Weekend gateway in Amsterdam

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30 Mar Weekend gateway in Amsterdam

A couple of months ago I visited an experiential campaign for Easy Jet where I won free flights to Amsterdam in the Netherlands. It was even more exciting as it happened shortly after I launched my blog online, and because I went there with some friends and we all got two tickets which meant we could go there as a group. 

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I had visited the city a few times before but this was my first time taking a plane there and the flight from London was the shortest flight I have ever taken, only 45 min.  Getting from the airport to the city was also very easy, as after getting a train ticket for only 5.20euros, you will get to the main station in city center in about 15 min. 

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We arrived in Amsterdam on Thursday, a few hours before the check in time to our apartment so we started looking for a place to eat. Unfortunately the place we chose wasn’t the best. The restaurant, called Joselito Café, was a tapas place. Unfortunately my Spanish omelet tasted like it had been bought frozen from a supermarket. No one else from my group was happy with their food which was a bit disappointing for our first meal in Amsterdam.

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After that we made our way to the Cityden apartments, where we were staying for the weekend. I traveled with 7 other people so we had to get two flats. Each of them had a bedroom with a double bed and a double sofa bed in the living room. It also had a kitchen where you can cook your own meals, a dining table, a nice bathroom and even a laundry machine as well as a dishwasher. It was a little bit small but the location was great and it was pretty cheap.

We spent our first night in the red light district. We decided to walk there as it was only 40 min away which enabled us to discover new places. The famous neighborhood, full of coffee shops, live shows and girls standing in the windows didn’t change at all. We had a few drinks, quick dinner and New York Pizza ( which used to be my favourite)  and headed back as we were tired from all the travelling and walking around.

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New York Pizza

On Friday we started at Museumplein which is the Museum Square with three major museums: the Rijksmuseum (the Dutch national museum dedicated to the art and history of Amsterdam), The Stedelijk Museum (a modern art museum) and the Van Gogh Museum. When you are there, you can also visit the House of Bols (a little vodka experience), the Diamond Museum or the Moco Museum (another museum of modern art ). All of them are a little expensive to visit but the city tourism agencies offer many museum or attraction passes. So if that’s your thing you should definitely check those out as you can save a lot of money. 

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Around there you can also find the big “I Amsterdam” sign, which I recommend to visit late at night as it is generally overcrowded during the day. 

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The only museum I have visited this time was Foam – a photography museum, located 10 min away from the Museumplein which had very interesting exhibitions of William Eggleston, Nelson Morales & Diego Moreno and Daisuke Yokota. 

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Museum Of Photography in Amsterdam
Museum Of Photography in Amsterdam

For lunch we found a place called De Laatste Kruimel but unfortunately when we got there, the menu wasn’t clear enough and the queue was quite long, so we just grabbed sandwiches from a cheese shop next door which was also very delicious and sat by the canal to enjoy our food and the amazing weather.  

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It was very sunny but also windy, and I hadn’t pack enough warm clothes, that is why our next move was a little shopping on Kalverstraat which is a street with many shops such as Zara, Bershka or H&M ending in Dam Square and Royal Palace of Amsterdam.

Dam Square in Amsterdam
Dam Square in Amsterdam
Dam Square in Amsterdam

Our last destination for the day was the Heineken experience located in an old brewery of the famous beer. You can learn the history, see authentic interiors, old photos, do a little tasting, play some games and in the end you get two free beers. I am not a big fan of the beer but I had a lot of fun

Heineken Experience in Amsterdam
Heineken Experience in Amsterdam
Heineken Experience in Amsterdam
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Heineken Experience in Amsterdam
Heineken Experience in Amsterdam

We spent the evening in one of the crazy areas of Amsterdam – Leidseplein, full of bars, restaurants and nightclubs.

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On Saturday we were wondering around Jordaan, one of the most unique and beautiful  neighborhoods of Amsterdam, full of cafes, art galleries and beautiful buildings. 

If you are in the area you can also visit Anne Frank’s House. I would recommend to get tickets online few days or weeks ahead so you can avoid the ridiculously long line.

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The weather was amazing, so we had our lunch in a restaurant near the canal called Waterkant. The food and atmosphere was fabulous.

