The Dutch capital delights with great hotels, rich history and world-class cuisine
WHERE TO STAY
Amsterdam is a beautiful city with an exciting variety of places to stay. Your hotel room can be created from just about anything: from a boat house to a crane. We chose The Pulitzer hotel, a collection of 25 canal homes turned into a single hotel. Elegant and eclectic, The Pulitzer is found in the heart of the picturesque Canal district, bordering the Jordan district. Our room faced the inner court yard where you could hear birds chirping and church bells ringing. The room was spacious and certainly not your standard hotel room; there was even a little a ship port hole window in the bathroom looking into the bedroom. The hallways are full of artwork with twists and turns that made exploring the hotel interesting. The vibes are very funky and exciting and the location is easily walkable to anywhere in the city. It was nice to be a few blocks out of downtown core, to ensure a night of peace and quiet. Before setting off site-seeing, you can enjoy a delicious breakfast in the Jansz restaurant; and, at the end of the day, visit the hotel bar, voted best bar in Amsterdam for 2019.
TIP: Take a canal boat tour in The Pulitzer’s classic salon boat, The Tourist, docked right out front of the hotel. Built in 1909, it’s a beautiful classic boat with teak and brass fixtures from an elegant era. Ono, the captain, was extremely knowledgeable and friendly. A perfect way to see the city.
WHERE TO EAT
DE SILVERN SPIEGEL
Deserving of a Michelin star, De Silvern Spiegel is situated in a 17th century house that is still in its original state. Centred around Dutch cuisine with local farm fresh food, we tried the eight-course tasting menu paired with wine. Wow, is all that I can say. The ambiance, the waiter and, of course, the food made for a special night.
While in Amsterdam you must try the Indonesian food and Sampurna, located beside the floating flower market in the basement of a 400-year-old home, was recommended by a local as an excellent choice. Try the Kuning rice table, with 13 different items in small portions to excite your senses.
The Food Hallen is a vibrant, hip place to eat, located in an old train station. Consisting of more than 20 food vendors, Hallen lets you explore everything from local to international cuisines while dining on picnic benches.
WHAT TO SEE
ANN FRANK HOUSE is a must for everyone. Purchase your tickets early as the lineups are long.
ADAM LOOKOUT is an observational tower located a short ferry ride from the central train station. From the outdoor observation tower, get unobstructed 360 views of Amsterdam. I recommend you be adventurous and try the SWING OVER THE EDGE, Europe’s tallest swing that takes you over the edge of the building.
The HEINEKEN FACTORY TOUR is a must-see for beer lovers, and I highly recommend the VIP tour. We were part of a small group with a private guide. The VIP tour allowed us to explore all parts of the original factory from where the beer is brewed to the famous Heineken horse stables. We even got to visit the owner’s private bar for a tasting of various beers, and on the way out you get a very cool, individualized souvenir.
THE BOAT HOUSE MUSEUM will satisfy every tourist’s natural curiosity about what it’s like to live on a boat floating in the canal.
TIP: If you purchase the Amsterdam city card, you can get free admission.
OUTDOOR MARKETS Looking for fresh food, a lost phone charger or artisanal goods? Visit an outdoor market; they are located all thorough the city!
HOW TO GET AROUND
Like anywhere, it takes some time to get your bearings in a new city. Amsterdam is extremely walkable. I think it took me an hour to walk from one side to the other. The heart of downtown is the main train station. From there, nine streets branch out like spokes on a wheel and all the action can be found within those nine streets.
Tip: Purchase an I Amsterdam card which allows you unlimited public transport, entrance to numerous museums and discounts throughout the city.
You can also purchase a hop-on, hop-off canal boat ticket that makes for a fun and quick way to get around to the major attractions
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