Amsterdam Travelogue: the one day experience

I found my way back to Amsterdam! Since I’m not quite local in this Dutch capital, I had the most amazing guide to show me around. All credits to him, who planned the whole day to show me his favorite city spots – which I’m about to share with you!

After we dropped our luggage at the hotel we went for a stroll towards the Nassaukade. This is one of the locations where you can rent a Mokumboat! We started from the Singelgracht & sailed our boat over the Amsterdam canals. I had never seen Amsterdam from its canals before, and it is so lovely. When in Amsterdam, make sure you’ll discover it from this point of view.

In case you have missed it, my motto is ‘Celebrate Life!’ – our day in Amsterdam was no exception. Somewhere sailing in the Jordaan he took out a marvelous lunch & a bottle of Veuve Clicquot Brut . Could this day get any better?

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How about yup. After taking me on the Amstel, IJ & many more canals while pointing out famous Amsterdam buildings and such, he took me to the W Lounge . In the W Hotel Amsterdam on its penthouse floor you’ll be sure to have a stunning view of the city as well.

After drinking one glass of wine we continued discovering the city by foot. We stumbled upon this amazing record shop Maxwell Records. I couldn’t be more delighted, combining this city trip with my vinyl records obsession. Win!

One of my absolute favorite spots of this day was at the Hoxton. How couldn’t it be? The whole vibe is such a relieve, so cozy and – frankly speaking – a hipster paradise. I beg your pardon, but I’m kind of a sucker for that sort of vibe. We ordered one of our favorite Dutch treats – bitterballen – & a burger slider with a bottle of wine. This place gave us the opportunity to lean back while we enjoyed our beverages & had some really good conversations.

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Hoxton – Bitterballen & Slider

More walking through the city and gazing upon great historical buildings we decided we still had room left for dinner – I know, how? De Hallen is just the foodie hotspot to go to. It is quite unique for Amsterdam, a international indoor food market, often referred to as the ‘Foodhallen’. We wandered around in this loft-like space where there are so many options. It is the best way to discover the very best of Amsterdam’s culinary scene.

We chose a burger from The Butcher – that was so extremely good. You eat while sitting at shared tables – I’m in love with this concept. People from all over the world come here – tourists & locals – to enjoy these bites & discover new things.

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After so many consumptions I was glad we took a twilight stroll. We walked through the Vondelpark and enjoyed the sound of the city that was slowly waking up for the night to begin.

Since we were in Amsterdam for just one day we really wanted to live it to the fullest. Our day wasn’t over yet. We went to the Conservatorium Hotel where we enjoyed a G&T – that was so delicious. Let me rephrase that, it is definitely the best Gin & tonic I’ve had so far! I had the Monkey 47 with blackberries and oh my it was so good. The venue is an eye-catcher as well. Violins dangling from the air & all these odd artifacts are displayed around you.

The last walk we took took us to the Bilderberg Jan Luyken Hotel where we stayed the night. Since we could walk from here to all the spots we’ve seen that day, it definitely has a perfect location. The staff is great, very friendly and funny – had some great convo’s during a “Dark n Stormy” cocktail at their bar. Afterwards a midnight spa session to really relax after this day of discovering and seeing new places.

What I loved most about the hotel is its building. Typical Dutch & when in Amsterdam a total must to stay at a place like this. You can tell it used to be 3 different houses that are now connected. The old stairs & interior are hinting ages back – which gives it a very delicate, graceful but mostly stunning vibe.

I wished I could have stayed longer – Amsterdam has so much more to offer & discover! But waking up the next day & flying back to the Caribbean ain’t that bad at all either.

📸 by Niekartistiek

 

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36 thoughts on “Amsterdam Travelogue: the one day experience

  1. This is such a lovely post! Looks like Amsterdam is one hell of a place to visit, I can’t wait to head there after next year ❤ Loved all the pictures along with the details, they're all so pretty and the burgers look yum! 😀

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    1. Thank you! It sure is – awesome it’s on your to-go list! Haha yes the burgers were great. Would love to read about your Amsterdam adventure!

