My Favourite things to do in Amsterdam – Ideas to add to your itinerary

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Amsterdam is an amazing city with lots of things to do, sights to see and great places to eat and drink.  Its a very pretty city with its canal lined streets and colourful tulips.  I fell in love with Amsterdam the first time I went and have been back twice since and would definitely go again!  There are a number of things to do in Amsterdam to fill a weekend break.  These are some of my favourites that I love to do while in Amsterdam.

Things to do in Amsterdam

My favourite things to do in Amsterdam, ideas to add to your itinerary

Ride a bike

The easiest and most fun way to travel around the city of Amsterdam is on a bike.  I was a bit apprehensive the first time I hired a bike but soon realised how well the city is built for bikes.  There is always a cycle lane to follow so I felt quite safe riding through the city.

My favourite things to do in Amsterdam, ideas to add to your itinerary

Its a great way to cover a lot more ground than on foot so you can see and do a lot more.  There are many places to hire bikes or you could consider a bike tour with a guide.  The one thing that took a while to get used to is finding something to lock your bike to.  As it is such a popular way to travel around Amsterdam there are always so many bikes locked up but with a bit of patients and confidence there is always something to chain your bike to.  As the saying goes ‘when in Rome’, so when in Amsterdam do as the locals do and ride a bike!

My favourite things to do in Amsterdam, ideas to add to your itinerary

Visit a Brewery

Dutch beer is great and you will find it being served in all the bars and restaurants in Amsterdam.  For anyone outside Holland, Heineken is probably the most famous Dutch beer.  There is a Heineken brewery in the centre of Amsterdam which runs tours. You get to see the brewery and machinery which is used and a chance to see how well you can pour a beer.

My favourite things to do in Amsterdam, ideas to add to your itinerary

The Heineken Experience is good fun but my favourite brewery to visit is the Brouwerij’t IJ brewery which is just outside the centre of the city.  It is very small compared to the Heineken brewery and tours only run Friday to Sunday at 3.30 pm in English and 4 pm in Dutch.  The tour takes about 20 minutes and can be booked at the bar on the day of the tour.  It gives you a history of the brewery and information on the ingredients that go into making the beer.

My favourite things to do in Amsterdam, ideas for your itinerary

It is a great place to go even if you don’t get to take the tour.  At weekends the bar is busy with people drinking and chatting, squeezed onto communal tables.  There is a large outside seating area if the weather is good.  The bar snacks are also really tasty so for me this brewery is definitely a winner.

My favourite things to do in Amsterdam, ideas for your itinerary

Taste some cheese

Holland produce some delicious cheese and there is plenty to try in Amsterdam.  On my last two trips I have done a cheese tasting at Reypenaer Cheese.  The tasting lasts about an hour and you get to try 6 of their cheeses paired together with a white wine, red wine and a port.

My favourite things to do in Amsterdam, ideas for your itinerary

Its a great way to try some delicious Dutch cheese while learning some background information into its history and how the different cheeses are produced and matured.  Its located in the centre of the city so a great activity to do with friends during your visit to Amsterdam.  Check out my other post for ideas on other foods to try in Amsterdam.

My favourite things to do in Amsterdam, ideas for your itinerary

Cruise the canals

A trip on a boat along the canals is a very relaxing way to see Amsterdam.  There are many canal boat trips available, I took one with the Blue Boat Company which can be added on to the Reypenaer cheese tasting.

My favourite things to do in Amsterdam, ideas to add to your itinerary

The City Canal Cruise gives you a guide through many of Amsterdam’s canals.  It passes many of the cities highlights and there is an audio guide to listen to giving you commentary on what you are seeing.  It is a really enjoyable, relaxing way to see the city of Amsterdam.

There is so much that you can do but these are a few of my favourite things to do in Amsterdam.  Another great activity is visiting the many restaurants and bars and trying some of the great food that is available.  Please visit my other posts 4 great restaurants to try in Amsterdam and My favourite 3 places for brunch in Amsterdam.

Thank you for taking the time to read my blog post and I hope this has helped you to put together your itinerary for your trip to Amsterdam.

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Best places for brunch in Amsterdam, where you should definitely go for brunch in Amsterdam, great Amsterdam restaurants

My favourite 3 places for brunch in Amsterdam!

Brunch seems to be a popular thing in Amsterdam.  On a recent visit there were an abundance of places to go for the wonderful thing called brunch!  Whoever invented another course between breakfast and lunch is just genius!  Amsterdam is an amazing city and one of my favourite places to visit.  Its such a pretty city with its beautiful canals, colourful tulips and amazing food!  Here are my favourite places for brunch in Amsterdam which everyone should try.

Brunch in Amsterdam –

PLUK Amsterdam

This sweet café sits in the famous boutique shopping district of ‘The Nine Streets’ which you will definitely find yourself strolling along during a visit to Amsterdam.  It is full of great vintage and boutique shops which I would highly recommend checking out.  If I could have a café at the end of my street where I could go every Sunday morning for brunch then PLUK would be it!  Its counter has a gorgeous display of homemade cakes and fruit and it is full of natural light.

