Amsterdam is a city I always wanted to visit. I (Héloïse) never been there before, while Erikas has been there a few times while studying in the Netherlands. When visiting the city, I wanted to see it all, but not only the touristy parts. Yes, it is nice to see, but I would much rather spend time in the less touristy areas – where locals live. So in this itinerary to Amsterdam, you will find all information about places to see and things to do in both the local and touristy areas!
*Remember to travel responsibly during the COVID19 pandemic & follow local regulations.*
As I wrote just above, it was my first time visiting Amsterdam, and so I wanted to see it all and go everywhere. As we had only a couple of days, we had to make some decisions on where we really wanted to go to. There are also places we’ve really enjoyed on the first day and therefore we decided to go back there on the second day. This itinerary is quite flexible so you can easily make it your own!
Also, it’s worth mentioning that we wanted to discover the city by foot. This is our favorite way of exploring a new place! Even though Amsterdam is very bike-friendly, we wanted to take our time, and also be able to take pictures!
Arriving & Day 1
Evening in Amsterdam
We arrived in Amsterdam (by car from Germany – the article will come next week), in the afternoon. We took our time to settle in the hotel and enjoyed the view before going out for dinner and a first walk in the city. That evening, we took the ferry from the NDSM wharf to the central station and made our way to the Red Light District. We’ve had dinner in this neighborhood, and continued to enjoy the nice and warm evening. We stopped at the Café Old Sailor for a couple of drinks before heading back to the hotel. This bar is not any special, but drinks are reasonably priced, having the location in mind.
The first full day in Amsterdam
We started off the day by getting some breakfast at BBROOD, this bakery was just outside the hotel and the stuffed croissants were great for a breakfast on the go! Once we arrived in the central station, we made our way to Dam square, and continued walking south, until we reached the floating flower market “Bloemenmarkt“. We thought that it was a really touristic place, and thought there would be more actual flowers. With that being said, it is a cool place if you are looking for souvenirs, but not much more,
From there we continued our exploration and walked all the way towards Albert Cuyp Market. This market is located in the area of De Pijp, which is one of our favorites in the city. Though we could see some tourists, it cannot be compared to the red light district for example. In this market, we have found the best stroopwafels (check out Rudi’s Original Stroopwafels), as well as other nice stands selling various goods. You can buy anything there from food to clothes or flowers.
After De Pijp, we walked towards the Rijksmuseum, where we enjoyed some time in the sun! Due to covid19, you need to pre-book a slot to visit museums. Make sure to do this ahead of time as there are a lot of people! Shortly after this, we made our way to the area of Jordaan. This is another great area, where you can find a lot of cute cafés, thrift and vintage shops, or unique stores. We highly recommend getting lost in these small streets, you won’t be disappointed!
Where to eat?
We went to the Vegan Junk Food Bar and it was really good! There are different locations in the city, which is super convenient.
Afternoon & Evening
Our lunch happened to be in the middle of the afternoon… After this, we decided to get back to the hotel to get a bit of rest. Later in the evening, we went back to the city center, enjoyed a walk during the golden hour, and watched people sailing on the canals. After this, we stopped for a few drinks in an awesome pub (Café Gollem Raamsteeg). The walls are all covered with the menu offering hundreds of different beers. And even if you are not a beer lover, I’m sure, you’ll find something you like!
Let’s continue this itinerary to Amsterdam with another full day! We started our day by having breakfast at Morgan & Mees, the pancakes there are to die for and the restaurant (located on the ground floor) is amazing. As it is the case for many places, you need to book a table. Once our bellies were full, we walked a bit around Jordaan district before heading back to De Pijp! These two areas are our favorite in Amsterdam and so we wanted to head back there.
As we got caught in the rain and got soaked, we stopped for a tea and cookie at a really cute café called Sea Salt and Chocolate (in De Pijp district). Once we dried up and the sun was back, we continued our walk around the neighborhood. I loved exploring the small streets along the canals, findings farmer markets here and there. We also went to the supermarket to get some salads for lunch. There are many places where you can stop for a quick and cheap lunch, but we also like to just get food from the supermarket and eat it by the water!
Later on that day, we decided to explore our district, the NDSM wharf. There are a ton of bars, cafés, and restaurants. This is an up and coming area, very relaxed, and with a lot of entertainment. We met friends there for a few drinks and snacks at Pllek. This restaurant/bar has a lot of indoor space, as well as a massive terrace where you can chill by the water! We did not book a table before and had no issue finding one, but if you’re a larger group of people, the best is to book! Also, if you go there, you need to try the roe deer croquettes – they are soooo good!
Where to stay in Amsterdam?
I believe that your hotel or accommodation location will influence your itinerary to Amsterdam. We booked a room at the DoubleTree by Hilton, located at the NDSM wharf. And we’ve had a perfect stay there, with the best view of the city and the waterside! The area is perfect if you like to go out in the evening, as there is entertainment, a lot of restaurants and bars. From NDSM, you can easily reach the central station in 10-15 minutes with the free shuttle ferries, right by the hotel.
⇒ We hope you’ve enjoyed this itinerary to Amsterdam! If there are any places we’ve missed, let us know in the comments! We might be going back!
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