Amsterdam City Guide

24 March 2016



As I mentioned in my previous post, I wanted to write up an Amsterdam City Guide as I always look for posts like this myself when travelling somewhere new, so hopefully you'll find this helpful!

I'm going to start with food as it's my favourite thing to do and we found some really cool places!


Aambeeldstraat 36, 1021 KB Noord, Netherlands


Located across the main canal from Central Station, it really is in the middle of nowhere and in an industrial area. It doesn't look like a restaurant from the outside (see picture below) but I love how different and unique it is. The interior is even better, it has that rustic New York loft feel to it - not to mention marble tables for those perfect Instagram shots. The antique gold bar surrounded by skeleton looking stalls is the main thing you see when you walk in - I can imagine it gets lively in the evenings! We went around 3pm for a late lunch and I ordered the American fluffy pancakes with maple syrup and berries - they were so delicious! We were also recommended by the waitress to order the shrimp croquettes and they were SO good!! They seem to be quite popular in Amsterdam so definitely try them if you're a fan of fish. They had a lot of options on the menu and the prices were very reasonable.








Reestraat 8, 1016 DN Amsterdam, Netherlands
@jansz.amsterdam


Restaurant Jansz is located in a pretty, boutique area right by a canal - so be sure to get a window seat for the view! Every room was decorated so well, with light hues of pink and brass gold pendant lights. We decided to go for a 3 course lunch that day as we had missed breakfast (any excuse) and ordered the diver scallops and king crab on toast to share as starters. For mains I went for the tuna nicoise salad with a side of chips of course! Everything was absolutely delicious and presented so well. We went for the salted caramel chocolate cake with crushed almonds for dessert and I can honestly say it's the best dessert I've ever had! That's a big statement coming from me as I have a sweet tooth but this cake was amazing and not too rich if you're not much of a chocolate fan. The prices are slightly higher than normal but so worth it. I would definitely recommend it if you love good interior, amazing food and great service. 











Hotel Pulitzer 
Keizersgracht 224, 1016 GZ Amsterdam, Netherlands
@pulitzer.amsterdam

Hotel Pulitzer is right next door to Jansz as the restaurant is part of the hotel. We were given a tour around some of the suites and I just could not stop taking photos! The first room we were shown was covered in art work and quirky, unique furniture. The best part about it is that it has it's own front door so it feels like you have your own place right by the canal. The second room was my favourite and you can probably guess why - the amazing bathtub on the marble floor! The high ceilings, massive bed and fireplace made the room look so grand and luxurious. I loved that they stocked up the marble bathrooms with Le Labo products! 








1057, Admiraal de Ruijterweg 1, 1057 Amsterdam, Netherlands
@barspek


Bar Spek is a great spot for either a quick lunch or a place to take your laptop to and work from. They have outdoor seating by the canal which would be perfect in the summer. I loved the white tiles, wooden stalls and rustic floors. I feel like Dutch people really know how to decorate! The menu was a mix of healthy breakfasts and juices to not so healthy choices and authentic pizzas. We ordered the shrimp croquettes as we were craving them since we last tried them! Being the sweet tooth that I am, I ordered the fried bread with Nutella, bananas and cinnamon. I also had a slice of the courgette pizza and it was so light and delicious - perfect for lunch! The word 'Spek' actually means bacon in Dutch but as I don't eat pork my friend ordered a side of bacon just to try it and apparently it's so good! If I lived in Amsterdam I'd most probably be here all the time! 









Where to go:

Tourist 

Floating flower market - There are a lot of stalls just selling flower bulbs rather than actual flowers but the first few stalls have some amazing flowers for really good prices!

Canal boat ride - Another way to see the sights and buildings

Red light district - If you're feeling curious..it's an unusual experience for sure!


Shopping 

De Bijenkorf - A department store covered in marble tiles, it has all the brands and designers you need.

Gerard Doustraat - A road full of cute concept boutique stores, perfect if you're on the lookout for new trendy labels.

Transport - We took the tram everywhere, it's so easy to get around! If it's good weather rent a bike as they have separate lanes, just be careful as there are so many cyclists and they are super fast! 


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