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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
We spent the evening in one of the crazy areas of Amsterdam – Leidseplein, full of bars, restaurants and nightclubs.
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.
The weather was amazing, so we had our lunch in a restaurant near the canal called Waterkant. The food and atmosphere was fabulous.
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 🙂
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.
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.
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
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!