Welcome back to my mini Amsterdam series, if you missed the first post last week then go check that out first HERE. If you have already read the first post then read on.
Our day started later than we wanted but it was worth it from the night before, plus we made up the lost time later on in the day. We started our day by heading to the Old Town via the Anne Frank House and Dam Square, we didn’t get to visit the Anne Frank House at all during our visit because we didn’t book ahead and didn’t fancy standing in a queue for hours. Maybe next time. We wandered from the Anne Frank House towards Dam Square taking as many back streets as we could. Once in Dam Square, we grabbed a coffee to get us fuelled up for the day.
Once in the middle of Old Town Amsterdam, and the Red Light District, we continued our back street exploration to get a real feel of Amsterdam. The Old Town is filled with cafés, restaurants, and bars, of which our favourites were Ivy & Bros, Café Piazza, and Café In De Waag, all of which we recommend you try. After some time meandering the back streets it was time for lunch, we chose Ivy & Bros after doing our research into where offered Gluten Free options for Emily. We both opted for the Chicken Avo sandwich, which was massive, and homemade Iced Tea. As we wandered through the Old Town we stumbled across a small food shop called Stach, which sells all kinds of treats. I treated myself to some Stroopwafels (Syrup Waffles) whilst Emily chose some macaroons. I actually saved the waffles to have as a quick breakfast before we left our hotel each morning.
After lunch, we made our way down to the Bloemenmarkt (Flower Market) to check out what was going on down there. I personally was disappointed due to the fact there were more souvenir stalls than flower stalls, I was hoping to get some great pictures of flowers but the flowers that were there were either fake or bulbs and seeds and not exciting at all. We did, however, find some souvenirs that we would pick up another day.
After a wander around the flower market and subsequent back streets we headed over to Café Piazza for some tea, we had been recommended here by a friend of Emily’s who loved it. We can both safely say it was an amazing meal, I chose a local Pizza whilst Emily had the Pesto Pasta. After our amazing meal, which really did fill us up, we strolled over to the Sex Museum for some rather unconventional evening entertainment (no live shows involved). At €5/person entry it’s worth a visit, if you’re passing by, for a rather strange history lesson and a good laugh. From the museum, it was back over to Dam Square before jumping on the tram back to our hotel. Here we just watched the world go by as we, slowly, got over our museum experience. I snapped a couple of pictures of the Royal Palace whilst we were there, the sky was so clear that night and the light was only just fading at around 10 pm that it made for some great pictures.
From Dam Square it was back to the hotel for a week earned rest in preparation for another day of exploring. The trams are a great way to get around and see lots of Amsterdam quite quickly, with tickets starting at €2.90 for 1 hour of unlimited trips it really is worth it, and it so easy to navigate with a tourist map, we never missed a stop or got lost!
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