Amsterdam is a charming little city to spend the weekend. Photographer amateur? Need to relax? Weekend with your beloved one? 100% recommended! Here my personal experience and some tips. We spend 4 days in Amsterdam with Julien (@Dzzdzz012).
We arrived on Wednesday night by Thalys, we stayed at an Air BnB in the middle of the city. On our way to the flat with our luggage, Amsterdam offered us a wonderful show: crazy sunset over the canals. Of course we abandoned our luggage on the sidewalk, thinking only to shoot this beauty ! 😀
What you have to know is that you will have dinner early in Amsterdam! After 11PM restaurants are closed and only fast-food places still serve. Don't be fooled! We had dinner at the GrassHopper, a bar/restaurant for tourists but much better than Mc Donald's if you're lost and starving.
We ended the day with a short detour in the Red District, making our own idea of the Amsterdam nocturnal atmosphere. Here we are, time to go to bed to be fit for our first day!
Day starts with a sunny launch at Jackson Dubois, they have a big and beautiful terrace. I would recommend pasta !
Then, we catch up a local photographer Eko. We met him via Instagram (@View_reflex). Sunshine is pleasant but it's definitively hard to shoot with this light! We walk around Amsterdam harbour; Skylounge Amsterdam offers a wonderful view! You particulary see NEMO scientific museum. Close to this bar, there is a public library which has a beautiful architecture.
Speaking about architecture, we discovered a hotel staircase, famous on Instagram for its triangular shape.
Sunset time is coming, reason why we are looking for a beautiful point of view! The W Amsterdam Hotel delights us. They’ve a beautiful rooftop bar with a magnificient view of the city from the high.
We finish the day by having diner at The Butcher. Burger amators, you’ll appreciate this place ! I recommended you the one with truffles!
The day begings with Anne Frank’s House visit. You can’t miss that place! I like calling that a culture minute. We all already heard about this Jewish little girl who wrote in her diary on how her family and she were hidden during the 2nd world ware. Visiting this hidden annexe and puting yourself at her place, listening to her words and walking in her steps is something to do once in a lifetime. History, culture and emotions!
After the visit we look for a place to have a late brunch. We discover Vlaamsch Broodhuys, the crush of our trip. They have a lovely mini terrace in the backyard, which gives the feeling to be in our little secret corner. Everything we ate there was delicious!
We continue our walk and cross the famous flowers market: colors and bulbs all around us. You have to do this market early in the morning to avoid the crowd. And then… parking! I know parking hobby is particular (Poke @ettisi). We love that!
After that we join another instagramer & friend we met in Rotterdam a few months ago. Jeroen (@Jeroenvandam) is an explorator. And what we like the most in discovering a city is to do it with locals. We join him at VondelPark. Insta moment at another terrace where Jann (@Senns_less) joins us. We are waiting for a more pleasant light to shoot and here we are! Direction… Another parking! This one I let you look for it if you want to go there. 😉
Then, we going to the Amsterdam Sloterdijk station for sunset time. A moment of creativity!
After that, we are going back to the canals to enjoy the blue hour and to do some pictures of Haven Van Texel.
A much lighter day! We went to the Rijks Museum, an equivalent of the Louvre in Paris. It's a beautiful museum, exhibiting art from XXIIth to XXth century. In this museum, there is an amazing graphic library !
Following Jeroen's advice, we go to Hannekes Boom: a place with a hipster atmosphere to enjoy snacks and have a drink. Better to ask Google to give you the desire to discover this place! After a little nap on the docks, we slowly take the way back to the center to shoot the canals again. Lucky we are, the sunset is wonderful again!
After effort comes comfort. Miam! We picked up an Argentinian restaurant named Castillo, which is our second crush. They serve, among others, delicious tapas. Don't miss the vegetarian one with mushrooms!
We want to chill and to play tourists for this last day. A late brunch at Vau Puffelen restaurant with a friendly little terrace and let's go! We do a boat cruise on the canals and dicover a bit more about Amsterdam history. We have the chance to admire the famous "7 bridges" only visible when you're at the water level.
Then we take the ferry to cross the IJ lake and go to Amsterdam North, where we discover the Eye museum !
It's the end of this trip... We'll come back for sure; Amsterdam didn't reveal all its secrets yet!
Where to stay ?
Amsterdam is an expensive city. Hotel or Air BnB, book your stay in advance !
How to move around ?
In Amsterdam, the easiest transports are tramway, bike (of course!), and... your feet! Don't be afraid, the city is not so big!
There is a free fast regular ferry to cross the lake and go to Amsterdam North!
If you want to rent a boat and enjoy the canals, you have to book it in advance like your accomodation! 😉