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A mini City guide to Amsterdam

A mini City guide to Amsterdam

A mini City guide to Amsterdam

A mini City guide to Amsterdam

Welcome to my first ever city guide, last week I spent three nights four days in Amsterdam. So I am not an expert but just thought I would share what I enjoyed and a few tips we picked up along the way.

Getting there;

We flew from Stansted with Easyjet, flying out early morning and returning late afternoon meaning we got the most amount of time to explore we could have for our money. Price was around £50 each.

Where to stay;

There are tonnes of hotels to choose from in Amsterdam depending on the level of comfort you require and to whether you prefer to stay in the hussle and bussle or outside of town somewhere quiet. We opted for quiet, we are not party animals. If that's your preference I recommend the Westcord Art hotel, to the west of the city. The hotel is very comfortable, rooms well appointed with huge beds and has a bus stop conveniently outside, meaning Amsterdam Central is only 10 minutes away.

How to get about;

Public transport is so good in the Netherlands, the train service is quick, efficient and the trains huge. You can get a train from Schiphol airport to the centre of Amsterdam for just 5 Euros. Once there the buses and trams make getting from district to district easy and a four day travel pass costs 24 Euros, which makes planning your day a breeze. Of course you could also hire one of the one million bicycles in the city, if you are feeling brave. Amsterdammers take cycling seriously, hold them up at your peril!

The locals;

Amsterdammers are friendly and helpful and conveniently for us British speak perfect English. So you have no worries with communication issues.


Dinner in Amsterdam can be pretty pricey, if you don't like spending all your money on food, there are plenty of cafes, snack bars and even shops with vending machines selling everything from pizza's, burgers, chinese food and of course Frites. Dutch chips ( Frites) are insane and are sold all over the city in cones for around 3 Euro. The allegedly best in the city are sold at Vieminckx Sausmeesters on 33 Voetboogstraat, just up from Dam square. There is always a line outside but my god they are delicious. They have a choice of 20 sauces but the Dutch like Frite sauce, a kind of mayo, I can confirm well worth the wait. Another must have is Stroopwafel perfect if you like a sweet treat. They can be bought hot from street vendors or in packets like biscuits from shops and supermarkets. Talking of Supermarkets Amsterdam has not only big supermarkets called Jumbo, where I picked up Oatly milk, to keep in the fridge in our room, meaning I could make a cuppa. It also has plenty of mini grab and go supermarkets, similar to our express stores, great for picking up a drink, sandwich or pastry.

What to do;

Amsterdam is a city packed with things to do, but is also great for just walking about exploring. The artitecture is stunning, and the pretty streets lined with everything from traditional cheese shops to coffeeshops, bars and sex shops. Amsterdam is also known for its museums. We visited the Anne Frank house, a must see when in Amsterdam, sobering but interesting museum reminding us of the atrocities of the 2nd world war and the plight of ordinary Jews in the city. It's really popular and needs to be booked online before your visit as sells out quickly. A more light hearted must see is the Sex Museum, a fun way to spend an hour and only costs 5 Euro. 

Another must do for me would be a canal cruise these can be picked up all over the city. We picked ours up outside Central station, the Lovers canal tours was fantastic, our driver Michael was funny and informative, there was also an audio tour via free earphones, informing us places of note and historical facts regarding the area. A canal cruise is a great way to see Amsterdam from a different perspective.

Amsterdam is also famous for its red light district. It's a cool place to visit and very vibrant at night its packed with locals and tourists enjoying the bars and nightlife. During the day its quieter but still busy with tourists having a drink or visiting the sex shows.

We packed a lot into our trip, but there is still so much more to see, meaning we will definitely be visiting again. For us Amsterdam was one of our favourite places to visit. With a culture so different from home, yet only 40 minutes away by plane Amsterdam is the perfect city break.

A mini City guide to Amsterdam
While in Amsterdam we also took a train out to Den Haag (The Hague) but I think I will write a seperate post about that, so if that interests you, look out for that coming soon.

*Madurodam and Den Haag day trip from Amsterdam

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  1. Thanks for sharing this, it was super informative! I'm currently planning a solo trip there for early in the summer so I'm pleased I read this as I've got more of an idea of how to plan my trip now :D

    1. I bet it will be lovely in Summer it was quite chilly when we went xx

  2. Looks like such an amazing trip!

    Gemma x

  3. Fantastic guide 😊 Amsterdam is on my bucket list 😊 Your photos are beautiful! Thank you for sharing 💜


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