Amsterdam has been on my travel bucket list for the longest time now so when Matt and I decided to spend New Year in the world-famous city, I was absolutely delighted.
There’s so much to see and do in Amsterdam and it’s definitely a place that I’d recommend visiting at least once in your life. We spent five days in the city and even though we didn’t manage to do everything we wanted, we scratched the surface pretty well.
Here’s how we spent five days in Amsterdam.
We stayed in the City Hotel Amsterdam and it was absolutely fabulous. The staff were so wonderfully accomodating, the room was very spacious and it was in an incredibly ideal location, situated just a five minute walk from the train station.
When we arrived on the first day, it was relatively late in the evening so we checked into our hotel and then headed straight out for some food and a little mosey around. We decided to just have a quick kebab at a place called Sabrosa (which turned out to be the first of three during our stay in Amsterdam…) and I cannot recommend this place enough if you’re ever in Amsterdam. It was hands down the best kebab I’ve ever had and my mouth is watering just thinking about it now.
We walked around admiring the sights, and enjoying the city lit up at night. The Red Light District certainly was a sight to see and the whole area was heaving with people. It was definitely an experience to say the least…
The next morning we decided to venture out a little bit to find a gorgeous place for brunch and we settled on a lovely place called Betty Blue. Matt had scrambled eggs with chorizo and I indulged in a delicious bacon and cheese panini and the food was truly remarkable. I can’t take credit for the photo below (even though I wish I could!) so all credit goes to my amazing boyf, Matt.
After brunch we decided to invest in a little bit of ‘culture’ so we headed over to the Sex Museum which was eye-opening to say the least. The museum was packed with graphic images, weird sculptures and plenty of quirky things to admire. It’s definitely a museum that I’d recommend visiting if you’re ever in Amsterdam as it’s not too expensive to visit and the building itself is something worth seeing.
We also stumbled upon the Museum of Prostitution which was actually incredibly informative and I learned so much about the culture of prostitution in Amsterdam.
We spent the rest of the day wandering around and exploring, popping in cafes (not to be confused with coffeshops that are more suited to those wanting to experience a different side of the Amsterdam culture) every now and then for a hot drink as the whole time we were there, it was pouring with rain.
After a chilled evening in our hotel room, we decided to head out to explore a few local bars and pubs but we only managed to get into one place as they were pretty strict on entry in most places.
Our second full day there saw us do a whole lot more exploring as we wandered around Vondelpark, admired the Rijkmuseum and saw the world-famous Amsterdam sign. We were hoping to pay a visit to the Van Gogh museum but the queues were ridiculously long so we decided to give it a miss.
Vondelpark was absolutely huge and every now and then we stopped off at a bench to admire the lakes or just to take in the scenery. We ate at a lovely little restaurant where we had yummy burgers and then we spent the rest of the night watching Comedy Central in bed.
On New Year’s Eve we planned to have a more chilled out day but we actually ended up walking around so much. We discovered this cute little windmill and we also stumbled upon the club that we were attending that night. It rained so much on this day so we chose to take a tram back to the centre as we were absolutely soaked.
When we were back in the centre, we mosied around the shops and hung around Dam Square for a little while before heading back to our hotel to get ready for the night.
New Year’s Eve itself was absolutely amazing and I had the most incredible night ringing in the new year with Matt.
New Year’s Day was a little slower as we were feeling a tad delicate after the antics of the night before so we just had a leisurely walk around.
We wandered around the area where the Anne Frank museum is located but unfortunately we were unable to get tickets to go inside as it was fully booked up for the entire week!
One of my favourite things of Amsterdam is simply how many canals and bridges there are – did you know that there are more canals and bridges in Amsterdam than there are in Venice?! The vast number of bicycles in and around the city was also a sight to see in itself but you definitely have to have your wits about you; they don’t seem to stop or slow down for anyone!
For our last evening in the city we visited an Italian restaurant called Saturnino where we both indulged in the most heavenly pizzas. Even though the food was delicious, the staff were actually remarkably rude and therefore I wouldn’t 100% recommend it.
As we only had a few ours on our last day in Amsterdam we didn’t really want to venture too far from the train station. We did pay a visit to the Erotic Museum which was fairly similar to the Sex Museum but was still an experience nevertheless. For our last meal in ‘dam we ate at an incredibly hipster cafe where we devoured cheese and bacon toasties but I can’t remember what the place was called – sorry!
Our trip to Amsterdam was certainly one that I won’t be forgetting any time soon; I had an awesome time exploring the city with Matt and we definitely had a New Year’s Eve that we’ll never forget!
Have you ever been to Amsterdam? Is it a place that you’d like to visit? Let me know in the comments or on Twitter @imjustagirl_16.