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On our way back, we stopped at a dessert place called Ice bakery, which offered everything we needed including ice cream, waffles, or doughnuts. Definitely not a good place if you are on diet 🙂  

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In the evening, we went to the nightclub Sugar Factory. Choosing the club wasn’t an easy task as Amsterdam is famous for its great nightlife so there were too many options. I was fully satisfied with our choice though, as the place had an amazing décor and the music was pretty good. 

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On the last day, after checking out, we found an amazing place for breakfast called Coffee and Coconut. I recently became a huge fan of that fruit so it was like a dream place for me. Not just for the fantastic food but also because the whole place was super stylish.

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Coffee and Coconut Amsterdam
Coffee and Coconut Amsterdam
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We didn’t want to move too much with our suitcases so we decided to spend that day in our area, just chilling and eating. For lunch, we went to a place called Boca`s, which is a lovely café serving mini sandwiches

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After that we took an uber to the airport, which was actually one of the best one I have ever been to. It has a great selection of restaurants, little shops and bars. 

 

The whole weekend was fantastic. I am very thankful to Easyjet for giving me and my friends the opportunity to visit Amsterdam!

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32 Comments
  • Penny
    Posted at 23:12h, 31 March Reply

    I can’t believe that it is almost two years since I was in Amsterdam. Like you I went to only one museum. My choice was the Anne Frank museum.

  • carla abanes
    Posted at 00:53h, 01 April Reply

    I loved Amsterdam and will really want to visit again soon. I envy you, you were able to visit Heiniken. Will definitely need to return.

  • Bornomadic
    Posted at 10:37h, 01 April Reply

    Beautifully written. Your post compells me add Amsterdam to my travel list. Also, great pictures there.

  • Sydney
    Posted at 11:45h, 01 April Reply

    Jordaan is adorable, and the food looks amazing!! I’m going to Amsterdam once I move back over to Europe in a few months, and can’t wait to use this blog as a guide. Love it. I find that it’s really interesting how many different museums about EVERYTHING there is in Amsterdam.

  • Ambuj Saxena
    Posted at 14:19h, 01 April Reply

    Thanks for a beautiful travelogue! I have landed in Amsterdam airport twice while on my way to the USA from India. Since I didn’t have the required permissions, I could not step out of the airport. After reading your blog, I know exactly where to go and what to do!
    P.S. Loved your Minnie mouse jacket!

  • neha
    Posted at 19:21h, 01 April Reply

    Coincidentally, this is what I exactly needed. I am headed to Amsterdam soon. And I needed a comprehensive guide that included what to do, where to visit, how to visit the city center etc. Thanks for covering all of it. Bookmarking

  • Reshma Narasing
    Posted at 04:51h, 02 April Reply

    Amsterdam is truly one of the most amazing cities. Given that it has so many places, it becomes difficult to plan when you have limited time. Your post covers that exactly. Thanks for this comprehensive post. Btw, I just loved the pics and your blog’s theme 🙂

  • Michelle du Toit
    Posted at 06:11h, 02 April Reply

    Looks like you made the best of your short time there – I would love to see the Waterkant canal!

  • Madhurima Maiti
    Posted at 07:54h, 02 April Reply

    You’ve got such amazing pictures! Such a beautiful post. Great to find things to do on a weekend gateway in Amsterdam.

  • Riely
    Posted at 10:25h, 02 April Reply

    Amsterdam is so lovely during the day and lively at night. I enjoyed my time there when I visited a few years back. The Coffee and Coconut brunch spot looked like it had a good atmosphere. Thanks for sharing.

  • Chiara
    Posted at 11:41h, 02 April Reply

    I really loved Amsterdam when I went there 🙂 Heineken in particular was a very interesting experience!

  • Paulina
    Posted at 11:56h, 02 April Reply

    That is a cool itinerary. Amsterdam is a city where you can always return to and you’ll discover something new. I especially lived all those museums 🙂

  • D of Love C and D
    Posted at 14:36h, 02 April Reply

    It sounds like you had a great time! We absolute loved Amsterdam when we visited a few years ago with friends. The Heineken brewery is fantastic and I would gladly go again and the Anne Frank museum is a must. Thanks for sharing.

  • Kelly Duhigg
    Posted at 18:26h, 02 April Reply

    What a fun article. I have never been to Amsterdam but really want to go. The canals look lovely and it is awesome that you had NY pizza there. Lol. Also think the Red Light district would be fun to explore. Thanks!

