A Dutch Weekend



Amsterdam has been on my list of places to visit for a while now. It’s a place everyone has to explore at least once in their life. Apart from the obvious attractions (the red light district etc!!!) I wanted to discover the beautiful canals riding a vintage bicycle, whilst munching on a fresh stroopwaffle…. Oh to dream!

Well, to start off, with a group of five crazy girls cycling was not the best idea!! The first morning we stepped out of our apartment, we were too busy gossiping and catching up on life to realise that we were about to be run over by a wave of bikes zooming past. When the Dutch are riding, they mean business!!! So on this occasion we stuck to shanks’ pony, which did give us more to time to stroll and enjoy the sights. 
I really didn’t know what to expect from the city and I was honestly pleasantly surprised. It had such a lovely relaxed vibe about it, the kind of place where you can only imagine how lovely it is to live there. One of my favourite areas had to be the De 9 Straatjes – literally translating to “the nine streets”. These streets are famous for their collection of vintage and boutique shops. We spent an entire morning dotting in and out of all the little stores, stopping for coffees and pancakes along the way (something to note: the coffee in Amsterdam ROCKS, so make sure you drink lots of it).
The canals are of course one of the best things about this city. I adore anywhere near water and we instantly fell in love with the sweet house boats dotted along the water’s edge. The Sunday we were there was one of the most glorious days, the type where you feel like falling asleep in a park under the warm rays of the sun. And suddenly amongst that relaxed air, the canals came alive. Everyone who had a boat was on it! Envy was of course the first thing that came to mind, so we headed out to find ourselves our own little canal adventure in the form of the Friendship Amsterdam Canal Cruises – Highly recommended! For just 15 Euros each you have a leisurely hour cruising around the city in the company of a fun tour guide, all the while sipping on an ice-cold cocktail – bliss!
Even though we did only have a short and sweet stay in the city, we discovered enough to leave us wanting to return for more. I would personally love to spend a weekend museum hopping and, of course, visiting the fields and fields of colourful poppies you find just outside the city.

For those of you heading over to do some Amsterdamage soon, here are a few of my recommendations:

Pancakes –  Get to Pancakes! Best Dutch pancakes in town (be ready to queue, but it’s worth the wait!)
Canal cruiseFriendship Canal Cruise – 15 for an hours cruise, plus you can order cocktails/champagne on board 🙂
Traditional Dutch food – Imagine a good old English roast with a twist.
Try De Blauwe Hollander for an authentic Dutch dinner
Cocktails – Had one of the best cocktails I’ve literally ever tasted, just off the Leidseplein Square (great place to party).
Get to Njoy for a delicious start to your night out.
Breakfast (after the night out 😉 – Don’t miss Bakers & Roasters, it’s the perfect antidote to last night’s crazy party!

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  1. June 11, 2015 / 8:18 am

    Ah! I have ALWAYS wanted to visit Amsterdam, so I love being able to kind of feel like I'm there with your photos. 🙂 You captures some great ones! <3

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