Amsterdam definitely took me by surprise. It hasn’t always been on my list of places to go but after seeing so many beautiful images while researching it instantly went to the top of my list. One of my favourite things about visiting somewhere new is spending time beforehand looking up cute little cafes, independent shops and must see sights. I find Instagram and Pinterest to be the best place for finding local hotspots and hidden gems! I thought I would share some of my recommendations of where to eat, sleep & shop in Amsterdam if anyone is thinking of visiting.
Where to eat >
A pink tiled bakery with sweet treats and coffees. This one is located a little further out from the city centre but great for stopping in after a walk through the park. Serving donuts, cakes and all things dessert friendly this one is a must for a sugary hit after a bike ride!
Lotti’s at The Hoxton:
We popped in to the Hoxton Hotel for a mid-morning hot chocolate and brunch stop. The atmosphere is so chilled and cosy with a great selection of food yet slightly more fancy. If you visit The Hoxton then head up the stairs to the photo booth at the top!
If you are looking for the most delicious, fluffy, breakfast pancakes whilst away then pay a visit to Mook where they serve a seriously delicious (semi-healthy) range! With a choice of different toppings in a beautiful little cafe decorated with greenery and copper it’s a must visit!
Being a veggie I almost always struggle to find places to eat when visiting a new country so research beforehand is key. I knew Pizza would be a safe back up option but also a necessity! Pazzi was perfect for curing our sightseeing hunger and served amazing pizzas in the cutest little marble restaurant. Definitely one to keep an eye out for.
Thrill Grill: This one was actually a find from my boyfriend. It wasn’t too far from the hotel and it was such a great choice! The food was delicious and the little details within the restaurant totally made it special, like the menu was in a newspaper! I would definitely go back here again, it was within a really good price range and they have a few dotted around the city.
Where to sleep >
Hotel De Hallen:
Our hotel was seriously beautiful. It was peaceful, fairly central and interior goals. The rooms were cosy, very modern and perfect for what we wanted. The location was great too, only 15 minutes walk to the central shopping district and the same distance to the museums and Amsterdam sign. Perfect for foodies as there were SO many delicious eateries in the area as well as supermarkets and the Food Hallen
market right next door.
This was our second choice of hotel and it looked amazing. It was super hard deciding between the two so if we return in the future I would consider staying here. The history behind the hotel is really interesting and once again the interior is just breath taking. The reviews sound really great and the location is spot on for anyone who is looking to stay in the heart of the city. Both are reasonably priced yet absolutely stunning.
Where to shop >
Nine Streets: This was one of my favourite areas of Amsterdam. So many amazing little shops line the canals and surrounding streets. Whilst wandering aimlessly we discovered so many individual boutiques, plant shops and cafes which were just beautiful and totally stylish. Literally a photographers dream!
If you stay in the west of Amsterdam near the De Hallen area I recommend popping into the Gathershop. Everything is so simplistic from the decor to the products. I totally fell in love with the jewellery counter as everything was so beautifully delicate, there’s also plants, books and homeware too!
Without a doubt one of my favourite shops in Amsterdam. Everything was totally my style from the pink flamingo printed stationary to the cactus patterned plates. I loved everything.
If that wasn’t enough then head to the marble counter full of freshly baked cakes or pop in to the cafe upstairs for brunch. Lust over their Insta page here
This little shop is a plant lovers dream. Amongst all of the beautiful greenery there is a cute little cafe where you can sit at a table and enjoy a coffee! This one was right by the hotel and also has really cute little shops scattered around the surrounding streets. If you like this one you’ll also love Kolifleur
, which is equally as beautiful! If it was acceptable to pack plants in hand luggage I would have half the shop!
There were SO many amazing clothing boutiques on almost every street and way too many to include in this post! One that I totally loved was Catwalk Junkie, I spotted this from the other side of the canal and knew it would be worth a look! It’s super aesthetically pleasing with pink neon lights and beautiful displays of casual clothing! A must visit if you like slogan tees, stripy tops and printed jumpers.
Have you got any recommendations of where to eat, sleep & shop in Amsterdam?