Happy Monday all, so I’m back with a new blogpost and the first for 2018! It’s all about our trip to Amsterdam last weekend and I cannot wait to share this post with you all. Amsterdam is one of my favourite cities to visit, and seeing that it was my third time over there we still managed to find new places and make new memories. There’s so much to do and see that you’ll never find yourself bored!
Flights & Accomodation.
Let’s start with the basics shall we! I booked our flights at the end of November for January, considering it was 6 weeks away we still managed to get a good deal. Flights cost €160 for the both of us return with Ryanair. I’m pretty sure the last time we went we paid more so it depends on the airline and time of year you are going. Skyscanner is an app I use to find the cheapest flights. All you have to do is pop in your dates and where you want to fly too and it lists different airlines and prices! Very handy app to have if you’re a frequent flyer or someone who loves a bargain!
The hotel we went with this time around was the Grand Hotel Amrath Located roughly 10 minutes away from the train station. We had previously stayed in the Hotel Port Die Van Cleve which is situated behind Dam Square, another good hotel.
The Amrath had a lot going for it, the staff were very helpful, the room was well equipped with a free mini bar that was stocked up everyday! The spa was a treat, as we went for four days we spent one of the mornings down there chilling out before we headed out for the day. There’s restaurants available but we didn’t have dinner in the hotel while we stayed as we opted for meals out.
We generally use Booking.com to book our accommodation when heading away and both are available on the website.
Places to eat.
You can’t go to Amsterdam and not eat, I mean there’s literally food EVERYWHERE! As we’ve both been to Amsterdam before I wanted to try out a few different places on our list.
We didn’t do breakfast in the hotel every morning as we like to have the option to head out and eat in the city so we tried out Greenwood’s Tearooms for breakfast one morning. It’s definitely a popular spot to head for breakfast in Amsterdam from what we could see on the morning. It’s tucked in away from the busy city streets on a cosy corner. The food is super fresh and healthy, I would have went back every morning if I was allowed 😂.
For lunch we tried out two places – Ivy & Bros and Bakers & Roasters. Both two completely different places but both so so good. We happened to stumble across Ivy & Bros as we were wandering around. It’s a cosy little spot with more locals than tourists who head there. The coffee in Amsterdam is the best and they do the nicest flat white 👌🏻
I had to try out Bakers & Roasters after Emer from “Penneys to Prada” blog recommended it. It was a good 30 minutes away from our hotel but we didn’t mind as we got to enjoy the city walking to it. One of my favourite things to do is find new places. I cannot recommend this place enough the food was delicious. The staff were so friendly too I honestly loved it and would definitely head back.
Dinner & Drinks. One of my favourite things about Amsterdam is the variety when it comes to places to eat and drink. There are so many hidden gems around the city. We went for dinner all three nights while we were away. Some of the places we went to were from recommendations I received from followers over on my Instagram. So if you’re reading this and you gave a recommendation thank you!
Our first night we opted for Mr.Porter which is situated on the rooftop of the W Hotel. It’s such a cool spot for couples or groups. The food is amazing and the service is also good. I’m really into customer service as I find it tells a lot about a place. Food wise it’s mainly steaks but they have other options available. The cocktails are a must too! We headed into the W Lounge beside the restaurant afterwards and stayed for a few drinks. It’s very chilled out but they have a dj which was perfect for us!
Our second night we went for somewhere we’ve both never been before, M’Adam Amsterdam. The restaurant and bar is situated on the rooftop of the sky tower. With views over looking Amsterdam it’s a really cool spot to check out if you’re heading over. We both really enjoyed our dinner and it was quite reasonable too. We made reservations for both restaurants before we went over as we wanted to make sure we got a booking so I’d recommend to also do that if you have places in mind!
Our last night we went to a local Pizza restaurant, Cafe Piazza. It was about a 10 minute walk from the hotel which was perfect. Situated on one of the canals it gives you all the Amsterdam feels. It’s the perfect cosy spot for date night. The pizzas are so authentic, if you love a good pizza you won’t be disappointed with this place.
For somewhere to go for just drinks I would recommend Tales and Spirits. It’s a smallish cocktail bar residing in a lane just off Amsterdam central. Use Google maps to find it as it’s not the most prominent place for a bar but definitely worth a visit if you’re into cocktails.
Another cool spot I’ve visited before is Supperclub! It’s a busy night club in the city but you can also have dinner there too. We didn’t go this time around but it’s a must if you’re heading over with a group! There’s also the option of reserving a bed upstairs but be sure to book in advance. If you’re looking to do something fun before heading there, we went after we spent a few hours on the Supperclub cruise. You set out on the boat for a few hours, with a meal and some drinks then hop off and head to the nightclub. It’s something different to do and we all enjoyed it.
Sights. I could tell you all the places I love to go in Amsterdam but it would defeat the purpose of naturally exploring the city yourself. There’s so much walking you can get done in one day so be prepared when it comes to footwear. If you are there for a short amount of time, walk around as much as you can. Honestly the hours fly by when you are in Amsterdam. My favourite part to visit when I’m over is around by the busy flower markets. Also another good area to check out is around the Museumplain Park. Aside from all the bars and restaurants there is plenty of tourist attractions to do. Canal cruises are brilliant if you want to see Amsterdam without all the walking involved. There’s a few different types you can do and some involve dinner but we went with the basic cruise around the city.
Madame Tussaud’s is worth the visit, there’s always a bit of a wait in the queue so be prepared. You will spend around an hour inside laughing your head off though it’s great craic.
When booking your tickets for any of the attractions try and do it at the start of your day or preferably the day beforehand. Amsterdam can get so busy that something’s often get booked up. There’s ticket vendors all around the city or if your hotel has the facility to purchase tickets at reception I’d recommend doing so.
end but there is so many other good places to find. If you haven’t been to Amsterdam before I’d recommend putting it on your bucket list. Thanks for reading😊