As I stepped off the plane, groggy from my 32 hour journey, I took a sharp breath of the cool European air and the adrenaline kicked in – I was finally in Europe! As I staggered through the airport, checked into my hotel for a brief power nap, I was back out the door with a job to do: 48 hours in Amsterdam! Determined not to miss a single thing, I hit the ground running. Here’s how things went down, and what I got up to in 48 hours!
FIRST THINGS FIRST, LETS EAT!
The only thing better then being in Amsterdam is eating in Amsterdam. Amirite? Considering Amsterdam’s palpable passion for health, it’s no surprise that it’s actually a vegan haven. From the fruit stalls on the street corners to the vegan salad buffets in popular supermarket chain, I definitely had no trouble finding a delicious meal. For some of the best food Amsterdam has to offer, I’d recommend checking out:
VEGABOND: Vegabond is my favourite vegan spot in Amsterdam, if not Western Europe. With a delicious array of vegan chocolate, deli staples and even an assortment of vegan grocery goods, this is a must stop for all of you visiting Amsterdam, vegan or not! I went with the vegetable and tofu rice paper wrap, which was AMAZING. I may have also sneaked in some raw vegan chocolates, maybe… I’ll never tell.
Check out my full Vegabond review here!
LA PLACE: I actually stumbled on this place while I was aimlessly wandering the cobblestone streets of Europe, and I never looked back. With a huge deli of accidentally vegan salads, delicious breads, baked goods, freshly squeezed juices and packaged fruits, this was close to my paradise. I’m not even kidding. Is that sad? Or spectacular? You tell me!
GENROKU SUSHI RESTAURANT: Sometimes when the food is that good, nothing else matters. This sentiment rings true about this restaurant – though I found the service impolite, to be delicate, I decided to remain optimistic and take full advantage of their ‘all you can eat’ sushi offer. With plenty of vegan options, amazing food and adorable decor, I’m gonna have to call this place a solid ‘win’ on the vegan front!
THINGS TO SEE
IAMSTERDAM SIGN: Known far and wide, the Iamsterdam letters are an icon of this city and possibly one of the most visited spots in Amsterdam. The most photogenic IAmsterdam sign is located at the back of the Rijksmuseum, and for the best photo opportunity I’d recommend going early morning before the flocks of tourists come.
CANALS: Amsterdam is a city built around canals, which means they’re to be found on every second street. Whilst they aren’t so rare to find (since they’re everywhere!), there are some that are definitely more beautiful than others. Keep this in mind when rushing to take that mandatory Instagram pic! (Check out my Instagram if you need some visual inspo!)
THINGS TO DO
ANNE FRANK HOUSE: If you’re unfamiliar with the story, Anne Frank was a Jewish girl who hid with her family in 4 secret rooms in a Amsterdam factory to avoid capture from the Nazi’s. During her 2 years in the annexe, she wrote her story and insights in a diary which was later published and widely applauded. The factory and secret rooms she hid in are now a museum in the heart of Amsterdam, telling her story. It’s an incredible experience to visit and learn a little about how important love and tolerance is in our world. You can read my full review here!
STREET MARKETS: One of my favourite things about Amsterdam are the cutest market stalls that adorn most street corners! In these markets you’ll find everything from an array of plant seeds (Amsterdam is world famous for their amazing tulips!), traditional Dutch shoes, flowers, and other tourist souvenirs. Even if markets aren’t your thing, I’d recommend to go if only to admire the amazing colour stemming from all the stalls!
WHERE TO STAY
Location location location! I always prefer to stay central to a city to ensure all the must sees are within walking distance. If you are stuck deciding which hotel is best for you, check out some of Wonderstruck Fawn’s recommendations below!
Ambassade Hotel: This is one of my favourite hotels in Amsterdam, mainly because it’s situated on one of Amsterdam’s most beautiful canal! The decor of the rooms is elegant and regal, with a distinct attention to detail. Wonderstruck Fawns recommends booking the Deluxe rooms to enjoy their spacious quarters and guaranteed view of the canal!
The Toren: Whilst the Ambassade boasts large spaces, it’s the coziness of The Toren that I simply adore. The rouge color tone of the rooms present an elegant and luxurious living space whilst the presentation of the hotel (the building is actually 2 seperate canal houses!) creates an authentic Dutch living experience!
♦ English is pretty widely spoken in Amsterdam, but it doesn’t hurt to have a couple of Dutch words up your sleeve to impress the locals!
Thank you: dank je
How are you: Hoe gaat het met jou?
I’m from Australia: Ik kom uit Australie
♦ My parting words of wisdom: Amsterdam boasts a relaxed vibe; it is not NYC or London – it’s a leisurely, blossoming city. Take your time to take a stroll the streets without an agenda, enjoying it for everything that it is, exactly as it is!
Over to you guys, what is your favourite thing to do in Amsterdam? Did I miss something? Let me know below!