Amsterdam took my breath away! This city (while sometimes smelling like a fraternity house) was amazing. Almost everyone there speaks English perfectly, and the people are so friendly. DELICIOUS sweet potato fries and several wonderful places to eat. This city did not disappoint, and I cannot wait to head over there again someday. There isn’t a ton to do in Amsterdam, but there is definitely enough for a jam-packed weekend.
A Weekend Travel Guide for You
Breakfast: My two favorite places were Vinnies Amsterdam and Pluk Amsterdam. Both of these places were delicious, but my favorite had to be Pluk because it was so cute inside. There was a little gift shop downstairs with the best items and I wanted to get everything.
Lunch/Dinner: You really can’t go wrong anywhere! You need to go to Nude Burger because their sweet potato fries are out of this world. You might think I am over exaggerating, but I swear I’m not. Do yourself a favor and go. Also, try to eat along the canals so you have a better view. Try The Avocado Show! I didn’t get to try this restaurant when I was there, but I’ve heard amazing things!
What to do:
- Anne Frank House – You need to buy tickets several weeks in advance so make sure you do this on the website.
- Vincent van Gogh Museum
- I Amsterdam sign
- Canal boat tour- this is a MUST! Probably the best part of my trip. I booked the tour through Friendship because these boats did not have covered roofs and it made the tour so much more enjoyable.
- The Red Light District- The concept is strange and makes most people uncomfortable, but you’ve just got to see it. You can’t go to Amsterdam without taking a walk down The Red Light District at night.
- The Heineken Experience- If you’re into beer then go for it! I’m not much of a beer drinker, but I went with my friends anyways and it was pretty interesting.
- Walk around! You’ll see the prettiest things just by wandering the streets.
- Vondelpark- this would be a great place to bring lunch and have a picnic
- Dam Square
- Royal Palace of Amsterdam
- Rent a bike!
Picture perfect place:
- MaMa Kelly Amsterdam– Falls on the pricey side, but it’s all pink and perfect inside!
- Dutch people are very nice, but they take their bike lane seriously. Their bike lanes might look like glorified sidewalks so make sure you aren’t walking on one! If you are on a bike tour do not stop to look at directions because people will yell at you if you’re in their way.
- If you see the Red Light District do not stop and stare at the women. Continue to walk like you would walk down any other street. They take this very seriously.
Where to stay:
You are going to want to stay within the half circle. The only reason I say this is because within the half circle everything is walking distance! You can stay outside of the half circle because places will probably be cheaper and public transportation is really good, but I just chose to stay in that area.
Amsterdam was so laid back, the people were great, the city was beautiful and it was for sure worth the weekend trip. If you have any questions or are in need of any recommendations don’t be scared to reach out!
With love, Melissa