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PLUK Amsterdam, Where you should definitely go for brunch in Amsterdam, great place for brunch in Amsterdam, must places to eat in Amsterdam

The menu has a selection of salads and sandwiches as well as pancakes and cakes.  They offer a large selection of juices and hot drinks.  We had an energy shot (hoping it would perk us up after an early morning flight) but be warned its not for ginger haters!  They also sell a lovely selection of homeware items.

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PLUK Amsterdam, Where you should definitely go for brunch in Amsterdam, great place for brunch in Amsterdam, must places to eat in Amsterdam

Location: Reestraat 19, Amsterdam
Would recommend: Grilled chicken sandwich with avocado, tomato, herb oil & coconut/curry mayonnaise with a Karma craving smoothie

The Avocado Show

I am a huge fan of avocado so when I heard there is a restaurant where everything on the menu uses avocado I had to go!  We arrived in the morning and managed to get a table but it soon filled up and a line had form outside.  As mentioned you have to be a lover of the yummy, colourful green fruit that is the avocado to visit this restaurant.  It is open until 5:30 pm and they only except payment by card.  Wine, beer and cocktails are available and we couldn’t pass up the opportunity to try an avocado daiquiri (its always midday somewhere in the world right?)

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The Avocado Show, Amsterdam, Where you should definitely go for brunch in Amsterdam, places to eat in Amsterdam, great places for brunch in Amsterdam

The Avocado Show, Amsterdam, Where you should definitely go for brunch in Amsterdam, places to eat in Amsterdam, great places for brunch in Amsterdam

Location: Daniel Stalpertstraat 61, Amsterdam
Would recommend: The Bun Burger (its a work of art) followed by an Avocado Daiquiri.  The Smoothie of the day was also really good.

Pancakes Amsterdam

Pancakes are available all over Amsterdam so it’s a given that you will have one before you leave.  This Pancake restaurant on ‘The Nine Streets’ is in a great location and does some really tasty varieties of pancakes.  I ordered from their special breakfast menu which included a cup of coffee and a glass of orange juice.  The pancake was a traditional Dutch pancake with bacon and cheese.  It was really good and really filling!

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Pancakes Amsterdam, Places you should definitely go for brunch in Amsterdam, great places for brunch in Amsterdam

Pancakes Amsterdam, Places you should definitely go for brunch in Amsterdam, great places for brunch in Amsterdam

Location: Berenstraat 38, Amsterdam
Would recommend: Traditional Dutch bacon and cheese pancake.  Try to get a seat in the sun outside (if it is shinning!).

These are my favourite places for brunch in Amsterdam.  I would love to hear of your favourite places to eat, would be great if you could comment below.

For more ideas on foods to try in Amsterdam check out my other post here.

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Review of The Hoxton Hotel Amsterdam, great place to stay in central Amsterdam, read all about why its a great place to stay

Review of The Hoxton Hotel Amsterdam

Amsterdam has to be up there as one of the best cities in Europe to visit.  It has culture, art, nightlife, beautiful canals and really tasty food.  I was lucky enough to spend the weekend there staying at The Hoxton Hotel Amsterdam.  This was my second stay at the hotel, I enjoyed it so much last time that it was a no brainer to stay there again.

The Hoxton Hotel Amsterdam

Review of The Hoxton Hotel, Amsterdam, great hotel to stay in the centre of Amsterdam

Review of The Hoxton Hotel, Amsterdam, great central hotel

Review of The Hoxton Hotel, Amsterdam, great central hotel

Location

The Hoxton Hotel is located at Herengracht, 255 and benefits from being in a central location just 0.5 km from Dam Square.  There is a canal running right outside the front of the hotel and it is on a quaint, pretty street.  I found that most attractions were within easy reach and there are some great vintage shops nearby.

Rooms

The Hoxton Hotel has 111 rooms spread over 5 floors.  I stayed in one of their double rooms last year which was great.  This year we had to book their shoebox twin room so I was a bit worried about the size but I was pleasantly surprised.  It is long and thin but definitely adequate for a weekend stay.  The bathroom is very spacious with a lovely walk in shower.

Review of The Hoxton Hotel, Amsterdam, great central hotel

Review of The Hoxton Hotel, Amsterdam, great central hotel

Review of The Hoxton Hotel, Amsterdam, great central hotel

Bar and Restaurant

As you enter The Hoxton Hotel you walk straight into a modern, sophisticated bar and restaurant that is normally buzzing with activity.  The bar staff are always attentive and friendly and they serve some great cocktails.  I would definitely recommend Yes It’s Pink! (it comes with candyfloss).  I haven’t eaten in the restaurant but the food that was being served looked good.  Its a great place to come for a pre drink before heading out for a night on the tiles!

Review of The Hoxton Hotel Amsterdam, central location and a great place to stay

Review of The Hoxton Hotel, Amsterdam, great central hotel

Review of The Hoxton Hotel, Amsterdam, great central hotel

The little extras make a big difference

The thing I love the most about The Hoxton Amsterdam is the attention to detail and the little extras they provide.  They have a few bikes that you can use free of charge during your stay.  They are on a first come basis but we have always managed to use them, great for exploring Amsterdam!  They provide free bottles of water at reception whenever you need one.  I also find the staff very friendly and helpful.  I love the little note that got left in my room when we arrived!

