…& what I wore!
Amsterdam is hands down one of the coolest cities i’ver ever been to and one of those places I could return to over and over again. Granted I’ve only been twice, but if anyone wants to invite me back for a third time, then I’m game!
Its crazy how quickly you can feel familiar with a city, I was wandering around like it was my second home and taking Sascha on his very own personal tour. We spent most of our time walking (& dodging stag parties!), since the city is so flat and compact it’s the perfect place to explore on foot; although after an average of 20,000 steps a day I was in much need of a lie down when we got home!
Three days is the perfect amount of time to do all of the ‘must see’ touristy things, so here’s a whistle stop tour of how we spent our time…
Jumper Dress – New Look / Trainers – Converse / Bag – Topshop
We were so so lucky with the weather our whole stay which meant we could really appreciate the pretty streets and canals, as soon as we got there we ventured to the centre to mingle around the Dam square and palace area and grab a coffee (much needed after such an early flight!). Being ultimate tourists, of course our first stop was the sex museum which provided us with a lot of laughs and entertainment. You can’t go to Amsterdam and not go to the sex museum right?!
But my all time favourite day one activity was chilling in the most amazing bar Blue Amsterdam with a beer and 360 degree views of the city! It was such a find, hidden in a shopping mall and only accessible by the scariest of glass lifts, but so worth it for the views and the vibes.
*Jumper – Femme Luxe / *Skirt – Misspap
Amsterdam is so so sleepy in the mornings, it’s so refreshingly chilled even at what would be rush hour and walking through the deserted streets lined with tall terraces was a dream. Day two saw us headed to Pluk for brunch, a recommendation from the lovely Emilee from Frolic and Fro and it did not disappoint. This instagram-friendly cafe turned shop is the ultimate brunch (or cake!) spot located in the very faaaancy 9 streets, and it has a cafe cat so what more could you want?
For the true Amsterdam experience we hired bikes and took a little cycle tour around Vondelpark, museumplein (to see the I Amsterdam sign) and to the Foodhallen for lunch. I’m not sure I’ve quiet got those Amsterdam local vibes down since I found cycling on the road far too terrifying, even with the dedicated cycle lanes!
We finished the day far less cultural than it started, at the Ice Bar drinking beer out of ice glasses because Sascha insisted. We both lasted all of 10 minutes in the -10 degrees and I can conclude that being cold is not my jam! Luckily for us it was still warm enough to have dinner outside (in October, what a treat!) so we spent the rest of the evening eating and drinking in a restaurant overlooking Rembrandtplein.
Jacket – Topshop / Jeans – Primark / Tee – Levis / Bag – Topshop
Our last day (waaaa!) but we made the most of it and crammed in brunch, two activities AND tea all before catching our flight… THAT, my friends, is how you do 3 days in Amsterdam!
We somehow – after refreshing the site 673884 times in the morning – managed to get tickets to Anne Frank’s house despite being idiots and forgetting to book in advance which we were so so pleased about. It’s a must for anyone visiting Amsterdam, and despite being my second time it was just as mind blowingly upsetting. Top tip is to book online a few weeks before at the very least, 80% of tickets are released prior to the day and 20% are released at intervals throughout the day and we were so so lucky to get our hands on some!
Next up and another on the must do list was a canal tour, the best way to see the city! Sitting down for all of 1 hour was veryyyyy welcome after spending most of our time in Amsterdam on foot, plus the ‘skipper’ was super friendly and imparted so much Amsterdam knowledge on us. We finished our trip with THE most amazing meal at Vegan Junk Food Bar which we actually happened to stumble upon, but apparently it’s a bit of a big deal online! This place was definitely not here when I visited last August, and was a very welcome addition to the row of bars and restaurants at Marie Heinenkenplein. 100% would definitely recommend, vegan or not!
Have you been to Amsterdam before? I’d love to know your favourite places to go (shops, eats, sights etc!) so I can start planning my next trip!
* An asterisk denotes an item which has been gifted to me. All imagery, styling and opinions are my own.