So I was writing down a list of places people kept asking me about and I realised that I hadn’t wrote a blog post on Amsterdam. A city I have went to visit twice and cannot wait to return too. It’s so much more than naked women and people smoking in cafes. I fell in love with it when I went. When you arrive you can get a train that goes directly to Amsterdam Central station which is smack bang in the middle of the city. The train cost us only €7 each so it’s quite cheap.
We walked to our hotel as it was only about ten minutes. We stayed in a hotel called Room Mate Aitana which was so quirky. Two flights that day were cancelled so we arrived quite late. So we changed in the hotel and headed out for dinner straight away.
First thing first…..You NEED to rent bikes. There is a rental place right across from the hotel. You can rent them from Amsterdam Bike Rent. I personally think it’s the best, easiest and quickest way to see the city. You can do tours with them however we chose to explore on our own which is a much better idea. I think you find more hidden gems that way 😉 There are SO MANY other bikes in Amsterdam so be prepared for this.
Places I recommend
- Mook – this place does the most INCREDIBLE pancakes I have ever eaten. I have never tasted better. They are divine.
- Red Light District – you just have to go to see it. I was absolutely amazed. Like I needed to see it to believe it. Be wary at night as it can become really packed and apparently there are loads of pick pockets.
- Over the Edge at A’dam Tower – This is the swing that swings out over the city. Not for the faint hearted so you’ve been warned. I loved it so much. Really cool experience to do. Sean was so nervous. I recommend to book in advance though.
- Bakers and Roasters – Go here for breakfast or brunch. It’s down near the Heineken Brewery but so worth it. Delicious bellini’s/mimosas and the food was so delicious.
- Heineken Brewery – I really enjoyed this. It’s a tour of the brewery and you see how Heineken is made from start to finish. I now have a new love of the beer and I wasn’t keen on it before. You can even make your own bottle with your name on it which is pretty cool. Entry costs €16 online and when you book online you get to skip the queue. No need to print tickets, you can use your smartphone to scan.
- Italia Oggi – THE BEST ITALIAN EVER!!! This was delicious and that nice we went on two of the three nights. Sean and I love Italian food and it’s rare to find it cooked the ‘Italian’ way so it’s a must if you love Italian food. It was so reasonable and didn’t cost a fortune either. We paid €55 each night for the two of us.
- Anne Frank House – I had mixed reviews from people when I told them I was going to Ann Frank’s house. I decided to book it anyway even though lots of people said it’s not worth it. So what did I think in the end? NAH! I wouldn’t recommend it. I mean it was extremely interesting and I am fascinated by her story etc but I just felt it was not worth it at all. It’s a self guided tour so there is no interaction and I personally think if it was guided, it would be a really great experience.
- Ma’dam – Amazing restaurant at the A’dam Lookout that overlooks the city. So beautiful at night. Gorgeous food and great cocktails.
As I mentioned above, getting a bike is necessary. I had not been on a bike since I was about 10 and I swear it was great. We cycled from one end of the city to the other & it was so much fun. One thing we didn’t go on was a boat on the canals which I would have loved to do.
Overall, I really enjoyed it and couldn’t get over how pretty it was. Everyone needs to go visit once. It is just so pretty and I already can’t wait to go back. Look how beautiful it is?
Love Aoibhe xxx