I was recently in Amsterdam for a weekend and thought I would share my finds with you.
First stop after checking into my hotel was the Rijksmuseum. This is a beautiful museum which spans 1100-2000 AD.
Dinner was at Red where you can choose from steak or lobster. I had surf and turf which was absolutely delicious. After dinner I tried the popular drink Mint Tea, which is plenty of fresh mint in a glass of hot water with a pot of honey on the side, which you can add to your liking. It is a brilliant digestif!
I had eggs benedict (served on brioche) at Café George. The cafe has a cool but relaxed atmosphere to get your weekend off to the right start.
Brunch was followed a by a walk along the canals, stopping in boutiques along the way, particularly in the 9 Streets area.
Maison Rika is a boutique hotel with a shop on the ground floor selling a variety of fashion accessories including gorgeous leather goods coloured with natural dyes. I picked up a little something up for NooNoo here.
Pretty Rings is a treasure trove of rings set with stones in a rainbow of colours, I had about ten on one hand trying to decide which colour I liked best. I challenge you to pop in and not leave with something!
I had to stop at Winkel 43 in the Jordaan area for their amazing fresh homemade apple pie (and a mint tea of course) to fortify me for the rest of my walk.
Dinner was at Het Bosch, a stunning restaurant on the waterfront. We had the Chef’s Menu (which changes weekly) of five courses, and each was delectable. The staff were particularly good and there was a DJ spinning tracks which kept the vibe mellow.
I went straight to the Van Gogh Museum to avoid the queues. It was a real treat to see so many works by the same artist in one place.
Then it was off to the airport as my weekend away had come to an end.