Travel | Amsterdam City Guide…

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Our trip to Amsterdam was utterly wonderful.  I’ve properly fallen in love with Amsterdam, the architecture, the cycling culture, the cool cafes and shops.  It’s bloody gorgeous!  When can I move there?

If you are interested in seeing what we got up to and where we visited, then read on…


Wildernis, was one of my ‘must visit’ shops in Amsterdam.  A place is literally dripping in plants.  Owned by Mila and Emma, a former journalism and interior designer who decided they needed more greenery in their lives by opening a green oasis in the heart of Amsterdam.

Inside it is a plant lovers delight, full of interesting and unusual house plants, gorgeous pots and containers, many many books and more.  I could have bought so much stuff!

Blue Amsterdam

If you are looking for good food and a view over Amsterdam roof tops, then head to Blue.  Rise high up above the buildings in a glass elevator and you have the best views of the city.  They even have binoculars to borrow so you can really check out the city below.

The Hoxton

The Hoxton is always a good idea.  Even if you aren’t stay as a guest, the lounge lobby is a wonderful place to sit and enjoy the atmosphere and have a quiet coffee before heading back out to the streets.  We loved sitting by the fire and enjoyed a good hour relaxing.

The Lovers Canal tour

We chose the electric boat tour, as we’ve done a normal boat tour before and the diesel fumes are just awful.  This tour lasts for an hour and takes you through some of the best canals in the city.  Hop on to the boat by the centraal station.

Nine Streets

A group of nine streets in the Jordaan region of central Amsterdam.  Wander the pretty cobbled streets, nip in and out of the shops and enjoy this beautiful part of the city.  Most hotels, cafes and shops are really close by, so you can spend a whole day being absorbed here.

Hortus Botanicus

Plant heaven.  We spent a whole morning here, wandering the glasshouses, playing in the bamboo forest and eating cake in the lovely cafe.  You can read all about it here.


Oh how I wish we spent longer here.  A place where you can see all the Dutch masters under one roof.  We got up close to Vermeers, Van Gough and Rembrandt.  Utterly breathtaking building. Do not miss going here.

So there are a few of my recommendations of where we visited.  We bought a weekend family tram pass and hopped off on the tram to get around the city.  This can be bought at the Centraal Station.  We also used the Citymapper app – to show us the trams and how to get around the city.  I love this app, I use it in all European cities I visit.

If you are looking for a more in depth guide, then take a look at my Amsterdam City Guide map below.  You can use this for when you visit.

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  • I spent a day in Amsterdam a couple years ago and would love to go bacjk again to properly experience it. It’s so easy to get over there and Hortus Botanicus looks lovely!

  • Ha-ha! Wildernis is across the road from the AirBnB we use in Amsterdam! From there, it’s a short walk to De Hallen which is worth checking out, as does Bakery Cafe Mensink on the corner near Wildernis, and Gallery 3 next to the Bakery if you’re in need of a decent breakfast/brunch!

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