Photo Diary: Amsterdam

Tuesday, 20 August 2019

Last weekend Paige and I went back to Amsterdam for belated birthday celebrations. This city is close to our hearts as it was the first holiday we did together two years ago, and we had such a lovely time we wanted to go back and do all the things we didn't have time to do in 2017. 

Unfortunately, like Prague earlier this year, the weather wasn't on our side and we were faced with rain for a lot of our trip, but with rain mac's at the ready we made the most of the city as much as we could. Although we were up at 3:30am on Saturday to make our flight, we still kept ourselves busy and somehow managed 30k steps on day one. We stopped at Tony's NY City Bagels for lunch and the mozzarella, tomato and pesto bagel was absolutely 10/10. We then discovered we were only a 10 minute walk away from Artis Zoo, and when I found out there was racoons, I was practically running there.

There are so many animals at Artis; from elephants to giraffes, sea lions to zebras, and meerkats to crocodiles, but the best part was the monkey enclosure where you could actually go inside and the teeny tiny cute little monkeys were running around you! There was also the most adorable little bat in there who I unexpectedly fell in love with. 

We of course ended day one at the Red Light District with dinner at Hotel Doria, drinks at The Black Tiger, churros at Rene's Croissants, and of course a cheeky lil' Peep Show visit.

We started day two at The Breakfast Club where we both had the London Breakfast. It was a really nice vibe here and i'd definitely recommend if you want a nice range of breakfast/brunch food. The heavens really opened this afternoon so after a nap we then headed down to see Anne Frank's house. There was unfortunately no available time slots to book in (you need to book about a month in advance, FYI!) but we got to see the outside and it was conveniently placed right by the docking station for the Flagship canal tour which we hopped on after a pizza at Assaggi

The boat trip was really lovely as it was a lot more personal than a lot of the tours you see along the canals. The "luxury canal cruise" is €16 for an hour tour through Amsterdam with a bar on board and cosy cushion seating. The boat trip is something we missed last time we were in Amsterdam so i'm super pleased we finally got to do it this time, as it is definitely the best way to see the city.

After the tour it was back down to the centre where we had drinks in Red Light Bar, followed by crepes at Dolce & Gelato.

Our last day in Amsterdam was typically the best weather wise, so we made the most of the day before our evening flight, starting with more bagels; this time in Bagels & Beans - another 10/10. We then wandered down into central 'Dam where Paige was keen on visiting the Tony's Chocolonely Super Store. This place was pretty cool with lots of tasters of the chocolate around, as well as being able to see the lab where the chocolate is made.

We then headed down to the Red Light District for one last time, enjoying a Heineken at Cafe Corso before grabbing lunch at Manneken Pis - this place is renowned for being the best fries in Holland, and while I wouldn't say they were the best, there were pretty good!

Yet again I had such a lovely time in Amsterdam and I really do love this city. While the "coffee shops" appeal to most people, even if that's not your thing, architecturally and historically it is a really beautiful city and with such a short flight time (45 minutes maximum) from London, it's a perfect location for a weekend break. I will say that in the two years since we last visited, prices have quite significantly risen, and tend to match London prices in a lot of places. However i'm sure if you did a bit more research you could do it on the cheap.

Have you been to Amsterdam? Where are your favourite spots? Let me know in the comments!

© All Images: JYDMRA

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