Sometimes we just need to a few nights away and personally I can’t see past Amsterdam, With 4 KLM flights leaving daily from Glasgow and taking a quick 1 hour 40 min.
Flying with KLM is a smooth and luxury option when compared with some other options of travelling. The red eye flight at 06.20am seems like a bad option, however I felt that it gave us so much time to do more especially when the flight leaves on time and arrives early. Once arriving into Schiphol I have always chosen the train as the quickest way into the center, and this time it was no different.
With previous stays in Amsterdam I have stayed around the Jordaan district, I do love this area, as a 1st or 2nd visit this is where I would recommend staying – Known for the beautiful houses, original and quirky shops, the pavement cafes and street musicians it is easy to see why Amsterdam is called the Venice of the north.
This time I choose to stay at the NDSM Wharf, originally Amsterdams largest shipyard dating back to the 19th century. When the shipbuilding work stopped the artists and bohemians moved in and is now an area of regeneration. To get to the area we travelled on the free ferry from outside Centraal station, taking 15 minutes it was an easy journey, As it was September we had a nice weather weekend, and even though the ferry had an indoor section I am unsure how I would feel had this been during a rough weather weekend.
Upon arriving at the Hilton Doubletree NDSM we were a little early for getting into our room, however we were still checked in and the bags were kept safe till we needed one. I can not pass up mentioning the warm chocolate cookie you receive on arrival, a signature benefit of staying at a Doubletree hilton hotel.
By now it was still only 10.30am Amsterdam time so we jumped back onto the ferry and heading back to Centraal station to jump onto another ferry taking us over to the ADAMlookout – An observation deck with panoramic views across Amsterdam and home to “Over the Edge” the highest swing in Europe. For €20 we got entry, 2 drinks & a 60 second swing on over the edge. It was a fun novelty experience and we are glad to have done it. Enjoying a view drinks at the Panoramic restaurant was a lovely way to start our weekend.
A weekend away in Amsterdam can be many things, for us it is a chance to eat and drink and Amsterdam does not disappoint here is a list of places I would visit and recommend:
DeFoodhallen – Located in the hip Oud-West neighbourhood we took a 5min taxi. Foodhallen is a classy inddor food market and bar serving up a range of high end food and drinks in the historic building. Here is a list of some of the food options we tried. Dim Sum Thing, Baowowow, Jabugo, Meneer Temaki, Viet View & Petit Gateau. My only disappointment was I didn’t have enough room left to eat more.
Cafe Belgique – For us no trip to Amsterdam can pass by without visiting Cafe Belgique, a tiny bar bar with a lot of ambiance. Selling a huge range of beers in a variety of glasses, like a grown up pick and mix! For me I can’t see past a Kwak! Visit Cafe Belgique is you are looking for a place full of Character and unpretentious service.
Pancake Bakery Amsterdam – A cosy pancake house located in a 17th-century Dutch East India Company canal house at the Prinsengracht in Amsterdam is the perfect place to enjoy a traditional pancake, I love the varity and options here and even though it is the only pancake place I tried, I can’t imagine anywhere topping it.
Vlaama Friteshuis Vleminckx Frites – Amsterdam is famous for many things!…Frites being my favourite, and there is no better place to try them than Vlaama Friteshuis Vleminckx, I may not be able to say it but I really recommend getting some, my favourite topping being a simple mayo.
Pllek – is a restaurant in the NDSM area which we used for breakfast, not only is the food great but it may be the only restaurant in Amsterdam with a beach. We got to enjoy our breakfast outside, in the morning sun watch the boats travel up and down the canal.
Our weekend in Amsterdam in September cost under £290p.p for 3 days, We stayed in a 4 star hotel and felt we were in Amsterdam quicker than we would have been in a UK city break. Amsterdam is a city for groups, couples, friends & families and if you think this is a trip you would like to do get in contact today.
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