Amsterdam is such a delightful city, full of incredible architecture, history, amazing art, design, and of course, delicious street food! I can still taste the warm stroopwafle and poffertjes. It didn’t stop raining during our stay – our plans for a bike ride around the city were thwarted – but armed with our umbrellas, we managed to walk absolutely everywhere.
We stayed at this charming AirBnB, which I would 100% recommend. Our room was right at the top of the building in the picture above and was everything we could have asked for. It was pretty rainy the first evening we arrived, so we just wandered around the corner to a quaint restaurant, Bar Moustache, for a bite to eat before returning home to plan our adventures!
The next morning we walked around the corner to De Koffiesalon for our morning fix before walking to the awe-inspiring Van Gogh Musuem. I’m so glad we decided to go as early as possible, because when we left, the entry line snaked around the building!
Wonky buildings everywhere:
It started raining as we were walking to grab lunch, and like magic, we stumbled across a poffertjes van to keep us fed and with an awning to keep us dry. When the rain stopped we continued walking to De Bakkerswinkel for a warming bowl of soup.
STACH Food is a great food shop where you can pick up picnic food and treats (like my favourite – stroop wafels!).
The Bloemenmarkt is actually prettier from a distance…
Later in the afternoon, we jumped on a guided canal ride around Amsterdam where we were able to see everything from a different angle. I had booked a special dinner at De Plantage which is located within the zoo and aquarium. Ryan had his favourite meal of our entire trip here.
We woke really early the next day to get to the Anne Frank House before anyone else, only to find out that it was the only day of the year it was closed (for Yom Kippur). We changed out plans and spent the morning walking around the nine streets, enjoying the fresh early morning air and drinking coffee at Headfirst Coffee Roasters (which was a highlight)… how beautiful is the morning light streaming through the front windows?
We also stopped at Winkel 43 for what is described as the “best apple pie in Amsterdam” and a warm drink in the sunshine. We really spent a lot of time eating in Amsterdam.
Wandering the boutiques on the Nine Streets was a highlight for me.
The warm biscuits straight from the oven at Van Stapele are to die for.
That afternoon we went to the very cool Hutspot, a gallery/gift store/cafe/barbershop. We were able to indulge our love of vintage photobooths and take two new shots for our collection.
We wandered around the corner to the Albert Cuyp Market where we ate our way through the street. I even managed to find a fresh and warm, freshly-made stroopwafel… my work in Amsterdam was done!
The next morning we went back to the Anne Frank House, which was such an emotional visit. The exhibition at the end was so beautifully done. I think because we arrived so early the crowds in the house weren’t so bad, but like the Van Gogh Museum, when we left the crowds snaked around for hundreds of metres.
We went to the VERY cool Hoxton Hotel for lunch at their restaurant Lotti’s and had a play in their photobooth. It has a very Ace Hotel vibe. For the afternoon, we joined a country-side guided bus tour, which is our worst nightmare, but it was raining and I wanted to see windmills! We visited the cocoa-scented country side in an area where chocolate is made, where we learned about windmills. We also visited a cheese factory and clog-making workshop. Despite the fact that the tour group ended up singing Dutch songs the whole way there and back, it was a pretty good tour to do.
Clogs hanging from the ceiling! This place reminded me of my Dutch Nanna and Grandad’s old house – filled to the brim with clogs.
We returned late in the evening, wet and tired, so we went back to Bar Moustache for dinner that night before packing our bags for our train trip to Bruges the next morning.