Last week my boyfriend and me headed to beautiful Amsterdam! We took our Twingo city car and drove about 3 hours to reach the city of tulips and it’s picturesque canals. Getting around in Amsterdam is really easy by city car, as you can easily park next to the canals and pass in those cute little streets. We had so much fun going around, listening to music, laughing and seeing all the beauty of the city! We stopped by some amazing restaurants, went shopping, got lost among the canals and wandered around the many streets of Amsterdam. I truly love this city so I really wanted to share some of my personal recommendations… Here we go!
Momo – The first evening we arrived in Amsterdam, we ate at this restaurant and I couldn’t think of a better start of the weekend! The Toro tartar with wasabi soy and Oscietra caviar ( served in an Iglo by the way!) was just so pure and delish. This is really the place to go if you like sushi and seafood dishes with an Asian touch to it.
Café George- The perfect place for a cosy late lunch! My boyfriend took the steak frites ( it’s really famous for that!) and I got the grilled Coquille Saint Jacques. The location of this restaurant is really good (close to Prinsengracht and Leidsegracht) and the atmosphere is fashionably relaxed. The mosaic floor and the small wooden tables are so chic! Oh and a little extra: the waiters are really good-looking too:)
Nacional- The interior of this restaurant is totally my cup of tea: tiled walls, impressive art work and a vintage design touch everywhere you look… it has this super chic ‘Parisian’ vibe. So beautiful! On my lunchtime visit I started with a fresh Oyster plate and finished it off with a healthy quinoa salad.
Hotel V – We chose to stay at this hotel mainly because of the great location ( it’s 5 minutes walking from the famous Dam square) but we were so surprised when we entered the hotel. I fell in love with it’s seventies inspired interior ( the vintage furniture, the grand library packed with books, the crackling fire,…)and the super friendly service of the staff. Also the breakfast and the Lobby restaurant are really impressive! A home away from home…
Things to do-
There are quite a few museums in Amsterdam but I really enjoyed the ‘Stedelijk Museum of Amsterdam’, a Modern Art museum. At this moment there is a special exhibition of Marlene Dumas ( a famous Dutch/ South African painter), who you either hate or love. For me, it was definitely worth the visit!
Really close to the museum, you can find the big ‘IAmsterdam’ sign… so don’t forget to take that obligatory picture on top of it ( which is actually a little bit scary!). If you’re a flower lover like me, I can recommend you to visit the famous flower market of Amsterdam: buckets of tulips, roses, bulbs and coloured blooms. So amazing!
I love to shop for brands we don’t have here in Belgium ( or are hard to find): Monki, Weekday, Rika,… You can find amazing department stores ( like Bijenkorf) but as well very cute and original stores such as Hutspot, Anna+ Nina, All the luck in the world, Cotton Cake, Restored, … For fashion books I always pass by Mendo and if I’m looking for high end items, I go to Van Ravenstein, Shoebaloo or Paul Warmer. I needed some Aesop products so I passed by Skins, an amazing beauty shop where they sell Le Labo, Diptyque, Byredo and much more! Located in the heart of the city’s historic canal district, you can find the ‘De Negen Straatjes’ where you can find a lot of vintage stores, art galleries and jewellers. Go to the P.C Hoofstraat for Chanel, Louis Vuitton and other high end luxury brands.
This post is in collaboration with TWINGO however all opinions and thoughts expressed here are my own.