Where (not) to shop / sleep / eat in Amsterdam

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It has been two years since I first went to Amsterdam, the first citytrip me and my love ever booked. We visited museums, went shopping, I ate my first KFC ever and I fell in love with the city. Now, two years later, we really wanted to go back but instead of running from place to place (read: one museum to another), we just wanted to enjoy our days off.

Amsterdam might be known for bridges and canals, it’s many coffeeshops – and I am not talking about the Starbucks-kind – but also for it’s fashion culture. Besides sightseeing we also wanted to try out some new places to lunch and dine and we found a few visit-worthy places, which I will share later in this post.

Whether you love shopping malls or rather stroll through cosy shopping streets with picturesque boutiques: Amsterdam has it all.
Bijenkorf Amsterdam for example is known for it’s luxurious brands such as Gucci, Yves Saint Laurent and Louis Vuitton. Each have their own store in this five-storey shopping mall.

Feeling like a real big spender? Then PC Hooftstraat might be more up your alley. Probably the biggest eyecatcher is the Chanel store, with it’s glass brick walls that, according to a shop assistant, make it impossible for celebrities to hide from paparazzi. Unfortunately for us mortals who do appreciate the unique store, Chanel will be moving soon (February 27th) to a new location in the same street.

Another piece of shopping heaven in Amsterdam are The 9 Streets. Located in these streets are smaller boutiques (some more expensive than others), secondhand designer shops, cute places to lunch and dine.

Hello Hilton Hotel

We stayed at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Amsterdam at the NDSM Wharf. The hotel is located across Amsterdam’s central station which is within easy reach by ferry (for free). The hotel may not look like much on the outside but hey, real beauty is found on the inside, right? Once you enter the hotel, it exudes class and style, common for the Hilton Hotels. We found our room on the sixth floor which meant a view on the NDSM-Wharf and even a little of the Amsterdam city lights. For valentine’s day, the staff of the DoubleTree even left towels in the shape of swans on our bed with a heart balloon and a sweet valentine’s card. Not only that, but we also got a warm chocolate chip cookie when we checked in .. a warm cookie, need I say more?

FOOD, FOOD & FOOD

As we both had been in Amsterdam before, visiting museums and other cultural must sees, we decided we just wanted to chill, walk around and discover some new places we had not been/eaten before.

Lunch

Goodies Foods & Drinks

After checking in at our hotel, we made our way into the city. After strolling around in the 9 Streets, we went for a quick lunch at Goodies. It’s a cosy, little place in the 9 Streets where they serve one of the best chicken & avocado sandwiches I ever had (with nacho’s). Enough said. Or maybe just this: keep in mind that a lot of places, just like this one, only accepts cards and no cash!

Huidenstraat 9
1016 ER Amsterdam

Picture by Goodies FOODS & DRINKS

 

The Avocado Show

Are sandwiches and toasts the same? Otherwise I might have found the next best sandwich/toast in town! The Avocado Show is THE place to be for Instagrammers that love visually good looking AND tasty food with avocado. Make sure to be on time though, because reservations are not possible which can lead to a queu at the door for twentysomething minutes.

p.s. If you can’t get enough of the show, you can visit the Avocado Show store. It is just a minute walk from the restaurant and has the cutest avocado merch.

Daniel Stalpertstraat 61 HS
1072 XB Amsterdam

 

 

Corner Bakery

For those who follow Dutch bloggers, this place is nothing new to you. Corner Bakery seems like the place to be for instagrammable drinks, freak shakes and pancakes. I on the other hand, did not like it at all..

We walked in and I felt like I fell into a Alice in Wonderland kind of scene: the place is so small. My giraffe legs almost knocked over a few tables. Once we were seated – I almost did not dare to move- we ordered some drinks and pancakes to share (cheesy but we were still full with avocado). I still had some hope left, after all the pancakes do look good in the gram, … Now I know how much editing goes into those pictures. The pancakes were plain, dry and just not good nor was the service of the place.

Johannes Vermeerstraat 40
1071 DS Amsterdam

Dinner

Restaurant Bleu

Because we booked this trip a week before valentine’s Day, it was difficult to find a nice restaurant for the 14th of February. Either every restaurant was fully booked or they only served a special valentine arrangement which usually includes sharing food and JOEY I DON’T SHARE FOOD, unless for the Corner Bakery pancakes… Luckily we were able to find a table in a cosy restaurant in the centre of Amsterdam. Restaurant Blue does not have an elaborate menu, but you will definitely find your taste. Although we did not have to choose a fixed valentine menu, I did receive a rose when we left ánd the waiter slipt the bill to my boyfriend, the cliché..

 

Ij-Kantine

Thursday evening, my feet were killing me after two days of non-stop strolling around through the city, so we decided to have dinner near our hotel. The Ij-kantine is a restaurant with the vibes of an old school canteen (what’s in a name huh) vibe. We enjoyed our last evening in Amsterdam with a view on the water, a gilt-head bream with lemon on my plate and a fore rib steak on his.

Mt. Ondinaweg 15-17
1033 RE Amsterdam

Picture by IJ-Kantine

 

With our tummies full of good food, we went back home and during our two and a half hour drive I was already wondering when we could come back to this beautiful city. See you soon Amsterdam!

Karo

 

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