Amster-DAMN..The city that comes alive at midday, where prostitution & cannabis are legal (kinda), tall town houses with amazing architecture, quirky back streets overlooking canals, bikes (everywhere), cheese overload, pancake parlours, coffee shops, museums, bars, shops and FOOD FOOD FOOD! Here is a brief run down of my first time in this vibrant place.
(Well including the delay on the way home it would be 40 hours) But lets not focus on that – nothing a bit of duty free shopping and more calorific food couldn’t make up for.
Lets start from the top, I have NEVER been on a flight so quick! We had a 7.30am flight on Sunday morning, I was sooo sleepy. I had a cuppa tea, closed my eyes and before I knew it we had landed. It takes me longer to get to work every day; I was so strange to wake up in another country in such a short space of time.
The DoubleTree Hilton in Amsterdam Centraal turned out to be the perfect location. You can jump straight on a direct train from the airport that takes about 25 minutes & then its just a 5 minute walk from the station…easy peasy! Greeted with a warm cookie on arrival was the cutest touch! #Itsthelittlethings We also had the perfect room view overlooking the city!
Our friends had been there from the Friday & were still sleeping off the previous night so I decided to take advantage of the free time to explore and have a wonder.We threw down our bags put on an extra layer and was ready for action! I am so glad I didn’t end up getting a curly blow dry for the occasion because it rained the entire time we were there which meant bad hair throughout, it was also a bit of a struggle parading the streets and also meant I didn’t get as many photos as I had planned. But like they say…
“Its not about waiting for the storm to pass its about learning to dance in the rain” (Literally)
So the order of events for the next 2 days included…
- Cheese testing at Holy Cheese
- Getting down with the Amsterdam culture at Kadinsky coffee shop (When in Amsterdam, of course)
- Shopping – which proved difficult after wobbling out of the cafe (yikes)
- Quick bite at Lunchcafe Blom
- More Shopping (Then back to the hotel to drop off shopping bags & quick freshen up)
- Then down the Red light district (also known as De Wallen) to the Red Light Secret – museum of prostitution (Very interesting)
- Peep show (Definitely an eye opener)
- Bottle of prossecco at The Grasshopper
- Then to CAU restaurant to meet up with the Dam gang (make sure you book a table as it gets quite busy)! More cocktails and food!! Delicious! 10/10!
- Finished off the night at the red light district watching a live sex show (I expected to feel uncomfortable but with the amount of alcohol and a group full of looneys it was actually hilarious & not seedy – thankfully)
- Checked out the hotel at 12pm (I was really happy that it wasnt the usual 10am checkout time because the extra 2 hours in bed were definitely needed)
- The last supper (well brunch) with our friends before they went to catch there flight at Greenwoods english tea room – a quaint little organic cafe by the canal…the tastiest food ever, make sure you visit! I recommend the Eggs royale – 5 stars!
- The last few hours included more shopping & eating (shock) then sitting in a cafe people watching and reflecting on a fun filled 2 days…The end!
I have already planned to go back in January with the girls and there are a few things I didn’t get chance to do that I will be sure to prioritise (fingers crossed no rain). Any questions or recommendations then drop me an email – firstname.lastname@example.org