I had four days in Amsterdam, and this is how I spent it.
We arrived at 8am, took a cab (hello overabundance of Tesla cabs!) and checked into the hotel at 9:30am. I slept about zero on the plane, so I needed a nap. Woke up after 1pm and walked to The Avocado Show, a restaurant that serves only pretty avocado dishes. This hipster spot was packed, and we waited 30 minutes for our table after putting our name down with the fabulous hostess in sparkle spandex.
We wanted dessert and opted not to get the matcha avocado pancakes (which I now kinda wish we got), but instead left the restaurant and walked to the Albert Cuypmarkt for stroopwafels at the Original Stroopwafels stand.
I also bought a souvenir Amsterdam magnet, my husband bought some overpriced throw-away gloves, we sampled some Old Amsterdam gouda, and we then made our way to the museum district. It was pretty late in the afternoon by then, so the I Amsterdam sign was packed. If you want to get a great shot of it without tourists, go before 9am. Otherwise, your photo will look like mine:
We had dinner at Vermeer (managed by 1* Michelin Executive Chef Chris Naylor) that night and opted for the four course tasting. It’s a beautiful restaurant inside the NH Collection Amsterdam Barbizon Palace Hotel in the Red Light District. Here’s what we ate (sorry to the restaurant if some are misnamed):
On the walk back to the hotel, I managed to get a cleaner shot of the I Amsterdam sign and the ice skating rink across from it.
9am Breakfast at the Corner Bakery. It was empty when we arrived and packed with a wait when we left at 10am. Europeans eat later than Americans so get to the popular eateries a little early.
Next stop: The Van Gogh Museum, an art museum dedicated to the works of Vincent van Gogh. I loved seeing all the different stages of his life in painting, which I took zero pictures of. Sorry. Here’s a picture of the lovely staircase though.
After a couple hours in a museum, all you want to do is eat. So that’s what we did.
Time for more museum. There was a Bansky exhibit going on at the Moco Museum.
Dinner that night: time for some good ol’ American eatin’. We had burgers at The Burgerbar.
Breakfast at Cosy by Mandy. Everyone in my family got a savory dutch pancake while I was the only one who got a sweet one. Mine was the best, obviously.
That wasn’t enough so we went to Foodhallen, an old train station turned international indoor food market.
Some sightseeing was next as we walked off our second lunch.
Monday was exactly what Mondays always are: completely miserable. It rained all day and it was cold af. We took a day trip to Utrecht to walk around in the cold for a couple hours and made it back to Amsterdam by 4pm. Here’s what we ate in Utrecht:
Dinner in Amsterdam: we went to Cafe Caron and it was fantastic. I only took photos of my own food to spare my family a wait to dig in.
Last day in Amsterdam before our 3pm train to Paris. We went back to Foodhallen ’cause it’s just so good with its variety.
Before we left, we got onigiri to go and ate it on the train.
I think we ate more than we did sightseeing. It was an overall great time in Amsterdam. I love how walkable the city is, and I can only imagine how wonderful it would be in the spring.
There were a lot of things I wish we had more time for or would have done if the weather was better, but visiting a city during its cold and rainy season can be challenging and at times miserable. Yet even on a gloomy day, Amsterdam is a beautiful city. It made the short moments of sun and parted clouds even more appreciated and breathtaking.