The Canals of Amsterdam
Updated: Apr 6, 2020
Hannah and I just got back from our annual sister trip, this year we went to Amsterdam! We always try and take some time out at this time of year (be it a week or a long weekend) to explore somewhere together.
Trench Coat: Stradivarius
We were on the first flight out, so were already in the city by nine thirty. It was too early to check into our apartment, so we dropped our bags off using nannybag (a really great company I've recently discovered that will link you up with secure places to store your luggage).
Our first stop was Kessens for brunch. A little place with a short menu, but everything on it is divine. We loved the lobster and cheese bitterballen, a Dutch take on croquettes worth writing home about!
As soon as we were all fuelled up we made our way down to the Bloemenmarkt, a flower market floating on the canals.
We made our way through the stalls admiring all the tulips for sale.
Choosing out a bunch to take back to our apartment.
Despite the sky being cloudy it was still warm enough to sit outside by the canals and people watch (one of my all time favourite pastimes).
We picked our bags back up in the early evening and headed to our apartment. I use Airbnb for most bookings when travelling, I think you tend to get a lot more value and space for your money. We stayed in the canal belt district, within the famous nine streets (a pretty and picturesque area filled with shops and eateries).
If we came back I'd definitely stay here again, it's a fantastic location.
White Linen Shirt: New Look
Handbag: Kate Spade
We freshened up and then headed for dinner at Sotto, a great little Italian (make a reservation, it was packed when we went) to enjoy Aperol Spritzers and excellent pizza.
You can't really go to Amsterdam without exploring the canals of the red light district. On our way home we wandered down little side streets. Red lights twinkle above floor to ceiling windows, with lingerie clad women peering out (all hours of the day and night). But I definitely suggest going back in the daytime too, in the crisp morning light the architecture is just beautiful and there's some great cafe's serving excellent coffee and croissants.
Hannah's Black Denim Jacket: Stradivarius
The next morning we were out up and early for our booking to visit the Anne Frank House. After recently re-reading her diary I was interested to see the secret annex where her and her family spent two years in hiding from the Nazis. A must visit for any tourist in Amsterdam, but you can only get tickets online (they go on sale two months prior). A really really moving experience, she truly did change the world.
We had lunch reservations at Bar Botanique, a bright and colourful little spot on the far side of the city. With the sun shining, this seemed the perfect excuse to hire bikes and cycle our way over.
Black Bikes are great - 14 locations and you can pick up and drop off at any of them!
Dress : Stradivarius
Jacket: Stradivarius (Last season: Similar here)
We rode along the canals, over bridges and through gorgeous neighbourhoods.
Working up an appetite! Which is good because there is a lot to choose from on the menu and it's all delicious.
I can tell you that the Croque Cubanita is insane, and Hannah highly recommends the Burrata. We of course ordered a side of bitterballen too - our new favourite food!
Once we'd had our fill we cycled back into the city, stopping to snap photos along the way.
It's truly such a beautiful city, from every angle!
I'll post about our day at Keukenhof soon, tulip heaven!