8 March 2016

Amsterdam City Break

For a christmas break, me and my boyfriend decided for a city break to Amsterdam, meaning this post has been a long time coming, but I've finally got round to selecting some photos and narrowing them down from what would have been a much much longer post - and it was difficult!

So I hope you guys like them and pick up some tips along the way - my main tip would be to book a ticket and go because it is SUCH an incredible city (with definitely more than a bit of a culture shock) and I don't think I could ever get bored of it.
For me a good holiday is never complete without a great hotel to get back to every night and just generally feel comfortable in, and the Room Mate Aitana was so perfect for that. It was located on Ijdok just a few minutes away from Central Station and had quite a peaceful feel to it being surrounded by water, away from the main rush of the city whilst only being a stones throw away to walk into every day.
The location was made even better by the eateries opposite the hotel, which included some really cute cafe's, bakeries and restaurants and we tried a different one out each day and they did not disappoint.
This place was called Bagels and Beans and had the cutest interior and seriously great views!
In case you were wondering, grilled goat's cheese and walnuts are an absolute dream combination!
We really couldn't get enough of strolling around the city, past the pretty canals and the iconic architecture of the buildings which lined them.
On the second day we went to the Anne Frank house, which in my opinion was just unmissable and one of those things that I could experience all over again. It was definitely an emotional rollercoaster and we were in there for a good few hours. Queue up early in the morning and get breakfast after - it'll be worth it I promise!
After Anne Frank we had planned to stop by The Pancake Bakery (completely acceptable to have a pancake this size on holiday!) which I thought was quite similar to My Old Dutch that I always go to in London. 
You could put together pretty much any toppings, but I opted for a classic bacon and maple syrup duo, because as much as I wanted to, it was quite frankly too early for me to handle 3 scoops of ice-cream and whipped cream! 
When we visited, people had their Christmas decorations up, and this house was my absolute favourite. A massive fricking bow that stood out from the complete other end of the street - such a pretty idea and the streets were lined with similar festive touches.
Dinner tip - I didn't manage to get any photos because my camera died (obviously) but we went to Burger Fabriek for dinner which was on Warmoesstraat in the city centre, and had some of the best burgers I've ever tasted. Seriously, I would go back just for these burgers. They use a round-the-world type theme, so you can choose a burger inspired by your favourite cuisine!
Ma Bella cakery was another place we tried out, and a really great breakfast spot opposite our hotel on Ijdok. They did a round-the-world theme too and you could pick from French, English, American style breakfasts, etc! They also baked all of their cakes in the room so we knew they were super fresh, and it made me realise how much I need a kitchen aid in my life!
As we visited in Winter, the area in front of the Rijkmuseum was transformed into an ice rink, with plenty of christmas stalls and food surrounding it. Of course we stopped off and joined in the fun, and ate at Cobra Cafe which made a seriously good grilled cheese.
You can't go to Amsterdam and not visit Vondelpark, it was absolutely stunning and we were luckily enough to go by at sunset so we got to see it in great light and on a beautiful blue skied day!
We also went to the Heineken Experience, mainly because everyone recommended it to us as something that we just had to do, and though I wasn't too sure what to expect, it's safe to say it was great fun and filled with loads of interactive games that I don't think anyone could say no to! If you have time then do visit! 
I created so many new happy memories and I can't wait to go back, hopefully in the summer this time so I can experience the city in a completely different way too!

Hope you guys enjoyed this post - I'm off to Nice in a few weeks so if you want to keep up with my adventures there, you can right here on my Instagram!

Have a great week! 
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