We decided to go from my boyfriend’s house to Amsterdam by car. It was the first time for me, and second for him. We both were surprised at how modern and cute it was. The architecture is really cool, and there are lots of cafés with interesting and unique concepts.
We used the P+R system, which allowed us to park the car outside the city for 3 days for a total of… 3 euros! But you have meet the requirements when you get back to the parking lot, meaning using the tram not the bus, and checking in when you are in the city center. We had to go back and do that, otherwise we would have paid 72 euros!
Now here’s our summary of our trip:
Day 1, arrival in the evening:
We walked around downtown and saw the red district, tried some NYC pizza, and fries in a burger bar.
We woke up and went to the flower market, tried some (lavender, red pesto, baby goat) cheese, Belgian and Dutch waffles. After that we went to the Pluk Café, it was a bit had to find a spot but it was worth it!
On our way to the Moco museum where we saw an exhibition on Banksy, we saw the I Amsterdam Sign, and followed the old tradition of taking a selfie with it in the background haha. We finally had a burger at Ter Marsh, it is opposite the Flower Market.
We started out the day with a few hours at the Van Gogh Museum, ate lunch at the amazing Avocado Show, where we had an avocado burger, a bagel with flowers and sweet potato and a delicious mushroom sauce. In the afternoon we decided to do the Heineken Experience and were offered 3 beers. After that, we tried an Argentinian Restaurant and through the window saw a bunch of celebrities here to see the premiere of Bohemian Rhapsody. We then went to a bar downtown.
We tried to get into Ann Frank’s House, but we didn’t manage to get tickets online. It was sold out. We walked to Lot Sixty One, a tiny café on the outskirts of town, had some kebab and falafels at Baba, and went to the GREAT Blue Amsterdam rooftop bar.
A few things surprised us during this short trip: You have to check out when you leave a bus, and if you don’t your card doesn’t work when you take a correspondance. Many spots don’t take cash, it’s only credit card. And to buy tickets for attractions, it’s online only! And there were many Argentinian restaurants.
I hope you enjoyed your read, and that it inspired you somehow 🙂