After visiting Amsterdam for the first time, it easily became one of my new favorite European cities. From the quaint, cobblestone streets, to the picturesque architecture it was so much fun to explore the city for four days. The food was also one of my favorite parts of this city. The cheese is unbelievable, the stroopwafels were gooey and delicious, and the waffles with Nutella were the perfect treat while walking down the streets. Although we were only there for four days, we had our list of what we wanted to do and see within that time. We also arrived early in the morning which made it hard to power through the day, but we managed! Here is a list of some noteworthy things we experienced that I would recommend!
Van Gogh Museum
This is obviously a must if you are ever in Amsterdam. The collection of art is unbelievable and don't forget your student ID to get a discount!
De Hortus: Hortus Bontanicus
This gorgeous botanical garden happened to be 5 minutes from our hotel, and was well worth seeing. Cris also loves planting and greenery, so this was a must for him.
House of Bols
This museum prides itself on having the "ultimate cocktail experience", where you learn all about the worlds oldest distilled spirit brand and its inventor, Lucas Bols. This maze of a museum is full of fun, interactive activities and finishes with a cocktail, designed by you.
Riding Bikes Through Vondelpark
Biking is a huge part of the commuting culture in Amsterdam, so naturally we rented bikes one day to see the city through the eyes of a local. Make sure you are paying attention, these people take their biking seriously!
Casa Rossa Theater
Known for its huge pink elephant on the exterior, you can get a little taste of the Red Light District by seeing a show here. The show costs 50 EUROS a person and includes two drinks. I will leave it to your imagination as to what happens at these shows ;)
If you're into this kind of stuff, there is literally a coffee shop every block where you can buy any type of joint, cigarette or edible legally.
Albert Cuyp Market
We made it to the Albert Cuyp Market which was miles of anything and everything Amsterdam. We ended up buying enough Stroopwafels to feed a small country, wooden clogs, and other various mementos. The market lines the streets of the De Pijp District, which also has a lot of trendy shopping boutiques, aka where I spent most of my money.
Coffee & Coconuts
Cris has a knack for always finding and taking me to some of the coolest spots in different cities and countries. In this case, Coffee & Coconuts was one of them. This cafe used to be a theater in the heart of Amsterdam that was turned into a very cozy and trendy cafe. You can get anything from a kale salad, to a hot chocolate (which I had and loved).
Lotti's at The Hoxton Hotel
Aside from having the coolest website and the most gorgeous hotel, this restaurant had delicious food and an even better cocktail. We had dinner here one night, followed by cocktails at the bar which were some of the best drinks I have ever had. Next time it will be my goal to be able to stay in this hotel for a night.
We stumbled across this restaurant while we were walking to the outdoor market and thought it looked great for brunch. We were pleasantly surprised when we came back the next day, stuffing our faces with Croque Monsieur's and apple tarts with ice cream. Highly recommend for a quick bite to eat.
This cafe was right across from out hotel, so we had breakfast here a lot. It is a bar and cafe, and nothing fancy, but they serve the cheapest breakfast of champions. For 7 Euros you could get coffee, fresh OJ, croissant, yogurt, and fruit. Although we went here because of its convenience, I would definitely go back.
Cris LOVES meat, pretty much any meat you put in front of him. When we were both getting pretty hangry around lunch time one day, this place stuck out for its famous burgers and beer. Burgers is something we both enjoy and the burgers at Geflipt were VERY good. Cris also made a point to try as many local IPA's which he said were also really great (I'm not a huge fan of beer). Overall this place was super cute and a perfect, lunchtime spot.