Amsterdam is .. a stroll around the canals in an early sunny morning while admiring the colourful tilted houses on the sides. Amsterdam is .. beautiful little flower shops, pretty narrow streets leading to different adventures where you can get occasionally interrupted by a bike bell cling. The tulip capital is filled with friendly smiley faces ready to recommend the best places so you can experience the Dutch culture.
Visiting Holland`s capital was definitely a great decision. If you don’t have a lot of holiday at work, don’t worry! A long weekend is a perfect amount of time for you to get to know this little paradise and get to grips with its culture. There is something for everyone:
*If you appreciate art, don’t forget to stop by the Museum Square where you can find the home of Amsterdams arts and history selection as well as the most famous and complex work of Rembrandt “The night watch”. Next, ahead of you is Van Gogh museum consisting of the most prominent collection of post-impressionist paintings including the remarkable composition of “Sunflowers”. I must say, however, that my favourite one was “Almond Blossom” (please don’t judge me). Of course, after indulging yourself in the world of art, you will need to stop and take a picture in front of “I amsterdam” and also climb on top of one of the letters..
* If you are a foodie and you want to visit one of the trendy neighbourhoods, head towards the Pijp (the pipe)! You can find nice spots on every corner regardless of the time. We had a recommendation from a friend for “Omelegg” but both times we were there, the queues were massive. Love eggs? Skip the queues and go to “Stroom” for a nice latte and a eggy bite on delicious sourdough bread. For the seafood lovers, there is plenty of restaurants and bars offering you a variety of shellfish and fish. If you want to combine it with a drink, though, I would recommend “Mossel en Gin” where you can get best of both worlds. Their gin menu starts with a homemade raspberry infused gin and goes through differently spices and fruity assortments of blends. The food menu – oh the food menu! Where can I start .. Of course, you have oysters! Yes, oysters 🙂 Mussels and chips are a specialty and you can have them cooked with whatever you can imagine. We took the seafood platter – to try everything as usual which you can see on the pic below..
For the people who want to try something traditional – please remember crockets!! There are amazing and a must! Also the frites sauce – special Dutch mayo.. trust me you will want more.
* If you love a good fun, don’t forget to stop at the beer bars around where you can find Amsterdam and Brand beer – personally I would drink them again. Whoever wants a giggle, try our a coffeeshop and be careful with the smart ones.. you never know.
*Please please please go for a night walk around the canals and see the beauty of Amsterdam in the street lights reflected by the canals.
*Finally, go to a flower shop and buy some unique tulips! You can also find antiques, minerals and merchant markets with handmade goods. I wanted to go there for a while and it was totally worth it. I left with a tiny thought in my head … what if I move there?
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