To be honest, Amsterdam is adorned with so many cute cafes, bars and dining spots, 3 days was absolutely not enough to experience them all. So, out of all the cute places I managed to pop in during my busy 3 days, Bar Botanique and Plukk certainly stood out when it comes interior, am- bience, high quality good food and excellent service.
Here is my guide to the most instagrammable places to
- Eat (restaurant/cafe) – pluk & bar botanique
- Shop (amazing interiors) – both on Utrechtsestraat street
- Sleep (hotel) – hotel& Bar toon
- Take a day trip to (just 20min by metro) – Zaanse Schans
- Explore (the prettiest neighbourhoods/ streets to walk around) – The 9 Streets & De Pijp
Pluk is more than just a restaurant, it is also a home decor store where you can buy the newest and most sort after items for your home, kitchen and food related products. Slightly on the pricier side, it is undoubtedly one of the hottest brunch spots in Amsterdam. A lot of healthy dishes with a good amount of vegan / vegetarian options and a whole lot of yummy cakes.
Reestraat 19, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Located in Amsterdam East, Bar Botanique is slightly out of the way but totally worth the trip. Who doesn’t love a beautiful indoor tropical paradise where you can order a coffee, or a perfectly hand crafted cocktail and watch the world go by.
Also, we really loved exploring a different neighbourhood of Amsterdam that we would otherwise not have ventured to. Get cultured at Tropen museum, take a stroll at through the magnificent Oosterpark, find something unique at Dappermarkt and then take all the time you want to unwind at Bar Botanique, designed by studio Modijefsky.
Eerste van Swindenstraat 581, Amsterdam, Netherlands
This place is the definition of the new Scandinavian design. I felt like i had arrived in ins- tagram heaven. Working with a team of award-winning designers Bolia oozes individuality, style and innovation. Using only the finest materials from European and Danish suppliers to create customised products that are all hand-made and delivered directly to your front door.
Utrechtsestraat 78-80, Amsterdam, Netherlands
One of the most amazing interior design shops in the city, the designers actually work in- side this gorgeous space they created for themselves. Each little corner is like a show- room of its own kind, while the whole space still has a harmonised look . Slightly on the pricier side, but if you are looking for one of a kind unique design its worth every penny.
Utrechtsestraat 62-64, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Besides excellent location, modern & stylish design , complimentary mini-bar and free beer vouchers for the bar downstairs, what made our stay at Hotel Toon so exceptional was the most hospitable and friendly staff I have ever experienced.
From the outside, Hotel Toon could easily be missed as Bar Toon. Its a small independent boutique hotel with only 7 rooms above the bar. Breakfast buffet is serves at the very trendy bar from 8:30am-10:30am. Upon your arrival, you would be served with complimentary drinks of your choice. There wont be any standing & waiting like a typical hotel lobby. Instead, Our check in was done by the staff behind the bar while we sipped our mint tea ( highly recommend) and cappuccino.
Just like the bar downstairs, our room is immaculately clean and stylish.
On top of all that, I adored the personal touch of a welcome note and fresh flowers.
Of course, if you are ever reading this, dear Anneloes, thank you for making our stay at Hotel&Bar Toon so wonderful.
Utrechtsestraat 18, 1017 VN Amsterdam +31 20-2334431
..To Take A Day Trip To
Just a 20 minute train ride from the centre of Amsterdam, actually 4 stops. Zaanse Schans is the perfect escape from the city. You are instantly transported back to a simpler and traditional Dutch country side, with views that just make you feel you are in Land- scape from the Dutch golden age of painting, you cant help but find yourself just slowing down and starring at the clouds reflecting in the canals and passing behind the windmills. One thing you have to do while you are there is go to the Wooden Shoe Workshop to see traditional Clog making. It is free to enter with amazing demonstrations of how they are preserving the skills of this most traditionally Dutch footwear, Plus it is such an amazing place to take photos
Kraaienest 4, 1509 AZ Zaandam, Netherlands +31 75 617 7121
De Pijp District in Amsterdam
One of the most cosmopolitan and vibrant districts of Amsterdam. De Pijp District is also know as the Latin Quarter of Amsterdam.
I adore De Pijp for it being a melting pot of different traditions and ethnicities, not forgetting it also hosts one of the best daily markets in Amsterdam, Albert Cuypmarkt has over 260 stalls. Thanks to De pijp’s multinational demographic, you’ll find an exciting array of ethnic cuisines, Moroccan, Surinamese, Spanish, Turkish, whatever you fancy, I’m sure you will find something to satisfy your palate.
9 street Amsterdam / De Negen Straatjes
Located in the heart of Amsterdam’s canal district. the 9 streets are filled with fashion boutiques, art galleries, cute cafes, independent bookstores, and some of the best al fresco bars and restaurants.
9 little charming alleyways crossing two canals: Herengracht and Keizersgracht; surroun- ded by Prinsengracht canal from the west and Singel canal from the east. You will be spoiled with choices when it comes to speciality and independent stores selling high quality and hand crafted items.
Not forgetting all the most beautiful canal shots you can get while wandering around this oh-so chic district.