Liberalism in Amsterdam
Amsterdam is such a small city, you could see everything in a weekend. It’s only an hour flight or a four hour train journey on the Eurostar from London so really easy to get to.
I went to Amsterdam two years ago but stayed in Utretcht so didn’t really get the full experience, but I recently went again for work and to visit my Dutch friend! I highly recommend staying in central Amsterdam and renting bikes out to get around…
We stayed in the Student Hotel (£131 per night) which was the perfect location only 4 minutes from Central station. They have a massive reception area where you can chill/work and also a pool and big gym.
Morgan and Mees has the prettiest rooms, but a bit further out and pricier. Make sure you book in advance if you plan to stay here.
Morgan and Mees also has a restaurant with the most divine menu. The quality of the food is amazing and there’s quick service. For starters I would 100% recommend the tuna with shiitake mushrooms, wasabi and soy vinaigrette, ponzu and daikon! Sooo good! For mains we ordered the rack of lamb and cod with spaghetti and clams-both cooked to perfection. They also do breakfast and lunch too!
If you like avocado, eggs and bacon for breakfast then look no further than the Breakfast Club, only a 2 min walk from the Student Hotel it’s the perfect spot for those hungover brunches…
If you need to go somewhere open late and central, Guadalupe is good for Argentinian steak!
The Canvas an the 7th floor is good for drinks and has an amazing view. (Located inside the Volkshotel on the top floor)
Pancakes Amsterdam for good Dutch thin pancakes and you can get the best fries at Vlaams Friteschuis Vleminckx in the Vortboogstraat.
Coffee & Juices
Coffee Bru is close to the Student Hotel and has a pretty seating area with good coffee. Juice Lab, Lite Dark and the Cold pressed juicer also do amazing juices/drinks.
Aside from the red light district and coffee shops Amsterdam is a beautiful city for roaming. Rent out bikes and cycle around the canals and try out all the cute cafes.
I’d also recommend having a stroll along Leidseplein where you can find lots of little vintage and boutique shops. Nuvo Niche sell the cutest crewneck jumper designs and accessories.
You must visit the ‘I love Amsterdam’ sign and Mickey Mouse statue by Museumplein. Vondelpark, which is the largest city park in Amsterdam, but the smaller neighborhood specific parks are actually a lot better and cozier (Recommended: Westerpark, Erasmuspark or Rembrandtpark in the West and the Oosterpark or Flevopark in the East).
Amsterdam is home to some of the best nightclubs in Europe but you want to make sure you avoid the touristy ones. You’re guaranteed to have a good time in AIR Amsterdam and Chicago Social club.
Henry’s Bar are on the corner of Oosterpark have the best looking bartenders and guests oh and not to mention drinks. Bar Maxwell a more chilled vibe and for cheese fondue.
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