So I’ve had time to look at the hundreds of photos I took of Amsterdam and it was so great to reminisce on everything Rich and I did and how much fun we’ve had. Today’s post is about all my favourite spaces and places in the city. As you can imagine, this is in no way an exhaustive city guide as we only stayed for 4 days and haven’t had time to stop by all the places we initially wanted to visit. If you’d like to add your favourite addresses to the list, by all mean please do! Leave a comment.
The Nine Streets / ‘De Negen Straatjes’
I absolutely loved the area. The architecture and the colours of the buildings are gorgeous. To me, this was the real heart of Amsterdam. We just kept going back again and again just to wander down the streets. It’s full of independent boutiques; I fell for the bookshop Mendo in particular. If you’re looking for coffee table type of book, this is your go-to place. Episode for vintage clothing’s was great. We also stopped by Dutch fashion shop Ready to Fish. There was nothing anywhere near my prices but I loved their new collection; I would have bought half the store if I could! If you like COS, it’s definitely worth stopping by as I thought the styles looked fairly similar in terms of colours tones, fabrics and cuts.
ScreamingBeans – Hartenstraat 12, 1016 CB
We stopped there for a coffee after shopping in the nine streets. I loved the atmosphere inside and the coffee was amazing. I also recommend you to give a try to the apple pie!
RijksMuseum – Museumstraat 1, 1071 XX
It’s actually the only museum we visited. It was closed for 10 years for renovations and re-opened just a couple of days before we came to town. We had to check it out. Although their art collection is absolutely stunning, for me it was all about the building, the high ceilings, the mouldings and the details on the ceilings. If I have one advice, it’s to buy your tickets online or come very early to beat the crowds.
Starbucks – Utrechtsestraat 9, 1017 VH
So not very Dutch I’ll give you that but it’s probably the biggest and the coolest Starbucks I’ve ever seen. It’s a big open space spread over two floors with a massive communal table downstairs and lots of smaller tables with tables and banquettes around. We didn’t have any wifi in our hotel so this place was our first stop every morning!
I loved the neighboorhood’s narrow lanes with tiny shops and galleries. We got lost in the area quite a few time and it was probably the best way to explore it. There aren’t any touristic sights there, it’s just really about soaking up the atmosphere and having a walk around.
Winkel – Noordermarkt 43, 1015 NA
I was told that if there is one place where you should queue in Amsterdam, it’s Winkel. And we did queue indeed but only to enjoy the best apple pie we had ever eaten before. It’s right next to the Noordermarkt so if you’re around on a Saturday morning, have a look around too. And just to help you locate it a bit more, it’s within walking distance of the Ann Frank Museum.
GeorgeDeli U.S.A – Utrechtsestraat 17, 1017 VH
A cool stop for brunch or lunch near Rembrandtplein. It reminded me of a brasserie type of place. The food was excellent and I’m always happy when I get a freshly pressed glass of orange juice instead of one out of a can. If you’ve got time, have a wonder around Markt downstairs. It’s like the equivalent of Waitrose (a posh supermarket here in England): full of healthy goodies and little treats. They don’t take cash though so not good for travellers like us who weren’t too keen on using their cards and paying charges just for a couple things.
Vleminckx – Voetboogstraat 33, 1012 XK
I do realise I’m featuring a lot of eateries on this list but I found so many cool places I just have to at least mention on the blog! We stopped by the chip shop Vleminckx for frites and mayonnaise. The shop was created in 1887 and it’s still going strong! Best frites I’ve ever had.
And last but not least…
DeKas restaurant – Kamerlingh Onneslaan 3, 1097 DE
I wrote a post about the amazing birthday dinner I had there. Click here if you haven’t read it yet.
If you have any question about one the places mentioned above or any other part of the city, shoot me an email. I’d be more than happy to tell you more about my experience: firstname.lastname@example.org
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