1. Wrap Up Warm
This is vital if like us, you’re going in the colder months.
Amsterdam is around the same temperature as the UK. However, as the city is surrounded by canals it can get windy and feel quite icy.
Things to avoid if you suffer the cold would be ripped jeans (Orianna made that rookie mistake) and loose knit jumpers. The cold air WILL seep through!
We recommend wearing suitable footwear as you will be doing a lot of walking, a thick coat to keep out the cold and an outfit that can easily go from casual to dressy. Because believe us, this city is so action-packed you won’t have much time to change at the hotel.
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Amsterdam has a range of great places to eat & drink. Whether you’re in the mood for Indonesian food or just a quick hot chocolate they’ve got you covered.
One thing they do especially well is pancakes! We travelled to MOOK on De Clercqstraat to sample their pancakes and they did not disappoint! Orianna went with the Mancake – a savoury sweet combination of bacon, cheddar, onion and maple syrup. While Corran made up her own combination of bananas, strawberries, chocolate sauce & melted peanut butter (pictured above). Both were equally delicious and we’d highly recommend the visit.
If you fancy sampling some more local cuisine why not try out poffertjes. These are small fluffy pancakes which are traditionally served with powdered butter & sugar. The bite-sized treats are very tasty however if you’re craving something savory we’d also recommend Omelegg for the best omelettes in town! Be warned though you can’t book in advance so you might face a bit of a wait for a table (although it’s completely worth it).
If you’d prefer to eat as you walk and discover the town centre, the cobbled streets are lined with various eateries where you’ll be sure to find something you enjoy. Orianna loved the fresh waffles whilst Corran couldn’t get enough of their hot chocolate, both make for a great snack while you wander.
3. Take The Tram
Using the tram is the best way to get around Amsterdam and get to know the city.
It is very easy to use and extremely affordable. We opted for 48-hour passes which allowed us to jump on and off the tram wherever we pleased.
All the trams go to Central Station (by the Red Light District), so jump on and explore! They’re all on a loop and you’re always a few minutes away from a tram stop, so you’re unlikely to get lost.
Get off at Plantage for the Artis Royal Zoo and the Cafe De Plantage Restaurant. Surrounded by fairy lights, an indoor tree and marble interiors, the restaurant offers healthy and beautiful meals which are definitely Instagram worthy.
4. Do The Pricier Heineken Experience
Other than wondering around the small city and discovering it’s hidden gems, there’s one tourist attraction we both enjoyed and would recommend – the Heineken Experience. Now neither of us are massive beer fan’s but heard it was unmissable and definitely agree.
For €16 you can get a tour of the factory along with two beers to enjoy at the end. However, we opted to go with the slightly pricier option at €24 which included a canal trip which drops you off to the A’Dam tower. This definitely did not disappoint. While the tour offered an insight into the brewing process and how to properly drink a Heineken, the cruise along the canal gave us a chance to learn some interesting facts about the city. It also gave us a chance to see the whole city through the canals whilst giving our feet a much-needed rest!
At the top of A’Dam tower is Europe’s highest swing which lets you swing over the edge of the 100 m building while enjoying a panoramic view of the city. This one is definitely not for the fainthearted, even Corran (who was the more eager one to try it out) had an initial feeling of unease when she first saw her feet dangling out over the edge! But if heights are a definite no, enjoy a cocktail from the bar or a meal at the Moon restaurant. Both are inside the tower but you’ll still get the spectacular view of the city.
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