Guide to Amsterdam, Netherlands
Finishing up in Copenhagen, my next stop would be Amsterdam where I would stay for close to a week in my sister’s apartment, before we jet off to the sands of Morocco.
I came to Amsterdam this time round with fairly low expectations, with my first visit 2012 leaving behind an imprinted generalisation of a cliché version of this Dutch capital – a city of canals, with a red light district, coffee shops selling brownies / muffins, and of course the infamous Anne Frank house.
Having the luxury of time and flexibility, I left with a completely different perspective. The bicycles rule the roads here (the most convenient way of getting around), a chic café culture is abound, the wine / beer / partying culture is strong (it is not uncommon for corporate businessman to turn up to work in a completely hung over state), and as with any cosmopolitan city there is abundance of contemporary museums, art galleries and boutiques. For a city that bustles with character and chic, Amsterdam has only a mere population of just over a million people so rarely will you feel claustrophobic. In many respects, it reminds of me Melbourne, except it is only an hours flight from Paris.
*my highly recommended to do’s are highlighted.
Typical tourist to do’s:
Other sights / walks:
Cafes / sweets:
Beautiful canals of Amsterdam
The cafe culture.
Streetscape is full of character where ever you look.
Two michelin star dining: Bord’Eau.
Truly amazing artwork: Rijksmuseum.
Plenty of contemporary exhibits: Stedelijk contemporary museum
Still hungry? Grab yourself a pancake, or a stroopwafel.
Next stop: Dutch countryside Zaanse Schans & Haarlem.