Today we are going to talk about one of the most visited cities in Europe: Amsterdam.
Amsterdam is the capital of Netherlands and it’s really famous for the beautiful canals, the houses, the bikes and lastly for the coffee shops and the red light district.
The city actually surprised us! When I thought about the coffee shops and the red light district, I was actually scared to just see the “bad” type of people. From our first evening in the city, we unexpectedly saw that everything about all of these things was mostly attracting the tourists.
As I explained in my previous post, we love to relax on holidays. So we didn’t stress much about what to do and what to visit, I know it may sound crazy and just a total waste of time while you are in a new place, but we love exploring and being surprised.
The first evening, we went for a stroll in the red light district as everyone was saying that it was the only place we could find some restaurants still open until late-night. The options on what to eat were too many from Italian restaurants to Surinamese restaurants. You will for sure understand you are in the Red light district, not for the famous for the ladies behind the windows because they are actually hidden in secondary streets, but because of the numerous sex shops, sex museum, the coffee shops and the red neon light around you.
The day after, we went to visit the really famous Museumplein, in English Museum Square, where there are the Rijksmuseum, Van Gogh Museum, Stedelijk Museum and the concert hall Concertgebouw. The Museumplein was a really amazing place where to sit down under the sun and enjoy the architecture and the green surroundings.
A must see is for sure the Albert Cuyp Market with all of the traditional food stalls and souvenirs. It is open from Monday to Saturday from 9am to 5pm and it is an amazing place where to eat the Herrings in their traditional way, the croquettes ad especially their stroopwafels.
Another one I always heard of was, of course, the cruise canals! I suggest you spend a bit of money for that and not to find the cheaper option. We got lost in Amsterdam and as soon as we saw the first cruise canal we spontaneously booked the first ride. But a really important thing, we discovered the last day, was that there are free ferries just in Centraal Station.
And for our bookish people, Amsterdam is an amazing destination for us! The bookshops are amazing and I found that they sell more English books than Dutch. And don’t forget that every Friday they have a really beautiful book market in the centre (but wait for it!)
During our stay in Amsterdam, we also went to visit Harleem, but we have a different and really exciting post!
There is soooo much more in Amsterdam that we didn’t see but for sure this is not the last time we are going to visit.
Which one was your winter destination this year? and as usual, give us all of the suggestions you have in mind!
Lots of love,