48 Hours in Amsterdam
Forty-eight hours might seem too short of a time to explore a new city, but for us and Amsterdam, it was the sweet spot—any shorter would have had us feeling rushed and any longer would have had us killing time. Andrew had already been to Amsterdam and it wasn’t a city I particularly wanted to see, but as he particularly wanted me to see it and we were already traveling to Europe to visit family (and two round-trip flights from Berlin were $100 total), we decided to go Dutch.
And it was one of the prettiest cities we’ve ever seen.
where we stayed
Hotel No. 377 House, a traditional Dutch building with modern interiors, thin walls, but spacious rooms, and an accommodating staff. First day bicycle rentals are free, (if you meet the height requirement—true story, we ended up not living out our dream of cycling through the city because I was too short, even after adjusting the seat!) but the hotel is centrally located, with access to the airport express bus, and Amsterdam is fairly walkable.
what we saw
The canals, the De Pijp, Grachtengordel, and Jordaan neighborhoods, Hortus Botanicus, one of the oldest botanical gardens in the world, Rijksmuseum (you can’t take a photo of it, but you must see the library—it’s really the only reason we went), Vondelpark, Bloemenmarkt, the world’s only floating flower market, and Begijnhof, a hofje, or group of houses built around a secluded courtyard and garden.
CT Coffee & Coconuts: the line may be down the stairs and out the door, but you’ll be seated relatively quickly for your healthy brunch with their multiple floors and types of seating.
Mana Mana: we stopped by for a drink and snack of pita bread and four types of hummus.
Corner Bakery: an all-day breakfast spot near the Rijksmuseum with decadent, Instagram-worthy milkshakes.
Van Stapele: cookies baked to order, and probably the best cookies we’ll ever have in our lives.
Pulitzer’s Bar: specialty drinks and even mocktails at one of the prettiest bars I’ve ever seen. We wished we were staying at the hotel!
Gollem’s Proeflokaal: a more casual bar setting.
De Ebeling: a gastropub with the most delicious homemade jasmine iced tea (so good we went both nights).
what we missed
More cafes and brunch spots: Wildernis | Sticky Fingers | Pluk | Dignita | Toki | Betty Blue
Sights: Geelvinck Pianola Museum | Karthuizerhof
Shops: Kramer Kunst & Antiek | Love Stories | Things I Like, Things I Love | Penny Lane Vintage | Meet July
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