I’m a big fan of Amsterdam. I’ve always thought as far as weekend breaks go, it’s perfect! With only an hour flight and only an hours time difference it’s the perfect destination for a quick get away.
Ed and I shot off for a fairly spontaneous trip and despite the weather, and a very delayed outbound flight, had the best time. I found the flights through this great new app called Hopper which allows you to watch certain flights your interested in and will advise you if the flight price is likely to go up or down and when you should book it. Great idea if you ask me.
We stayed in a really lovely Air bnb about 10mins out of the centre of town in Oosterparkbuurt. On our first day we grabbed breakfast at Amsterdam’s best bakery, handily located directly opposite where we were staying, and hopped on the metro (make sure you get an unlimited travel card if your not staying in the centre of town, it’s 100% worth it). We had a quick wonder around town, trying to remember certain places from when we had both been before. Sadly the weather really wasn’t on our side, so we kept dashing in and out of shops trying to keep dry.
When the weather cleared up a little, we set off for Wester park as there was a huge food festival taking place over the bank holiday. Think Taste of London, but free! There were hundreds of different food and drink stands as well as a couple of live bands dotted around.
While the sun was out we wandered around and grabbed all sorts of yummy bits to much on from nachos to ceviche before the rain started up again.
Thankfully they had a huge bar area that was covered so everyone was huddled inside getting boozy until it stopped. We strolled round to the other section where we found the most amazing selection of meat and steak on offer which we clearly needed to try. It was beautifully cooked and covered in an amazing thyme and basil sauce.
The heavens started to open again so we made a dash back to the apartment for a quick nap and outfit change before heading out for the evening.
We went back into the centre of town and managed to grab a table at Tales & Spirits, an amazing little cocktail bar that also did the best truffle risotto I have ever tasted! We were lucky to get a table as we hadn’t book and they don’t allow people to just stand at the bar as it is quite small inside, so if your going to give it a go, make sure you book in advance to avoid disappointment, it’s totally worth it! The cocktails were super fun and pretty reasonably priced and the bar snacks are to die for. Didn’t have a touristy feel at all, just a lovely little bar.
Check back on Friday for part 2!