushing, a beautiful organic café located in a lovely area where you can relax, enjoy the food and sunshine.
Having plenty of time to explore meant there was also time for shopping.
De 9 Straatjes (the 9 streets) a long strip of boutique and designer shops, just a short walk away from Dam Square.
Fabienne Chapot a Amsterdam-based lifestyle brand full of eclectic playful prints and rich colours.
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Hester Van Eeghen designed in the Netherlands and made in Italy. The brand has a wide variety of unusual leather goods, I totally fell in love with Hester Van Eeghen!
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The local fashion is very effortless and casual, a monochrome and khaki green colour scheme is all you need to fit in.
A walk down the iconic and largest Red Light District is of course something you have to do whilst you are visiting. A strange yet comical experience, passing several coffeeshops, prostitutes, sex shops, strip clubs, adult theatres and more. It is interesting to walk through the alleys, but not as seedy as you may think.
The A’DAM Lookout is just over the water from the Amsterdam centraal station. A short 5 minute free boat ride and you are there, the lookout provides a 360 view of the city.
Dining in the Madam restaurant with a stunning panorama and phenomenal food, my experience at the A’DAM tower was incredible.
Located on their rooftop bar is the highest swing in Europe, which you have to go and experience, it is a very safe yet thrilling ride.
Turning in to a bar/nightclub you can drink cocktails all night and watch the gorgeous sunset!
A charming city I grew increasingly fond of during my stay, I suggest putting Amsterdam on your list to visit!
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