If you're all caught up with my most recent posts, you will know that at the end of May I headed over to Holland for a long weekend in the beautiful city of Amsterdam. And today I finally have my mini (maybe not so mini now I've written it) city guide for you...
If you just want to see a long ol' photo diary you can find that here, or you can check out my vlogs of each day we spent in the city here. Once you've caught up on all that, I'll get started with my little mini guide...
What To See
What To Eat
The Pancake Bakery
Just along from Anne Frank House you will find The Pancake Bakery. It's named as the best pancake place in Amsterdam by some and although it is very busy and is probably the most tourist-y due to its location, the pancakes were uhhh-mazing. They were also pretty fairly priced, I would have eaten there every day if I could.
Make sure to try a stroopwafel or two when you're in Amsterdam. You can pick them up pretty much everywhere but nothing beats freshly made hot ones straight from the street vendor. They're like super thin crunchy waffles with sticky caramel inside and they're super cheap!
On the Canals
There are so many dinner cruises on offer in Amsterdam and we hadn't really thought about going on one until we spotted that the Hard Rock Cafe did one. Now if you've been around here for a while, you'll know of my deep adoration for the HRC. So obviously when I found out this was a possibility, I couldn't pass up the opportunity to eat from my favourite restaurant chain on the canals of Amsterdam. You can find out about the HRC dinner cruise here. Whether you go for this one, or would prefer something a little posher, I would hugely recommend looking into doing one. There's nothing quite like eating your dinner, cruising the canals, watching the world go by while the sun goes down.
One of the foods I mentioned that we picked up at the market was this dreamboat of a waffle. We couldn't decide which chocolate we wanted on it so we went for all three. It was only a couple of euros and it was absolutely deeee-lish!
I really wanted a pizza one night, so I looked up the best pizza places in Amsterdam. We tried one of them one night but it was packed, so we gave up on that one. Another night we decided to give another of them a whirl. Luckily for us we just managed to scrape in a table before 7pm when all the tables were reserved. So bear that in mind if you want to pop in for a meal, it might be worth ringing up to book. We did also get slightly confused because they have a takeaway shop on the other side of the street with the same name, and before we noticed the restaurant we did think we'd got it wrong and there wasn't a restaurant. So if you can't get a seat in the restaurant you could just get a takeaway one and eat it sitting by the canals. The pizzas were amazing and I would definitely go again even just to get a takeaway.
I have no idea of the actual name of these so we shall call it potato stick thingy. Another snack from a street vendor, they grab a potato, whirl it around into a spiral and then stretch it out onto a stick. Dip it into a fryer, then take it out and dust with a flavour of your choice. I think it was only €3 and it was an ideal little snack when we were feeling a bit peckish in-between meals.
Monte Pelmo Ice Cream
After leaving the pizza place, we kept spotting people with ice cream and I was desperate to get my hands on some. So I semi-stalked a few people along the streets until I found the source. And boy did I find a good source. The ice cream was beyond amazing. I got Bueno flavour and it has chunks of Bueno in it. It was so freakin' good. Do not miss this!
How To Get About
I just briefly wanted to talk about the trams because this is pretty much how we got around the whole time we were there. A 4 day ticket for unlimited travel on the trams was only €21.50, they were super easy to navigate and run until quite late in the evenings. Just make sure to tap in and tap out when you get on and off so it registers your journey properly.
You can't go to Amsterdam and not go on a boat, it's just breaking the rules or something. Unless that kind of thing makes you violently ill, in which case, I'll let you off on this one. Anyone apart from that you must go on a boat! It's such a peaceful way to travel and you see the city from such a different perspective. There are so many different trips, tours and types, you're sure to find something to suit you. The only thing I need to tick off next time is going on one at night. With the sun not going down until well after 10pm, this wasn't really a possibility while we were there. Another thing just to add to my next-time list!
This mini guide has turned into quite a maxi guide I think. But I hope you have found it a little helpful if you're off to Amsterdam, or even if you're not then I hope you've enjoyed having a nosy into my recommendations and favourite things.
Have you ever been to Amsterdam? What were your favourites?