Welcome back to part two of my Amsterdam travel guide, if you have not already seen part one, click here. Part one was about the best places to eat: brunch, lunch and dinner; we’re talking the best food in the city! I shared with you some of my favourite places that should 100% be on your food bucket list. However, today is all about what Amsterdam has to offer (which is a hell of a lot!).
One of the main reasons I decided to visit Amsterdam was due to the incredible art. If you did not already know, I am mad about art! In particular, history of art. There is nothing I love more, than admiring a beautiful Vermeer painting. I guess you could call me a history of art nerd (In the best way possible). So, of course one of the things that I wanted to do the most was to visit the Rijksmuseum. This museum is home to some of the world’s greatest art, especially the beautiful little dutch genre paintings.
1. The Rijksmuseum
Like I said, I adore history of art. It is my favourite subject and visiting galleries around the world is priceless. But, I’m not here to tell you about how much I love history of art.
The Rijksmuseum is wonderful. The building is beautiful and even more so inside. High glass ceilings and open plan rooms. The gallery is huge. I would recommend at least two hours or so. On the top floor, more modern art is displayed. Vermeer and Van Dyck take centre stage. I promise you, the Rijksmuseum is a must visit, whether you’re an art enthusiast or not.
2. The Nine Streets
The Nine Streets is where I spent the majority of my time. It is like the notting hill and shoreditch of Amsterdam. Serene canals and pretty cafes can easily be found here. Just to the east of the city, the nine streets are definitely worth a visit. They are the epitome of Amsterdam and filled with photographing opportunities. Just off of the canals, the cutest boutiques can be found. This is also where Pluk and Ree7 were located!
Some of my favourite boutiques included:
-Oh You Pretty Things
-Comme des Garçons Pocket
-Pringselijk Gebonden Bloemist
Of course, there are loads more, but these were my favourites.
3. Rent bikes and visit De Pijp
If there is one thing that I strongly advise you to do: rent bikes. Everyone in Amsterdam cycles; everywhere you look you will see a cyclist. Amsterdam is completely flat, so don’t worry about any hills! I used Yellow Bikes, which I recommend; they’re relatively cheap and super reliable. Bikes are the easiest way to get around the city and plus you get to experience different sides of the city which you may not have discovered by foot.
De Pijp is a suburb just out of the city. It is a beautiful and trendy area which is mostly occupied by locals. There are endless cafes and cool restaurants to eat or just sip coffee. De Pijp has a different vibe to the city centre; it is way more relaxed and rather trendy! There is also a beautiful park very near where you can bring a picnic and watch the world go by.
4. FOAM Gallery
FOAM is a contemporary photographic gallery, located beside one of the canals. If you have ever been to the Saatchi Gallery in London, FOAM has a very similar feel. The gallery is bright white and at the top, there is a vintage library which overlooks the canal. There is is also a cute cafe on the ground floor, it serves delicious tea. FOAM is really cool if you’re not particularly into period art (displayed in the Rijksmuseum).
I honestly had the most amazing weekend in Amsterdam. It is one of my favourite European cities, particularly in spring. Also, I promise you guys that I did not wear the same outfit all weekend!
Next blog post will be all about the cult sneakers of this season.
P.S. if you want a bigger hint, check out my Instagram @isabellaadaws to have a sneaky look
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