Wow, how do I even begin to explain how much I loved Amsterdam? It was the cleanest, most picturesque, and exciting city I’ve ever visited. Plus, it has a modern aesthetic with a bunch of fabulous museums, design shops, and cafes. Most people get around by walking or biking which makes it quieter than most cities. And after visiting, I finally understand the lighting in Dutch landscape paintings because it was impossible not to be inspired by the mood and all the colors!
I stayed at a lovely B&B in the Jordaan district. It was a hip, quiet neighborhood with modern art galleries, markets, and specialty shops. Rembrandt spent the last years of his life in Jordaan, on the Rozengracht canal. Also, the Anne Frank House, which I highly recommend visiting, is located on the edge of Jordaan, on the Prinsengracht canal. Not too far from Jordaan, there were a bunch of great design shops and cafes on Haarlemmerstraat. Also, the nine streets are about a ten minute walk away and are perfect for shopping.
About 5 minutes from our B&B was Winkel. Our lovely host, Charlotte, said they have the best apple pie in the city and it truly did not disappoint. It was seriously so good, we went there every day!
We ate at Moeders, a quirky restaurant that serves Dutch classics and has tons of photos of people’s mothers on the wall.
One morning we went to G’s for brunch. G’s brunch boat is a 2.5 hour ride along the canal with an eclectic and bustling atmosphere.
You must try the traditional Dutch pea soup in Amsterdam too!
Amsterdam has many Indonesian restaurants because of immigrants arriving after the independence of the Dutch East Indies in the 1940s and 1950s. Max Restaurant has flavorful and authentic Indonesian dishes. Venus & Adonis in the Jordaan district is one of the cutest restaurants too. Make reservations for all your restaurants well in advance.
I loved just walking through the city and admiring the unique architecture and canals the most.
Another one of the best parts would be the markets full of beautiful flowers, fabrics, and homemade stroopwafels!
Finally, Amsterdam is full of some of the finest museums. The Rijksmuseum features Dutch art and history from the Middle Ages to the present day. The Van Gogh Museum houses the largest collection of his work. The Stedelijk Museum is one of the most innovative and interesting museums of modern art. And again the Anne Frank House which was her hiding place during World War Two, and where she wrote the remarkable diary. I wanted to visit the Foam Museum, but didn’t have enough time.