Amsterdam, Netherlands

While the time to go is not right now, I want to share my birthday trip to Amsterdam last October. It was a quick 48 hour trip but so enjoyable.

The last time I visited Amsterdam was when I was a child – my sister was learning about Anne Frank so we decided to make a trip. We were very lucky in that sense – my mum would always try to tie in what we were learning in school with our next holiday, or take us to places closer to home.

I always wanted to visit Amsterdam as an adult and now was the perfect time. Amsterdam is so quirky, really beautiful to walk around, and has some great eating and drinking spots.

Behind the scenes:

  • We walked everywhere but if you haven’t done so before, ride a tram in Amsterdam for the experience.
  • Go to Teds for a delicious brunch – the goat cheese sandwich was really good! Very few times have I had a glass of fizz before 12pm. This was one of them and it felt special.
  • We walked around the Albert Cuyp Market. A good spot for souvenirs to take back home and you must try a famous stroopwafel.
  • Definitely recommend vegan restaurant Mr and Mrs Watson. This wasn’t on our list initially but a local recommended it and it didn’t disappoint.
  • There’s a really cool brewery along the canal called Brouwerijhetij that’s located right next to the De Gooyer windmill. It’s so vibey, especially if you sit outdoors. The taster beer option was good! (photo below)
  • Jazz bars are always a winner for me, so if someone recommends one, I’m there. I just love the chilled out vibe and ambiance. So if you like jazz bars or want to try one, Jazz Cafe Alto was a good spot.

Final thoughts:

  • Overall, this was a really fun trip with lots to do. Two things I want to do on my next trip: The Anne Frank House and an evening boat cruise along the canal.
  • If you want to visit The Anne Frank House, get your tickets early! I tried two weeks before our trip and all online tickets were sold out. There are a limited number of tickets available to buy online on the day, but we were #65 in queue and I logged on right when ticket sales opened.
  • Red light district is full of tourists but very real for the women working there.

PS – Amsterdam is also famous for the Tulip Festival which traditionally marks the start of spring, but you have to time your trip right – end of March to mid-May. That’s also on the list!

Beer sampling at Brouwerijhetij

View of Brouwerijhetij next to the De Gooyer windmill

Ted’s brunch

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