Tuesday, 3 May 2016

Amsterdam | See and Eat

 Amsterdam, what a beautiful city. We spent two nights there last month, and both of us fell in love. We felt so relaxed, and at ease there and when it was time to come home there was definitely a big case of the holiday blues. You might have already seen millions a few pictures over on my instagram but I thought a little "See and Eat" guide might be helpful if you're hoping to head to the Netherlands anytime soon (which you totally should by the way). These are our highlights!

See

The Heineken Experience - This was something we had planned to do mainly for Dan, but both of us actually really enjoyed it. I'm officially a beer-drinker! The tour was self-led which I really liked, because it meant we could take things at our own place but there was the opportunity to listen to certain aspects of the beer making along the way. For 16 euros, you got the tour experience and three drinks.



Cycling in Vondel Park - Hiring bikes in Amsterdam is an absolute MUST. I was a bit anxious to cycle on the roads, but we actually ended up cycling on quite a main route. We stuck mainly to Vondelpark though. It was a great experience - and a Saturday morning so we saw how the locals really lived. If we'd been there for longer we might have had a bit more courage to cycle along the canals!


IAmsterdam Sign - This is iconic Amsterdam, and we obviously wanted to go there to get a tourist snap. The sign (which is right outside the Rijks Museum) was so close to our hotel, and we woke up early one more, grabbed breakfast and headed to the sign before the mid-day rush would have hit it.



Eat

The Pancake Bakery - Before I go away I like to do some research on places to go, and what to see. This place was a recommendation from various bloggers, and travel guides, so Dan and two suitcases were dragged here on the morning we left for brunch. We were definitely not disappointed. The pancakes were huge, and delicious!


Bar B - I'm going to make a big statement here - but this was probably the best burger and chips I have ever had. I opted for the chicken burger, and it was AMAZING. The tomato salsa that was in it was unreal. This bar was just off Leidesplein, and we had a beer tap ON OUR TABLE?! It was such a cool place to go, and I've been recommending it to just about everyone. It wasn't even too pricey either which is a bonus.



Pasta Bar - After an early morning flight, and a morning of exploring the city centre, we were hungry and came across Pasta Bar which is right next to the Sex Museum. The portions were huge, and so delicious. You could mix and match what you had too which was great. We both loved it!


These are really just the highlights of our trip - we also wandered the streets, went to the sex museum, on a canal trip and experienced the red light district. I'd have liked to have been there for a day or two more, but as the city isn't massive you can fit quite a lot in even on a short break. Plus, the flight is under an hour so if you've never been and are looking for a city break soon I'd really recommend Amsterdam.

Have you ever been to Amsterdam?
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  1. Omg the Pancake Bakery sounds AH-MAZING. I was in Amsterdam this time last year, but I'm going again next week and looking for recommendations of what to do and where to eat and I am definitely noting some of these things down!!!

    Hannah xx
    www.hannahemilylane.com

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    1. It was divine! I loved it there so much, and the pancakes were huge too. Hope you had the best time in Amsterdam. It's a stunning city, I can't wait to go back..XX

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