A mini-guide to Amsterdam

My mini-guide to Amsterdam by Tess Montgomery

… a very short, but fun and eventful weekend in Amsterdam has come to an end.

Even though we didn’t have much time and tried to see and do as much as possible with an 18-month-old in tow. I think we managed pretty well. I would, however, have liked to stay just a liiiiitttle bit longer, to get to explore this beautiful city even more.

We stayed – At Hotel Twenty Eight. A boutique apartment hotel close to the Olympic stadium. It’s a bit off, but the tram gets you into the city center in about 20 minutes. The hubby has his project he is working on inside the stadium, so it was great for us since he could pop in and out.

The positives are that the hotel is lush with great design and huge rooms at an affordable rate. There are also a whole bunch of fantastic restaurants in the area (Mr Sam is incredible), it’s not far away from the really cool area De Pijp and there is a really lovely kids playground in the square next door.

My mini-guide to Amsterdam by Tess MontgomeryMy mini-guide to Amsterdam by Tess Montgomery

We traveled by – Mainly trams, a bus and of course by boat. Our good friend Rasmus has his very own sightseeing company called “Flagship Amsterdam”. And we kindly got invited to join them for a 60-minute tour. We had some great guides with a really good sense of humor and great knowledge of Amsterdam. There were also drinks if you fancied it (I had a coke since I was on mama duty, trying hard to keep my child inside the boat). The whole experience had a great relaxed vibe and even Ace was fine to be in a boat for that amount of time. I would definitely go again, maybe without kids though so I can enjoy a glass of rosé.

We shopped – At Nudie jeans in the “9 streets” area. Garth wears his jeans until they are indecent and I was sure he would soon get arrested if he didn’t get some new ones pronto. They even had super cute mini-versions for Ace. He looked so cool in them. 9 streets is a great area if you have a similar style to me. Shops like American Vintage, Essentiel Antwerp and COS are situated side by side.

My mini-guide to Amsterdam by Tess MontgomeryMy mini-guide to Amsterdam by Tess Montgomery

We touristed – The contrast when you leave the curb of the loud and messy red light district and find yourself in the quiet, bright white entrance to the famous church   “Our lord in the attic” is pretty surreal. And then when you take the stairs up to the attic and arrive into a massive wooden old church, things get even more psychedelic. Who knew you didn’t even need to go to the coffee shop to have this kind of experience.  No matter if you are religious or not, the church is worth a visit.

We had lunch – At Mr Porter situated on the 6th floor of the W hotel. We had a lovley (quite pricy) lunch on the terrace in the sunshine. Ace got to dip his little toes into the pool, we enjoyed watching Amsterdam from above and didn’t want to leave.

We rarely stay in the swankiest hotels when we travel, but prefer the smaller more boutique-style options. Instead, we make sure to visit the cool spots for meals. It’s a great way to experience the flavor of more than one kind of hotel.

My mini-guide to Amsterdam by Tess MontgomeryMy mini-guide to Amsterdam by Tess Montgomery

We had dinner – At food hallen. This is where you go if you don’t know what to eat and want to keep all your options open. The food hall is massive and packed with all kinds of cuisine you can imagine. Garth and Ace had burgers, steak sandwiches and dim sum. I had summer rolls and a poké bowl and our friend Alex went for a veggie option. Everyone was happy!

We brought with us home– Chocolate from “Stach“. It’s delicious and a great gift for someone waiting at home.

Next time I want to explore De Pijp a bit more, go to the aquarium and science museum and rent one of those biked where Ace can sit in a basket in the front.

Where are your favorite spots in Amsterdam?

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