This weekend my friends and I took a trip to the one and only Amsterdam. I was so excited for Amsterdam as I’ve heard such amazing things from others who have gone. My expectations were high and A’dam succeeded with all of them.
We arrived in Amsterdam around 7am and were greeted with the “I AMsterdam” right outside the airport. We ubered to our Air bnb which was the CUTEST ever and then settled in and napped until 10am, when we finally decided to venture out in the city.
We walked around the little side streets and found some amazing local shops, and also discovered that biking was a major thing here. Make sure you look around for them because I almost got taken out by bikes multiple times.
If you’re into vintage or thrifting I recommend Amsterdam’s chain of vintage stores Marbles Vintage. It had some of the neatest things I’ve never seen in a vintage shop! It's also a chain within Amsterdam so you can head to some all around town!
After our time exploring around the streets we grabbed some lunch at this very little hole in the wall, café Keyser. The lady who ran the place was so sweet, and was greeting everyone like friends.
After filling up with some amazing local food, we went exploring around the canals.
The canals are such an iconic part of Amsterdam and with the water homes and bikes filling the city, it really does make the vibe of the city different to any other. It also just makes everywhere you look in Amsterdam a picture perfect view.
While waiting for our time slots into the Anne Frank Museum, we discovered a super cute sweets shop called Polaberry. It was filled with the most aesthetically pleasing chocolate covered strawberries you’ve probably ever seen, and best part... they tasted as good as they looked and the strawberries were as you would imagine in summer time.
Next up… my turn for the Anne Frank Museum. I highly recommend this museum as it was very intense and eye opening but explains so much more than just Anne Frank herself. It also talks about the other companions she was in hiding with, along with those who helped her and her family throughout the war that weren’t in hiding.
You get to explore the Annex, and I realized it was much bigger than how I imagined when learning about it in school, as well as when reading her book.
Next up we ventured around the city… found the Amsterdam Cheese Company, and then somehow found ourselves in the Red Light District.
I definitely recommend the red district (if you are over 18), because it is such an interesting place that is very unique to Amsterdam. I don't even know how to describe all of it... so don't miss it!
Rise & Shine!! After a hangry search for good food at a place that would fit 5 of us, we came across Café de Oude Wester. This restaurant was hopping and popping and filled with such good happy vibes for Saturday morning. We ordered some Irish Coffee’s and an Irish hot choc ;)
Then our food came and I cannot stress how amazing these traditional Dutch pancakes were. I got an apple bacon pancake that was lightly dusted with powdered sugar and light syrup and I was to say the least… IMPRESSED! I wasn't sure if they were going to be enough... but I could barely finish it. The pancake is much different to a traditional American or a crêpe and much more filling than it looks! If you are in Amsterdam you need to go!
We wandered again around the streets of Amsterdam & while our friends went to the Heineken Factory, my friend Jess and I headed around the local shops. We managed to get a bunch of thrifting done, saw a bunch of local galleries, and after the amount of ground we covered... we decided to go to REE7, for the dankest looking milkshake I’ve ever seen.
After our milkshakes, we headed back to Red Light District to actually explore what goes on there at night... and let me tell you there is quite a bit going on!!!
The rest of the night we all stayed in and watched Dutch Netflix.
Last day… and the only sunny day!!! We had to check out of our cuteee air bnb by 10am and then we decided to make the most of our couple hours and head to the city center to check out Dam Square and the Royal Palace of Amsterdam.
We managed to explore quite a bit before we had to find our way to the bus that was taking us back to Paris.
Amsterdam you were fun.