Amsterdam

One of my favourite cities

I didn’t know what to expect when we went in October 2015 but I was very impressed, so much so that i would gladly go back tomorrow. I loved the atmosphere and the vibe that you got just walking around.  There are distinct parts, some less suitable for children than others(!), but everywhere there is a real mix of people, some there for the culture, some for the shopping, some for the great restaurants and beer.

Where we stayed:

We stayed in at the Tulipa BnB in the centre of Amsterdam having taken the tram from the airport to the centre of the city.

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It is run by a couple, Paula and Jan, who are both local and can tell you everything you need to know about the city whilst serving you a great breakfast.  The rooms are very kitsch cool and we were lucky to have a choice of which room we wanted, opting for the ground floor room with its cool interior and a view out onto the canals.

Where we ate:

  1. Jan recommended a local bar close to the B&B selling good local fare called Café Het Molenpad.  The menu can be found here and includes local specialities as well as daily specials.  It was excellent value for money.
  2. On our way to the Anne Frank Museum we stopped off at a little place around the corner from the museum called Spanjer en van Twist.  Excellent daily specials for a reasonable price.
  3. One of the places Bex was keen to check out was Coffee and Coconuts, housed in a former cinema in the Oude Pijp part of town.  This is a three storey breakfast restaurant with big sofas and a funky chilled out atmosphere selling great egg dishes and good coffee.  A favourite with the University crowd. Menu.
  4. Apple pie is an Amsterdam favourite and this is THE place, an Amsterdam Institution.  By all means have lunch here, its good, but come for the coffee and the apple pie and you’ll be at with hundreds of Amsterdammers all doing the same thing.

What we did

  1. Walked a lot
  2. Visited most neighbourhoods
  3. Had lots of coffee or hot chocolate stops, sometimes with apple pie
  4. Did some shopping
  5. Took a canal boat trip
  6. Spotted some Fiat 500’s
  7. Nearly got run over by a lot of bikes

I would love to give you some more recommendations about things to do but what we really loved about Amsterdam was how you could walk  everywhere from one neighbourhood to the next and see different things on every corner, from Jordaan in the north to the Jewish quarter in the east, De Pijp in the south and the central red light area.  There really is something for everyone.  It is quite unique and we will definitely be visiting again…