Escaped to Amsterdam for a long weekend with the girls back in September 2016. Sunny, laid-back, and refreshingly green. Autumn had yet to arrive so our days were mostly spent outside - but I’ll definitely be back for some hardcore museum hopping.
Airbnb - Stayed in a sunny studio apartment in Bos en Lommer, by a canal and above a friendly bar which we ended up in 2 out 3 nights. It’s roughly 4 km from the city centre, a 20 minute Uber ride away.
Free walking tour - Walking tours are my favourite way to get acquainted with a new city. There are plenty of highly rated free walking tours in Amsterdam to choose from, we just happened to go with Sandemans. It was a 2.5 hour tour morning walk, covering everything from the narrowest house in Amsterdam to the best place to try raw herring - reportedly Haring & Zo, if you’re curious.
Red Light District tour - An alternative way to spend an evening, with Sandemans again but for 14 euros. Our guide was engaging throughout, walking us through how the district came to be and the stories of some of the working girls. One of my favourite tours to date.
Boekenmarkt op het Spui - Breathed in that old book smell at this small book market in the heart of Spui.
Albert Cuypmarkt - Headed straight to this bustling market first thing on a Saturday morning and filled our stomachs on poffertjes (little dutch pancakes) doused in syrup, huge stroopwafels (thin waffles sandwiched between caramel) hot off the press, and raw herring topped with onions.
Bloemenmarkt - Ambled through this famous flower market floating on water. Good place to pick up presents for the green-fingers in your life.
Public House of Art - Stumbled upon this friendly gallery with quirky pieces and ample seating.
Het Warenhuis - Stopped here for a tea break. Bright space with one side made up entirely of glass, made for people-watching.
Cannibale Royale - Cooked dinner back at the apartment for most nights but ventured out to this hip steak and burger joint on our last one. Dark, buzzing, perfect for groups. I had their signature, Le Cannibale Royale. For the record, sauerkraut goes great in a burger.
Bitterzoet - Good Friday night at this intimate club; twenty-something crowd, decent music, and (on the night we went) free pizza thrown out to the masses.