One of our favorite bloggers and travel aficionados, Selena from @finduslost, is back with her second travel installment. Today she is weighing in on one of her favorite recent travel destinations—Amsterdam, Netherlands. Selena will be sharing what to see, eat, and wear if you’re headed to this enchanting city. Keep scrolling to see her complete travel guide…
Hi everyone! Selena here. My last travel guide featured what to do in Mykonos, and now I’m sharing tips for one of my favorite late-summer early-fall destinations: Amsterdam.
Amsterdam is one of my favorite places in the world. The city is downright charming, and there are endless things to see and do. If you’re visiting around summertime, you can expect everyone to be outside—sipping coffee overlooking the canals, barbequing at the Vondelpark, or biking around the city. In the colder months, locals trade outdoor seating for cozy cafés and bars or ice-skating in the square. There’s so much to love about Amsterdam, but my favorite is the people. Diverse and friendly, they make this trendy city feel like home. Something tells me after visiting, you’ll fall in love with it too…
Where to Stay
The Hoxton Hotel – Set in classic Amsterdam canal houses, The Hoxton hosts weekly events and has a trendy bar that’s worth visiting even if you aren’t staying the night.
The bar at The Hoxton hotel.
Dikker & Thijs Fenice Hotel – This hotel’s central location overlooking the Prinsengracht canal is perfect for exploring the city.
Airbnb – There are endless gems to be found on Airbnb. Besides the main canals of Amsterdam, more budget-friendly neighborhoods like the Jordaan and De Pijp are great options.
Airbnb is perfect for finding places to stay on the canals.
Where to Eat
Pluk – Perfect for an afternoon cup of coffee or sandwich. Browse their selection of swoon-worthy items for sale while you’re waiting.
View from the balcony in Pluk.
Foodhallen – Can’t decide what to eat? The Foodhallen has everything from Vietnamese spring rolls to traditional Dutch bitterballen. Order the Yuzu cake from Petit Gâteau, it’s such a treat!
The interior of the Foodhallen.
Lombardo’s– Arguably the best burger in town, Lombardo’s is perfect for a quick and satisfying meal. Try the lamb burger, it’s truly mouth-watering.
Sweet Cup – This is easily my favorite laid-back café to grab a latte. The coffee beans are hand-roasted by the owners daily. Don’t forget to say hi to ‘Sjef’, their basset hound!
The interior of Sweet Cup is so cozy.
Buffet van Odette – Situated on the corner overlooking Prinsengracht canal, Buffet van Odette serves rotating seasonal dishes and is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Tip: Reserve a table outside for dinner with a view!
Outdoor seating at Buffet van Odette.
Where to Drink
Bo Cinq – Amsterdam loves its gin and tonics, and this traditional-turned-contemporary brasserie serves some of the best. Luckily their bar is also fully stocked for every taste!
Brouwerij ‘t IJ – Located next to a windmill, this brewery with lots of outdoor seating is perfect for a sunny day.
Brouwerij ‘t IJ brews their own beer and hosts tours.
Vyne – This spot is great for a glass of wine pre-dinner. They also have a very reasonable flight if you’re feeling indecisive (like me).
Where to Shop
Gerard Doustraat – Dotted with cute boutiques selling clothes, accessories and gifts, this street in De Pijp is exceptionally quaint. Tip: Head down Eerste van der Helststraat afterwards for lunch.
The 9 Streets – Filled with trendy shops and restaurants and the occasional vintage store, this neighborhood is a must-see in Amsterdam.
De Weldaad on the 9 Streets is full of unique finds.
Nearby Dam Square – Start at the Dam Square and wind south on Kalverstraat. For a pick-me-up, grab a softijs (soft serve ice cream) at HEMA. It won’t disappoint.
Where to Go
Albert Cuypmarket – Open every day except Sunday, this outdoor market has everything from clothes and shoes, to flowers and home goods. Don’t forget to grab a warm stroopwafel (Dutch caramel-filled waffle cookie) for a pick-me-up between stalls!
Vondelpark – Bike, walk, or picnic at this park below Amsterdam’s canal district. It’s full of beautiful bridges, canals, and the occasional restaurant.
A bridge over the water in Amsterdam’s Vondelpark.
Red Light District – Besides being home to the world famous red-curtained brothels, the Red Light District is one of the oldest parts of Amsterdam. My advice? Start at the Oude Kerk (Old Church) and just wander.
Bloemenmarkt – Get your flower fill at Amsterdam’s Bloemenmarkt (Flower Market).
What to Do
Take a canal ride. There’s no better way to see the city and learn about its history than cruising through the picturesque canals.
Exploring the Hortus Botanicus.
Tour the Anne Frank Huis. If I had to pick one tourist attraction to see, it would definitely be the newly renovated Anne Frank Huis. It’s a humbling and fascinating visit. Book tickets in advance, it fills up fast.
Visit the Rijksmuseum and the Van Gogh Museum – The Rijksmuseum itself is a masterpiece. The Van Gogh Museum hosts the world’s largest collection of his work and is just a stone’s throw away, so make a day of it!
What to Bring
An Umbrella. The Netherlands is notorious for rain and unpredictable weather.
A Scarf. But really – see above.
Floral-print anything. Flower-lined canals call for inspired floral design.
And there you have it! If it wasn’t before, I hope Amsterdam is at the top of your travel bucket list. Now all you need is a bike…
What’s your favorite city to explore?
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