Amsterdam is a lovely destination year round, but from mid-March to mid-May the tulips are in bloom, making it the perfect Springtime getaway. Amsterdam airport is one of the busiest and most efficient in Europe, so it is quick and easy to reach the city from any major city. Hop on a flight after work on Thursday and enjoy three whole days in The Netherland’s capital.
The Pulitzer Amsterdam – This stylish hotel opened its doors in the summer of 2016, after an extensive renovation of the 25 connecting Golden Age canal houses which make up the property. The bold colour design and thoughtful touches make it a wonderful place to stay for a special weekend in Amsterdam.
The Hoxton Hotel, Amsterdam – The Hoxton brand is setting trends in every city it settles in. Affordable and fashionable this photogenic retreat is the perfect (centrally located) hotel for your romantic getaway.
Choux – Choux was once a pop-up establishment but due to popularity opened in it’s permanent home at Spring House in 2015. The kitchen particularly excel with vegetarian dishes.
Guts & Glory – Every three months the Guts & Glory team pick a new theme for their rotating menu. I tried an inventive 3-course Dutch-inspired menu of delicious delicacies prepared and presented with care. A great restaurant for an affordable and exciting culinary adventure.
Bak Restaurant – Located in a cool industrial building, in the recently re-developed “Westelijk HavengebiedBak” area, Bak initially gained a loyal following as a pop-up before opening it’s permanent site a few years ago. With the constantly changing menu chef Benny Blisto showcases his favourite seasonal ingredients, the dishes are bold in flavour and appearance. There is also a range of great natural wines to accompany your meal.
Van Stapele – Pick up a snack at Van Stapele, the historic shop which only sells one thing… double chocolate cookies with an oozing white chocolate centre. Delicious!
Jansz – The pretty in pink dining room at Jansz is easy to fall in love with but it is certainly not style over substance at this eatery. The classy restaurant is found in the Pulitzer Hotel, the service is friendly and efficient and the menu is filled with irresistible classic dishes. Don’t miss the meatball starter!
Breda – This modern eatery showcases seasonal ingredients and contemporary cooking techniques. Choose from the 3, 4 or 5 course menus and a mystery series of delicious food will be delivered to you at your table.
Lot Sixty One – This boutique rustic cafe is located in Amsterdam West. The coffee is roasted daily and has a lovely rich taste. Sit and relax in the industrial-chic cafe while enjoying a warming coffee.
Bocca – Bocca was the first major speciality coffee company in Amsterdam, and with a big brand new flagship cafe there has never been a better time to visit. Bocca roast their own beans, supply a number of cafes and make a great range of espresso and drip coffees in their cafe.
Tales & Spirits – Sit at the bar in Tales & Spirits, one of the world’s 50 best bars. This dark and cosy bar is always full of cocktail fans. If you like a strong drink order the ‘Bartender’s Ketchup’ cocktail or let the master mixologists make you up something delicious off-menu.
Toki – Coffee Fans should not miss Toki (the word for your local hangout). The small but chic cafe has a team of expert baristas on hand to make you the perfect flat white. If you are hungry there is a delectable display of cakes and pastries.
Scandinavian Embassy – If you find yourself in the de Pijp district this small cafe is the best place to stop for speciality coffee. As the name suggests Scandinavian Embassy use a fine selection of Nordic and Swedish beans, and they also have the best cinnamon buns in town.
Rijksmuseum – After an extensive 10 year renovation and restoration this magnificent museum has reopened, and should be the first stop on any cultural itinerary for Amsterdam. The huge historic building is dedicated to Dutch art from the Middle Ages to the current day. Most lovely perhaps are the Rembrandt and Vermeer paintings found in the Gallery of Honour. (Try to visit the museum on a weekday, as the weekends get very busy).
Canal Boat Tour – Some hotels have their own boats for private tours, otherwise you can book the Canal Cruise Ticket online and have instant access to the canal boat tour of your choice when you arrive in the city.
Indianaweg 10 – A retro emporium selling handpicked vintage clothing, charming homeware and quirky accessories. Indianaweg 10 is found in the trendy de Pijp area where there are a number of great shops and cafes.
Gather Shop – An aesthetically pleasing shop, with a carefully curated range of homeware, accessories and books arranged in a simple and clean way. The store Gather Shop is a great place to pick up a one-off gift.
Wildernis – A plant lovers dream shop, Wildernis stocks all kinds of pretty indoor and outdoor plants and accessories from watering cans to gardening tools, books to greeting cards.
Sukha – This beautiful shop on Haarlemmerstraat sells a range of natural, eco-friendly products such as handmade wool scarves and cardigans. The products are sourced from around the world, but you can also browse their Atelier Sukha label, sustainably made in Nepal and India.
Restored – Restored focuses on representing talented designers and small labels and offering them a platform to bring their products and visions to a wider audience. In the shop you can find are beautiful garments, accessories, and desirable books and magazines.