Amsterdam, The Netherlands

I was recently in Amsterdam for a weekend and thought I would share my finds with you.

Friday

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!

Saturday

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.

Sunday

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.

xx MiMi

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