Monday, 16 September 2013

Amsterdam



On the 23rd August, I was lucky enough to jet off to my favourite city in the world, Amsterdam. Me and Chris decided to celebrate my 20th birthday in this gorgeous place. Amsterdam is just a beautiful place and there is literally something for everyone. Now I didn't plan on blogging about my trip so my pictures are few and far between. Nevertheless, I'll show you the highlights.

We arrived the Friday evening and stayed in the CitizenM Hotel Amsterdam City. Located just 20 minutes away via tram from the centre. The hotel itself was amazing, ultra modern but perfect for a short trip. I would really recommend this to couples as it's just a complete unique experience to other hotels. The shower and toilet are situated in glass tubes in the room with changeable mood lighting (now you see why I say for couples...), and the bed was wall to wall. So comfy.

We got up early and I was craving one thing only, crepes. We weaved in and out of the cobbled streets and jumped into the first place that we could find. Suitable enough, the place was called Crepes en Waffles. We both opted for the "Old Dutch" Crepes. Apples oozing with sugar and cheesecake sauce along with crunchy waffle pieces and whipped cream. Sadly, I inhaled this so fast, a picture didn't even get a look in. But trust me, it was delicious.




After walking around and taking in the some of the sights, me and Chris needed coffee. It is a scientific fact that European coffee is the nicest. This cafe delivered on that fact. Quartier Putain is actually hidden on The Red Light District, it was extremely cheap and a gorgeous place to people watch. We sat here for quite some time people watching and Instagramming away. There is a definite theme to this trip, food and drink. Can you blame us? I think not.

When it comes to shopping in Amsterdam it does offer a pretty mainstream offering for the most part. All the brands you would expect to see on the high street but with some really nice unique shops thrown in for good measure. My favourite store however was located on Dam Square. A large department store/mall filled to the brim of every designer brand you can imagine. I spent my time lurking and lusting over Hermes bags and Louis Vuitton shoes which Chris politely reminded me to put them down and walk away. It is worth a look regardless of what you have in your pocket, one day we can dream.

After many pitstops for more coffee and blackcurrant Fanta we headed back to the hotel to get ready for my birthday meal. Chris had researched the best places to eat before we left for Amsterdam. He had booked a reservation for a place called, Castell. Castell is a BBQ restaurant located around the Mueseum District of Lijnbaansgracht. After rushing in from the rain we were sat down on a leather sofa around an open fire. The place had a informal atmosphere around it, everyone sat next to each other and there isn't a table in sight. Instead, you're served your dinner on a thick slab of wood on your lap which could be a little challenging at times but a brilliant experience. We opted for Indonesian Style Kebab for starter which was beautifully cooked beef in a rich Indonesian sauce. I think I groaned the most of the way through it but it was just a teaser for what was to come next.





I opted for the Lady Filet Steak cooked rare which came with the creamiest baked potato that has passed my mouth with lashing of garlic sauce on top. I cleared my slab of wood without a second thought, the meat was cooked to perfection and melted in your mouth. Whereas Chris chose the rack of ribs. The ribs that came were huge and he was determined to eat every last drop, with a little help from myself of course. Chris didn't even need to use a knife, the meat fell away with ease and was packed with the smokey flavour from the barbecue. With food babies we jumped into a cab and headed for somewhere rather secret.


Door 74. That's as much as I can tell you. An exclusive, secret cocktail bar that you will never find unless given specific instructions on how to find it. You have to try to make the reservation on the day and if you're lucky enough to get in, only then will they give you the address and instructions on how to get in via text. We were greeted by a suited gentleman and shown to our booth. They spend time chatting to you and recommending the drinks suited for your tastes. I opted for a One Eyed Snake, an Advocaat concoction complete with gummy worm and Chris went something more rocket fuel based. The bar itself was gorgeous and cosy and something everyone should experience. After getting a little too merry and racking up an eye popping bill we decided to head home for the night.




We also found the nicest spot to have lunch right on the main street. We wolfed down the biggest paninis and the biggest side of fries I could stomach. Amsterdam comes up trumps in the food department. You will always find somewhere great to eat no matter what you're craving. I seemed to crave everything in sight. On the Sunday night we headed back into the Mueseum district and indulged in what seemed another small cow. With no lack of Argentinian Steak houses, it is perfect to find a steak to sink your teeth into. 






So coming back carrying some extra baggage I was sad to say goodbye to the Dam but I'll be back soon. Where else am I going to find waffles that good?
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  1. I'm glad you had such a good time! I went to amsterdam earlier this year and have to agree on the high class of food and eating! You have to try out Vesper bar if you ever go back - it's awesome! :)

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  2. I've always wanted to go to Amsterdam just because everyone says its a great place, but what actually makes it a great place to travel to?
    Ellie,xx
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