At the end of May, my housemates and I decided to take the plunge and book a little mini-break together as a celebration of finally conquering the uni stress. We all sat down together one night and booked 4 days & 3 nights in Amsterdam and so in this post I’ll be telling you a little bit about what we got up to whilst we were there.
We stayed at the Alfred Hotel (Cornelis Schuytstraat 58-60, 1071 JL Amsterdam) and booked a room for the four of us as we preferred to stick together rather than having two separate twin rooms. The room was pretty standard – two single beds and a double, but it was really clean and served it’s purpose – all in all, it was a really comfortable stay. Additionally, the staff were really helpful in recommending places for us to eat, and also showing us where the nearest tram stops were in relation to the places that we wanted to visit.
On the subject of recommendations from the hotel staff; they told us about a vegetarian restaurant that they really liked called the Golden Temple (Utrechtsestraat 126, 1017 VT Amsterdam). We decided to give it a try and although we didn’t make a reservation they managed to fit us in. The food was AMAZING, I went for the ‘Traditional Mexican’ – Two corn tortillas with black beans and sweet potato with guacamole and salsa. My housemate Olivia and I then shared a raw cheesecake… but there isn’t a picture because it was gone within a few seconds. Overall the meal was 10/10 and so different to anything I’ve ever had before. It was also really cute inside and if you can, try and book the window seat – we were all eyeing it up.
For a Brunch spot, I would seriously consider Mook (De Clercqstraat 34, 1052 MZ Amsterdam) for some seriously good American-style pancakes. It was quite busy when we got there but again, they managed to squeeze us in (flukey af), and I’m so glad they did because I ate my body weight in delicious pancakes and had to unbutton my jeans – that’s when you know it’s good.
See & Do
It was super sunny whilst we were there, which made strolling along the canals even more enjoyable, however, because of how hot it was we decided to get a 48 hour tram pass which I believe was 12 euros – it saved us a lot of time (more time for exploring) and also saved our makeup from completely melting off – would strongly advise.
Did you even go to Amsterdam if you don’t have a photo posing in this sign? NO. Well maybe, but we all enjoyed having our individual photoshoots and strategically darting towards the letter we wanted whenever someone else was done. At one point my friend Tara had somehow managed to scale the ‘T and was perched on the top, gotta get that Insta.
So, as I mentioned the weather was excellent during our visit (Smuggy McSmuggerson over here, I know) but because of this, we all decided to pick up some food from a local supermarket, WHICH BTW WAS THE BEST SUPERMARKET I HAVE EVER BEEN IN. Ok, so it’s not a normal thing to go on holiday and actually recommend a supermarket but… here we are, I’m doing it. Albert Heijn a.k.a. Waitrose on steroids had all you could ever want for a picnic. I decided to pick up a fresh smoothie, strawbs, some sushi and of course a cinnamon roll. All DELICIOUS. We took all of our food down to Vondelpark and had a picnic in the sun – there were many dogs and so that also contributed to the success of the day.
Despite having a tram pass, we also did quite a lot of exploring on foot as well. We walked around by the Red Light District, visited the Sex museum (Damrak 18, 1012 LH Amsterdam) which was an experience, and we also stumbled upon a tourist information shop kinda thing that had lots of activities and experiences that you could book. We chose to book a visit to Amsterdam’s Ice Bar (Amstel 194-196, 1017 AG Amsterdam) and we got 3 free drinks each. Firstly, you get a drink when you arrive and are waiting to go down into the actual bar itself, then you get 2 free drinks when you’re down there – a beer or a shot. You have a maximum time of being down there because funnily enough, it’s bloody cold, in the end it was me and my 3 housemates and another couple that were left standing so we got free shots. SOS. It was such a fun experience and would recommend going there before going on a night-out because I was feeling merry.
As for shops, we didn’t really venture into any clothes shops but they did have lots of great ones! We saw Bershka, Pull & Bear, Urban outfitters etc, but at the time my overdraft was having none of it, so we kept our money for food (mainly paprika Lays) and souvenir shops – yes, my mum did get a keyring with clogs on it, she’s a lucky woman I know.
That’s a little insight into what I got up to in Amsterdam. I’m desperate to go back soon as I had the absolute best time exploring with my best pals, and I would love to hear what your favourite spots in Amsterdam are!