Thursday, January 28, 2016

48 Hours in Amsterdam


10:00 am // Grab breakfast at a pancake house. They are spread throughout the city (Click here for a Top 5 List). Be weary of picking one in a super-touristy area as they are often overpriced. Dutch pancakes are delicious, and poffertjes (mini Dutch pancakes) are probably the best thing on this planet.

11:00 am // Rent a bike. It’s the easiest way to get around the city, but be careful, Dutch people on bikes are aggressive and were raised on bikes from birth.  

12:00 pm // On a nice day, venture to Vondelpark, ride around, and enjoy the beautiful scenery. On a not-so-nice day, head to a museum. Amsterdam has a great museum district that includes the Rijksmuseum, the Van Gogh Museum, and The Stedelijk Museum. Museumplein, the park in between all of the museums, is a beautiful place to sit, relax, and take in the beauty of Amsterdam (+ This is where the famous Iamsterdam sign is)
3:00 pm // Head to de Pijp neighborhood and explore the Albert Cuyp Markt. Get a fresh, warm stroopwaffel (or if you’re feeling like something savory, try Kapsalon) and shop around. There are great vintage shops in the neighborhood, including Marbles Vintage. + If you are a beer person, The Heineken Brewery is right there. Take a factory tour.

5:00 pm // Take an evening canal cruise. The canals while the sun is setting are even more beautiful. If it is a warm day, book a cruise on an open air boat so you really get a full experience.

7:00 pm // Dinner at manamana in De Pijp

9:00 pm // Head over to Leidseplein for some drinks. If you’re into the clubbing scene, check out Melkweg or Paradiso for some good music and dancing.


11:00 am // Head to brunch at Bakers & Roasters. Best. Brunch. Ever.

12:30 pm // Head to Dam Square to see the Royal Palace and do some shopping.

2:00 pm // Go to the Anne Frank House. Buy tickets way in advance, or prepare to wait in line. Enjoy the beauty of Prinsengracht. Or, catch up on museum visits that you couldn’t fit in on Saturday!

3:30 pm // Explore the Jordaan neighborhood (the neighborhood that surrounds the Anne Frank House). Go to the Nine Streets (Negen Straatjes) where the cutest boutiques (The Darling!) and vintage stores exist. Grab some coffee and enjoy the ambience.

6:00 pm // Drink and eat dinner at Foodhallen, a literal food hall that has every type of food you could ever imagine. Everything is delicious, from the steak sandwich, the fresh pasta, and the sushi hand rolls, to the vietnamese spring rolls and butcher burgers. There is also a bar just for Gin & Tonics.

8:00 pm // Head for drinks at Cafe Belgique, serving only Belgium Beer and mostly from the tap