  • Joanne
    Posted at 05:56h, 03 April Reply

    I’ve visited Amsterdam multiple times, and it’s truly an amazing city 🙂

  • Ivy
    Posted at 09:38h, 03 April Reply

    Ah sorry you had a crappy experience at the tapas place. Try the ribs at De Klos or the sandwiches at Broodje Bert next time- those are our favourites! We aren’t big on museums either but we did have fun at the Heineken Experience. Coffee and Coconut looks like such a cool place to chill. Would love to go the next time we’re in Amsterdam! Thanks for the suggestion 🙂

  • Gokul Raj
    Posted at 22:50h, 03 April Reply

    A dream destination for any traveler. The Amsterdam sign is pretty popular I guess, seeing so many people all over the sign 😀

  • Claire
    Posted at 02:09h, 04 April Reply

    That’s so cool you won the flights!! Epic!! I’ve loved your post on Amsterdam, one of the most fun cities. I’ve never done the Heineken Experience myself actually but your trip looks so great!

  • Halef (the Round The World Guys)
    Posted at 04:11h, 04 April Reply

    I like your style of post -big photos and short description. Thank you for sharing your Amsterdam experience – I’ve been there a couple times myself, always for short period of times, but I always managed to see different things each visits. My favorite is the Rijk Museum – I could spend a full day there, as I’m a big fan of Dutch paintings. Travel safe!

    Halef
    the Round The World Guys

  • Archana Singh
    Posted at 09:13h, 04 April Reply

    Your blog look and feel does full justice to your brand name. Really very stylish. Love the way you portrayed Amsterdam through pictures and words.

  • Jatin Chabra
    Posted at 23:21h, 04 April Reply

    Amsterdam now a days is in every major news channel as their country had a election and now I know why. These guys are way social that any other country in the world. I don’t have plans to visit this awesome city, but definitely, it;s in my bucket list.

  • JuliaSan
    Posted at 12:40h, 05 April Reply

    Sounds like you had a lot of fun!
    We have been to Amsterdam 2 years ago, and loved it as well. We also visited Keukenhof, the tulip park, about an hour away from the city – it is also worth a visit in Spring time.

  • Fillia Barden
    Posted at 22:01h, 05 April Reply

    I need to visit Amsterdam! Not yet on my plan but it has to be happening!!! Obviously you had great time there!
    https://travel.andrewandfillia.com

  • Adrenaline Romance
    Posted at 04:55h, 06 April Reply

    Beautiful Amsterdam! We love those old houses by the river; they’re very scenic. The harmony of the modern and the classic is perfectly balanced. We definitely would have a walking tour here.

  • Nico
    Posted at 16:45h, 06 April Reply

    Great city! Amsterdam is vibrant and has some much to offer! I remeber cycling around the canals and that was just magic 🙂

  • Loudy
    Posted at 05:48h, 07 April Reply

    What a stunning weekend 😍 I would love to do same trip Amsterdam has so much things to offer. Im glad the weather was good because like this you enjoy more the views. Great post

  • digital travel guru
    Posted at 09:28h, 07 April Reply

    Great weekends trip, great place and loved the photos

  • Christina
    Posted at 10:49h, 07 April Reply

    We were in Amsterdam last year and had a blast. We didn’t get a chance to do the Heineken tour but that would have been interesting I am sure. It seems like you had a pretty good foodie experience outside of the first location. There are definitely a lot of museums in Amsterdam. We agree about getting the tickets for Anne Frank as we waited in line for over 2 hours to get in.

  • Promise Chika Maxwell
    Posted at 15:19h, 08 April Reply

    Nice photos. I love Amsterdam and also a city I’ve visited more than any other in Europe. The weather looks favoring on your trip!

  • Sheri
    Posted at 12:21h, 09 April Reply

    Who doesn’t love a weekend getaway! And Amsterdam? Why not! It is one of my top three favourite cities in Europe and I love going back there all the time. I always find new fun things to do and places to see. Loving your pictures too.

  • Anna
    Posted at 22:45h, 09 April Reply

    Wish I could make Amsterdam a weekend getaway!! Too bad it’s a little far from the US… Great photos! 🙂

  • sophie
    Posted at 04:18h, 14 April Reply

    OMG! your post brings back so many great memories! I visited amsterdam with my family just exactly like yours we were there for a weekend! and yes we made the best out of it. It was a great fun and people are very helpful too. although we tried that pastry and cookie as well. It was too much! Haha! Lol!

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