To Amsterdam with Lori of Wild & Grizzly
City breaks are always better with recommendations. Read on to discover Amsterdam’s top spots, as shared by our new #BTHOUGHTFUL contributor, Lori of Wild & Grizzly…
Situated in the heart of the Amsterdam canals with its stunning circular copper fireplace and curved leather sofa, the Hotel V Fredericksplein boasts a beautifully designed loft suite for you relax in.
Check out the Dutch designed Hotel Droog and its Room Service Cafe, which is sandwiched between the ground floor design store and the one room hotel apartment above. Once textile guild/STD Clinic now turned uber chic space, the arty design emporium houses a wealth of beautiful products worth drooling over. The interior of the cafe is fab, with its clean modern interior and delicious food. Where else can you get a green smoothie served with a golden spoon.
Book into the luxury Hotel V Nepslein, situated in Amsterdam’s theatre district, follow the small cobbled lane filled with colour and you’ll be greeted by a stunning tiered floor to ceiling chandelier on arrival. With flocked mustard wallpaper, huge Adnet design mirrors and parquet flooring, this hotel is carefully considered and perfectly formed, with a cosy restaurant and bar worth visiting.
If you love chicken then new restaurant on the block, Guts N Glory, is a must! Run by two friends with a passion for good food, it serves only chicken dishes cooked to perfection, plus the interior is modern apartment living meets fine dining. People watching here is great too.
Try the infamous SLA Cafe with a focus on healthy guilty pleasures. Serving the best soups, salads, juices and snacks using the best ingredients that will leave you on an all day high.
For lovers of the bazaar, head down to the Waterlooplien Flea Market which is open all week except Sunday, and wade through the piles bric-a-brac and clothes to find a treasure.
Explore Amsterdam’s infamous Nine Streets, one of city’s most delightful shopping areas. Lined with cafes, boutiques, art galleries and design shops it’s easy to while away the time, although it’s worth noting that most of the shops open late on a Sunday or not at all.
Check out the Amsterdam Central Library, sounds weird right? but not if you’ve seen this library. The stunning architecture, modernist design and skyline views from it’s 7th floor cafe is so worth the visit, plus the food is fresh and delicious.
Visit the Stedelijk Museum, which strives to be one of the most innovative and interesting museums of modern art in the entire world. Its impressive collection will leave you inspired and there are plenty of beautiful pieces for your home that can be purchased in the gift shop.
Use of the free ferry service located at the back of the train station to visit Eye, a contemporary film arena with breath-taking panoramic views over the river. Sit an enjoy a coffee or even catch an art house film if you fancy it.
For a most moving historical experience a visit to Anne Frank’s House is a must. Be sure to take a tissue for the tears and be ready to queue, as the line gets busy early, but certainly worth the wait.
For a picture perfect stroll, wander along the 17th century canal Prinsengracht, which is listed by the UNESCO world heritage, and take in the morning sun and beautiful buildings and bridges with a coffee in hand.
If a collection of cafes, bars and a buzzing nightlife is your thing then make sure you head down Utrechtsestraat as dusk starts to settle and see the street come alive.
Check out the urban and creatively colourful area of NDSM-Werf. At first this looks like a post apocalyptic film scene so is not for everyone, but this urban playground is home to a huge creative artists studios, graffiti art and Hema flagship store. It’s very gritty, with a half submerged submarine near the river banks, signs raised above the water and stacked shipping containers acting as temporary homes to students, but look a little closer and you can see the creative heartbeat of the city at work.
Have you got any top tips for what to do in Amsterdam? I’d love to hear them!