Hallo my loves, today I am super excited to share with you part 1 of my Amsterdam travel diary. Over the weekend I took a quick 48 hour break to Amsterdam, a city which had been on my bucket list for way too long. In this two part series, I will be sharing all the best things to do in this beautiful city. The secret insider tips, the best places for brunch, lunch and dinner and where all the locals hang out.
First of all, use Instagram. I truly mean this when I say it! Instagram is one of the best ways to find the best hangouts and food. If you follow bloggers from the city you are visiting, there is a high chance that they are your ticket to the best places in the city. I also love to use Vogue, Conde Naste Traveler and Your Little Black Book. In particular, Your Little Black Book is one of my favourites. Written by Dutch people, they feature all of the best places within the city. PSA, download their app, it’s totally worth it!
If you’ve know me, I am a sucker for the best brunch around. By that, I mean avocado on toast with a strong coffee. before visiting, I made sure I had searched far and wide to find the best brunch in Amsterdam.
Located within the nine streets, where the cute canals are, Pluk is a small, white cafe with amazing juices and the best avocado on toast. Pluk also sells sweet little home-wear accessories, plus the interior of the cafe is very instagrammable. I ordered the avocado on toast with chilli and sashimi salmon and it was absolutely delicious. PSA, the juices are the best and all the food is reasonably priced. However, there is a rather long queue, so be sure to get there early!
I visited Ree7 on my second morning in Amsterdam. Located a couple of doors away from Pluk, Ree7 is another beautiful little cafe serving delicious brunch. Ree7 is slightly bigger than Pluk, so there is not such a big queue! The coffee at Ree7 was the best (even better than Pluk), and the juices and smoothies are to die for. I had their acai bowl which was superb, but I also recommend their freshly bakes cakes and pancakes with berries.
3. Cafe George
Although, I did not get the chance to visit Cafe George, the menu looks divine. Cafe George is more of a brasserie; it is a bit more formal and expensive. However, do not let this put you off! The food looks incredible and it is located in the cool district of De Pijp.
4. Libertine Amsterdam
I visited Libertine for dinner and it was incredible. Perhaps the best food I ate whilst I was in Amsterdam! It was only when I got back to London, that I realised how insane their breakfasts looked. The space is super cool, big neon signs feature and light and dark marble tables make for the perfect photo. If you get a chance, visit Libertine for either brunch, lunch or dinner.
5. De Wasserette
Again, De Wasserette was one of the top places on my brunch bucket list, but located in De Pijp, it was slightly further than I wanted to travel for breakfast. Having said this, De Wasserette is certainly worth a visit. I came across this brunch place as a result of Instagram. It is a blogger favourite and great for people watching.
I decided to combine lunch and dinner, as the lunches eaten tended to be smaller as a result of the delicious brunches. The places along the canals are usually not the best, it is only when you explore some of the smaller side streets that you discover the hidden gems!
This was the name of the restaurant I ate at on my first night for dinner. A short four minute walk away from the hotel made this place even better. Spingaren is actually located beside the canal, however it is in the nine streets so of course it’s going to be good! Inside, their are mossy green walls and plants hanging from the ceiling. This hidden oasis is definitely worth a visit. The food here was delicious, you can choose from a selection of tapas: meat, fish or vegetables. For the main, pick either a meat, fish or vegetable main- all equally delicious. For dessert, you must try the grilled pineapple with coconut cream, it was nothing short of heavenly.
2. Buffet Van Odette
It was almost an accident ending up here. Super close to the Rijksmuseum and located beside a canal, Buffet Van Odette was my favourite place for food in the city. I sat outside, overlooking the canal which is perfect for people watching and relaxing. Or, you can sit inside and enjoy the warmth and the buzzy atmosphere. Buffet Van Odette serves the best food. I promise you, I’m not exaggerating. Their pasta is to die for, and the mussels are even better. If you are visiting the Rijksmuseum, Buffet Van Odette is the place to go!
These food destinations were all my favourite and the best for people watching, atmosphere and good food.
The weather in Amsterdam was so beautiful. It was actually forecast to rain for the WHOLE weekend. But, I guess luck was on my side!
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Amsterdam was the most beautiful city. Part two will be published on Friday morning. Don’t forget to see more photos, you can do this by following me on Instagram @isabellaadaws. Please let me know if you enjoy these travel (city) guides, and please share and comment your favourite type of blog post.