I AM AMSTERDAM – PART TWO

Amsterdam is full of amazing things to do. For sure, if you are an art freak like me, you cannot skip a visit to the Rijksmuseum, the Van Gogh Museum and the Amsterdam History Museum. Anna Frank House is another must do to learn something more about the history of the city and its personalities.

WHAT TO DO

Visit the Museums 

In the Museum Quarter, thanks to the high-profile re-openings of the famous Rijksmuseum, the Stedelijk museum of modern art and the Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam is once again a grade-A destination for international art and architecture connoisseurs. The precinct tends to be quite crowded, so my advice is to go there very early in the morning as fewer crowds are at the museums at this time.

 

Cruise The Canals

Cruising the canals on a guided boat tour is an amazing and romantic experience and it gives you the chance to marvel at the unique beauty of the city and its curious iconic buildings from a different perspective. Floating along the canals is a great way to get under the fabric of the city, while learning fascinating things about the city along the way – such as why the tilting homes along the canals are known as ‘dancing houses’. If you prefer and you have more time you can also take a stroll along the canals and watch the boats float by from the many bridges.

Created in the 17th century to keep the sea at bay, Amsterdam’s UNESCO protected canal belt is the quintessential picture-postcard vision of Amsterdam, and an unbelievably pretty sight both by day and by night – when the bridges are lit up by fairy lights and the whole area takes on a magical feel.

Floating Restaurant

There are many different canal cruises to choose from, from hop-on-hop-off sightseeing tours to atmospheric candlelit night time cruises with food and wine. Get a free canal cruise with the I amsterdam City Card, or book a canal cruise online with the Canal Cruise Ticket. The connecting canals and streets, originally home to workers and artisans, have a number of cafés and shops.

 

You and I amsterdam!

What She Wore: Jacket – Diesel; Jeans – Diesel; Sneakers – Burberry; Shades – Tom Ford

TO DO: Take a photo at the I Amsterdam letters!

Located at the back of the Rijksmuseum on Museumplein, the large I amsterdam slogan quickly became a city icon and a much sought-after photo opportunity. Visitors photograph themselves, in, around and on top of the slogan, and it always manages to inspire the novice photographer.

You can also track down the travelling I amsterdam letters which move around the city – find out where the travelling letters are right now.

 

Ride a Bike

Riding a bicycle is another great way to take in the sights and tour the city.

Take a nap at a park 

With over 30 parks to choose from, you’ll never be short of a picnic spot in Amsterdam. More than just leafy escapes from the urban hustle, parks are at the heart of Amsterdam culture – and every time the sun rears its head you’ll see locals packing up the disposable barbecue and bunting and heading down to their nearest garden for a picnic

WHERE TO EAT 

Besides the several pubs you will find all over the city you should totally give a try to local potato chips, to herrings and, of course, you should totally drink some craft beer! What about desserts? Well, even if cinnamon rolls are basically everywhere don’t forget to try what’s typically Dutch such as Stroopwafels or Poffertjes. These are just to die for!

MOOK Pancakes

Raïnaraï

This restaurant was nothing like I’d ever experienced in an upmarket eatery before. Not only did I enjoy the new experience, I also learnt quite a few things about Moroccan Style Cuisine.
The decor is different and eye catching yet simple – as soon as you enter you know you’re in not just for an ordinary culinary experience but one infused in rich culture and history.
I ordered mint tea because it was cold and I literally got mint leaves and hot water. When I later had ginger tea it was fresh ginger in a cup and hot water. I loved how basic this was.
The tea was served in old almost worn out teapots that brought back fond memories of my maternal grandmothers house.
I had the Moroccan style chicken tagine, served with couscous and dried fig. Quite tasty and enjoyable.

Cafe Restaurant Amsterdam

For the best seafood – this is definitely a spot I would highly recommend. They can accommodate quite large groups of people and the service is efficient. You have an option of sitting outside on the terrace and enjoy the cool breeze on the tables overlooking the canal. The restaurant itself is quite spacious and beautifully designed and has kept design elements which speak to the history of the building. Its a nice relaxed warehouse atmosphere with a diverse menu.

If you’re a shellfish addict like I am, the seafood platter will put you on your way to culinary heaven – fresh oysters, different types of small clams, razor clams, mussels, prawns, langoustines, king crab, stone crab, and lobster. My friend always makes fun of me when I enjoy different kinds of shellfish during my travels as they represent totems that mark our ancestral clans according to our customs – she claims that I am eating my ancestors!
 Amsterdam will not disappoint on the variety of cuisines on offer. I certainly felt at home there and cannot wait to go back and visit. The Jazz festival  is high on my bucket list so perhaps I will be lucky and the travel gods will smile down upon me and I get to go to the festival in 2019.

Click here for Part One of the article

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9 Comments

  1. Reply

    Val

    March 15, 2018

    Lots of fantastic eateries, but those pancakes win..they look super delicious! By the way, Amsterdam is a truly fascinating city and a river cruise is surely a must-do!

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    Denny George

    March 17, 2018

    I must admit I did not know much about Amsterdam beyond the legal weed and the cycling denizens. Thank you for showing that it has so much more to offer. The food photos looked yummy as well.

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    Medha

    March 17, 2018

    It’s always good to have blog posts on where to eat in a city because for a person like me, food is an important part of a trip. Activities are easy to find but with the numerous eateries, it is hard to choose the best place to try local cuisine. Mook pancakes looks like the perfect place I’d love to check out!

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    Abigail Sinsona

    March 18, 2018

    As if I didn’t want to go to Amsterdam enough, you gave me more reasons to go. Riding a bike in Amsterdam would be such a cool experience. It is so immersive and is a must for me too. It would be cool to track down the travelling letters too – I didn’t know they moved too!

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    Soraya

    March 18, 2018

    Amsterdam sounds like so much fun, and such an interesting place to visit. The Van Gogh Museum and Anne Frank Museum would totally be on my list. The Raïnaraï sounds so delicious – I love the traditional Moroccan decoration. And I am a total fan of Seafood, so Cafe Restaurant Amsterdam sounds like my kinda spot!

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    Archana Singh

    March 18, 2018

    Amsterdam is such a cool place to visit in any season. I absolutely love riding a bike when I am visiting museums, cafes or just enjoying everything in between. I love the food there. Your post brought back my memories.

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    Swati Jain

    March 19, 2018

    I am glad to read this blog because Amsterdam has been a dream destination since I was a kid. I have been planning it for quite a while and loved to read that there are so much to see and do here. Bookmarking and will refer to it soon 🙂

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    Bhusha

    March 22, 2018

    Wow! Awesome. How did you manage to get your photograph at IAMsterdam Sign with so few people around?! I’ve been there once. Gotta visit again. There is so much more to see & do in Amsterdam! Moroccon style cuisine in Amsterdam? That’s interesting….

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    Manjulika Pramod

    March 26, 2018

    I want to visit Amsterdam precisely for art. Canal cruising is next on cards. I love traveling for history, heritage and art and this is the place for sure. That floating restaurant looks great. I don’t drink beer but I will definitely try cinnamon rolls whenever I am there.

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