You can fall in love at first sight with a place as with a person.
Although this wasn’t my first trip to Amsterdam, it actually felt like it was. The first time I went, I was really young so I don’t remember all that much. And my second time, we kind of visited Amsterdam unprepared so we didn’t quite got to see everything the city has to offer. So this time, I left Belgium with a (selfmade – but nevertheless cool haha) citytrip guide in my pocket and in less than two hours we arrived in Amsterdam.
Here are some of my Amsterdam hotspots:
Where to stay
We stayed at the Hotel V Nesplein, a lovely boutique hotel in walking distance of most major attractions such as Amsterdam Square, Red Light District, Anne Frank House,.. Our superior room offered us all the space we needed. My credits go out to the enormous bathtub – I want one in our house! One of the best things about this hotel is the breakfast at restaurant ‘The Lobby’. They offer an extended à la carte menu, which I absolutely loved since I’m not a huge fan of buffets. The eggs florentine were to die for (as you can see on the pictures..). Another big thanks to the lovely staff at Hotel V for making our stay this unforgettable. For more information, you can visit their website, Facebook page or Instagram profile.
Where to eat
Our first evening, we met up with Frederik’s brother (who lives in Amsterdam) at culinary hotspot Momo. I really loved the atmosphere; sophisticated yet relaxed. We ordered a bunch of different dishes and shared everything. I can really recommend the toro tartar with wasabi soy and oscietra caviar. Served in a tiny igloo, this was by far one of the best Japanese dishes I’ve ever eaten. On Sunday, while strolling down the ‘9 straatjes’, Frederik and I bumped on Jansz. Back in the old days, Jansz. was a pharmacy, but nowadays it’s the trendy restaurant of the Pulitzer Hotel. They left the entrance as original as possible which made me feel like a I was entering an old pharmacy.
My last – but certainly not the least – recommendation is The Lobby restaurant at Hotel V Nesplein. As mentioned above, the breakfast was more than superb.
Where to shop
My favorite shopping district in Amsterdam is the ‘9 Straatjes‘, located between the Singel and the Prinsengracht. You can wander from one to the next, exploring the designer boutiques, art galleries, vintage shops, fashion shops and cozy bars . My favorite shops here are Marie Stella Maris (the brand donates a fixed amount per product sold towards clean drinking water projects), Skins (they offer beauty and lifestyle products from brands such as Aesop, Diptyque, Hermès..) and Mendo (a fashion book shop).
The Kalverstraat, once known as Amsterdam’s most expensive street, is nowadays home of many retail chains (think: Zara, Forever 21, & Other Stories,..). If you prefer some high-end brand shopping, you can go to PC Hooftstraat. There you’ll find Chanel, Louis Vuitton and many more..
What to see
Frederik and I both loved the Anne Frank House. We got swept away by Anne’s story and the entire visit left a big impression on us. The waiting line can get quite long over the day, so my advice is to book your tickets online in advance. At night, you’ll definitely need to walk through the Red Light District, also known as ‘De Walletjes’. It’s one of the strangest neighborhoods I’ve ever seen, but if you haven’t seen it, then you haven’t seen Amsterdam. My favorite museum is the Stedelijk Museum. There you can find modern art from artists such as Karel Appel, Chagall, Koons, Picasso and Warhol. The Amsterdam sign is an absolute must-see and the biggest tourist hotspot in town.