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  2. Amazing that you did so much in one day! The pictures are lovely. Amsterdam is already on my bucket list, but this just confirms it. 🙂
    C | http://www.randomtangentblog.wordpress.com

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    1. Thank you! Glad this urged you more to go to Amsterdam! Would love to read about your experience there too! ❤

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  3. Omg you did all of that in one day?! That’s pretty amazing! Amsterdam is such a beautiful city, I visited once when I was a kid. Would love to go back to experience it now! I love your photos ❤

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    1. I know right? I was lucky enough to have an amazing guy showing me around in his favorite city – he planned the whole day & showed me all these gorgeous spots. Thank you for taking the time to give it a read! ❤️

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  4. I love Amsterdam! You did so much in just a day. I could go back and back there, cause there’s so much to see. Will for sure check your spots out when I go back. xx

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    1. Yes! Oh you should – thank you so much for taking the time to give this a read! ❤

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  5. I went to Amsterdam for the first time in October and it was actually so amazing. I’m currently in the middle of writing up my travel diary from the trip so those posts should be up by next week! This post brought back good memories so thank you.

    Holly x
    adailydoseofholly.com

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    1. Thank you! Looking forward to your Amsterdam travel diary!

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  6. Considering you were there for a day only you have really made the most of your time and did so much. Amsterdam looks very inviting and a great place for a city break.

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    1. I know, it was a day well spend! Thank you for giving this a read.

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  7. Sounds like an awesome trip! It is great that you managed to do so much in a day. Amsterdam looks lovely in these pictures.

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  8. Amsterdam is the home of my co-blogger and it is nice to hear that you enjoyed the city. I also enjoyed the luxurious feel as you walked up and down the streets. Such a beautiful and picturesque city.

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    1. What a coincidence! How nice! And so true – Amsterdam is a very picturesque city!

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  9. I have to go there one day! It looks and sounds amazing and fun!!

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    1. I you can, you should! Amsterdam is a European hotspot!

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  10. This must be an unforgettable experience for you. I have heard a lot abut Amsterdam and how amazing, beautiful and peaceful it is and its evident in your post and and picture, wish i was with you.

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    1. It is an unforgettable day! Thinking back at it turns a smile on my face. Haha thanks!

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  11. We are planning a trip there next year, so your post couldn’t have come at a better time! I had been there as a teenager but safe to say I don’t remember much from the trip 🙂

    ❥ tanvii.com

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    1. How great! Awesome this was able to help you guys plan your Amsterdam trip! Would love to read about your experiences there!

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  12. This sounds like a fantastic day! I have always wanted to visit Amsterdam!

    xoxo Christie
    http://www.icanstyleu.com/blog/

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    1. It was fantastic indeed! If you find yourself able to, do visit some day!

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  13. Amsterdam is such a fun place! It sounds like we had similar experiences visiting too. I was there for just a few days, and would love to go back.

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    1. Oh awesome! What kind of things did you do that differ from my experience? Would love to discover more Amsterdam gems!

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  14. Your trip looks amazing! Shows how much fun you can have and the sights you can see in a short trip!

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    1. Thank you – it was such an amazing day! Even in just one day we managed to see and do so much! Big fan of celebrating life 😀

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  15. I haven’t been in Amsterdam but I have been around Europe. I really need to visit it soon. Great photos!

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    1. Thanks! Oh Amsterdam is great, if you find yourself able to, go!

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  16. That looks like a great experience. Amsterdam is such a beautiful place to visit. Lots of beautiful sceneries and views. I really miss my friend there. Such a beautiful photos.

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    1. Amsterdam has so many beautiful spots – I would love to go back one day and discover more of this amazing city! Hope you can reconnect with your friend there too!

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  17. Amerstadam, oh the memories! When I visited we rented the top floor of a 5 story. I will never forget climbing those oddly proportioned steps with my heavy backpack. Thanks for sharing! I have fond memories of good food, drink and company.

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    1. Always great to share the love of Amsterdam with a fellow traveler! Sounds like you had quite the adventure there too – 5 stories should give an amazing view!

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  18. Evelyn Lo Foreman January 3, 2018 — 9:23 pm

    Your photos are lovely! Thanks for sharing this adventure with us…and how fortunate to have such an amazing guide! Safe travels!💗 Evelyn, PathofPresence.com

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    1. Thank you so much Evelyn! I’m very happy with my guide – he provided us with the best date possible. Safe travels to you too! ❤

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