I go to Holland so often I know Amsterdam all too well. I think it’s a perfect getaway for a last minute weekend. Amsterdam is a place you can experience in different ways, it really depends what you’re looking for. I’ve not gone into too much detail but I did want to share a few pics from my most recent solo trip.
Here are some of my travel tips that will have you looking like a local (just don’t ask me to teach you Dutch).
On a sunny day, Vondelpark is a must-see. It’s an incredibly large and beautiful park, with lakes, huge bike paths, swings and cafes. It’s a favourite spot of mine and many locals.
Try: Having a picnic of barbeque. Cycling around the whole park.
You will see AH everywhere. I promise you that. Although it’ll have you feeling like you’re picturing the same place over and over again, they are pretty handy. The supermarts have sushi bars, salads, other groceries and things you may need to pick up. Just remember, smaller Albert Hijns (to go) are usually slightly more expensive as they are “food to go” type shops. But sill, generally cheap!
Try: Appelflappen, Fresh Orange (Sinasapplen), Mozzarella Salad, Sushi Rolls, Cheese (kaas) Croissants
Lost in Amsterdam
This bar has cats, need I say more? It’s a good place to meet people if you’re travelling solo. Head to the back and hang out on the sofas after trekking around Dam.
Try: Fresh Mint Tea, Cocktails
If you’re looking for a filling meal, try one of the many Burger Bar restaurants around the city. They are often busy but trust me they are worth the wait. If burgers are your thing try it. You choose your beef including Angus or Wagyu, choose from plenty of toppings and watch them make it. The chips are to die for!
Try: Avocado & Egg as breakfast/lunchtime toppings
Nemo is a huge science museum in Amsterdam you really can’t miss it. It’s pretty popular and gets busy quick. If you can, head there early on a weekday if you want to avoid a plethora of children. It costs about €15 to enter, and early every exhibit is interactive. Even though much is aimed at kids, it’s a fun time for adults too.
Try: Checking out the Rooftop, Giant Bubbles
If you fancy a tipple and appreciate a good ale like me, Kandinsky’s is an awesome bar with a decent menu. It’s small but has a great atmosphere on an evening.
Try: The house IPA
Ripleys Believe it or Not
If you are as into the weird and wonderful as me – try Ripleys. It’s a chain with a lot of history. I don’t want to ruin it for you, but it has everything from the world’s tallest man to shrunken heads. Yup. It’s around €17 and a real good laugh.
Try: Space Tunnel, Peepshow, Everything!
Now this museum is a beast so make sure you have time. If art is you’re thing you could spend an entire day here. I pretty much did, I love ye olde artwork. The exhibits range from Van Gogh to T-Rex’s and Fashion.
Try: Going to the top floor, it gets weird.
Greenwoods does the best breakfast in Europe. Trust me. It’s so good people queue to eat in this tiny cafe! And boy is it worth the wait. It’s priced well and on a good day, you can sit outside or by the window for a lovely view of the canal.
Try: Rooibos Tea
Ramada Apollo Rembrandt Bar
Now this is my favourite hotel to stay in, situated just on the edge of Rembrandt park. It’s beautiful and the staff are a delight. If you’re not staying, be sure to visit the bar on floor 17 for the most spectacular view of the city. In the day time you can relax on loungers, at night you can enjoy the view and dance to DJ’s.
Try: The cocktails!
There’s so much more to Amsterdam, on any budget. The central area is generally more expensive and “touristy” but the more you venture out, the more you’ll find. I’ll have to add more detailed suggestions and tips for travelling in my favourite place in the world!