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A Quick Amsterdam Travel Diary – Where To Stay, Eat, Shop & Play

Amsterdam is somewhere we have been dying to visit for a long time. So when I found incredibly cheap flights, over my birthday, we snapped them up straight away. We booked to stay from Thursday to Sunday, which gave us enough time to explore the city, but left us wanting to go back for more.

Here’s a little snippet from our time there.

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How & When We Travelled

We flew from Liverpool John Lennon Airport to Amsterdam Schiphol Airport with EasyJet. The flight was literally just about an hour – probably the quickest flight we’ve been on. As Amsterdam is such a popular destination, we were able to get great flight times too.

We flew out of Liverpool on 12pm on the Thursday, which gave us a whole afternoon and evening free to explore. It was also a lovely change, as we normally catch the 6/7am flights, which means we have to be up at an ungodly hour. We caught the 8pm flight when we came back to Liverpool on the Sunday, so we were able to spend a leisurely last day in Amsterdam. As the UK is an hour behind, we actually gained time coming back – great if you have to get back to work the next day!

We travelled from March 15 (my birthday!) to 18, which we thought, was meant to be spring time. Unfortunately, it was absolutely freezing and soo windy. Apparently the week before had been beautiful and 15 degrees, so it was just our luck the weather changed for the worse while we were there.

We totally didn’t pack for the occasion too, so to tell the truth at some points of our trip, walking around just wasn’t enjoyable. Everyone I’ve spoken to after our trip has mentioned how windy Amsterdam actually is, it’s just unfortunate we didn’t prepare!

 

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Where We Stayed

We stayed at both the Amsterdam citizenM and the citizenM Schiphol Airport, which were fantastic and super accommodating. The Amsterdam citizenM is located just a five minute tram ride away from the city centre, and the airport hotel is approximately a 20 minute train ride away.

Read more about both hotels, here

 

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What We Did

To be honest, we were the worst ‘tourists’ while we were in Amsterdam. You know we’re not your regular touristy tourists anyway, we try and find where the locals hang out to better understand the culture of the city we’re in. But while we were in Amsterdam, we didn’t even go to the (apparently must-go-to museum) Rijksmuseum. We did get a photo out the front of it, but we didn’t even go inside – quite silly really considering how cold it was!

Tim and I did our typical thing, and walked and walked around the city, exploring the streets and stumbling upon cute little cafes and unique boutiques. JordaanDe 9 straatjes (the 9 streets) and Haarlemmerstraat and Haarlemmerdijk, were the areas we specifically loved. Lots of individual stores and diverse places to eat.

Of course, you can’t come to Amsterdam and not take a trip on one of the canal boats. For 11 Euro each, the hour boat ride was well worth it, and a great way to see Amsterdam’s city, take in it’s stunning buildings and find out a little history.

 

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Eating & Drinking Spots

Amsterdam is known for it’s delicious food, particularly their fries, cheese and sweet treats such as waffles, stroopwafels and poffertjes (mini pancakes), so we really were in foodie heaven! Some of the best places we went to include:

Vlaams Friteshuis Vleminckx – Best and most famouse fries in Amsterdam. They have over 25 different sauces to choose from! We loved the mayonnaise, sambal and joppie sauces.

Market 33 – A stylish hawker style food haul, which showcases some of the best eating spots in the city under one roof. You’re spoilt for choice with a wide range of cuisines from Vietnamese to Middle Eastern, and of course a wonderful bar area.

Door 74 – A super cool speakeasy bar where you have to knock on a random unmarked door to be let in! Come here for an evening of delicious cocktails and funky music.

 

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The Verdict

We loved Amsterdam so much. There is such a chilled vibe and relaxed atmosphere, the city is beautiful, the food is delicious, and the style and design is so cool and arty. We’d love to go back in the summer, and despite all that wind, it’s now on the top of our list for places we’d like to live.

 

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Amsterdam travel guide, where to stay, eat, drink, stay and play in Amsterdam
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Heading to Amsterdam soon, but not sure what to wear? Head to my Amsterdam Outfit Editorial for inspiration.

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