Review of The Hoxton Hotel, Amsterdam, great central hotel

Cons

To be honest I am struggling to find anything to write here!  It is a bit pricier than some of the other hotels around but I believe you get what you pay for in life.

These are all my own opinions and I haven’t received anything to review this hotel.  Just wanted to share the love!

Would love to hear if you have stayed at The Hoxton Hotel Amsterdam and what you thought.  If you get the chance to go enjoy!  Check out The Hoxton Hotel website here.

Check out my other posts for the best places to eat in Amsterdam 4 Great restaurants to try in Amsterdam and 6 must try foods in Amsterdam

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4 Great restaurants to try in Amsterdam

4 Great restaurants to try in Amsterdam

I have been to Amsterdam a couple of times now and I am visiting again soon.  Its a very pretty city with its streets running along side canals and there is plenty to see and do.  When I was last in Amsterdam  for the weekend I discovered these four great restaurants, all very different but all worthy of a visit for anyone who enjoys good food.  Here is my guide to 4 great restaurants to try in Amsterdam.

 

Guts and Glory

Taste sensation from the first to the last course.  They offer a surprise menu with a choice of 5, 6 or 7 courses.  The menu is themed based and changes every few months.  The theme (or chapter) follows a different country, culture or protein.  The chapter was Italian when I went, we had 5 courses and added an extra bit of glory with a selection of Italian meats.  There is a great vibe and good service and amazing food.  Each course is small but adds up to a great meal.  If you love food you will love this place.

 

Aneka Rasa

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Serves authentic Indonesian cuisine right in the heart of Amsterdam.  The food is good and their rice table menu means you get to try a variety of different dishes, definitely left feeling full.  If you are a fan of Indonesian food or a first timer I think you will leave with a happy tummy!

 

Rainarai

Stumbled across this place, serving amazing Algerian food while stopping for a coffee, but the food looked so good had to come back for lunch. There are two locations, one in Westergasfabriek (their restaurant) and the one we went to in Prinsengracht (their delicatessen).  On display are a number of freshly cooked dishes which you can combine to make your own meal.  It is positioned right on the canal with lovely views.

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Coffee & Coconuts

Set in an old theatre with a beach theme, this restaurant serving wholesome, locally sourced food is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.  We went for breakfast and had an amazing meal, one of those you won’t forget in a hurry.  I would highly recommend the Full CT Breakfast with a Gorilla Juice!

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I really hope you enjoy trying these 4 great restaurants in Amsterdam.  Would love to hear of your favourite restaurants.

Makes me hungry just thinking about it!

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6 must try foods in Amsterdam

When arranging my trip to Amsterdam food wasn’t something that immediately sprung to mind.  Since visiting, there are definitely foods that should be tried.

Vlaamse Frites

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Vlaamse Frites

You can’t beat fries stacked in a cone and smothered in sauce.  The best Vlaamse Frites in Amsterdam are from Vlaams Friteshuis Vleminckc.  They are known as the Sauce Masters and have been serving fries in central Amsterdam since1957.  In my opinion the best sauce to have is Oorlog Mix (mayonnaise, satay sauce and onions). Amazing!!

 

 

 

Stroopwafels

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Albert Cuypmarkt

A Stroopwafel (literally syrup waffle) is a waffle made from two thin layers of baked dough with a caramel-like filling in the middle, what’s not to like! You can get them all over Amsterdam but the best are served at Albert Cuypmarkt, look out for the “Goudse Stroopwafel” red and white checkered flag.  Make sure you buy some to take home too.

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Stroopwafels

 

 


 

 

Apple Pie

A trip to Winkel 43 is a must to try a slice of the best homemade apple pie ever!  Their apple pie has such a good reputation so be prepared as there could be a queue.  We had ours to takeaway as the restaurant was full.

 

Herring

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Frens Haringhandel

Not to everyone’s taste but when in Amsterdam you should do as the locals do and eat herring.  We had ours from Frens Haringhandel which is near the flower market.  The herring sandwich is served in a hot dog roll with pickles and onion.

 

Pancakes

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Pancakes

There are so many different varieties of savoury and sweet pancakes to choose from, deciding which one can take some time!  The Pancake Bakery is open everyday until 9.30 pm serving this tasty traditional Dutch treat.

 

 

Cheese

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Reypenaer Cheese

You can’t wander the streets of Amsterdam without passing a cheese shop or two.  You can even visit a Cheese museum.  For me the best way to try cheese in Amsterdam is with a cheese tasting at Reypenaer.  Their cheese tastings are very informative and they give you the chance to try a variety of different Dutch cheeses (which all come paired with a different wine!).  We had great fun and would highly recommend it.

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Cheese tasting

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hope you enjoy trying these Dutch goodies as much as we did!  Comment below if I have missed one of your favourite foods.